Famous for its Old World character and charm, Tuscany captivates visitors from around the world. The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance – 13th to 16th Century – Tuscany is a celebration of art and cuisine, a canvas infused with time-worn colors baked in the sun, scrubbed by the Mediterranean sea. It is the home of superb wines like Chianti, and folks who have a genuine passion for life. With its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage and artistic legacy, Tuscany is pure magic. You can capture a little of this timeless Tuscan magic for yourself by decorating your kitchen with Tuscan-inspired paint colors and decorative accents.
Tuscan Paint Colors
A Tuscan palette is a distinct departure from the bland neutrality of many modern color schemes, its rich primary hues and soft nature-inspired pastels are exhilarating. These are confident colors that nourish the hungry spirit; a perfect choice for the kitchen, heart and hub of the home.
Select paint colors for walls and accent pieces from a lavish buffet of golden sunflower yellow, creamy gold, lemon, ochre, olive green, tomato red, rust, terra cotta, burnt sienna and spicy orange; cool the heat with a whisper of turquoise, azure and violet. Creamy, antique white provides contrast for the powerful scheme on architectural elements such as deep baseboards, ornate columns and crown molding. Cabinet and cupboard doors pop in vibrant red, chartreuse or burnt yellow. Apply a metallic gold or copper glaze on yellow or red walls to reflect the sunlight in the afternoon, the sunset at dusk.
Tuscan-Style Decorative Accents
When you finish painting the walls, cabinets and cupboards, add a variety of Tuscan-style accents for a truly authentic Tuscan kitchen. Some key ones you may consider are wine racks stocked with Italian vintages; ironwork bowls filled with plump purple grapes, golden pears and pomegranates; Italian ceramics; Old World motifs such as cypress trees, grapevines, sunflowers, pears and lemons on wallpaper borders or stencils. Dress back splashes in chipped terra cotta brickwork or hammered antique copper. Coat the ceiling in pressed copper, gold-tone or bronze tiles for a surprising, opulent complement to freshly-painted walls.
Artwork anchors the space and is essential to achieve the flavor of Tuscany. Colorful wall tapestries, Da Vinci and Botticelli prints, reproductions of Michelangelo sculptures, gold-leafed and copper-leafed trinket boxes, hand-painted earthenware dishes and gleaming handcrafted copper pots all harmonize beautifully to create a joyful Tuscan ambiance.
Tuscan Dining and Family Room
If your kitchen has an adjoining dining room or family room, accent the furnishings with lush Tuscan fabrics such as damask, velvet brocade and raw silk. Upholster dining chairs and bar stools in cinnamon-colored distress faux-leather. Add some shimmering bullion fringe to velvet accent chairs and drape colorful throws over sofas. An assortment of silk and velvet pillows in different colors and patterns, some with gold tassels, round out the look.
Flowers and Plants for a Tuscan Kitchen
The people of Tuscany revere nature and its bounty. No Tuscan kitchen makeover is complete without the fabulous finishing touch of fresh bunches of flowers — red gerbera, white mums, yellow daisies and purple orchids — artfully arranged in elegant vases, potted herbs — oregano, rosemary and basil — and shapely urns overflowing with creeping ivy.
While a Tuscany vacation may be just a dream to many, your Tuscan-inspired kitchen can be a reality for you and your family to enjoy every day.
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