Live the Tuscan dream wherever you live

Rolling hills of vineyards, warm breezes, worn but welcoming homesteads, and the food…oh the food! There’s no wonder we long to live the Tuscan dream. If a trip to Italy is not in your future you can live the fantasy in full with the Tuscan kitchen style. All you have to do is keep in mind that the Tuscan kitchen is lived in, well used and above all, loved.

If a trip to Italy is not in your future you can live the fantasy in full with the Tuscan kitchen style. (c) domenicominchilli.com

If a trip to Italy is not in your future you can live the fantasy in full with the Tuscan kitchen style. (c) domenicominchilli.com

Lived In
The Tuscan kitchen style is a liveable kitchen style. Overall, the space should be filled with light provided by large windows, thrown open and covered with little more than gauzy curtains. For privacy, place clay pots of herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano on the windowsill.

The Tuscan kitchen should also be liveable in terms of colour. Cool colours and monochromatic schemes have no place here! Like the work of the Italian masters, the Tuscan kitchen should be filled with deep shades of sienna, burnt ocher, Mediterranean blue and dusky reds that recall the stunning Tuscan landscape.

Well Used
The Tuscan kitchen style relies on looking well used, because it is! Nonnas don’t take it easy on their kitchens and neither should you! If it’s going to take years yet to get that “lived in” look, there are a few things you can do. First, invest in a hearty marble worktop in a matte finish. Not only is marble a quintessentially Italian design material, the matte finish will give the space a premium, yet homey feel. Wooden cabinets should be richly stained, yet distressed on the edges, and complemented with oil rubbed bronze hardware. Flooring of terracotta tiles makes a space look earthy and inviting.

Loved
Much like the worn facades of its homes, the kitchens of Tuscany make use of a décor scheme that is elegant in its decay. That isn’t to say that the furniture and accessories of the Tuscan kitchen style are too aged to be useful, just that they are the ideal combination of function and chic shabbiness. Traditional cast iron cookware, oils, vinegars and other cooking necessities can be put on display for easy access and a casual appearance. The dining set can be made of reclaimed wood and wrought iron, or a combination of both, it just needs to be comfortable!

The space should be filled with light provided by large windows, thrown open and covered with little more than gauzy curtains. (c) hepburndesigns.com

The space should be filled with light provided by large windows, thrown open and covered with little more than gauzy curtains. (c) hepburndesigns.com

Having said all of that, know this: the true Tuscan kitchen is nothing without an ambiance of warmth and welcome. So, to evoke feeling wherever you are have a pot of something sensational bubbling away on the hob, a bottle of red wine on the table and an open door for family and friends to drop in.