The phrase “Tuscan design” evokes images filled with sunlight and warm, rich earthy tones and feelings of festivity and Old World charm. If you want an authentic Italian kitchen, Tuscan kitchen remodeling is the way to go.
Tuscan Kitchen Layout
In Tuscany, cooking is a family event, so having multiple work spaces for more than one cook is a good idea. An island or rustic wood table in the center of the kitchen can provide extra work space or seating, and it can also break up the space with a different wood or finish.
Tuscan Kitchen Cabinets
Maple or cherry cabinets in medium to dark tones are the foundation that everything else is built upon. Raised panel doors accented with vintage or rustic finishing techniques, decorative accents and embellishments, stacked crown moulding – a Tuscan kitchen should have a solid yet elegant feel.
Another key element to Tuscan kitchen remodeling is the oversized hearth or mantel over the stove. If you’ve decided to finish the walls with a faux plaster look, consider building the hearth and finishing it with trim pieces to complement the kitchen design. Many cabinet manufacturers offer pre-built mantels, or your installer can custom-build one on-site with trim pieces and accents.
Tuscan Kitchen Countertops
Remember that the Tuscan look is achieved by bringing the outside in. While granite may be the first countertop material that pops into your head, you can also achieve an organic look and feel with some of the new quartz colors available. Another material to consider is soapstone – oil it a few times, let time give your tops a naturally aged patina, and you will have a countertop that is both beautiful and durable. Wood is another material to consider; you can even use it as a work surface if you don’t mind the little marks and dents it may endure.
Tuscan Kitchen Floors & Walls
Tile plays an important role in Tuscan kitchen design. Terracotta floors and honed marble backsplashes with mosaic or decorative inlays are great choices. There are also an enormous amount of tiles on the market that simulate marble if you want to stay low-maintenance. The same goes for flooring – there are products that resemble tile but are softer to walk on. As for the walls, the color is key. Yellows, golden browns, brick reds, and mossy greens are great choices for an authentic Tuscan kitchen look.
Tuscan Kitchen Decor
Pull everything together with decorative pieces and artwork. With neutral walls, adding a few red or green earthenware pieces or decorations here and there adds color without going over the top. Wrought iron accents are another Tuscan favorite – you can incorporate this into the kitchen with decorative cabinet hardware and lighting fixtures. Framed theme artwork, painted murals, and frescoes are great if you have the wall space.