TUSCAN

TUSCAN

….. oranges and reds balanced by blues and green work well. In addition to these warm tones, olive green and terra cotta combined with wrought iron …..

TUSCAN

Another European design setting is found in the Tuscan portion of Italy. The look is quite different from the English country. The major difference is the extensive use of each arch opening in the cabinet. The dark woods are balanced with soft-edged stone surfaces and vibrantly painted. The look of this room is extravagant and exuberant but it does still have some discipline.

The cabinet materials are from oak, pine, mahogany or any heavy wood with strong grain works well. Cherry is not used in this design because it is probably too refined. If painted finishes are used; they are definitely distressed and worn. Arched or flat panel doors help to establish this theme. A combination of plaster structures and cabinetry works well because many Tuscan houses have open niches in plaster walls, backsplash shelves created from plaster and a plaster fire place as part of the cabinetry.

Rustic metals and crackled finishes on porcelain are excellent hardware selections.

Once again most available counter surfaces works well with this design. The more rustic the counter top, the better. Excellent choices for this design are soapstone, active granites, marbles or any textured or pattern surfaces. In non-water areas, heavy wood tops might work as well.

Sun-washed warm colors in yellows, oranges and reds balanced by blues and green work well. In addition to these warm tones, olive green and terra cotta combined with wrought iron, copper and verdigris metallic have an “Italian” sense to them.

The floors are done from any rustic, hardy material; tile, stone or wood can be used. To enhance the room, an area rug is a great addition.

Textured walls with a layered finish are typically used. Wood wainscoting is not appropriate in an Italian villa room, but a tile wainscoting would be great.

Cabinetry with open space above is an excellent choice. Beams work in any country environment, but a faux finish feeling is also appropriate in this design. The molding must be up around the ceiling.