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What is the Tuscan Style?
The Tuscan style is one of the most popular Mediterranean styles used in architecture and interiors. It encompasses and reflects the beautiful landscapes and climate of Tuscany along with the hospitality and comfort of good wine, food, and family. The Tuscan style uses rustic, sunbaked finishes characterized by crumbling stone patios, simple and solid furnishings with elegant wrought iron accents, terra-cotta tiles, textured wall finishes, detailed murals, faux finishes, and trompe l’oeil designs. The Tuscan style is wonderful for bedrooms because of the warm, earthy colors and traditional elegance combine to produce a restful and exquisite space; here are some great ideas and photos on how you can create this style in your bedroom.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Tuscan Architectural Elements
In architecture, the Tuscan influence is a very popular style used in large, residential buildings. Many homes that use this style within the architecture will also bring in certain elements inside; some of these elements are plaster walls, rustic hardwood or terra-cotta floors, and wooden ceiling beams. A great example of these architectural elements are in this Tuscan style bedroom designed by Sennikoff Architects, which features these wonderful architectural elements along with wrought iron accents and accessories.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Tuscan Furniture Ideas
Furniture used in the Tuscan style is a combination of vintage pieces as seen in this romantic bedroom idea designed by Casual Elegance by Cheryl; which uses a combination of luxurious, silk bedding, vintage furniture, and accents along with a muted color scheme that brings in the Tuscan influences. Other furniture options can include wrought iron, canopies, or large ornate pieces that are wonderful for a good-sized master bedroom to add comfort and elegance.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Tuscan Window Treatment Ideas
Windows in the Tuscan style are simple and left exposed to take advantage of unfiltered natural light; such as a simple drape that can be closed and opened easily. Other types of window treatments used in this style are Roman shades and valances to add a little color and décor but will not block out the natural light; a valance is sometimes combined with wooden blinds if privacy is preferred. There are many different types of drapes and valances used and custom made, as seen in this Tuscan style bedroom designed by John Termeer.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Tuscan accents will have wrought-iron accessories--such as candle sconces and light fixtures--that reinforce the rustic theme. Other suitable accessories include painted ceramic objects and tile to bring color and vitality to the design. Often the floors are accentuated with an antique area rug and a few key pieces of artwork that represent Tuscan landscapes. Canopy beds are not uncommon--like in this bedroom design by Wendi Young Design--because they provide another opportunity to drape a luxurious fabric to create another accent.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Tuscan bedding uses rich, silky or satiny type fabrics that are ornate with floral patterns. When looking for this type of bedding one option is to purchase a bedding collection, such as this set from Neiman Marcus called "Villa di Como”, which offers a collection of linens, duvet, pillow shams, bed skirt, bedspread, and decorative pillows. These collections can be found at most department stores or online ranging from thousands of dollars to hundreds depending on the quality and brand you choose to purchase. Another option besides a bedding collection is to use an assortment and mix-and-match of bedding accessories. This allows you to buy one piece at a time during sales or clearance events and over time put your bed together with an assortment of decorative pillows, duvet, and linens creating a diverse and eclectic design.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Tuscan Color Scheme
The Tuscan color scheme uses earthy colors in modest shades that best represent Tuscany hillsides. This color scheme can consist of earthy oranges, light blues, dark browns, beige, dusty roses, or deep reds that tend to reflect the nature of the Tuscany region. If you like the Tuscan style but want something more modern or contemporary, simply combine a Tuscan color scheme and finishes—such as stone and textured walls or ceilings--with modern architecture and elements. This combination will reflect the Tuscan style but keep a fresh, contemporary appearance in your room. A good example of this concept is in this modern Tuscan style bedroom by Jenkins Custom Homes, which uses the stone fireplace, simple textured walls, and color scheme to bring in the rustic, Tuscan look.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Tuscan Flooring Ideas
Tuscan floors tend to use terra-cotta tiles, stone with mosaic inlay and worn wood covered with vintage rugs. These flooring options are wonderful if you can afford to replace them. If not, by adding a vintage or traditional antique rug with some earthy colors will help complete your Tuscan design without a high cost.