Tips To Design A Tuscan Living Room
Bring the look of Tuscany into your living room. Whether your Tuscan living room is drawn from travel experience or simply from dreams of this alluring region of Italy, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for creating the look in our gallery of Tuscan living rooms. A beautiful Tuscan living room captures both the grandeur of Tuscan style and the rustic simplicity that gives the look its old-world persona. These are some tips to design a Tuscan living room.
Set the stage for a Tuscan living room with warm, earth tone colors such as light cream, golden and straw yellow, terra-cotta and burnt orange on walls. Use decorative painting techniques such as sponging and color washing to add faux textures mimicking weathered stone and aged plaster. Wrought iron stair railings and grills on doors and windows are common architectural features. Include other rustic elements such as exposed wood beams on ceilings, fieldstone on a fireplace or accent wall and slate, stone, tile or weathered wood flooring. Include dark stained, Old World-style wood furniture with hand carved details and wrought iron hardware.
Cover sofas and chairs in luxurious upholstery fabrics, such as velvet, leather, suede or Renaissance-style silk brocade or jacquard fabric in damask or floral prints. Anchor furniture with an intricate floral area rug in Tuscan-inspired hues of red, gold, olive, sage, tan and brown. For a dramatic focal point, add a rustic wrought iron chandelier or a pair of them if space permits. In a smaller room, use a wrought iron pendant or ceiling fixture. Candle-style wrought iron wall sconces make elegant accent lighting. Tall wood or metal candleholders add a romantic ambiance to the room. Fill large earthenware vases or oversized urns with dried reeds, silk sunflowers or leave them empty to be displayed near a fireplace or to fill an empty corner. Embellish walls with scrolling wrought iron grills, an oversized clock, a rustic mirror, paintings of Tuscan vineyards or a mural of the Mediterranean landscape. Soften the space with a lush wall tapestry and long drapery panels hung from wrought iron curtain rods.
Mediterranean homes embrace the natural world by melding outdoor living spaces with interior rooms. Doors open onto patios, while gardens and interior courtyards welcome in fresh air and unobstructed views of the outdoors. Bring in natural elements with plenty of greenery. Add live or silk plants to mantels, end tables, shelves and bookcases. Frame a window with large potted plants or sculpted topiaries. After all, these living room tips can create showcase Tuscan designs and furnishings that are a nod to both graceful antiquity and the charming countryside.