The style is a homage to the Italian countryside. It is influenced both by Roman and Etruscan design and architecture. Materials coming from local quarries, like stone and marble, brick and terracotta mix locally made with woods and textiles create a style that combines comfort with elegance which brings nature inside. The key element to the Tuscan style is living close to nature.
Tuscan style rooms typically feature hard flooring surfaces like wood, tile, stone or bricks. Colorful rustic or Persian rugs are added for texture and comfort. Doors, exposed ceiling beams and other wooden materials have an inherently rustic patina. Traditional kitchens in the Tuscan style display jars of dried pasts, hanging copper pots and braids of onions and garlic. Commonly seen fabrics include damasks, velvets, linen, brocades, silks as well as tone-on-tone patterns.
A typical Tuscan living room is one that has stone arches that frame two entrances to a room. The aged wood floors reveal years of wear and an impressive mantle stone dominating the fireplace wall. Exposed wood beams line the ceiling and the dominant colors of the room include earth tone neutrals like browns, tans, pale blues and terra cottas used on rugs, fabrics and walls. The tuscan living room decor could also integrate antiques, such as a gilt wood mirror, wall sconces mixed with upholstered items. The living space in the design gives out a relaxed and elegant feel.
When integrating the decor in the bedroom, traditional Tuscan beds have blackened, robust wrought-iron frames. The beds furthermore are usually covered with simple white bedspreads. A truly rustic Tuscan bedding and window treatments are an all-white cotton affair.
Dine in style and charm in a typical Tuscany design dining room. Stone and tile give the dining space an Italian flair. Three-quarter paneling could give the room a Tuscany vibe. The kitchen is considered the heart of any Tuscan home. Its inviting and warm feeling welcomes family and guests alike. Warm earth hues are used on floors and walls. Stucco or plaster walls may be left natural or painted or tinted in warm shades. The furniture pieces in general are made of wood while accessories and lighting employ wrought iron and simple designs. Copper pots and colorful pottery finish the look.
It's common for a room to include an assortment of furnishings, like antique and rustic pieces. The eclectic combination adds a sense of heritage to the furniture pieces, a feeling that they have been handed down or collected over a long time. Typical Tuscan furniture has signs of wear and age and not always in pristine condition.