The Basics of Tuscan Decor
- 1). Start with the basic space. If you are considering a major kitchen renovation, work in architectural features that are hallmarks of a Tuscany-style kitchen. Tall windows, arches, pillars, niches and a terracotta tile floor create a rustic feel reminiscent of old-world design. Wooden shutters for the windows and statuary add Italian panache.
- 2). Focus on color. Even without the grandeur and space of a Tuscan villa kitchen, you can create mood by using a palette inspired by nature. Golden pears, Mediterranean Sea blues, olive greens and wine shades are ideal. Textured or distressed finishes can add visual depth. Walls, floors and cabinetry are often seen in dark gold or burnt orange/terracotta.
- 3). Add accent colors. Try trim, tiles, baseboards or pieces in poppy orange, tomato red, sunflower yellow, olive green and creamy antique whites. Add splashes of deep red throughout via decorative ceramics and wall art. Kitchenware can also provide a dramatic accent, with copper pans, dark pot racks and granite countertops.
- 4). Invest in a couple of key pieces that add Tuscan style. A rustic wooden table is a classic. Wooden cabinets with vintage hardware or wrought-iron scroll wall hangings are customary. Common materials in Tuscan interiors are marble, earthenware, tile and even leather. Look in flea markets and antique shops for an antique wooden side table or wine rack that can add old-world style.
- 5). Accessorize the look. Most traditional Tuscany-style kitchens are not cluttered with ornamentation, but instead have pieces that marry form and function. Brightly patterned canisters, earthenware pottery, cobalt-blue glass decanters, ceramic pitchers and fruit bowls are ideal. Remember to bring in nature with greenery, fruit and flowers.