Italian Kitchen Design

Browse ideas for Italian kitchen design, and prepare to create a kitchen where cooking and hospitality go hand in hand.
Tuscan-Style Kitchen

Tuscan-Style Kitchen

Painted pottery sits on yellow shelves in this Tuscan kitchen by designer Linda Adams. Natural light streams through the window, and potted plants and a bowl of oranges dot the counters. Blue and yellow tiles and a tiled backsplash are partnered with yellow and blue cabinets to give this cozy kitchen an Old World feel.

Painted pottery sits on yellow shelves in this Tuscan kitchen by designer Linda Adams. Natural light streams through the window, and potted plants and a bowl of oranges dot the counters. Blue and yellow tiles and a tiled backsplash are partnered with yellow and blue cabinets to give this cozy kitchen an Old World feel.

Italy is a country known for its classic and delicious cuisine as well as the hospitality of its inhabitants. Add to this mix the famously relaxed elegance of the Tuscany region, and you've got the elements for Italian kitchen design.

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Give It Some Shimmer

To create a sharp contrast against her modern white-lacquer cabinetry and Calcutta countertops, design blogger Nicole Cohen chose miniature stainless steel tiles for her kitchen backsplash. The metal tiles add an industrial edge and luminescent backdrop to the crisp white surroundings. Stainless steel backsplashes are eco-friendly, easy to keep clean and look especially gorgeous in contemporary settings like this.

Go Up the Wall

Nothing is more eye-catching than a sparkling mosaic backsplash. Designer Linda Woodrum created this kitchen's focal point by combining reclaimed stained-glass tiles in gray, white and yellow to create a stunning, detailed backsplash against the entire back wall. The colorful glass tiles complement the dark wood cabinetry and the kitchen's overall urban edge, while also integrating a bold dose of color to match the golden-yellow work island.

Make It an Illusion

To add some visual eye candy to her brand-new kitchen, HGTV fan cc_insidearch used gold glassed-curved tile to create a basket weave-patterned backsplash in the cut-out of her back wall cabinet unit. With bright backlighting and a reflective granite countertop, the glass tiles' iridescent finish appears especially sleek and shiny.

Use an Artist's Touch

To prevent this Mediterranean kitchen from feeling ancient Old World, designer Sarah Barnard used a modern backsplash technique, embossed concrete, to add a contemporary edge. A wide range of imprinting tools and embossing skins can be used to stain, stamp or add texture to concrete, creating a variety of classic appearances. This particular patterned backsplash suits the rich wood cabinetry surrounding it, and it also blends well with the other hues and materials within the room.

Create a Focal Point

The first thing you notice upon entering HGTV Dream Home 2010's kitchen is the dramatic floor-to-ceiling backsplash in soothing hues of aqua and turquoise. Designer Linda Woodrum wanted to ensure that the backsplash was the star of the kitchen by keeping the cabinetry low and by using soft, subtle neutrals in the surrounding decor. Inlaid in recycled aluminum, the sleek glass tiles coordinate well with the contemporary stainless steel furnishings, while also lending a colorful and artistic element to the space.

Give It a Uniform

To create a rich and natural look in this country-style kitchen, designer Joel Snayd used Carrera marble with a stunning pattern for the backsplash and countertops. The veins in the marble prevent the kitchen's all-white elements from appearing washed out. Considered a "living surface," marble can easily chip, crack and will acquire a patina over time, so proper care is essential to keep it looking beautiful.

Soften the Edges

The look of this industrial modern kitchen is softened by designer Randy Weinstein with an ivory subway-tiled backsplash and contrasting rich wooden cabinetry around it. Four open shelves allow the backsplash more function by providing visible storage space, while adding a decorative quality with eclectic dishware and accessories.

Warm It Up

To add visual warmth to this urban kitchen, designer Tina Muller used tumbled natural stone along the walls for the backsplash. When paired with stainless steel appliances, white fusion granite countertops and dark-chocolate maple cabinetry, the backsplash instantly appears clean and contemporary.

Unify Your Design

In this contemporary kitchen, designer Erinn Valencich takes the glossy blue-gray backsplash all around the room to create a unified design with elegant and romantic appeal. The mosaic glass border, with hues of brown and blue, provides a sufficient dose of color and pulls in the scheme from the adjacent dining room for a consistent look that appears subtle yet captivating.

From: Erinn Valencich

Photo By: Erinn Valencich

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This stunning gray backsplash makes a colorful statement against crisp white-lacquer cabinets and countertops. "The backsplash is so highly reflective that it looks wet and reflects so much light around the room," says designer Samantha Pynn. To further play up the backsplash, she coordinated the gray tiles with gray living room decor, such as the sofa and other accessories, for an open and cohesive look.

One of the trademark features of Italian kitchen design is color. Natural hues and the vibrant colors of the Mediterranean Sea are often featured, contributing to a design that's at once welcoming and lively. Shades like ocher, burnt orange, terracotta, gentle yellows and brilliant blues are often deployed to suggest a relaxed yet elegant Italian lifestyle—one in which cooking and eating enjoy a place of primacy.

When it comes to surfaces like floors, countertops and backsplashes, a more natural appearance is generally preferred in Italian-style kitchens—matte countertops in stone or granite, floors in terracotta tile or slate, and backsplashes in unique mosaic designs are quite common. Cooking supplies and implements are often featured prominently, whether in containers on countertops or hanging from antique racks. A common theme is relaxed elegance and lived-in luxury—Italian kitchens feel like spaces you'd be happy to spend long stretches of time in, as opposed to rushing in and out on the way to your next appointment.

Lighting for Italian kitchens tends to reflect a bright and airy design, with lots of natural light often featured. Other natural features are often common, as well, from flowers and plants strategically placed in windows, on counters or tables, to artwork featuring rustic scenes or flora and fauna. Exposed wood ceiling beams are a common sight in Italian kitchens, as are cabinets made from high-quality natural woods.

Appliances and accessories run the gamut in Italian kitchen design, from simple stainless steel designs that can work with anything from a Tuscan design to Mediterranean style Italian kitchen, to vintage or more modern styles in bright and bold colors. In general, the more natural and earthy the overall design, the better it will pair with appliances and cooking accessories that feature a more straightforward, traditional design, as opposed to leaning more contemporary or modern.

Finally, furniture in Italian kitchen design often follows the thematic arc of the overall design. For Tuscan-style Italian kitchens, distressed, natural woods are often seen. In Mediterranean-style Italian kitchens, brighter and more modern furniture may be common, from sleek, stainless steel tables, stools and chairs to painted woods in bright and bold oranges, blues and greens.

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