From Dean Dowd on October 23, 2009 in Kitchen Remodel
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There are a lot of ways to design your kitchen - modern, retro, classy, elegant, etc. Few decorating themes are as enduring and beautiful as the Tuscany kitchen design.
The Tuscany Kitchen
Tuscany is an area of Italy - that amazingly beautiful region with unbelievable hills, acres of wine country, the Italy that appears on postcards and travel brochures. The Tuscany kitchen design borrows this beauty and delivers it to your kitchen. The result is a throwback to old Italy - still-life paintings, old wine bottles and an aura of ancient romance.
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Tuscany kitchens are not showy and elaborate. They are simple, functional, and a bit on the rustic side. Coloring is dominated by buttery yellow or butterscotch tones, complemented by hints of wine red and forest green. The bottom line is that they exhibit a raw, earthy beauty that surrounds you with inspiration but makes you feel at home, too.
Countertops are usually earth-toned and composed of tiles rather than smooth marble or vinyl.
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Cabinets in Tuscany kitchens are marked by simplicity. There may be ridges and some simple carving. The colors are natural - oak, yellowish white, or off-white.
Tiles rule. In the Tuscany kitchen, tiles complement horizontal spaces with that rugged simplicity and originality. They may even grace the walls.
Most contemporary kitchen layouts adapt well to a Tuscany design. Often, ingredients such as dried beans, seasonings, flour, etc., are stored openly in glass or copper containers. A simple natural wood table works well as an island or preparation area.
While design stores are rife with decor options for Tuscany kitchens, the keyword is minimal. Dont detract from the overall simplicity of the approach with an astonishing array of knick-knacks. Choose several well-placed items to draw attention to components of the overall design.
The general ambience is warm and inviting. There are open spaces, lots of light, and the kind of feel that inspired Leonardo and nurtured Dante.