25 Ideas for Tuscan Style Kitchens in 2020
Many people choose to decorate their kitchens in a Tuscan style for a comfortable yet glamorous Old World appeal. The Tuscan look is all about low light and a warm, earthy color palette, farmhouse tables, cast-iron fixtures, terracotta floors, and brick or stone walls.
This look comes from—you guessed it—Tuscany, Italy, so it’s all about the detailing, Mediterranean culture, and gently aged look of the furniture, walls, and flooring. Read on to get absolutely wowed and inspired by these gorgeous Tuscan kitchens.
Look for Ornate Cast-Iron Chandeliers
This room has not one, but two great examples of Tuscan chandeliers. It’s all about the dramatic and romantic appeal of low lighting, the candlelit look, and elaborate detailing of these chandeliers.
The one above the island has some great teardrop decorations while the chandelier above the dining table has a really delicate motif. This whole kitchen is perfectly Tuscan, with exquisite carved wood furniture, earth tones, curved ceilings and archways, and the marble countertop.
Keep Wooden Ceiling Beams Exposed
Another key aspect of the Tuscan look is to keep the ceiling beams exposed, or install faux wooden ones across a high ceiling. It’s all about the architecture, and looking old-fashioned yet stately.
This is a more understated kitchen with some classic Mediterranean touches, like the oak cabinets, orange backsplash, terracotta floors, and the thick wooden countertop with metal accents. The arched windows and doorways finish off the whole Old World appearance.
Channel Space and Luxury with Tuscan Furnishings
The best way to get the Tuscan kitchen is if you have a lot of space in your home for a large kitchen. As you can see, Tuscan kitchens often have a large island as well as a dining table in the same space.
There is also a big emphasis on the storage and cabinets, because Tuscan kitchens usually have a lot of pantry space. Look for cabinets and furniture in different styles and wood grains.
Create a Centerpiece Fruit Display
Because this look is all about the bounty and harvest, it’s a good idea to decorate with fruit bowls. There is especially an emphasis on Mediterranean fruits and the wine-making culture of the area, like grapes and citrus fruits.
Get a few mismatched ceramic bowls and create artful and overflowing fruit displays like the three different styles pictured here.
Add a Charming Stone Archway
What better way to channel the Old World architecture than by getting a full stone wall and archway in your home? This is a great example of this; we can see that the kitchen is bordered by two full stone walls, with the archways edged by a lovely stone brick pattern.
Don’t worry about the low profile of the entrance, because it’s a perfect fit for the low ceilings that are staple aspects of the Tuscan kitchen.
Focus on Detailed Woodwork Cabinets
This is not the time to get simple and functional cabinets in the modern style. For this look, you’ll want to get cabinets and an island that are wooden with a bit of a distressed look. If you don’t have natural nicks and scrapes, you can easily achieve that look yourself over a weekend.
You’ll also want to get some carved detail on the pieces, like the spiral corner posts on this island cabinet.
Paint in Earthy and Rustic Colors
Tuscan kitchens aren’t only painted and decorated in warm and neutral colors, although most of them are. You can also look for rich colors like red, purple, and lavender. Muted yellow or golden yellow is another common color scheme, as well as olive green, and shades of brown.
The key is to picture the rolling Italian countryside and the colors we can see there, and try to recreate that feeling in your kitchen.
Decorate with Tuscan-Inspired Paintings
If you have a bit of free wall space after you’ve added all of your kitchen cabinets, you can look for some artwork. Look for classic Tuscan pieces like wine and grape themed paintings. There’s an emphasis on olives, olive oil, fruits, and wine.
They’re quite minimal as well, often just a central image surrounded by a few flourishes and beige patterns, like we see here.
Add Country Style Decor Touches
There are a few classic ideas for decorating your kitchen walls and counters. As you can see here, the rooster features prominently in this style of decorating. There are also quite a few ceramic jars in rustic colors, and some small statues of chefs, indicating a love of cooking.
Feel free to add some plants as well, with an emphasis on ferns, ivy, and herbs as opposed to brightly colored flowers.
Buy a Rustic Wooden Table and Chairs
An old farmhouse table and chair set is perfect for this decor style. It embraces the idea of heavy wooden furniture, especially if you can make it look a bit distressed.
Try to get some matching chairs though, because it completes the look better if you get a matching set. The mismatched look is more a farmhouse decor style, whereas the uniform and detailed carvings fits with the Tuscan vibe.
Look for Dark Wooden Touches and Cabinetry
You can take a lot of elements of a Tuscan kitchen and adapt it to a more modern version. To do this, stick with the dark wooden touches like this dark oak flooring and exposed ceiling beams as well as the cast-iron chandelier and mosaic backsplash.
The pure white of the walls and the shiny marble countertop are a lot more modern than most Tuscan kitchens, which have more muted tones, but it works great together.
Design with Curved Lines and Accents
Tuscan style has a lot more curves than a modern decor style, which is about clean, straight lines. That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to get a curved brick and wood ceiling, like in this example, as well as archways into the kitchen space.
