Decorating Tuscan Style
by Giorgina Devereaux
Decorating Tuscan style consists of three different areas: Italian, English, and
However, thanks to its increasing popularity over the last
decade, our focus will be on Italian Tuscan home decor.
decorating style offers a variety of materials to choose from, which are comprised
of wood, marble, stone, or fabric.
Furthermore, the furniture pieces
are large, ornate, and contain details from Roman architecture.
During the 14th century, European
architecture went through a transformation.
Italian architects/artists Giotto and Brunelleschi mastered how to make buildings taller, with
wide domes, and supported by the most slender columns.
They had a
passion for symmetry, heavy ornamentation, scrolling ironwork, and
These elements, along with foreign styles from Egypt and India influenced the Tuscan home
Decorating Tuscan style consists of furniture with architectural elements, such as carved
like columns on chair and table legs.
Also, tables with leg stretchers
and chair backs have carvings that resemble the arches on renaissance
Even though the style is geometric, it is exquisitely
The furniture is made of wood, but also incorporates
wrought iron in some of its pieces giving it a sophisticated old look
to it. Wrought iron furniture is available in
settees, coffee tables, side tables, dining room tables, and patio
furniture, just to name a few.
You may decorate using wrought
iron accessories when decorating Tuscan style, such as wrought iron chandeliers, candle wall
sconces, candelabras, wine racks, magazine racks, plant stands, towel
holders, fireplace accessories, and more.
You may choose from designs
that are of an antique and classic appearance.
The most common details
are delicate floral and leafy cuts.
The beauty of wrought iron is that
it is durable and elegant.
Furthermore, decorating Tuscan style
includes pieces that are covered with mosaics, such as colored tiles
that contain pictures or pebbles cemented into flooring or a tabletop.
These mosaics are reminiscent of Tuscan cathedrals, which drew
inspiration from the mosaics in Roman cathedrals.
Since texture is an important
quality, the appearance of rustic elements, such as several layers of
paint, cracked stucco, or marble walls, with a resulting old look adds
warmth and character to a Tuscan home interior.
Employing faux finish
techniques, along with a rich palette towards the warm end of the
spectrum is an excellent way to create the Tuscan look. You can even do
a marble faux finish for added drama. Tuscan home decor embraces warm
colors, such as brown, gold, rich reds, orange, and yellow.
colors that are centered on earth tones, olive green, dark green, deep
blue, and beige are good choices.
To further complement the gorgeous
wall colors, you can include Tuscan style paintings that depict lovely
scenes of the village, landscapes, fields, vineyards, farmhouses, wine,
main feature of decorating Tuscan style is stone. Stone is a fabulous
way to incorporate nature into the home.
The rooms that are best suited
for stone are the bathroom and kitchen. It also looks exquisite as part
of a fireplace or adorning the archway leading into a room.
different types of stone that can be used in the home and it’s good to
familiarize yourself with the qualities of each one in order to make
the best decision.
Usually, the stone choices consist of limestone,
granite, and, marble.
Limestone is largely composed of
mineral calcite and is often used in bathrooms for the shower wall or
Unfortunately, it has a tendency to easily stain and
absorb liquid since it’s highly reactive to acid solutions.
instance, polished limestone can sustain damage from kitchen acids
including citrus juices and vinegars. Also, limestone that has not been
sealed can be subject to stains. If the limestone is polished or
semi-polished, there will be visible areas where the substance once
On honed surfaces, the etch marks will be less noticeable. For a
kitchen countertop, a honed limestone would be a good choice. It’s a
beautiful stone, and if you opt for this one consider putting it in
areas that are not high traffic.
On the other hand, granite is not
only a stone of immense beauty, but it is remarkably tough.
consists of quartz, orthoclase or microcline, and mica, which is used
in monuments and for construction.
It is available in many colors and
finishing styles, from polished to matte and textured.
characteristics is that it is heat, water, and chemical resistant, and
does not attract dirt. Furthermore, it does not stain or scratch, which
makes it ideal for a kitchen countertop.
Although it is expensive, the
benefits, along with its aesthetic appeal make it a great choice for
use in decorating Tuscan style.
Like limestone, marble can easily stain and scratch. Although marble is
aesthetically appealing, it is not as hard as granite.
Despite that marble is a
material that is used on tabletops, floors, countertops, fireplace mantles,
bathrooms, and other decorative marble surfaces, it can easily scratch, stain,
discolor, and sustain permanent scars.
As an alternative, you may want to consider synthetic marble tabletops,
countertops, and flooring, but nothing compares to the beauty of real marble.
With the proper care, marble surfaces can remain as lovely as the first day they
You can protect marble from moisture damage by using coasters for cups and
glasses, along with using area rugs in places where there is heavy foot traffic.
With Tuscan style decorating, keep in mind that unpolished marble is the
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