Tuscan kitchen colors combine natural elements with warm colors. Warm colors are appetizing so they work well in kitchens. Base the room around natural wood cabinets or granite countertops because Tuscan kitchens are meant to be cooked in. Stick with dark colors on the cupboards or a medium wood tone. Give a farmhouse look with wood beams and add elegance with small columns and carvings on the island.
Tuscan accessories can add color to an ordinary room and inexpensively create a theme. Instead of kitschy sunflower placemats put fresh sunflowers in a vase. Iron scrollwork takes the place of art. A marble cutting board makes up for having a genuine stone counter. Keep metal tones rustic with an oil rubbed bronze finish that looks like it has been around for years. Find elegant canisters to store sugar and floor with ornate metal feet. If you’re a cook put spaghetti and pasta in clear jars for inexpensive and useful accessories. Tuscany is also known for its pottery so add color with colorful red and orange kitchen accessories and patterned dinnerware that looks handmade. Tuscan dinnerware can set the mood for the entire room. Cobalt blue adds a jolt of color and can be the inspiration for your entire room.
Your favorite Tuscan cafe can work as color inspiration. If you’ve never been to Tuscany then just imagine what your favorite cafe would look like. Paint a Tuscan kitchen table in red or terra cotta if you don’t want to try a daring wall color. For a literal theme paint a faux finish to look like stone blocks. A more chic finish would have plaster walls. Use the brighter colors of nature, like orange stones, or sunshine yellow.
Tuscan interior design focuses on the stove. Try a stainless steel stove to make large dinners or just give your home a gourmet feeling. Accent the stove with a large range hood that you can paint in a different color from the rest of the cabinets like cream or black. Use trim on the bottom of the hood to tie the range back into the cabinet colors. Stencils are often used in Tuscan design but you have to make sure that it doesn’t become too country or kitschy. Try using stencils with plaster for a fresco feeling and then aging it. Use one accent stencil piece for an inexpensive backsplash or focal point. There should be a mural of a Tuscan village or a fruit and wine still life somewhere in the room. This can be a tile backsplash or try your hand at a simple mural.
A Tuscan inspired kitchen should have a sense of history. This can be with an archway or worn shutters on the window. Use traditional chandeliers instead of more modern pendant lights. Build a kitchen island from an antique dresser to incorporate family heirlooms. Hide appliances behind cabinet doors and paint the ceiling or use wood on the ceiling to make the room feel cozier. An aged gold with an olive green creates an unusual, but still worn, Tuscan home. Tuscan cabinetry has at least one different element whether it’s a sage island or a white sink cabinet to break up the space.