As you can see, even the kitchen cabinets are curved at the top for a more relaxed look instead of the severe straight lines of modern cabinets.
Get Tiled Flooring in Warm Tones
Terracotta tiles are a fixture in this style of decorating, and that’s a perfect flooring option for your kitchen. Don’t worry about going more orange than brown; this burnt orange flooring is excellent for the warm tones of the kitchen.
Go for an Earthy Tiled Backsplash
The backsplash is another easy way to showcase a Tuscan decor style. Look for light earthy toned tiles with a bit of a distressed appearance.
You can also add some nice touches, like the carved rectangular detail in this picture. Hand-painted mosaic tiles are also another great way to go for a Tuscan backsplash.
Install Wide Plank Hardwood Floors
A great way to get the Old World vibe in your kitchen is by putting down some wide plank flooring. The look is all about distressed wood so there’s an antique appearance to the flooring. Embrace the flaws and knots in the wood and the different shades.
The wood floor in this example is absolutely gorgeous, and you can see it goes so well with the stone oven and the lighter cabinetry.
Build a Large Stone Accent Wall
I love when people incorporate a stone accent wall in their kitchens. There’s just something about it that makes the whole space seems cozier and glamorous all at once, like you’re in a castle kitchen.
As you can see in this example, the stone brick looks great with the dark wooden furniture, ornate dining chairs, and cast-iron fixtures. It ties the whole room together and you don’t need any artwork to make the whole wall pop.
Add a Marble Top Island
Most kitchens in the Tuscan style will have a heavy marble top island and counters. The marble is almost always a light beige or brown in color with a matte finish. This isn’t the style for shiny white or black countertops.
Make sure it has curved corners that are classic for the Tuscan style. If you have the space, go beyond the counters and add a large island, great for storage and bar-stool seating.
Look for Cast-Iron Furnishings and Decor
Iron is a key part of the Tuscan kitchen, and it looks so great with the wood detailing and warm tones of the room. In this example, we see hints of cast-iron decor all over the space, including the chandelier, the tall floor candle holders, and the frames of the stools.
You can also add iron accents by using that material to cap the corners of tables or counters, or get iron cabinet handles.
Get a Range Hood with Vineyard Detailing
You can keep the Italian countryside look going with your range hood by getting some vineyard detailing. The vineyard look is reminiscent of the wine-making region this style is based on, and in this example it matches the backsplash perfectly.
Go the Extra Mile with a Tuscan Wine Cellar
If you want to bring your kitchen one step further down the Tuscan path, add a complete wine cellar just off the kitchen! Nothing is more Italian than a fully stocked wine cellar, especially a gorgeous one like this with a stone archway entrance and inner walls.
We can just barely see that the door to the cellar is a gorgeous wooden and stained glass one, which is reminiscent of Old World architecture.
Look for Heavy and Warm Wood Cabinets
Most of the examples we’ve seen have featured similar wooden cabinets. The emphasis is on blending sturdiness and delicacy. To do that, look for cabinets that are heavy and sturdy, in a rich wooden shade, but add some delicate carvings and handles.
Get a Tuscan Rough-Hewn Stone Oven
A great way to channel the Tuscan look is through a full stone oven in a corner of the kitchen. This photo is the perfect example of that.
If you want to get the look but you’re on a budget, you can look for manufactured stone veneer instead, which is easy to install and a close alternative. It’s made of cement, aggregates, and iron oxides and looks just like real stone.
Decorate with Minimal and Manicured Plants
There aren’t always a lot of plants in the Tuscan kitchen. The emphasis is usually instead on fruits for the decor and pop of color. You can still add plants if you want though, especially if they’re minimal and neatly trimmed.
In this picture, we see a great example of this. There are a couple of plants only, but they’re symmetrical and neat, and don’t distract from the main decor style.
Keep Your Pots and Pans Exposed and Hanging
Although this style of kitchen often has a lot of storage and cabinets, it is also a style that prefers to hang pots and pans in plain sight. It’s actually a convenient way to store them, as they’re much easier to access.
They also look great hanging above the island or a counter. In this photo, we can see that a clever ladder and chain system is creating this area for hanging pots and pans.
Add a Cute Grape Kitchen Mat
Look for small touches wherever you can to incorporate the Tuscany style, especially if you’re on a budget. This kitchen mat is all about the grapes and olives, two classic Mediterranean fixtures. You can also get similar hand towels, oven mitts, and apron.
Sometimes, to channel a decor style on a budget, you can do quite well by focusing on just a few aspects of the style.
There are quite a few ways to redo your kitchen to get an elegant Tuscan space. A lot of it has to do with the cabinet styles, the islands and countertops, color palette, and flooring. However, you can also go a step further and add ceiling beams, stone ovens, or accent walls.
What matters is focusing on the Italian architecture, the Old World distressed vibe, and warm, rich tones of this decor style. Decorating in the Tuscan style can bring your kitchen from average to glamorous, creating an appealing luxurious space for cooking and dining.