Tuscan Style

Many world designers advise utilizing the Tuscan interior style for those who prefer warm earth shades, the natural color of rust and brick, and furniture corresponding to the Mediterranean direction.

Tuscan Influences

Although the countryside is located in Italy, influences from the French and Spanish countries, which border the Mediterranean Sea just west of Italy, can also be found in Tuscan style design. 

Influences from the ancient Etruscan culture and the Middle Ages Renaissance period are also present.

Other natural influences found in the Mediterranean countryside include cypress and olive trees, grapes grown in the many wine vineyards, golden, luscious pears, and the beautiful scents and colors of flowering plants such as jasmine, rosemary, and bougainvillea.

The Origins of the Style

Tuscany belongs to one of the regions of Italy. Still, despite this, you can see Spanish and French directions taken from the Italian style in the Tuscan interior. Such an association was likely due to trade routes laid thousands of years ago between the different shores of the same sea. The interior also abounds with the details inherited from the Etruscan culture of antiquity and the Middle Ages. Due to the migrants from the Old World, the style had some influence on the decor and architecture of buildings in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and other US states. Interiors in the style are in full accordance with nature. Tuscany is a naturally rich land: cypress and olive groves, vineyards, and orchards with dozens of the most diverse varieties of trees give the most amazing shades and smells. 

Rosemary fields, jasmine bushes, and bougainvillea thickets fill this colorful area’s air and houses with a distinctive aroma. Hence, all these natural gifts are widely used by people in their homes.

A Style With Elegance and Romance

The interior design brings Old World fantasy and grand home furnishings together in a delightfully warm and inviting design scheme that is just as appealing now as it was in the past. The design style evolved through layers of history, taking cues from the earliest Etruscan metal craft and pottery and, of course, from the sumptuous world of the Italian Renaissance. Rooted in Italy, known as Tuscany, the style finds frescoes, cracked and worn by time, still vibrant with original pigment, depicting ancient deities and the decadence of the late Roman empire. The Tuscan Style is diverse in its use of materials, mosaic tiles, wrought iron gates and portals, distinctive bridges, and architecture, all reinforcing the unique Tuscan identity, a particular expression of the Italian soul. Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, and Cimabue contributed to Tuscan splendor. No wonder the Tuscany design style plays a substantial role in Italian culture and identity.

Decorating the Interiors

The furniture in the home usually employs straight, simple lines constructed from freshly rough-sawn local area woods. Tile floor accents, sturdy wrought iron, and beautiful marble are standard. 

New dark wood or pine pieces are often distressed at the factory to achieve the worn look. Open grand cupboards and large armoires are used for dishes, linens, clothes, display ceramics, and pottery. No Tuscan-style kitchen is complete without a long, family-style wooden table. A country kitchen sink is constructed of natural raw stone or coated with porcelain. The whole cabinet and simple sink hardware are often dark black wrought iron. Establish a copper ceiling range hood surrounded by tumbled raw marble tiles in the charming stove area. Display practical copper pots from a picturesque wrought iron rack, employ terracotta and wooden containers as accents and storage, and combine color with precious majolica dinnerware. Incorporate Tuscan themes as an articulation in your simple kitchen with collections of pasta in clear glass jars, a braid of organic onions or garlic, large jars of olives, and flower vases.

Color Overview


  • colors include reds, yellows, greens,
  • complementary colors: varies,
  • it pairs well with rustic accents,
  • mood: warm, earthy, elegant,
  • where to use: can be used in any room; popular in kitchens.

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