How to Decorate With the Colors of Tuscany

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The Essentials of Tuscan Style

Tuscany-inspired decorating is a timeless style that is easy to create at home. You can capture the warmth of Tuscany at home through decor, architectural accents, and color. Living rooms and great rooms built in this style often include a large stone fireplace and formidable architectural features. Architectural details that reflect Tuscany include heavy wood beams, inset niches in walls, and painted wall treatments. Decorative accessories in this style include iron, wine-inspired and warm wood, accents.  

The warmth and rustic charm of Tuscany is a perfect decorating idea for a casual yet elegant home. Tuscan style is anchored by natural surfaces, which is a perfect fit for relaxed living  A Tuscan-style kitchen is welcoming and invites friends to gather there, and is the perfect place to add the colors of Tuscany in your home. Though the natural surfaces and architectural details are key to a creating a Tuscan-style room, it’s the colors of Tuscany that translate this style best.

Tuscany is the Perfect Decorating and Color Inspiration

Before you choose your Tuscan-inspired color palette, it's helpful to learn a little more about this warm and visually-stunning region. Tuscany, Italy is a region that includes beaches, farmland, vineyards, and a rich art history. The colors of Tuscany draw on the warm landscape, geography, and crops. Color names such as sunflower yellow, olive green, and eggplant, reflect the colors of Tuscany fields.

It’s no surprise that much of Tuscany-style decor revolves around the kitchen and dining room when so many of the colors are derived from food. Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is often referred to as “the art palace of Italy,” because of its rich art history. This devotion to art is reflected in Tuscan-style decorating through rich paintings, tapestries, and linens. Plaster wall treatments and trompe l'oeil murals can add authenticity and style to your Tuscan-inspired home. 

The Colors of Tuscany

The lush hillsides of Tuscany supply artists and designers with unlimited color palette possibilities. The warmth of the region, paired with the coolness of the sky and sea, offers a beautifully balanced color palette for any space. A Tuscan palette could include, warm red, gold, olive green, ochre, eggplant, deep brown, and sky blue. An easy to live with Tuscany-style palette should include more warm than cool colors, with no more than five colors. For a Tuscan-style color scheme, you should choose two main colors, both warm. ​ Add a third color as a major accent could be warm or cool, and your two smaller accent colors can balance the palette out or give you the chance to include a favorite color. Like a landscape painting of Tuscany, the balance of warm and cool while letting warm colors dominate is going to give you a more authentic Tuscan vibe.

How to Create Tuscany-Inspired Color Palettes

Choose color combinations to create a comfortable and rustic palette. The colors of Tuscany are traditionally saturated, but there is no reason that you couldn’t choose light and neutral colors along with traditionally Tuscan colors if your lighting or taste makes darker colors less desirable. The colors you choose are not limited to paint. Your color palette is also your guide to choosing accessories, furnishings, window treatments and artwork. 

The easiest and most personalized way to create your own Tuscan-style color palette is to start with an inspiration piece.  Using an inspiration piece to create a color scheme is a tried-and-true way to incorporate your personal taste into any room.  Because you’ll be starting with an item that is appealing to you, your color scheme will be unique to you and your personal style.  If you don’t already have an inspiration piece in mind, the best place to start would be looking for a painting or printed fabric with colors you like. You can either pull the colors for your scheme by visually matching to a paint fan deck, or you can use one of the color palette generating tools on the internet. 

When you’re choosing your Tuscan-style colors, regardless of the method, keep in mind the landscape colors of the region. From acres of sunflowers to rows of grapes and olive trees laden with fruit, Tuscan color is a natural and easy palette to create at home.