Bring the charming character of a European cottage into your home with the inviting ambience and elegant finishes of Tuscan-style decorating.
Take a trip across the ocean and back in time to the sun-drenched Italian countryside. Inspired by romantic beauty and long-lasting craftsmanship, Tuscan style brings old-world European charm with dramatic flair to modern-day living spaces.
See how aged patinas, hearty architecture, and warm hues from nature can fill your house with the welcoming elegance of Tuscan style.
The vibrant hues radiating from the Italian landscape translate comfortably into Tuscan-style rooms. Choose warm, earthy colors, such as rusty reds and terra-cottas, coppery yellows, and olive greens. Inject these cheerful tones in upholstery and window treatment fabrics, as well as decorative accessories.
Bringing the Tuscan look into a modern-day room calls for special finishes on the walls and other surfaces to transport the space back in time. To re-create the texture and color variation of old plaster walls, use decorative painting techniques to emulate stucco and Venetian plaster treatments. Textured wallpapers are also a great way to add the look with ease. Enhance cabinetry and furniture pieces with painted faux finishes, such as color-washing and distressing, to give them a gently aged patina.
Original Tuscan cottages were built to last for centuries. Mimic the look of their classic architecture by incorporating hearty stone and wood accents throughout your rooms. Hand-scraped wooden ceiling beams add a charming, rustic look. Stone on a fireplace, added to an accent wall, or framing an arched doorway adds noteworthy character.
Tuscan style is elegant but not excessive. Pretty furnishings with rich finishes and decorative fabrics make a graceful statement without getting in the way of the utilitarian nature of each room. A handful of decorative touches -- a carved mirror or piece of wall art and an ornamental light fixture -- are all that is needed to dress a Tuscan room.
Furniture in old Tuscan cottages was primarily for function, but decoration was not forgotten. Wood pieces embellished with carved or painted designs add lovely touches of ornamentation, as do the gently curving lines of wrought iron.