Italian Kitchen Design Ideas Italian Kitchen Design Ideas

Italian kitchen design is often synonymous with the Tuscan style of interior decorating. This type of design denotes a provincial styling. Emphasis is placed on textured materials and earthy colors that are warm and countrified. The theme for the design is influenced by unrefined yet ornate contrasts.

A Mediterranean Influence

All the colors and textures in a Tuscan decor are combined to create a casual Mediterranean look. Therefore, images center on such motifs as grapes, wine bottles, Arcadian-type pottery, bowls and pitchers, and scenes of small towns and vineyards. All these pictures can be used in the kitchen with stenciled designs and in mural depictions. Create tiled murals in backsplashes behind stoves and behind sinks.

The Colors of Tuscany

To create an Italian decor, particularly one with a Tuscan influence, you want to incorporate, as mentioned, warm and earthy colors. Therefore, choice hues include brown, olive, burgundy, deep yellow, and rust. Stay away from soft colors, such as paler yellows or very light blues. The colors of Tuscany all underscore warmth and abundance.

Stone and Tile Countertops and Floors

Materials that work on floors as well as countertops in an Italian designed kitchen include limestone, slate, stone, granite and marble. Mosaics and tiles also work out well in these two areas in an Italian scheme. You can create beautiful images in the aforementioned colors that depict such Tuscan motifs as carts, fruit, farm houses, and bread and wine. Floors made of wood, with a distressed look, also complement this kind of decor.

Texturized Walls and Ceilings

Tuscan decorating dictates that you use a texturized application for your walls and ceilings. You can achieve this effect by painting walls or ceilings with some sand added to the paint. The idea here is to give these areas an antique, Mediterranean feel. You can also use faux painting methods as well, which lend to the pastoral, muted appeal of this type of design. For a bucolic, rough plastered look, make use of the faux painting kits that are available for this purpose.

Tuscan Furnishings and Accessories

Furnishings in an Italian-designed kitchen should be somewhat bulky with an agrarian and Old World feel. As a result, you can take advantage of possibly finding a table and chairs at a thrift store which willl make this statement. Wrought iron lighting and accessories can also be used. Include such items as wall sconces, candelabras, and wine racks in your kitchen furnishings. They will add just the right touch to such a decor. In addition, you will want to add ceramic bowls, dishes and vases as well. Terracotta pottery, which is a well-known Italian ceramic, is a great choice for such a kitchen. You can extend the wrought iron theme too in your selections for shelving. Include bottles filled with red wine vinegar, olive oil and dried herbs on open wrought iron shelves. Hang cookware from metal hooks attached to the ceiling. Make it the perfect place to create Italian cuisine and other types of fare.

Maintain the charm of the Italian countryside and the love people have for Italian food. A Tuscany styled kitchen is the perfect way to show your appreciation for the the art of cooking.

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