Tuscan Paint Colors

With Tuscan paint colors, you can add the warmth and character of Italian countryside to your home. The saying goes, there is a little "Italian" in all of us - so why don't you express it in the way you paint and decorate your home?

tuscan paint colors

You don't have to be Italian to appreciate the warmness and beauty of the Tuscan paint color palette. In fact, this is one of the most popular interior color schemes people use in their kitchens.

Why do we love these rich, somber hues so much? Originally derived from natural earth pigments, Tuscan paints simply reflect the colors of Nature - who is the ultimate color expert! So in a way, these paint colors help us "re-connect" and feel at one with the Earth.

So What Home Paint Colors
Have the Tuscan Flavor?

tuscan paint colors need texture to work

Tuscan paint colors mimic the colors of natural mineral pigments. This paint color palette includes warm, yellow-induced hues - sage and olive green, rusty red and terra cotta, brown, gold and ocher, cinnamon and bronze.

Occasionally you will see a touch of cobalt blue - inspired by the Mediterranean sea. But perhaps the most under-used color in the "mainstream" Tuscan home color schemes is warm white or cream - most people simply don't know that white is the traditional wall color of Italian farmhouses.

The Tuscan painting and decorating style is simple: it uses weathered, textured, and harmonious colors with no hard lines, startling primary colors or sharp contrasts. So when putting together a Tuscany-inspired color palette for your home, look for gray-based, muddy, subdued shades - otherwise you might end up with a cheerful Mexican color scheme instead!

tuscany style book graphic

The best way to create an authentically-looking Tuscan theme in your home is to match your wall paint colors to some Tuscan art or tile - you will get beautifully balanced, ready-made color schemes every time.

But in order to make your theme look less artificial and "made", you need to add some texture to your decor - that's what creates that rustic atmosphere, adds character and makes the wall colors come alive.

Textured wall finishes are the best - and the rougher they are, the better! But if your walls are perfectly smooth, you can still imitate the rustic look - with Venetian plasters or color washing.

Also, don't forget to use natural fibers in your decor - wood, stone, fabrics, wicker and straw baskets.

And when you are done, add a finishing touch - green plants and flowers (real or silk) in the living areas, and faux fruits and veggies in the kitchen to introduce a splash of bold color - a design technique often overlooked by homeowners (use baskets and clay pots for containers).

P.S. Somebody told me that everything tastes so much better in a home decorated with Tuscan paint colors... and you know what? It does!

Paint Color Cheat Sheets
Paint Color Cheat Sheets

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