Kitchens are one of the most popular rooms to decorate in the Tuscan style, so I thought it would be worth spending a whole post looking at Tuscan design for cupboards and kitchens. Choosing the right cabinetry can make a big difference in whether your Tuscan kitchen looks great or just feels awkward. But don’t be intimidated—there are tons of great options for Italian-inspired kitchen cabinetry, so you’re sure to find a style that’s right for you.
Because traditional Tuscan décor features pieces collected and passed down through the generations, eclectic design is often a great option for creating that real Italian feel. Mix and match build-in cabinetry with freestanding armoires; use a butcher block surface for the island countertop and granite for the sink surround. As long as you keep the ideals of Tuscan décor (natural materials, earthy colors, timeworn style) at the forefront of your mind, the end result is sure to be an inviting, welcoming kitchen the whole family will love.
Furniture styling: Most Tuscan kitchens have few, if any, build-in cabinets. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice convenience for style. Opt for built-in cupboards with furniture detailing to get the look and function you want. That can include bottom cabinets with scalloped aprons, turned legs, and even feet. With upper cabinets, just make sure they don’t go all the way to the ceiling. The right hardware can also help create that furniture look, so you’ll want to consider exposed hinges, wrought iron knobs, and other European-style finishes.
Color: Both painted and stained cabinetry can work well in your Tuscan kitchen. If you opt for painted cupboards, you’ll want to choose an earthy hue in a distressed finish. This creates that antique look and keeps your kitchen from feeling too modern. If you go with stained wood, be sure to consider both wood type and color. Medium tones like oak and walnut are perfect, and the stronger the wood-grain the more rustic the look. That will help ensure you get an old-world look and not a contemporary finish!
Cabinet doors: Be sure that at least some of your kitchen cabinets offer a peek inside. You can get that look with glass-front doors, open shelving, or even cabinets that incorporate scrollwork screens. These cabinets are a great place to display your Tuscan pottery, earthenware, and other accents.
With these elements in mind, you can easily create a Tuscan masterpiece that’s the true heart of your home. Find the perfect cabinetry, and you’re on your way to a dream Tuscan kitchen!
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