Orange qualifies as a lurker in terms of kitchen style.
It’s been around for a long time but you don’t see orange kitchens very often. And here’s what’s odd: while it’s a friendly hue and a favorite fruit, many people will say it’s too bold and energetic for a room that’s actually one of the most conservative in the house. Still, anything ranging from adobe to apricot looks very fresh and transformational in kitchens these days.
Take this “juicy” modern one by Aster Cucine in a Long Island home, where citrus-orange has an active role on all-important vertical surfaces such as refrigerator panels, the island cabinet and a laminate backsplash. White (blizzard) Caesarstone counters and blocks of white cabinets are tempering elements plus there’s a pop of taxi yellow. Whoever put together this combination in a living space surely was a fan of 1960s French designer Andre Courrèges, the undisputed champion of shiny vinyl orange.
A kitchen in Mexico features a strong red-orange wall behind the stainless steel cooking island. With pale wood base cabinets and open stainless-edged shelving beyond, the single wall of color sets up a desert sunset mood. Upholstered stools, and a Mexican textile runner on the dining table reinforce the casual, spirited agua fresca for the eyes.
This minimalist-plus-color showroom kitchen has mid-century modern overtones with its birch flooring and Japanese shoji screen partition (think Cooper’s office in Mad Men). What cranks up an ordinary contemporary galley cooking space to something only a hipster would love is, without doubt, persimmon-color cabinets topped by a muted, variegated Euro-style backsplash. The amber-tone quadruple pendant fixture over the table dots the “i” and crosses the “t” in “it’s so cool.”