Ever Considered an Orange Kitchen? If Not, You're About To, Thanks to These Cook Spaces

orange kitchen color idea with wood kitchen with orange backsplash
credit: Brave New Eco

If you're looking for kitchen color ideas that, in the words of the Spice Girls, will add a little zigazig-ah to your abode, orange could be the way to go. Representing success, health, and happiness, this vibrant hue promotes well-being and productivity, but isn't for the faint of heart. Even tangerine decor might be a bit too much for some. But don't worry, we're here to help you navigate these vivid waters. Scroll on for eight orange kitchen ideas that will encourage you to give the warm shade a try.

1. Go natural with terra cotta.

orange kitchen color idea with purple cabinetry and blue fridge
credit: The Jungalow

Designer Justina Blakeney chose a lime wash paint in a terra cotta orange for her boho kitchen design — the plant pot shade is the perfect ode to her love of greenery. Blakeney completed the look with an orange patterned tile backsplash and purple and blue accents throughout. A lesson in being bold.

2. Freshen up your island.

contemporary orange kitchen color idea with orange island and bar stools
credit: Martin Moore

This traditional clean-cut kitchen by Martin Moore has a hint of rock and roll edge thanks to a bright orange island. Doesn't it make all the difference? Finishing off the kitchen color idea are leather accents and citrus decor. This culinary space is bringing all the warm and fuzzy feelings.

3. Embrace your eclectic personality.

orange kitchen color idea with green cabinets and open shelving
credit: Sandy Soohoo

While blue is a complementary color to orange, we think green works just as well for a bright and eclectic kitchen color idea, but you need to be careful not to go overboard. This cook space is a perfect example; the pop of orange is balanced by white walls and open shelving to keep it from overpowering the entire design.

4. Incorporate orange kitchen accents.

orange kitchen color idea with orange Aga oven and white subway tile backsplash
credit: Tom House

Sometimes you need to take a risk to create an orange kitchen that's all your own. This English country-inspired scullery by Tom House is traditional in most senses but incorporates a citrus-colored oven and rug that infuse a dash of modern color into an otherwise gray and white color palette.

5. Go all out.

If limiting yourself to a pop of color isn't really your thing, then by all means, don't stop with orange. Kim of @colorful_kimmes has decorated her eclectic boho kitchen in teal, green, pink, and pretty much every other color in the rainbow. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but we can't help but smile every time we look at this playful design.

Get the look: Valspar Vitamin C

6. Add a citrus touch.

Forget what anyone told you about keeping your cook space neutral. Elevate your kitchen color idea with a vibrant shade of orange by painting the door of your pantry closet like this situ by Harvey Jones Kitchens. Beautiful to look at and practical to use, this zesty hue is the perfect way to brighten your morning.

Get the look: Behr Orange Burst

7. Turn to your appliances.

Not feeling brave enough to paint the walls or cabinets? Simply add a splash of the good stuff via your appliances. We adore the retro feel of this Smeg refrigerator, and so does homeowner Ella, who's even dedicated her Instagram account to the colorful number.

8. Make it midcentury.

When working with orange, add a range of different textures to soften the overall look. Interior design studio Brave New Eco mixed amber subway tile with blue cabinetry and wood accents in this Cali-cool, midcentury kitchen, creating an aesthetic that is impactful but subtle all the same.


Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.