Tuscan Style

Invite the warmth of Tuscany to your home with these decorating tips. See how the right mix of finishes, furniture, and colors will do the trick.

Tuscan style embraces an old world look influenced by the landscape of its namesake region. It's grand yet inviting with large area rooms and earthy color palettes. The architecture emphasizes large windows and doors that open to outdoor living spaces as well as grand features from bold arches to distinctive ceilings. Materials such as roughhewn beams, dark wood, various stones and plaster finishes lend Tuscan flair. Furnishings are comfortable and bold in scale with ornate carved details and antiques are key. In this dining room, a soaring barrel-vaulted ceiling and thick arched doorways set a grand tone. The heavy wood dining table anchors the room and the double ring iron chandelier lends drama. Hand-finished Venetian plaster walls and leather upholstery on the chairs solidify the room's Tuscan look. In this kitchen, authentic materials play the Tuscanesque arid sunkissed hues. A waxed walnut finish on the stocky carved cabinetry and a plaster hood offer Tuscan farmhouse flair. Metal lends a finishing touch on the cast iron backsplash insert and scrolled shelf brackets. Colors of the Tuskin landscape, golden rod yellow, terracotta, and vibrant sky blue bring this bedroom to life. Layers of lush fabrics add texture and richness. Furniture and decorative accents underscore the Tuscan style. They include a mix of antiques and gilded finishes such as this ornate trifled screen inset with tapestries of medieval scenes. Overall the look captures the old world elegance mixed with earthy patinas that truly defines Tuscan d├ęcor.

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