Give Your Kitchen the Tuscan Look

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

If you’re looking to give your home’s kitchen a new and lively look, consider the Tuscan Kitchen look.  This look employs a lot of earth tones like hues of yellow, burnt sienna, brown, sage green, ochre, rusty red or even even gold.  A terra cotta color that resembles baked red ceramics is also a wise choice.  It is rustic and inviting, and we here at Lakeside Painting have seen the style gaining in popularity in Southeastern Wisconsin.

The goal of the Tuscan look is the impression of warmth and sunlight, mirroring the climate and homes found in the Tuscan region of Italy.  It’s important that your kitchen lets in a lot of sunlight, which will make the colors pop and create the warmth that is desired.


You often find open cabinets in Tuscan kitchens in order to display ceramics, baskets, pots and pans and other kitchen utensils.  This is an alternative to more traditional cabinetry.


Play with painting techniques.  Tuscan homes have plaster walls left and right.  This might not be cost effective for homeowners, but know that there are some painting techniques that can give you the appearance of plaster at a fraction of the price.  Start with a base color like a cream.  Once the base dries, apply a similarly-hued glaze a bit at time, which will give the wall the depth and look of Tuscan plaster.  Others opt for faux finish techniques like sponge painting, rag rolling or stippling.


For more ideas on giving your kitchen the Tuscan look, shoot us an email or give us a call.


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