Awesome Tuscany Colors for 2018
Tuscany colors are great if you want to live in Italy but instead you’re stuck in Oklahoma (or Utah in my case.) The Tuscan sunrise can be the inspiration for the color palette in a room. Use varying shades of gold with a few splash of aqua peering through. Try a different shade on each wall of a playroom or dining space for interest. This draws away from the fact that new homes won’t have the architectural details found in old farmhouses. The Tuscan sky is often depicted in shades of taupe and gray in paintings. Look at the color of the earth as it appears in paintings with rich reds and purples for a more dramatic color inspiration.
Even if you didn’t like the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” you may have fallen in love with the old farmhouse. Granted, you probably wouldn’t want to deal with the no plumbing/electricity thing but you can get the same look even if you live in a condo. Install iron light fixtures that look like older lanterns. Create a library with floor to ceiling bookshelves. If you’re working in a small space keep the shelves only wide enough for a standard size book so it doesn’t jut into the room too far. Accent the space with topiaries in earthenware terra-cotta pots. Talk to a contractor about using patio stones in a kitchen just make sure you have a comfortable rug to stand on.
Tuscan decorating ideas don’t have to make your room look like a theme restaurant. Instead, try pairing a pine desk with an olive green paint color for a workspace that isn’t overall fussy. Keep the focus on the outdoors by installing wood framed windows or doors that match the wood floors which will draw the eye outward. For a more modern room skip the faux finish walls so the focus is on an iron chandelier, or wood paneled ceiling. For a more elegant color palette bring colors directly out of a marble fireplace surround. The room will be taupe, beige and white but still feel decorated.
Add a tile border around a niche or curved archway in a tumbled marble to give it importance. Mix velvets and microsuedes with silk lampshades and curtains so the room doesn’t feel fussy or too elegant and impractical for everyday use. Turn your bedroom into a Tuscan room by switching out the bedding. Use a bed in a bag or create your own look that appears that it has been collected over time. For a guest bedroom this might mean a plaid bed skirt, floral pillow shames and a flat colored comforter in yellow paired with bright red sheets. Use different patterns in the same color palette for a more elegant, sophisticated theme room.
A Tuscan town can be the inspiration for artwork. Even if you aren’t an artist you can probably paint a simple Tuscan gold sunset by starting with a darker color and brushing into a lighter color. Accent the skyline with white or cream to simulate light. The trees on the Tuscan countryside are skinny and tall which you can make with a few grouped dots for an impressionist feel. Complete the artwork with faded white rectangles with small worn red trapezoids on top. Place the “houses” in the distance so they don’t require detail and be prepared to amaze your friends with your new found artistic skills.