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Got Art? Mix it up, a'am! (or Mr.)
This Tuscan living room is home to various sizes of Tuscan artwork, in horizontal and vertical configurations, depending on location. See how the long piece is hung above the vertical console buffet table? The pair of smaller pieces reside in the intimate seating area to the rear. A horizontal piece hangs at the top of the staircase, in juxtaposition to a taller arrangement with a mirror. Alternating the size and shapes of artwork keeps the look interesting, and although each piece is different...one is a portrait, others appear to be landscape art, they all offer a hint of the red accent color.
Speak softly and carry a big candlestick...This room utilizes romantic candle arrangements in a couple of areas. The candlestick trio in rustic iron or wood is the perfect way to add height to a shorter coffee table.
Fluffy Tuscan pillows make us happy.
Vibrant red accent pillows add that pop of color in just the right shade to coordinate with the accent rug, armchairs, and artwork.
Wrought iron rules!
This room features a glorious custom wrought iron railing to frame the curving staircase. If you don't happen to have one of these in your living room, then simply add a touch of iron to your walls as a grate or gate, as room dividers or doors, or even as part of furniture pieces like the legs and doors. Candlesticks and sconces often are available in wrought iron, and add just a specially scrolled flair to any space.
Go green... with Tuscan floral arrangements.
Don't forget the greenery & floral arrangements to add life to the Tuscan living room. Whether live or silk, plants are beautiful, and bring nature indoors in classic Tuscan style. This living room features a large floral arrangement in the niche opening toward the top of the staircase. Perfect!
We definitely saved one of the best tips for last. A Tuscan living room is certainly not complete until the lighting is just right. Think romantic, but brighter. The lighting should shape the mood, but must be adequate for practical use. We don't want our guests bumping into each other!
Purposeful lighting is sure to please.
Keep in mind the different types of lighting, and use them in the appropriate places. See the wall sconces on the back walls? Those add symmetry and elegance to the room. There is a torchiere floor lamp that beams light upward. A perfect pair of lamps on the buffet table serve double duty to illuminate the artwork above as well as the table below. And let's not forget the magnificent pair of wrought iron and crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Do they make the perfect Italian statement or what? Exquisite!
Tuscan Living Room 1 Review by: Diane Hendrickson, Tuscan Decor Founder & Tuscan Decorating expert
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