Tuscany holds a romantic sway over many people; so much so that they opt to bring this type of décor into their homes. This romantic Italian style is easy to recreate, because above all else it stands for casual country living. Items that go into a Tuscan home can be found many times at flea markets or second-hand stores or you can make them fairly easily in a couple of afternoons. But regardless of how you bring these elements into your home, the results are sure to be worth it.
The flavor of Tuscany comes through first and foremost in the selection of colors. Gravitate toward warm colors like yellows, terracotta and burnt orange. For accents consider mixing these colors with browns, burgundies and olive green. Sea blue accents also reflect the Mediterranean style. Stay away from subdued or pastel colors. Additionally, add these paint colors to a rough textured wall; Tuscan walls feature rough plaster.
Murals and Mosaics
Many a Tuscan flavored bit of décor features a mural of the rolling hills of Tuscany with its grape arbors and Tuscan sunshine. Paint this type of scene on plastered walls featuring Tuscan colors. You can complement this type of scenery with the addition of colored tiles and mosaics. In rooms like the kitchen, these elements wind up on your countertops and floors. Of course they go on the floor in other rooms of the house as well, but you can also decorate the bottom half of the wall with tile and the top with a plaster treatment. Finally, to spice it up a bit, you can select a few tiles which also feature scenes of Italy and mix them in with your other tiles.
The furniture and fixtures in a Tuscan style home features elements that look natural in that setting including the type of materials from which these items are made. Look for pieces that feature distressed wood. You can buy furniture and accent pieces that feature this type of finish. You also have the option of treating these pieces yourself. (See Supporting Link 1 for instructions on distressing wood)
Cupboard and Storage
Tuscany is in the Italian countryside, so you want to pick or make pieces that reflect that including your cupboards and cabinets. One way to do this is to feature cupboards that have been covered with fabric or chicken wire. This look fits well in the kitchen, but you can bring it into your living or dining rooms as well. You can convert an old pie safe or coat cupboard, for example. (See Supporting Link 2 for more information)
Fill your Tuscan-style rooms with the appropriate accessories like brightly colored Italian ceramics and terracotta pots. Add faux grapes and grape leaves to them. If it’s the kitchen you’re decorating, include these elements, but also add items like antique jars filled with olive oil, peppers or olives. Hang strings of garlic from the ceiling or store in three-tiered hanging baskets.
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