3 Ways to Give Your Flooring a Rustic Tuscan Look

Dog lying on red Spanish Terracotta Floor Tiles
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Tuscan-style flooring for your home remodel will be primarily terra cotta tile, secondarily travertine tumbled stone, and wood plank flooring.​

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    Tuscan Flooring Ideas in Terra Cotta, Stone, and Wood

    Nemo Tile Modern Mythology
    Nemo Tile

    1. Terra Cotta

    Terracotta floor tiles are traditionally hand-made in molds and baked to a durable hardness. The surface is rich and weathered, much like the color wash you might apply to your walls to give them that antique Tuscan look, too.

    Then there is the distinctive burnt sienna color. Sienna (or Siena) refers to the ancient, land-locked city in Tuscany where the Sienna clay is mined. This clay is then burned, removing all traces of water and producing the unique reddish-brown color.

    2. Tumbled Stone

    Another way to evoke the feeling of Tuscany in your flooring is to install tumbled stone or travertine tile. With their rounded edges and pits in the surface, both products look like they have been walked on by countless feet over the ages.

    3. Aged, Distressed Wood

    Finally, you may want to consider distressed wood plank flooring. Plank flooring is wide (average six inches) and the "distressed" part means that it is "pre-aged" with subtle impressions to make it look antique.

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    Terra Cotta for the Hand-Forged Look of the Old World

    Italian Terra Cotta Tile
    Pavé Tile & Stone, Inc.

    If you want to go full-on Tuscany for your flooring, you can do no better than purchasing from a high-end tile-maker who understands that region of Italy.

    Pavé Tile & Stone, ironically, is located in Florence. But not Florence, Italy: this is Florence, Massachusetts.

    Pavé notes on its site (link below) that classic Florentine (Italy, this time) pavers are terra cotta, with 9" x 16" dimensions, or the 12" hexagon.

    All tiles, say Pavé, have a "leathery surface, the sienna color mirroring the architecture of small Florentine towns, and it's old world ambiance bringing you back to Florence."

    High-quality terracotta tiles are not inexpensive. Surprisingly, though, they are not as expensive as you might imagine. The overstock tile pictured here, Octagon Terra Cotta, goes for about $9.00/sq. ft. Note that overstock products and prices at Pavé will vary.

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    Tile Mosaic Borders Complete the Effect

    American Olean Amber Valley in Derby Brown
    American Olean

    Adding a mosaic border to these stone-look field tiles gives the floor instant vitality.

    Each field tile is American Olean 13" by 13": Amber Valley in Derby Brown color. Every 9 field tiles are bordered by Tumbled Slate 1" x 1" mosaic in India Autumn.

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    Tumbled Travertine

    Tuscan Travertine Flooring
    American Olean

    Ceramic tile maker American Olean has a number of stone-look and natural stone lines. One stone that works well if you're trying to create the Tuscan look is travertine. This travertine is quite appropriately called Sienna Gold.

    Shown here is the tile is an 18-tile array with a close-up showing the complex surface of one of the tiles. Because travertine is natural and thus is "imperfect," many tile manufacturers (American Olean included) fill in pits and veins during the fabrication process.

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    Affordable Terra Cotta Tiles

    Tuscan Terra Cotta Tiles

    Even though these tiles are made from clay found in North Central Mexico, and are marketed by retailer Dal-Tile as Spanish-style, these 6" x 6", 6" x 12" and 12" x 12" terra cotta tiles are perfect for giving your flooring a Tuscan look.

    Shown here is Saltillo Sealed Antique Red. The tile pattern shown here is called "interlocked."

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    Porcelain Tile That Looks Stone

    Tuscania a Tuscan-Look Tile
    Florida Tile

    Not all tile that looks like stone is real stone. Sometimes, this tile is high-definition imaged porcelain or ceramic tile that looks incredibly like stone.

    Florida Tile's Tuscania series is well-named, as it gives any room a Tuscan style.

    Tuscania comes in four colors, ranging from Ivory to Walnut. This line is complemented with a series of matching listellos.