The color scheme is muy caliente in this super cool designer kitchen.
Questions about paint color can dominate any discussion – color is that powerful. In the case of this bold and original kitchen, by designer Melanie Coddington, color – for obvious reasons – is topic number one. The beautiful inset cabinets with concealed hinges are painted in Benjamin Moore Aura Salsa Dancing and the walls in Oatmeal. As the designer told an interviewer for House Beautiful magazine (where the kitchen first appeared) she was a bit nervous about the color at first, though the client was “fearless.” What a joy!
Another aspect of this highly refined kitchen was especially interesting to me: the idea for the color started with the tile, Walker Zanger’s Contessa Pagoda in paprika and black on a cream ground. Perhaps I relate to this in a special way because my kitchen concept also started with my multi-color handmade tile in a similar size – 4-5/8” squares.
As designers know, special tile can be terrific inspiration – but a kitchen also can turn on a fabulous range as a focal point. The black La Cornue Chateâu 120 with matching hood does that job and it’s no surprise the color from the range is also pulled from the tile. Of course, an orange hue as muted as paprika is a walk on the wild side with black in some houses. However, in a Northern California the scheme is tempered by the light as well as the idea that it would look like an updated version of what might have been an original to the kitchen in a 1930s Mediterranean house, where the range is framed by an iconic arched doorway.
The refrigerator wall shows how strongly color can speak. The water dispensing door is a newish SubZero feature (not my fave) but this view shows off the nut-colored marble tile floor which neatly matches the walnut top of the narrow custom island with a sleek open lyre-shape bottom.