Tuscan Style Decorating
By Michael J. Holland
If Under the Tuscan Sun left you breathlessly and hopelessly in love with
style decorating you're certainly not alone. The rolling hills and the
call of the earth itself seem to have imparted their presence into the psyche of
those who either read the book or saw the movie.
This growing trend in Tuscan style decorating is similar to the which-
came-first theory of the chicken or the egg. Whichever the answer, the
results are genuinely inspirational. Images of our direct connection to
the earth itself are born and spark a craving for the proximity of familiar
In Tuscan style decorating we are able to reflect our passion for that
connection to the earth and to what is real. All that which is old and
forgotten becomes new and significant again.
Elements of Tuscan style decorating incorporate the outdoors within the
inside confines of where we live. You don't have to be outside to commune
with nature. It instead communes in harmony with the life inside our
Colors in Tuscan style decorating
Warmth and intensity ... just as in fine Italian coffee fills the vivid color
palette of this style. The earth's hues in ranges from blistering yellow
like the sun itself to the concentrated gold's like those she hides in her
furthermost crevices are used throughout this theme. Intense shades of
russet and chocolate are likewise incorporated abundantly with prominent amounts
of terra cotta.
Other earth tones are likewise blended in Tuscan style decorating harmony.
Include expressions of coal black, deep pool or lake blue, and olive with hints
of sea green in combination with generous amounts of rusty reds for added spice.
Stone in Tuscan style decorating
When it comes to home décor, this style is literally the salt of the earth.
Natural stones and rocks from the earth itself bear this evidence. Even
bricks, which are made by man, begin with clay and other elements of the earth.
Stone is used in Tuscan style decorating very effectively in kitchens and
in bathrooms. Other places where it makes a powerful statement are in
fireplace surrounds and hearts as well as in foyers and other entrances.
Creating a faux stone wall adds an immediate Tuscan air to any room.
Before choosing stone for your Tuscan style decorating project, know the
physical qualities of any stone you're considering. Before you decide
which stone to use where to use it, you need to know its limitations. The
three most commonly used stones are granite, limestone and marble.
Granite - strong, long-lasting and heat-resistant. This stone creates a
stunning Tuscan style decorating focal point, but is expensive.
Limestone - natural in appearance, but very absorbent and stains easily.
It is typically used in flooring and for shower interiors but is not recommended
for areas that receive frequent traffic. Marble - soft and porous,
unsuitable for kitchen countertops, recommended for bathrooms and floors.
Use unpolished to best compliment this theme.
Metal in Tuscan style decorating
True to the concept existing in harmony with the earth, the idea in Tuscan
style decorating is to appreciate the natural. Instead of using highly
polished metals that have a shiny appearance, you'll be incorporating metals
from the past.
Select basic tin pieces to create a feeling of genuineness. If you're
creative, you may even want to try your hand at making your own tin Tuscan
style decorating accessories. You can go as basic or bold as you like from
doing a simple picture frame to a tin insert for an antique cabinet.
Mix in other unpolished metals like copper, iron and pewter as well for dramatic
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