Casual and CountryTuscan decorating is a combination of Spanish, French, and Italian styles. Casual and country, the Mediterranean decorating style is sure to please.
Iron wrought iron scrollwork, candle sconces and stone farmhouses are also highlights of tuscan inspired elements.
A rustic yet elegant scene that is reminiscent of Tuscan style
Photo courtesy of Melissa Marsden
If you like tuscan style decorating, then you will probably also like Southwestern style furniture and Southwestern porch designs.
If you appreciate simplicity, a warm inviting atmosphere, nature and the country then you will love a Tuscany decorating style for your porch. Tuscan, or Mediterranean architecture, is a blend of Italy, Spain, France, and parts of southern Europe. You can capture the true essence of Tuscan appeal right on your porch!
Tuscan decorating will work exceedingly well in your home as well.
Tuscan decorating is easy - go for a relaxed, comforting style. In our Guide to Easy Decorating Ideas we concentrate on four decorating factors: color, purpose, and focal point. The fourth factor is theme and we already know that- Tuscan!
Tuscan (or Mediterranean) colors are ideally red, green, terra cotta, gold, brick, and blue. Use our handy architectural color guide to view these great color options.
Red always makes a dramatic first impression so consider painting your front door a shade of red. Carry that color throughout your porch with a red urn or frame on artwork.
This works on any size porch but is great for small porches where every accessory counts.
Don't overdo it - a splash here and there will do just fine. Consider a combination of red and gold or tan to give your red a softer look.
Tuscan colors should complement your natural surroundings. As you can see in the pictures above, terra cotta and brick tones connect to nature so incorporate them in columns, floors, and furniture. Use reds and greens with vegetation and ivories, yellows or tans with stone features.
Scenes from Tuscany
Purpose in Tuscan Decorating Style
Photos courtesy of Roger Wade Studios
Creating a Tuscan Focal PointYou can probably see by now that creating a focal point on a Tuscan porch is easy. You have many decorating items, from the table runner to beautiful terra cotta urns with which to create the focal point.
You might also consider installing a water-accessory like a fountain (can use terra cotta for this also) on or near your porch. You can easily integrate a fountain in or around your porch landscaping.
Here's an interior designer's trick we've learned - choose what they call an inspiration piece. Because Tuscan decorating uses so many natural elements, one piece of Tuscan-style Majolica pottery may do the trick.
Tuscan LandscapingUse natural stone steps and walkways leading to your porch to enhance the Tuscan look.
A popular material to use is cantera stone. This stone is carved by sculptors into columns, balustrades, door and window trim, and even flooring. It is available in various colors and shades and due to cost is a high-end item.
Get related ideas here: Southwestern furniture and Southwestern porch designs.
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