Whether you're decorating a rustic kitchen or a formal entry, a palette that is warm and inviting defines Tuscan style. Like the tones of Italian villages, which feature red-tiled roofs and clay-colored exteriors, Tuscan interiors display a range of natural, neutral earthen hues. Walls often have a textured, rustic look that corresponds with dark ceiling beams and warm-toned, distressed furniture in chunky Tuscan styles. Cooler tones are used sparingly in Tuscan style, but bright blues and cool greens make appearances within the warm expanses.
Terra cotta provides a way to establish contrast while staying within the earth tone range of the Tuscan palette. A fiery orange red, terra cotta is a near complement or color wheel opposite of cool gray-green. Paint a kitchen island terra cotta and cap it with a cool gray-green granite top. Copper-bottom pans on an overhanging wrought-iron display rack relate to the kitchen island base and terra cotta tile.
Burnt umber, a dark orange-brown hue, reverberates throughout a Tuscan home in wood-beamed ceilings, dark furniture, wood flooring and dark bronze accents, which abound in Tuscan decor. In a foyer, consider a chunky, burnt umber console with aged bronze hardware. A dark bronze mirror, flanked by scrolled wrought-iron candleholders, completes the look.
Several adobe-like shades with pinkish undertones fall into this hue category. They are lighter red-browns that are perfect for creating aged, textured faux finished walls. A den with tinted plaster walls in light Tuscan red provides the perfect backdrop a for a distressed coffee table and heavy, ornate occasional chairs with stretcher bar bases. A patterned rug with dark gray-green and red accents uses this accent color to great effect.
A range of golden and mustard yellow tones frequently appears in Tuscan decor. A dining room with mustard yellow tinted plaster walls contrasts with a dark, distressed, curving country sideboard. An oil painting featuring a dark barn and a yellow field of flowers relates to the walls, while a dark bronze frame connects to dark furniture and a wrought-iron chandelier.
Warm gray, one of the staple Tuscan grays, provides a foyer with a soft, creamy backdrop for a chunky pedestal table in a light-toned wood. Against the warm gray wall, a tapestry with a range of soft, warm grays and orange-red accents completes the look. Cool gray-green is a good choice as a soft complementary color for a bedspread in a bedroom with textured Tuscan red walls. An ornate, antique-black mirror and dark ceiling beams provide tonal contrast.
Tomato red supplies bright accent color in Tuscan rooms. The addition of tomato red pillows intensifies a leather sofa in burnt umber. Another lively accent color is Tuscan blue, a bright green-blue frequently seen on exterior shutters in the Tuscan countryside. A painted Tuscan blue accent chair provides unexpected contrast and complements terra cotta kitchen tile. An occasional olive green accent item brightens and adds depth to the otherwise neutral Tuscan palette.
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