Salsa Dancing Kitchen

orange kitchen cabinets - Paprika color kitchen by Melanie Coddington – House Beautiful via AtticmagOrange kitchen cabinets are muy caliente thanks to a great paint color.

Questions about paint color can dominate any discussion – color is that powerful. In the case of this bold and original kitchen, color is topic number one. The beautiful inset orange kitchen cabinets with concealed hinges are painted in Benjamin Moore Aura Salsa Dancing. The walls are painted in BM Oatmeal. As designer Melanie Coddington 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!

orange kitchen cabinets - Contessa Pagoda 4-5/8” hand-waxed tile in Paprika and black - Walker Zanger via AtticmagAnother aspect of this highly refined kitchen was especially interesting to me: the idea for the cabinet color started with Walker Zanger’s Contessa Pagoda tile  in paprika and black on a cream ground. Perhaps I relate to this because my kitchen concept also started with my multi-color handmade tile in a similar size – 4-5/8” squares.

orange kitchen cabinets - Paprika color kitchen by Melanie Coddington – House Beautiful via AtticmagAs 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, is all that. It should be no surprise the color of the range is also pulled from the tile and this view with the tile, the range and the cabinets all together pinpoints the color scheme. Even an orange as muted as this paprika might be a walk on the wild side with black in some houses. The strong light in Northern California would temper it, I think. And the orange even suggests an updated version of a 1930s California Mediterranean house kitchen, right down to the arched doorway.

orange kitchen cabinets - Paprika color kitchen by Melanie Coddington – House Beautiful via AtticmagThe 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.

(Source: HB)

Copy and paste link to quick-share this post:

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Responses to Salsa Dancing Kitchen

  1. RHome410 May 7, 2014 at 12:33 am #

    Love, love painted tiles. I admit that orange is one of my least favorite colors, but I love these cabinets. If I could do orange, I couldn’t do that magnificent range in black with it, though…to Halloween, and brings down the warm, Mediterranean feel for me. ;-/

  2. Jane F @ Atticmag May 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Agreed on the orange issue but do love this kitchen all the same. The orange cabinets definitely are bold. I could see a range in the brown or copper ones that would blend slightly more than the black. But then, of course, you lose the high-contrast drama.


  1. Orange Home Decor | Atticmag | Kitchens, Bathrooms, Interior Design - June 14, 2014

    […] so untrue! Because I keep seeing orange used on everything from contemporary shower faucets to kitchen cabinets, likely due to the long, strong revival of mid-20th century furniture and accessories. Orange was a […]

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge

WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

Currently you have JavaScript disabled. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser.