Part of the irresistible appeal of entering an old world Tuscan bathroom is the sensation that you’ve stepped into the beginning of time. Traditional Italian design is about indulgence and timeless beauty.
Achieve this in your bathroom with lots of texture. Use stucco or faux painting to make your walls look aged and distinctive. Use granite, limestone, or marble on your counters or floors, as these building blocks have been around longer than we have. Then, beautify the space with tasteful designs and textures that have an artisan touch: pottery, terra cotta, aged wood, wrought iron, hand carved wood or metal, and hand painted ceramics.
Of course, you can’t go wrong with Italian inspired products, such as cut glass or cruets to store bath salts, oils, and soaps. Glass provides a contrast to your textured items and can manifest in traditional crystal knobs, vases, glass mosaic tile, or a glass vessel sink on an aged wooden vanity.
Color goes hand in hand with texture and is critical to your design concept. Tuscan style calls for earthy tones such as gold, brown, creamy yellow, or tan. These colors make for good backdrops in paint, curtains, or towels. Then, you can accent and fill in the space with deeper olives, rich reds, and gorgeous Mediterranean blues.
If you prefer modern style, don’t rule out Tuscan design. Modern Italian bathrooms are also household gems, with fresh, clean, and crisp appeal. Here, you will find shiny metal over old world pewter, gleaming surfaces over hammered copper, and a contemporary glass sink instead of the antique vessel.
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