Tuscan Decorating Made Easy
Tuscan decorating brings the warmth of Italy to your home. This region of vines, olive groves and plane trees is awash with sunshine and pastoral colors. In imitation, Tuscan decorating weaves sunny hues with rural decor, herbs and wine motifs. Here are a few simple ideas to make Tuscan decorating easy and fun.
Tuscan Decorating Your Walls
Even if your walls lack the texture of a Tuscan villa, you can give them the desired color and feel. A simple sea sponge faux painting technique will create the illusion that your walls are made of textured stucco. Choose terra cotta, clay or sunny colors, and sponge them together. There is no right or wrong way to Tuscan decorating your walls so long as you impart the warmth of the Mediterranean to them.
Tuscan Decorating Vine Mural
Once your walls are painted, enhance your Tuscan decorating motif with vine murals. Simply buy a silk vine at your craft store, then spread shades of green paint on the vine and press it to the wall where you wish to create a Tuscan decorating border. Don’t worry if the print is imperfect. Use a thin paint brush to add highlights, vine curls, and even grapes, which are easy to draw by creating an upside down pyramid of purple ovals topped by a stem. This Tuscan decorating border can be used around hanging paintings and mirrors, along the ceiling and floor, or in the middle of a wall.
Tuscan Decorating with Sunlight
Let light shine freely through you windows and add plenty of artificial light to enhance your Tuscan decorating. Use amber shades or light bulbs to mimic the Tuscan sun, and position vinaigrette, olive oil and colored-glass bottles on your window ledges, so the sun can shine through them. Hang copper pots over your stove or sink to further enhance the play of light of your Tuscan decorating, and use sheer window treatments.
Tuscan Decorating Accessories
Decorate wine racks with silk vines. Hang dry herbs and garlic from your kitchen ceiling. Fill glass flower vases with lemons and yellow flowers. And hang Tuscan-styled candle holders in your entryway with beeswax candles. Enhance your Tuscan decorating further with Tuscan landscapes and wrought iron mirrors. And sew pillows, throws and table clothes that capture the Tuscan decorating feel.