Small & Homely or an Opulent Villa?
A smaller kitchen may also house a dining table, where friends and family can gather to sit and help prepare vegetables for dinner, whereas a larger villa kitchen would be more likely to have a central island that appears more functional, but also encourages visitors to your home to gather.
Color & Materials
- Olive Green
- Sky Blue
- Rich Red
In keeping with the natural and earthy feel that Tuscans are so adept at creating, materials are natural too. Wooden cabinets are often painted, and countertops would either be tiles or wood. But in modern villas the use of stone and granite worktops would be more popular. The use of wrought iron pieces is also to be found in this decorating style, from light fittings to a cookbook stand. Why not make your walls more interesting by using a paint technique such as incorporating some painted faux cracks to add an air of authenticity as well as added visual interest.
Cabinets, Floors & Tiles
Flooring in any Italian style kitchen will be tiled. These can be made from any natural material tile you can find, but are usually terracotta, clay, or glazed ceramic. You might also want to include a mosaic pattern to your flooring for added interest and authenticity. The mosaic style, or checkerboard effect, is commonly used as tile patterns on the wall in Tuscany kitchens too.
Tuscan Style Accessories
As with all home decorating styles, a kitchen decorated in the Tuscan style will lack any authentic style, until the finishing touches enter the room, to bring the scheme together.
- Baskets are a common feature to have on the table or countertop, ready to pass round freshly baked ciabatta.
- Wrought iron features such as candlesticks, display shelves, or a rack to hang utensils from, would add authenticity to a Tuscan kitchen scheme.
- An Italian kitchen is nothing without bottles of wine and olive oil on the table, or on display in decorated bottles.
- Prints on the walls should again reflect the outdoors, using the motifs we looked at before, such as lemons and grapes.
- Large tableware, is a must-have in a kitchen to give it a Tuscan feel. Well worn, cracked, but big and beautiful. Often in rich reds and blues.