How to Add a Bit of Tuscany to Your Kitchen Remodel
Thursday, January 10, 2013
January 2013How to Add a Bit of Tuscany to Your Kitchen RemodelTuscan-style kitchens are popular. They evoke old-world charm, the natural world, delicious food, and an informal comfort. If your kitchen renovations include a Tuscan kitchen, be sure to include lots of natural materials. Think of ways to integrate wood, stone, ceramic, and other materials that suggest the beauty outside. Here are some other things to consider:
Classic Tuscan decorative themes include olives, roosters, and grapes or other fruit.
- Paint: Colors for your kitchen renovations should be natural and warm: olive green, brown, shades of red, terra cotta, orange and yellow. Think of those colors that suggest a sun-baked villa in the countryside, such as warm yellow or gold walls. Textured paint and faux finishes are also conducive to a Tuscan mood.
- Cabinets: Cabinets can be painted in an antique white finish or a deep, rich brown – cherry, mahogany, and dark oak are good choices. Wrought iron is a Tuscan touch, and can make great drawer pulls or hinges. Other good hardware choices include pewter or oil-rubbed bronze.
- Floors: Floors made of wooden beams or natural stone are great natural choices for your kitchen renovations. Ceramic or terra cotta tiles also evoke a rustic, old-world feeling. Woven area rugs can add warmth and color to the dining area.
- Counters: When planning your kitchen renovations, think of natural counter top materials such as granite, slate, travertine, or marble. If you have dark wood cabinets, you may want counters in warmer, lighter colors.
- Backsplashes: Backsplashes can be an important design element in Tuscan kitchens. Murals in backsplashes are common or you can choose tiles in different warm and earthy Tuscan colors.
- Lighting: Natural light is the heart of Tuscan design, so consider how your kitchen renovations can bring in more light through windows or skylights. Artificial lighting should create a warm glow rather than a bright, fluorescent effect. A chandelier with wall sconces is a great, old-fashioned touch – especially in wrought iron, bronze, or pewter.
- Accessories: Complete your design with carefully chosen accent pieces such as clay or majolica pitchers, canisters, and vases.
What other Tuscan touches have you added at your home? If you're interested in adding a Tuscan flair to your kitchen, call us here at Kelly Bros. and we can help make your visions come true.
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