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Orange in the Kitchen

Colour Scheme: Orange in the kitchen

Bold colour in the kitchen is a hallmark of confident design. If you’re looking to energise this most important of rooms, it’s never been easier to build a design scheme around a vibrant colour. Take orange, for example. It’s a hue that gives off a lot of heat and positivity, but is not often used to anchor domestic decor. Perhaps that’s down to leftover skepticism from the 60s and 70s when orange was freely (and unfortunately?) paired with avocado green in the modern home. Design is smarter about orange these days. Modern manufacturing techniques make it possible to source furnishings in shades and gradations that range from the simple clear orange of the fruit to the more complicated oranges of a spectacular sunset.

A little orange goes a long way

The thing to remember about orange is that a little goes a long way. So you can go for broke with orange notes on walls, furnishings and tiles, or use orange to punctuate the space with discrete hits of electricity. We’ve found some remarkable pieces to help you punch up your kitchen space with this most delightful of the colours.

Appliances

The impact of an orange kitchen appliance should not be underestimated. This bright orange SMEG fridge/freezer combo brings the wow factor, and it may be all the orange you need. £1,199Fridge Freezer Combo Orange

Or base your design scheme around the even more spectacular Bertazzoni range cooker. The duel ovens and bright orange enamel casing will delight the pro cook in family. £3,849.00

Cookware

With these strong pieces as a foundation, pepper your kitchen with quick pops of complementary orange. Le Creuset is an iconic French company that crafts heavy duty long lasting cookware that is often clad in orange. You’re probably familiar with their indestructible cast iron casseroles, but they’ve branched out recently with everything from pepper mills to butter dishes and tagines. £30 – £190

KitchenAid

KitchenAid is an American small appliance company that is also known for embracing bold colour. We love this KitchenAid stand mixer in sunny tangerine. £549

Kitchen Aid Mixer OrangeExtra touches

Kitchen furnishings can also benefit from the orange treatment, picking up variations on the theme set by large or small appliance pieces, or zones of bright orange on the walls or backsplash. Some pieces can do double duty, drawing the eye and providing practical kitchen support at the same time. A butcher’s trolley adds valuable prep space that can be rolled in or out of the way as needed. This model features wire mesh drawers and a wine rack for ample storage and pairs orange and stainless steel with panache. It could even serve as a mobile mini-bar for guests watching you cook. £250

We also love this multi-drawer unit in paprika orange. Designed for the office, it’s a great catch all for recipes and gadgets in the kitchen. £51.99

Orange Kitchen - Extra TouchesDesigner touches

For those fortunate enough to work in a kitchen that sports an island or peninsula style counter space, these polypropylene and chrome bar chairs from the Vitra collection at John Lewis offer a discreet hit of orange colour that throws back to the 50s and 60s. There is a lower profile version of this chair also available. £215.10

ChairAnother way to honour the era in orange fashion: this iconic ball clock, another Vitra classic that delights with a solid punch of orange. £230Wall clock

We could go on. But you get the idea – orange is an audacious (yet surprisingly easy to source) choice for colour in the kitchen. It’s the colour of joy, so have fun with it.

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  • Joan is an interior design project planner and freelance writer from Boston Massachusetts who lives with her husband and two bulldog terriers outside Wellfleet on Cape Cod.

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