Tuscan Kitchen Paint Colors
If you're drawn to warm, earthy tones reminiscent of sun-drenched landscapes and lush, rolling hills, try using Tuscan paint colors in your kitchen.
Go on! Use a Favorite Color
It's not unusual to show off a favorite hue in the living room, but for some reason, kitchens rarely get that special treatment. Deepthi Brown, however, wasn't about to do a neutral or white cook space in her light-filled Los Angeles home. For her it was bright green or bust! Designed by: Michele Trout and Heidi Bonesteel, Bonesteel Trout Hall, Los Angeles, 310-454-8762, bonesteeltrouthall.com
"My backsplash isn't at all bashful," says Deepthi. For the tile, she considered dozens of styles and shades of green but landed on Vibe-Ashbury in key lime by Walker Zanger. She describes the color as "paddy field green," a fresh, grassy hue that reminds her of the rice fields in her native India. "We love the curved shape of the tiles because they match the Mediterranean style of the house," she says. Vibe-Ashbury Mosaic in key lime, $21 per square foot, walkerzanger.com for stores.
"Okay, all green would have been too much," says Deepthi. As a concession to her husband, Patrick, whose style is more traditional and less colorful than Deepthi's, Designers Heidi Bonesteel and Michele Trout calmed down the kicky palette with two tones of natural wood: light oak cabinets, and a dark walnut countertop on the island. The floor tiles, in terra-cotta, were another compromise.
Practical, Stylish Cooking Space
The double ovens and eight gas burners are great for preparing multiple dishes at once. "The stove used to be in the island, which didn't make sense because it caused traffic jams, and I thought cooking smells lingered forever," says Deepthi. Now the range has plenty of space surrounding it, plus an odor-eliminating, eye-catching zinc hood.
Dishes on Display
"Glass-front cabinets mean I put a lot of pretty pieces on display," says Deepthi. Not only are the doors clear glass, but the shelves are, too (they're held in place with shallow wood ledges). All that glass gives the oak cabinets an airy feel, almost like the contents are floating. Deepthi arranges her dishes in tidy stacks and rows.
"These pendants were a pleasant surprise, says Deepthi. "I love turning these on while everything else is off at night," says Deepthi. "They have the best soft, warm glow, almost like candlelight." Made of weathered zinc, the generously sized pendant lamps (32 inches by 20 inches) over the island add a rustic touch to the new room. For a similar look: Uttermost Albiano 1-light pendant, $216, lampsplus.com.
There's no getting around it: The Calacatta Gold marble counters and black walnut wood island top require extra diligence to prevent marks and stains. And that means a single kitchen credo: No drink goes down without a coaster. "It's a simple precaution I'm willing to take to keep the counters looking beautiful," she says. The island features a dark walnut countertop with painted cabinets in Cooking Apple Green by Farrow & Ball. The Faucet: Talo single handle pull-down bar/prep faucet, $920, brizo.com for stores.
Visible Food Storage
"Everyone knows what's in my fridge, says Deepthi. The glass-front fridge by Sub-Zero makes it easy to monitor the contents. "I can always see what's in the fridge, even from across the room," Deepthi says. Word to the wise: Extra cleaning is required to banish smudges." I do have to wipe the outside with glass cleaner every couple of days," she says. The pantry lives behind closed doors to the right of the fridge.
Rich and earthy, these relaxed colors will create a relaxing and cozy space that instantly puts you, your family and guests at ease.
Tuscan paint palettes pay tribute to the land and sky, and they tend to have a muted look, as if they've faded naturally over time. Tuscan kitchens include an array of these earthy shades including bold yellows, rusty reds, burnt oranges, deep purples and natural browns. By relying on these warm tones and accenting them with cooler colors, you'll create a glowing and serene space that's full of old world charm.
A popular color for most kitchens, yellow plays a pivotal role in Tuscan designs as well. Tuscan kitchens rely on creamy, buttery or gold-toned shades of yellow that make a room feel bright and drenched with natural sunlight. Rusty reds and deep burgundy colors are also reminiscent of Tuscany, and these shades are often used as accent colors in Tuscan kitchens.
Terracotta means "baked earth" in Italian, and this type of pottery is made using clay that's found throughout Italy. This explains why warm, earthy oranges that resemble terracotta tiles show up in so many Tuscan kitchens.
Green is a popular paint color, but when it comes to Italian kitchens, deep olive green shows up more often than lighter colors. Gold is also commonly used in Tuscan kitchens and it works well with a number of colors, including plums and purples.
There are many directions you can go when creating a Tuscan color palette. Cream, green and red are a traditional Tuscan combination while a more modern space might incorporate rich yellows or olive green with deep purples as an accent. Red and burgundy shades can also jazz up a space and add some interest. It's important when choosing colors for your kitchen to make sure they work well with the other items in your room. Think about what you already have in your kitchen (or the appliances and accessories you plan to use) while coming up with your color scheme. In terms of cabinetry, Tuscan kitchen paint colors would pair well with medium to dark distressed woods.
In addition to being influenced by nature, Tuscan kitchens are also influenced by natural textures such as stucco or stone. To achieve this look on your walls, try a faux finish technique using latex paints to create an aged effect.
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