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Tuscany Style Decorating Ideas
by Jill Kane
Great decorating ideas to get that tuscan style decor you are looking for.
Earthy colors and natural materials are two basics for the old world
style of decorating. To get an idea of the colors were talking about,
go for a walk outside and take notice of the beautiful colors around you,
the blue sky, the golden sun, even the chocolate brown of mud in the springtime.
Ok, so you dont have a view of the blue/green Mediterranean Sea but
youve seen pictures of it havent you? On that walk, stroll through
the produce department of your local grocery store and note the dark purple
eggplants, the red peppers, yellow lemons, green olives. These are some of
the colors youll want to consider for your Tuscany decorating. Natural
materials will include wood (think rustic, sturdy type furniture), tile (colorful
ceramic for wall accents) natural stone for flooring and unpolished metals
such as copper, tin, or pewter for accents.
You probably already have some Tuscan influences in your home. Iron scrollwork
brackets, terra cotta planters (more about these later), fruit themed artwork,
colorful pottery, copper, tin, pewter items, tapestry wall hangings
what was old is new again! Check your garage, attic or flea markets for some
of these items.
What could be simpler than lining a sunny windowsill with some pretty little
terra cotta pots with Italian herbs (oregano, basil, sage, etc.)? Do you
have a section of old wrought iron railing that once graced your front porch?
Bring it in, clean it up and get creative. Maybe you could use it for a pot
hanger in the kitchen or hang it on the wall for a decorative accent in the
family room. How about that old leather trimmed trunk? It may make a great
coffee table or storage area. Since colorful tile work is essential for the
Tuscan style, how about making your own mosaic masterpiece? Just break up
a few pieces of old china, (use safety goggles), apply it with tile adhesive
to a terra cotta planter, old vase or whatever you choose, let it dry for
24 hours, grout it and wipe down with a damp sponge.
If youre redoing your walls, a simple way of getting that time-burnished
stucco look is to use Venetian plaster, which is simply drywall compound
mixed with latex paint. First, paint the walls a Tuscany color such as gold,
cream or even a terra cotta red. Then spread the plaster over the wall in
varying thicknesses let some of the painted wall show through. Then,
you can seal it with a latex sealer if you wish. Or, you may want to check
out wallpapers that imitate this look.
Keep in mind, the whole idea is to create a warm, comfortable lived
in look and youll get it using these ideas and some of your own.
Jill Kane is the owner of
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