Tuscan bedding can give your bedroom an authentic 'Italian country' look. Below is a hand-picked selection of Tuscany bedding and matelassé bed linens for a Tuscan style bedroom.
For a traditional Tuscan farmhouse look, complete with black wrought-iron beds, you're best off with a white-on-white look: white bed linen, topped with white (or cream) Matelassé Bedspreads.
Palazzo-inspired Tuscany home decor - and Tuscan villa style - is usually more colorful. [Read More about authentic Tuscan style bedding]
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1. White Bed Linen
No matter what type of Tuscan-style beds (and which color bedspread) you're going to use, Tuscan sheets are traditionally a classic and sophisticated white.
Plain sheet sets are perfect for Tuscany decorating, and any thread count upwards of 300 will add a luxurious feel to your nights.
Antique lace pillow shams and/or accent pillows always make a great addition to Tuscan design beds, but they're not a must. (And they don't need to match, by the way!)
2. Colored Bedspreads
a) Palazzo-Style Tuscan Bedding
Here are two photos from Tuscan palazzo bedrooms: as you can see, the elegant wrought iron
beds are covered with jewel-colored brocade spreads:
For a truly opulent Tuscan style bedroom, choose tonal damask and brocade weaves: it's the kind of bedding that works best for grander Tuscan style homes. A silky/sateen finish is de rigueur; chenille or matte cotton weaves may not look polished enough for elegant Tuscany style bedding.
b) Contemporary Tuscan-Style Bedding
Between the elegance of a palazzo and the rustic simplicity of a podere (small farm) there's a third option: urban Tuscan-design bedrooms. With these, you would use lightweight quilts in
An antique feel is fine (e.g. florals on an antique-ivory ground), but don't go for a 'shabby' look. I've never seen it in Italy - I don't think the Italians are genetically capable of producing 'shabby' interiors. Whatever they do somehow manages to look sophisticated and fashionable :-)
Generally, avoid going heavy on pattern: solid colors or understated, restrained, stylized patterning is perfect for Tuscan bedding.
Choose neutral, warm colors for Tuscan style bedspreads in solids and tonal patterns:
Or, go for deep jewel colors:
For 'pale and interesting' Tuscan style bedding, opt for any of these colors: