Italian Kitchen Decor
by Giorgina Devereaux
Italian kitchen decor brings to mind breath taking images of the rolling hills of Tuscany with its beauty and splendor, along with pots of aromatic food simmering over the stove.
For some, their incredible love and passion of the Italian culture serves as an inspiration when decorating their kitchen in an Italian theme.
Since the kitchen is the heart of our home, and is where everyone gathers, it’s important that it be a space that is inviting, warm, and cozy.
The beauty about Italian kitchen decor is that it incorporates natural materials, earth tones, and architectural accents that make it welcoming while giving it a dose of charm.
Your Italian kitchen decorating scheme can be achieved by combining rich colors, natural features, lighting, furniture, wall art, and accessories. The result will be an Italian kitchen that is enchanting and bursting with character.
Color: In Italian kitchen decor, the most commonly used colors are
those that resemble the Italian countryside, such as, earth tones, rich golds,
blues, and green colors. Blue reminds us of the sky and sea while green is
reminiscent of the rolling, grassy hills.
Natural Features: Along with having a beautiful assortment of colors,
it’s important to include natural features in your kitchen. An excellent
Italian kitchen feature is ceiling beams.
Natural choices for countertops and flooring for Italian kitchen decor are stone, slate, granite, or terra cotta. This will definitely add to the magnificence of the kitchen and give it a more Italian feel.
Lighting: The ideal lighting choices for your Italian kitchen
decor are those that give it an Old World feel, such as wrought iron fixtures.
Furniture: When selecting furniture pieces for your Italian kitchen decor, consider choosing those that appear as if they’ve been in your family for generations.
In doing so, it gives the kitchen character and the feeling of being lost in
time. A good choice is large, wooden furniture that is similar to a farmhouse
style kitchen table, along with wooden chairs that feature rush woven seats.
The use of a wooden block carving island, kitchen island, baker’s rack, sideboard, chest of drawers, and cookbook shelf are additional furniture pieces to consider including in your Italian themed kitchen.
Wooden Block Carving Island/Kitchen Island: You can find wooden block carving islands that resemble a century old table with a thick top and hand turned legs.
Some also feature a center drawer perfect for cutlery and a storage shelf below. It makes a stunning statement in your Italian kitchen decor and further helps you achieve that Italian look.
Kitchen islands are a remarkable way to get additional prepping and storage
space in the kitchen. You can choose from different colors and designs that
have granite, marble, stainless steel, or a wooden top.
Baker’s Rack: A baker’s rack offers storage solutions while giving
you an attractive alternative to display your colorful dinnerware and
glassware. Some are available in an open-air wall rack that is crafted from
ornate iron with four shelves.
Sideboards: Sideboards lend beauty to Italian kitchen decor and also have
generous storage capacity. They are a great place to safely keep glasses,
delicate dishes, and utensils. You can find them in classical, handcarved
detailing on solid wood, with exotic wood inlays, or in distressed wood.
Chest of Drawers: A chest of drawers makes a lovely piece in any Italian themed kitchen. Some feature four lower drawers perfect for tableware storage, such as, extra kitchen items and linens, as well as a subdivided drawer for flatware. It also has four top drawers that you can pull down flat, which gives you the convenience of easy reaching for small pantry items.
Cookbook Shelf: A cookbook shelf is a wonderful way to show off your favorite cookbook collection. However, its use is not limited to just storing cookbooks. You can display a few of your favorite bottles of wine, decorative accessories, and other commonly used items, such as spices.
Italian Wall Decor
Wall Art/Accessories: Art is a very important feature to include in a Italian kitchen decor as well as in any room because it is an expression of who we are and depending on the art piece, it can evoke feelings of happiness, warmth, and appreciation for human creativity.
Canvas Art/Wall Art Plaque: You have many lovely pieces of art to choose from whether you opt for canvas or wall art plaques. These pieces include art that portrays stunning images of the Italian countryside, villa, and gardens.
You can also find art designed by a 15th century architect known as Van Utens. Van Utens designed villas and gardens for the illustrious Medici family and he painted his plans on elaborate half-rounds. These beautiful half-rounds have been replicated in wonderful detail. One of his famous villas is called Cafagiolo and it has been reproduced on canvas as well as on a wall plaque.
Wall Mural/ Trompe L'oeil:
Trompe l’oeil is French for “to trick the eye.” This is a painting technique
that creates the illusion of a three dimensional area through the use of
You can also opt to have a gorgeous tile mural backsplash of Italian still life consisting of wine, olives, grapes, and cheese mounted above your stove or cooktop. Other tile murals depict cypress trees, arches, windows, wine, cheese platters, and sunflower fields. It makes for a fabulous focal point in your Italian kitchen decor.
Wall Lettering: You can express yourself through Italian kitchen decor by displaying your favorite quote in the form of wall lettering. You can choose the style, color, and size of the font and it is easy to apply since it comes with an adhesive backing. You can also have the quote of your choice made in a stencil.
Some commonly used Italian kitchen decor quotes are:
Other Wall Accessories: Other great wall accessories to consider incorporating into your Italian kitchen decor include personalized or decorative wall plaques, Italian wall plates, Italian style clocks, a shadow box, faux vines and grapes, and hanging strings of garlic bulbs from the wall.
Personalized/Decorative Wall Plaques: Personalized and decorative
wall plaques for your Italian themed kitchen come in a variety of styles and
There are other lovely wall plaques that feature a lovely scroll of grapes, along with the following phrases:
Tile Wall Art/Wine Grapes Plaque: Italy is known for its wine and produces a heavenly selection of grapes. What better way to celebrate the essence of your vintage than by displaying a tile wall art set of grapes adorned with white, deep red, and rose colored grapes or a plaque consisting of different clusters of wine grapes. It makes an exquisite accent.
Blackboard: You can find a blackboard that features a vine of grapes, along with the words, “Bella Cucina” at the top or one that says, “Cappucchino Served Here.” This is perfect for writing a quick reminder or displaying the menu of the day.
Italian Wall Clocks: You can find clocks in different styles, sizes, and colors. For instance, one clock features the words, “Buona Fortuna” (Good Luck). Other clocks have a wine barrel design, along with grape accents, a picturesque Italian villa in the background, and a personalized clock with a half-round image of a villa designed by Van Utens. Not only are clocks functional, but they make a nice decorative accent.
Italian Wall Plates/Ceramics: There is an assortment of colorful Italian wall plates and ceramics that depict Italian scenery, such as Venice, Rome, and Florence, as well as images of Sicilian sunflowers, pomegranates, whimsical flowers, and animal themes. Also, Majolica and Deruta offer a fabulous selection of wall plates consisting of colorful geometric designs and images.
Wall Wine Racks: A wall wine rack makes a beautiful addition to your Italian style kitchen. These racks are available in an ornate iron with a lovely patina finish. Some come with cradles to accommodate anywhere from 10 to 18 bottles of wine.
Shadow Boxes: An incredible wall accessory is a three-dimensional shadow box that contains a few bottles of vintage wine, a wine label, a cork, a cork screw, and a cluster of grapes. It is framed in a dark wooden frame and is easy to hang. This makes a lovely addition to Italian kitchen decor.
Miscellaneous Accessories: Other miscellaneous accessories to consider are those that contain materials such as, brass, copper, clay, or terra cotta.
Also, woven baskets are commonly found in Italian kitchens and give you
needed storage space.
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