20 Tuscan Kitchen Design Ideas

Find out the features and materials — from copper and wood to terra cotta and iron — of a Tuscan kitchen, and how to bring this rich, old-world design style into your own home.

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October 06, 2020

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Tuscan Kitchen With Arched Brick Ceiling

Just like the title of the popular movie Under the Tuscan Sun suggests, the Tuscan kitchen relies on a neutral palette while mixing in sun-warmed tones of gold and yellow.

One idea for a classic Tuscan kitchen is to pair deep-brown paneled cabinetry with a beige- or gold-veined marble countertop. Rustic subway tiles can be used to create a distressed, Tuscan-influenced backsplash, while iron chandeliers provide a glamorous finishing touch. While you might not want a completely red kitchen, consider using a deep red decorative rug in this space to give the room a splash of color. This Italian-style kitchen combines the old-world elegance of a traditional Tuscan kitchen with state-of-the-art equipment.

A Grand Old World Kitchen

While the overall feeling of a Tuscan kitchen should be family-friendly, the room should feel grand upon entering.

An arched brick ceiling with exposed wood beams provides architectural interest in this spacious Tuscan kitchen. Sage green cabinetry and terra cotta hexagonal tiles complete the old world style. A round dining table and two chairs provide extra seating next to the massive wood-topped kitchen island.

Gray Mediterranean Kitchen Featuring Mosaic Backsplash

Tuscan kitchens are often accented by elegant designs, like an ornate wood range hood over a stove, or handmade tiles to provide an old world look to a backsplash. Add decorative vases of bright sunflowers to countertops to give the room a natural spot of color.

Designer Melissa Salamoff gave this galley kitchen Moroccan tile. The arched mosaic tile backsplash over the stove echoes the arched doorway leading into this kitchen.

Tuscan Kitchen With Tile Mural Backsplash

This Tuscan kitchen features antiqued cream cabinets and a mural of the Italian countryside.

Luxurious Kitchen With Tuscan Touches

This kitchen features a copper range hood and copper farmhouse sink — characteristic of the Tuscan look — with a more contemporary granite island.

Tile Is Prominent

Backsplashes are a great way to incorporate lively design flourishes in a Tuscan kitchen design, and mosaic tile and terra cotta are popular choices for materials. Matte finishes may generally prevail over glossy ones in Tuscan kitchen designs, but backsplashes are one area where there may be an opportunity to add a little shine to the design, breaking up an otherwise earthy, laidback feel with some gleam.

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 a classic European feel.

Rich Sun-Kissed Color Defines the Tuscan Kitchen

Many Tuscan kitchen designs feature the trademark colors of the region, which reflect the rich soil, abundant sunshine and rolling green hills of Tuscany. Colors like ocher, burnt orange, terra cotta, soothing yellows and Mediterranean blues are commonly employed to invoke the relaxed, luxurious attitude of Tuscany.

Bright Tuscan Kitchen

The ceiling detail in this grand, elegant Tuscan-inspired kitchen offers a unique way to brighten a space. A coat of shiny metallic paint on the ceiling offers reflection of the recessed lighting to create a dramatic look that isn't costly or time-consuming to put together.

From: Dave Stimmel

Mediterranean Open Plan Kitchen With Stone Wall

Ceilings in Tuscan kitchens may feature exposed wood beams. Cabinets are generally made form high-quality, natural wood, stained or painted in light colors to continue the light, bright, natural feel. Dark wood cabinetry brings a sense of gravitas to the open plan kitchen. At the end of the island, a built-in bookshelf conveniently stores cookbooks.

A Dramatic Range Hood Defines This Tuscan Kitchen

This Texas home uses the look of a Tuscan villa as its aesthetic inspiration. In the kitchen, stone walls give way to arches and a grand range hood.

Brick Barrel Kitchen Ceiling With Wood Beams

People gravitate to the kitchen no matter the design or layout, but guests will certainly flock to this Tuscan-inspired kitchen. Rustic wrought-iron urn pendants hang from the exposed beams while recessed lighting lines the brick barrel ceiling. Below, an oversized island faces a muted stone hearth with tumbled-tile backsplash.

Old World Kitchen Is Rustic and Sophisticated

Earthy tones, like warm browns, terra cottas and grassy greens, are used for a Tuscan-inspired color palette in this kitchen. Knotty wood cabinets pair with dark gray countertops and a stone tile backsplash, while neutral tiles and an Oriental area rug ground the space.

The Modern Tuscan Look

The modern Tuscan kitchen often features a characteristic mix of rich wood and elaborate, dramatic light fixtures, along with electronic technology systems hidden in the Tuscan design.

An Ornate Purple and Orange Tile Backsplash

A Tuscan mural backsplash gives this home an old world feel. Tuscan-style kitchens also tend to feature surfaces that are matte or distressed, rather than sleek, shiny or modern in appearance — this design style definitely suggests a "lived in, well-used and well-loved" vibe, with particular attention to cooking implements, which are often lovingly displayed.

Tuscan-Inspired Kitchen With Regal Look

A custom copper sink and faucet are showstopping additions to this formal Tuscan kitchen. The ornate cabinet hardware and elegant chandeliers further the regal feel of the space. Copper fixtures, distressed stone and wood floors are common in Tuscan kitchen designs.

From: Dave Stimmel

Sitting Area in Tuscan-Style Kitchen

A floral loveseat and red armchair create a cozy sitting area in this Tuscan kitchen. A collection of green plates and platters surrounds a distressed bucket with various wood farming tools for an unusual but fitting wall decor piece.

A Tuscan Style Living Room and Kitchen

This Tuscan-style great room has an inviting seating area with a tufted leather ottoman. In the background is the dining room and a stone fireplace presides over the kitchen.

Gourmet Kitchen With Tuscan Touches

Stainless appliances and a large island assist with meal prep, while a neutral backsplash and wood details infuse this space with warmth and Tuscan style.

Timeless, Tuscan-Inspired Kitchen

What pool house would be complete without its own kitchen? Designer Betty Lou Phillips added soft Tuscan touches to this pool house kitchen with stone arches and a few iron accents.

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