*Top 5 Elements of Tuscan Kitchen Decor*
Why is the farmhouse kitchen style so popular? Two words: rustic simplicity. It just feels good. The “down-home, back-to-your-roots” style of decorating goes a long way toward making your home into a much needed haven when it seems like the rest of the world has gone a bit crazy.
Tuscan kitchens are warm, inviting spaces for entertaining family & friends, and preparing excellent food. In Tuscany, the kitchen decor is usually simple, practical and functional. If you're wondering how to decorate your kitchen in this humble yet beautiful style, you're in the right place.
Decorating in Tuscan style is not difficult, and if you're like me, you'll find that the kitchen is one of the most fun and rewarding areas to infuse with the old world. Rich in warm, time-honored materials and touchable textiles, the rustic Italian farmhouse kitchen generally features a beautiful blend of these five elements:
- Colorful Italian Ceramics
- Stone & Clay Accents
- Warm Wooden Furniture & Architectural Features
- Luscious Greenery & Floral Accents
- A Warm Tuscan Color Palette
For an authentic old world look, decorate with accessories that look antiquated, add a splash of color, and are sure to make you smile as you spend time cooking, entertaining, or just hanging out in your kitchen.
11 Accessories for Styling a Rustic Tuscan Kitchen
Check out this authentic Italian farmhouse kitchen. Can you spot the classic Tuscan elements?
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It's a lot of fun to dream about having a giant, family style open floor plan with large counter top work spaces and plenty of room for cooking and conversation. But what if your kitchen is not quite what you're dreaming of?
Do you remember the old song lyrics, "if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with"? I'm pretty sure that singer was not referring to rooms, but hey, the advice still works if you find your kitchen is less than ideal.
But don't worry, just by strategically adding a few of the right accessories, and painting walls and cabinets (if you can't replace), you can make a big difference in the look and feel of your kitchen.
Faux Wood Beams for Kitchens
Nothing says "Look at me, I'm Tuscan" more than wood ceiling beams. Faux wood beams are lightweight, realistic, and easy to install. Any room in your home (especially the kitchen) can instantly look more like an old world, Tuscan farmhouse with the addition of faux or real wood beams, trusses, or corbels. We love them! Now you can order a sample and check them out for yourself.
If you're decorating a Tuscan kitchen on a budget, you can make a major difference in the look and feel of your space just by adding a few small accent pieces and decorative artifacts to your counter top, walls, and above-cabinet areas. Changing your wall and/or cabinet color with a new Tuscan inspired shade of paint is one of the least expensive remodeling changes you can make, and that alone can dramatically change the mood of a room.
Functional Kitchen Decor: Islands & Carts
Farmhouse kitchens often feature cabinetry and accent pieces that look like furniture. It's not odd to find dressers, sideboards, and old tables cleverly re-purposed as additional storage or work surfaces. These pieces often become the centerpiece of the space.
"Fixer Upper" star Joanna Gaines knows how the right island can make a terrific focal point and anchor for a farmhouse kitchen. In her own home, she creatively re-purposed an old church communion table as her kitchen island. On her blog, she writes, "Once I determined where I wanted it, the rest of the kitchen fell in to place."
Whether you're starting from scratch in a blank space, or just trying to enhance an existing kitchen, introducing an island or cart into the mix is a great place to start. Not only do they increase your functional work area, they can be a clever way to add seating and extra storage to your kitchen. Woo Hoo!
For inspiration on how to use an island or cart in your kitchen, or just to see some fabulous Tuscan kitchen photos, check out my Tuscan kitchen idea book.
Since these kitchen furniture beauties are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and finishes, it's easy to find something that will work with almost any situation. Could your kitchen benefit from an island or cart? What style do you love?
If you're like me, you love a good DIY project. With basic skills and some tools, you can build your own island. I found this excellent video demonstrating how to build a sturdy, movable kitchen island out of pre-made upper cabinet units, some plywood and butcher block.
This particular plan is ideal, because it allows you to customize the size of your island with the size cabinet units that best suit your space. I also love the addition of the towel bar on one end, and the industrial castors which allow you to move the whole thing out of the way when you're not using it. The cabinet doors allow you to store things away out of sight. Score!
Farmhouse Kitchen Island Colors
In a Tuscan kitchen, it's popular to incorporate an island with a complementary finish or color. This allows you to show off your kitchen's personality with panache, and prevents everything from being too "matchy".
The same rule applies to the counter top surface. The island counter top does not have to match what's used everywhere else. It just needs to complement the others. If you're having trouble deciding on an island color, I've listed a few of my favorites below.
- Sage or Olive Green
- Black (Distressed, Matte, or Glazed)
- Off-white (Buttermilk, Cream, Glazed)
- Red (Barn, Rusty, Cherry)
- Wood Tones (Walnut, Hickory, Chestnut, Cherry)
Whether you're building a new home, or just trying to make some functional and beautiful improvements to your kitchen, think about adding an island or cart. Then get to cookin' and entertainin' in your fabulous new space. Buon appetito!
For your convenience, I've put together a short list of some of our favorite Tuscan style islands and carts from around the web.
Monarch Kitchen Island
Or, you may also like one of these:
Tuscan Island & Cart (Resource List) : 1. Sarreid Crate Island | 2. Gourmet Black | 3. Bowery Hill Granite Top | 4. Bethany Rustic Island | 5. Outback Distressed Workbench | 6. Marchella Sage Island | 7. Farmhouse White Top | 8. Bowery Hill Distressed Black
How about you? Do you have an island in your kitchen? What's your favorite style? Let me know in the comments below.
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