Home is where people want to be most comfortable, and quite possibly, where their personalities and interest are best reflected. Designing the interior of a home is a personal affair, a mirror of what makes the homeowner happy. It has always been so. In ancient Roman times, as families moved from the hustle of big cities to quieter provinces, they brought with them the Italian style, but began to arrange it in their homes in a comfortable, laid-back way. Today, homeowners everywhere look for ways to recreate that Tuscan-style warmth.
Scale is important in Tuscan design. The size and scale of features such as fireplaces, windows and doors should be in keeping with the size of the room and height of the ceiling. Furniture should fit easily into the room in a way that creates balance and harmony. Nothing should stand out as being too large or too small for the space.
Traditional Tuscan-style furniture ranges from simple to elaborate. It is customarily fashioned from iron, rustic woods or fine hardwoods and often includes accents of copper, leather or marble. Tuscan furniture is full of style detail but created for warmth and comfort.
Hard surfaces like tables and counter tops can be softened with a luxurious textile runner. Draperies with true Mediterranean colors like cinnamon, bronze, olive, aqua and ochre can complement
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and rich wall tapestries. Carpetings should be works of art rather than simple floor coverings and should help pull the Mediterranean colors of the room together.
Ceramic vases fairly scream “Mediterranean” and are a must in Tuscan design. Classic urns, vases and containers of every shape and size are tucked around the rooms of a Mediterranean home. The warm, earthy hues of earthenware vessels complement the rest of a Tuscan room, including natural granite counters, wooden tables and hutches full of Tuscan-inspired, glazed crockery.
Tuscan wall colors are warm, yellow-based hues, like ripe, golden pear, orange-red hibiscus, green olive, creamy ivory and rich burgundy. A truly Tuscan-inspired room will have rough plastered walls that soar up to a rustic beamed ceiling.
Terra cotta tiles, a stone floor with mosaic inlay, or a worn wood floor that you’ve covered with antique rugs will all add a look of Tuscan authenticity to a room.
About the Author
Dana Sparks has been a professional writer since 1990. As a staff reporter, she has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and she is also the author of two published novels. Sparks holds a Bachelor of Arts in business.
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