Treat Yourself: 16 Tuscan Kitchens to Take You Abroad
Tuscany, with its lush landscapes, laid-back attitude, and unparalleled architecture, is hard to resist. But you don't have to travel far to capture the essence of Italy in your own home. Feast your eyes on this collection of Tuscan-style kitchens and try not to get swept away.
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Inviting exterior elements into a home is a daring design choice, but oh, the rewards it can reap! Outdoor materials, such as weathered wood posts, antique brick pavers, and rough-hewn stone, add unparalleled charm to any kitchen. A bonus? Materials meant for the outdoors withstand day-to-day use with grace and remain handsome for years to come.
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Dip into Color
Tuscan kitchens don't shy away from color, whether it's just a dab on the backsplash or a full-on drenching, as in this blue-coated room. In addition to fearless color, the cabinets boast furniturelike touches, including raised-panel doors, intricate trim, carved columns, and regal corbels. And in true Tuscan style, the island doesn't perfectly match the perimeter cupboards, giving the space a harmonized, built-over-time appearance.
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Embrace the Odds
Favoring natural materials over synthetic alternatives means embracing the quirks and imperfections of nature's offerings. The terra-cotta tiles and butcher-block countertops in this Tuscan-style kitchen, with their varied shape and color, impart character and subtle pattern to the room.
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Mix and Match
Tuscan kitchens often appear to have been put together over time, spanning decades or even generations. Re-create that lived-in look by choosing cabinets and furniture with different finishes, opting for different countertop materials and pairing mismatched chairs around an island or breakfast nook.
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Interior designers often call the ceiling the fifth wall because of its decorating potential. Paying special attention to the span of sheetrock overhead can pay off; not only is it unexpected, but the ceiling can also handle risks that walls and floors cannot. The brick-and-beam ceiling treatment in this Tuscan-style kitchen gives the room a cozy, intimate feel despite its spacious size.
Decorate with Tuscan Style
Invite the warmth of Tuscany into your home with these simple decorating tips.
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Many Tuscan kitchens rely on natural materials like stone and wood for surfaces, which runs the risk of dressing an entire room in the same shade of tan. Battle blandness by mixing up the texture and pattern of neutral-hue materials. The tile backsplash in this kitchen is laid in a running bond pattern, but it's interspersed with square tiles for added flair. The terra-cotta floor tiles dance in a herringbone design to give the room movement, and bricks stacked around the window's perimeter offer further visual drama.
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Tuscan kitchens are known for attention to detail and handcraftsmanship, with notable features like this kitchen's carved island corbels and wood range hood embellishments. Incorporate ornate and furniturelike details on cabinetry, freestanding pieces, and woodwork in your own kitchen for the perfect Tuscan touch.
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Tuscan kitchens are nothing if not practical, and they utilize materials that are locally available and abundant. That's why you'll often spot gorgeous natural stone stretching across floors, walls, countertops, and even doorways, as in this regal kitchen that is covered in stone both rugged and polished.
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A few dings here and there? Some signs of wear and tear? These imperfections are signs of a busy, bustling kitchen. They're not to be hidden or fixed but rather celebrated; Tuscan kitchens wear their scars with pride! Worn finishes on cabinets, scraped stone floors, and salvaged wood beams might not look pristine, but they do speak volumes about how a well-used kitchen is also the most well-loved.
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Make It Modern
Some homeowners who adore old-world kitchens prefer contemporary details, and this kitchen proves that Tuscan design can stretch to fit just about any style. Clean-lined elements like white subway tile, minimal cabinetry, an industrial island, and a sleek bench feel right at home alongside Tuscan elements like salvaged wood, old brick, and exposed ceiling beams. A neutral palette of whites and woods is key to blending worlds old and new.
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Hearth of the Home
Old-world kitchens often situate the range in a place of honor. In this sizable space, the range is placed in an arched alcove to set it apart from the rest of the room. With countertops on either side, nearby shelves brimming with spices and seasonings, and a delightfully textured tile backsplash, it's clear that in this kitchen, the range is its beating heart.
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For those with smaller homes or budgets, let this modest-size kitchen inspire. It might not command the same attention as sprawling Tuscan spaces, but it still catches the eye with its elegant arched cabinets, intriguing iron knobs, pretty patterned backsplash, and oversize chandelier. Even simple Tuscan style can be stunning.
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A neutral palette leaves room for a daring mix of materials. Four different wood tones, as well as brick, flagstone, ceramic, and granite, outfit this stylish kitchen. Rather than clashing, the materials harmonize by dwelling in the same palette and by switching up the scale.
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Keep It Simple
If your taste runs a bit sleeker than conventional Tuscan style, take inspiration from this modern kitchen that pares down the best of Tuscany. The cabinets have raised panels and the island boasts beefy corbels, but they're far more streamlined than most. The chandelier, with its elegant wrought-iron curves, is a simpler take on an ornate overhead fixture. And limiting the color palette to high-contrast creamy white and deep-hue wood is playful but still sophisticated.
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Elements of Tile
Tuscan kitchens are renowned for putting ordinary materials on display. A humble terra-cotta tile floor is elevated into a stunning architectural feature when laid on the bias and bisected by salvaged wood. Gaze with awe at this kitchen's backsplash that features expertly painted tiles. Both surfaces, rather than falling flat, are elevated into artwork.
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Cabinetry is often the star of Tuscan-style kitchens, as these often-custom creations are an avenue for carpenters to display their artistry. It's not uncommon for ornate trim, door panels, and paint treatments to make an appearance in a Tuscan kitchen. We love two standout details in this richly appointed room: the curvaceous iron corbels on the island corners and the stately wood panels cloaking the refrigerator. Such details elevate a kitchen beyond what you can buy in a big-box store.
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