Few things speak to my inner designer as effectively as a soaring ceiling supported by dark and rustic wood trusses. Toss in a sweeping wrought iron staircase, and I’m in love. This month’s featured room, an elegant and dramatic Tuscan style living room, has both.
Looking for Tuscan design inspiration for your own home? Follow along as I discuss the design elements of this Tuscan style living room. You'll find decorating tips, as well as furniture and decor ideas along the way.
In my online decorating program "The Room Designer In You", I teach non-designers an easy system for recreating fabulously styled rooms (inspired by the pros) in their own homes. I love to start with an inspiration picture. Let's take a look at the living room picture above. Can you spot the Tuscan elements found there? I've identified six decorating components essential to recreating this look...let's see if you figured them out.
- A Tuscan Color Palette
- Warm Wooden Accents
- Tuscan Style Living Room Furniture
- Wall Decor & Artwork
- Old World Style Decorative Accessories
- Tuscan Light Fixtures
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The Tuscan Color Palette
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This Tuscan style living room features classic Tuscan hues, which are traditionally derived from the agrarian Italian landscape. Adding to the drama of this space is the cathedral ceiling with dark, dramatic ceiling beams stained in a rich brown. The exposed truss style beams are accentuated with iron ties, which makes them look like they came out of a very classy barn.
The walls are painted in a light tan-ish "coffee with milk" color, which looks fantastic with the rich wood tones of the floor and furniture, and takes on an amber glow in areas from the accent lighting. I can't tell if there is a finish on the walls, but a "knockdown" or Venetian plaster type finish would work well here.
If you're looking for a similar wall color, our recommendation is always the Sherwin Williams Latte (SW 6108). We have used this color in several of our projects, and find it really makes the Tuscan artwork and dark wood and wrought iron furniture look fantastic. It also "pops" against white or off white trim.
Tuscan Living Room Flooring: Warm Hardwoods with Vivid Accent Rugs
The warm wood tones from the ceiling are echoed in furniture accents and hardwood flooring. The area rugs excite with a vivid pop of red and gold, and serve double duty to warm up the cavernous space while delineating the conversation and traffic areas.
Design Tip: Matching Wood Tones
Maintain a cohesive look in your Tuscan living room by using wooden furniture with the same stain shade. See how the coffee table, chair trim, accent tables and artwork frames all share the same color finish?
Tuscan Style Living Room Furniture
The love seats and sofa of this living room are in neutral shades of tan which provides opportunities for excitement in accessorizing. See all of the romantic shades of red in the smaller chairs and pillows?
Design tip: Neutral Color Palette for Large Furniture
If you stay neutral on your larger base pieces (like a sofa or love seat) you'll have more options for changing out your accessory pieces in the future. Boredom will never be a problem, since you can always swap out those accessories for something more exciting as the mood or season changes. It's much easier (and less expensive) to change your accessories than it is your furniture.
In this room, the shorter armchairs in a red/gold pattern add warmth to the intimate conversation area in the rear. They also reflect the red hues from the accent rug and pillows in the front. This unifies the look and gives the room a more balanced appearance.
This living room employs logical seating arrangements designed for optimal conversation. No shouting required. Placement is creative, no "spin cycle" with furniture pushed ridiculously against the walls. Follow this room's example. Anchor seating comfortably with accent rugs, allow ample room around the conversation areas for traffic to flow in a fluid path, and ensure each seat has easy access to an accent table.
Tuscan Wall Art
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.
Old World Decorating Accessories
Candlesticks & Candleholders
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.
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 Accents
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 with a decorative grate or gate, room dividers or doors, or furniture with iron accents on legs and doors. Candlesticks and sconces often are available in wrought iron, and add just a touch of specially scrolled flair to any space.
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!
Tuscan Lighting Fixtures
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!
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 Outdoor Fountains (Partner Sites): 1. Red & Gold Silk Floral Arrangement | 2. Tuscan Sunset Canvas Artwork | 3. Faux Wood Ceiling Beams & Trusses | 4. Iron & Crystal Candlelight Chandelier | 5. Espresso Tiered Candleholder Set | 6. Roll Arm Sofa in Oyster | 7. Gwendolyn Arm Chair | 8. Red Damask Throw Pillow | 9. Rust Red Persian Style Rug
What do you think about this room of the month? Have any favorite Tuscan living room ideas to share? Let me know in the comments below.
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