Colors of Tuscany

by Jane VanOsdol on February 28, 2011

Do you have a growing collection of paint chips on your kitchen counter? Are you at the point where the more samples you add to the pile, the more confused you get? When you’re remodeling your kitchen, it can seem overwhelming as you try to decide upon a paint color. Coming up with a color scheme is a key to your whole home improvement project. In this blog, we’ll consider the beautiful colors of Tuscany as a basis for your color palette.

When you hear the word Tuscany it probably evokes images of sunny Italian villages close to the Mediterranean Ocean with lush grape vines, olives and potted herbs. And that’s exactly where the Tuscany palette takes its colors from—the earthy colors of the plants around Italy and the rich colors of the ocean waters.

You can start capturing a piece of this picturesque village and transferring it to your kitchen by choosing your painting palette from colors that reflect the following earthy tones of Tuscany.

  • Browns. Incorporate the color of the earth into your palette in your wood cabinets, furniture or accent pieces.
  • Terracotta. The small village of Impruneta in the hills of Tuscany is world famous for its clay and the beautiful pottery they make from the clay. You can use this color on your walls and in pottery vases throughout the kitchen.
  • Olive green. Known for its production of olive oil, Tuscany is alive with the color of olives. Pick up shades of this on your walls or as an accent color in plants, furniture and art work.
  • Yellow and gold. Flood your kitchen with the bright rays of sunshine from Tuscany. Choose a shade of yellow to use on the main walls of your kitchen to brighten up the whole room. How about selecting your tableware in a bright yellow or terracotta to reflect these colors as well?
  • Mediterranean blues. The rich blue of the Mediterranean can be picked up also throughout your kitchen. Try painting the bulkhead in this vibrant shade. Art work, accessories and dishes can also reflect this color.
  • Creamy whites. As a reflection of the sky on a clear day, white is an easy color to use throughout your kitchen.

Tuscany is also known for its masonry work. Tile and marble are common elements in a Tuscan kitchen for floors, countertops and backsplashes. The walls are often plastered; you can simulate that with faux painting techniques if you’re ambitious.

Choose classic wood and leather for any kitchen furniture. Tables are often topped with tile or stone.

If you’re lucky enough to have a patio that opens up off your kitchen, decorate it with potted herbs like basil, lavender and rosemary and other plants that are native to Italy like clematis, jasmine and fruit and olive trees.  The patio is central to the home in Italy.

Choosing the warm, vibrant colors of Italy for your interior painting palette will allow you to capture your own little piece of Tuscan paradise.

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