Tuscany is world famous for its rustic, sun-drenched villas and its fabulous, earthy food. You can bring these elements into your own home and create a Tuscan style kitchen that is beautiful to look at and a pleasure to cook in. Be sure to make room for a large farmhouse table and plenty of dining chairs, as your family and friends will gravitate towards this inviting room.
Paint your kitchen an earthy color. Yellow and pale rust are popular Tuscan colors. Mix a glaze using a latex-based glazing medium and raw sienna tint for yellow walls or burnt sienna tint for rust walls. Apply this tint with a wide brush in an all-over pattern of brush strokes, a technique called color washing.
Replace flooring with terracotta tiles. Include painted accent tiles or decorative trim tiles for a more elegant look.
Install counter tops made of natural stone. Choose a color that will coordinate well with your walls and fit your budget. Avoid any surfaces that require a lot of care, as a Tuscan kitchen should be functional, not fussy.
Hang a wrought iron pot rack from your ceiling. Use this for your most attractive pots and pans, including copper cookware.
Choose a large, wooden farmhouse table that will age nicely with wear. Opt for the largest size that will fit comfortably in your kitchen. Arrange it in a prominent location. Place a buffet nearby for storing wine and linens, if you have space in your kitchen. Decorate your table or buffet with a linen table runner from Italy.
Select accessories from Italy. Display hand-painted ceramics, such as a popular rooster pattern. Choose cooking utensils made from olive wood, as they will be both durable and attractive. Place pots of rosemary, thyme, basil and oregano on a sunny windowsill or shelf to add beauty as well as a touch of Tuscan flavor to your cooking.
Opt for window treatments in natural materials. Keep curtains simple for a rustic look. Choose natural linen or sheer cotton.