Tuscan color palette inspiration from authentic Tuscan color schemes: This page takes 7 Tuscan rooms (both palazzo and farmhouse), and breaks them down into typical interior sample colors of Tuscany.
This summery, cheerful Tuscan color scheme for a traditional farmhouse picks up cues from the terra cotta flooring, whitewashed walls, and brightly colored wall art.
Rustic homes in Tuscany usually have all interior walls painted white. As far as I've seen, this is true for farms as well as antique Tuscan town houses.
This bedroom in a Tuscan farmhouse is decorated almost entirely in light neutrals, except for the subtle misty-blue bedding. The color scheme is fairly common in Italy; the Tuscany colors for traditional homes are white, terra cotta, and unstained wood.
However, there's usually a pop of color somewhere - something on the wall, a rug, a pillow or some other accessory. And here there's none (well, except for that jacket on the chair :-)
Just as in Tuscan color scheme #1, the seating is upholstered in a neutral white, a favorite color for Italian interiors (not just traditional Tuscan ones).
With typical mid-century Italian terrazzo floor tiles and natural wood colors, this Tuscan kitchen provides a neutral color base for the green and warm red accents that are provicded by the wall art.
Botanical art is something I've seen a lot of in Tuscan interiors, and colorful plant paintings make lovely accents for neutral Tuscan paint colors. They're never garish, but they sure don't pull any punches either!
This sapphire red silk damask curtain is a far cry from the humble farmhouse interior furnishings above. Nevertheless, the color is a favorite for winter bedspreads in traditional Tuscan homes, too!
Apart from the elaborate stencilled wall pattern (in grey, white and red), the gold accents are a distinct element of palazzo and villa decorating with Tuscan colors - you won't see gold in an old farmhouse around Tuscany! (That's where French country interiors are really different from Italian ones).
On a terra cotta tiled floor, the simple rust-colored sofa and the whitewashed walls in this palazzo living room are decorated in typical Tuscan colors. If it weren't for the large silk rugs, carved chairs and large gold-framed oils (and the sheer size of the room), these could be the colors of a humble Tuscan country home.
Against a backdrop of typical Tuscany colors like white, terra cotta and brown, this traditional Tuscan bedroom takes its accent colors from the wall art and the textiles, particularly the red rug on the floor.
This is a perfect example of how Tuscany colors work together (you'll find more about this in the section 'How to build a Tuscan color scheme' on the Tuscan Colors page).
Tuscan murals are usually very elegant and colorful.
This one is a mix of stencilling (the blue-patterned 'sky' that gets lighter towards the center) and actual Renaissance-style painting.
The ceiling picks up colors from around the room, like golden yellow silk valances, reddish-brown shelving and terra cotta floor tiles.
Any one of these beautiful jewel colors would make a good accent color for a Tuscan color palette; they all work well with neutrals and with red or pinkish terra cotta shades.
Tuscan farmhouses don't usually have plaster ceilings, so I can't show you a rustic version of this fine ceiling mural.
On the other hand, it's perfectly okay to decorate 'hybrid' Tuscan style homes where some rooms have open ceiling beams and others have painted ceilings (even if it's just one paint color, or a stencil).
For more ideas, check out this little 'library' I've put together for you (in partnership with Amazon):