Rustic Tuscany kitchens look quite sober, with simple wooden furniture, white walls and a Tuscan backsplash of plain white or sparingly patterned tiles.
Elaborate Tuscan wall murals are rare in Tuscan farmhouse kitchens; you'll find them mostly in elegant Tuscan villas and palazzi.
Does this mean that you, too, should go for frugal, austere Tuscany kitchen designs, even if you live on the other side of the globe? Nope.
If your kitchen doesn't have a view across rolling Tuscan countryside, then make up for it by painting your kitchen walls in Tuscan 'outdoor' colors: terra cotta, yellow umber, deep rusty reds, oranges, shades of peach and pink and - of course - green.
Add a Tuscan kitchen backsplash (or a wall mural) in colorful tiles from Tuscany, or from next-door Umbria, or even from other parts of Italy if you prefer those tile designs (who's going to notice, anyway?)
Use Tuscan floor tiles as well: Tuscan kitchen design looks most authentic with terracotta (saltillo) tiling or with hand-painted Italian floor tiles. Use painted tiles for the entire floor, or for ornamental detail only (e.g. a medaillon in the middle of the kitchen floor, or a tiled baseboard/skirting board).
Tuscan kitchens are usually furnished in unpainted wood (preferably warm brown or deep honey tones).
Occasionally, you can also find Tuscany style kitchen furniture painted in white, cream, vanilla, dark blue or dark green.
Tuscany kitchens are eat-in kitchens, and you won't usually find a kitchen island. Instead, the kitchen table doubles as workspace if necessary.
Tuscan kitchen tables are no fancy affair: turned table legs are are as sophisticated as it gets. Chairs are simple ladderbacks with straw seats.
Contemporary rustic Tuscan kitchen design includes fitted cabinets, but in addition there's often a china cabinet where everyday crockery and fine Tuscan dinnerware are displayed.
Instead of a china cabinet, you could opt for a credenza with a hutch.
Alternatively, store your tableware, serveware, and kitchenware in a Tuscan armoire. (Armoires make great mini-pantries for Tuscan style kitchens, too.)
The last must-have furniture item for Tuscany kitchen designs is a wall-mounted dish rack above the sink. It adds rusticity and heaps of Tuscan flair to your kitchen, especially if you have a few gorgeous Tuscan plates perching on it.
Tuscan window treatments are part & parcel of Tuscan kitchen decorating; they're usually white and made of cotton or lace.
b) Tuscan Style Dinnerware & Majolica
Decorating with majolica pottery is what gives Tuscan kitchens their warmth, unique elegance and charm.
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For more kitchen ideas,
have a look at Gerard O'Rourke's site - Gerard is a trained architect and architectural draftsman with decades of
experience. If you're planning to remodel your kitchen - or any part of your home - his site is well
worth a visit.