Tuscan-style living rooms feature a charming blend of grandeur and rustic simplicity. When you enter such a room, each element, from the décor and furniture to the color scheme radiates an Old-World persona that is both alluring and comforting.
There are several ways to bring Tuscany to your living room. Here, we will show you 17 ideas that are easy to implement so you’ll have a piece of this famous Italian province in the comfort of your own home.
Selecting the Right Tuscan Italian Colors for the Living Room Walls
You can bring Tuscany to your home with sun-baked hues or earthy neutrals. Tuscan colors often include shades of brown, stone, beige, cream, and even golden yellow, gold, terra cotta, russet, sienna, and brick. You can also use muted greens like pear, olive, cypress, loden, and sage.
If you want to have a pop of color, be sure to use them in moderation and to keep the hues close to those found in nature like celery, bright yellow, and rich purple. If you’re after contrast, add a pop of deep blue or cool turquoise.
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Choosing the Right Tuscan Italian Furnishings for Your Living Room
Wood and metal are dominant with Tuscan-inspired furniture. Wood finishes are often warm to dark and may also have a distressed appearance. Metal furniture finishing is usually antique almond, autumn gold, antique copper, burnt sienna and bronze to mocha, brown and black.
Furnishings with a quaint, pastoral charm are also well suited and nice for your Tuscan style living room. You can also turn to more heavily styled furniture for a sense of refinement but be careful and avoid pieces with a sleek, modern aesthetic that will disrupt the overall ambiance. Scrollwork designs add embellishment while staying true to Tuscan design. If you like a mixture of materials, look for metal items with surface tops of stone, ceramic, or slate. This combination is both earthy and stylish.
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Look for Tuscan Wall Decor and Art for Decorating
Give your walls a Tuscan character with metal and other wrought iron accents. Scrolling metal wall grilles and wall sconces are ideal for adding a rustic charm to the living room.
Be careful not to overdo the decorating and reduce clutter by enhancing your Tuscan style with metal wall hook racks, wall wine racks, and wall magazine holders that are all well spaced apart. Tapestry, a mural, and canvas may just be what you need to evoke the sights of Italy. Possible subjects include a nice Italian street scene, a vineyard setting, or a pleasing wine and grape tablescape. Wall art reminiscent of tile work will give your room plenty of color and design flair in the old-fashioned Italian fresco style.
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Other Tuscan Decorating Ideas for the Living Room
Home accents are perfect for bringing color and spice to your Tuscan style decor. Cheery florals like golden sunflowers and red poppies as decors can also provide a burst of color.
Tuscan living room spaces should feel welcome in the style of Italian culture because the living room is the first thing visitors see and must be an invitation to gather, converse, and have refreshments or some drinking. Tuscan gold, creamy neutrals or warm brown tones will help you to create this welcome atmosphere.
You can use embellishments of marble or ceramic tile in some wall decors to complete the welcoming look, reminding visitors or the family that the second welcoming room is the dining and kitchen area. Consider a wall mirror to add depth.
Tuscan Italian Decorating for Hallways Leading to the Living Room
If your front door opens to a hallway leading to the living room, never neglect to decorate the hallway as this serves as an “appetizer”. If some furniture is needed such as receiving chairs or small tables, get the ones constructed of protected metal or wicker.
Earthy or dark finishes look great and will accentuate the hallway. Wrought iron accessories can have a dramatic impact, as can scrolling designs mimicking an ironwork appearance along the walls.
Infuse your hallway wall decor with natural touches, from stone and terra cotta to fresh flowers and greenery. Patterned rugs and mats make a wonderful floor leading to the entrance to the living room.
Fresh Looking Tuscan Design
For a fresh and interesting take on a Tuscan-inspired living room, try combining it with modern design elements. Use white walls, paneling and molding, a barnyard red fireplace, paired with earth-colored furniture.
Tuscan Royal Hues. Feel like Italian royalty with the walls dominantly in deep royal blue hues with decors and pillows in blue or light brown and the fireplace paneling colored in white. Decors and accessories should also be in royal blue to lend an air of elegant flair. Anything white in the room should be crisp and accented. Window treatments and the coffee table can be neutral to help break up the dark hue.
Pretty in Tuscan Pink. Color your living room walls with cool blue to create a serene backdrop especially if the room has a large window that lets in lots of light that accentuates the wall color. Warm wood accessories and bright pink throw pillows make sure that the room truly looks inviting even with the neutral furniture you can use. Art in gold and pink frames adds more glamor to the room.
Nautical Tuscan. In a nautical-themed Tuscan living room, a pair of navy-and-white-stripe club chairs draws attention against the white and neutral fireplace in the room. You can add more elements throughout the room such as a coffee table centerpiece along with a collection of glass bottles on the mantel and an infograph of sea mammals or fish of your choice to accentuate the nautical theme. This Tuscan design makes for a great idea for families living near the sea or with family members in the nautical services.
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Tuscan White Flow with High Ceiling. Have a living room dominantly in wood material and with a high ceiling. Splash it all up with white. Forego a sofa and have casually slip-covered chairs instead. This encourages better flow of traffic and conversation along with the room’s laid-back cottage style, added to this the creamy white color palette and side table. Some blue accents and the brick fireplace will give contrast and help give fun to the room because it feels spacey thanks to plenty of vertical volumes.
Tuscan Cottage Blues. Blue seems to be a common Tuscan color for many Tuscan-inspired living room designs, but it is a beautiful color especially in a cottage style for Tuscan. So why not liven up the cottage look with an electric and lively variation of blue as well as unusual placement of blue decors. The blue can offer to be a bridge between the white walls and blue ceiling, helping to boost intimacy and establish a color focus. The blue hue offers a pop to white slip-covered furniture and neutral textures with the sofa and throws pillows.
Tuscan Traditional Living Room. Traditional Tuscan means earth brown and wood being the dominant wall and overall living room color, especially if the ceiling is high. The fireplace, the earthy color tones, perhaps an iron scroll work, and other earth tones for the tables and bookcases will add to the overall beauty of this Tuscan space.
Semi-Contemporary Beach Villa. This living room has to look comfy and inviting using soothing earthy brown and wood colors on the walls and furniture. Adding to the Tuscan beauty is the fireplace screen and the nail head trims on the sectional. The curtains – should the living room have windows – should also be earthy brown or wood colored. Place a large round mirror above the fireplace framed in copper or metal. The canvas or paintings should reflect a beach villa effect as well. Throw pillows can be of different colors to break the monotonous brown.
Brasada Ranch Style. This Brasada style is nice and warm, and every little thing like decorations goes a long way with this living room style. The dominant color on the walls and furniture is a very light brown but the ceiling should also be the same color especially if it is a bit high so the space looks pretty. While the sofa and chairs are slip-covered, other furniture like a table, coffee table, side table, and other wooden decorations can be in antique or distressed wood style.
Casa Paralea. This is obviously a very Italian style of living room, almost Roman in look. The dominant wall, ceiling, and décor color is a very light yellow. This living room style can use beautiful fabric for the couches, preferably nothing that clashes with the light color palette for the walls, and the furniture will definitely come out lovely. Try placing enclosures on both sides of fireplace, if the living room has one that will look pretty unique.
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Tuscan Finley – Carmel. A great Tuscan living room design if your living room is enormous coupled with a high ceiling. Overall paint color on the walls and ceiling is an earthy brown or light wood color that highlights the ceiling beams. This awesome ceiling treatment will be noticed and have visitors weaving their heads up and down as they admire the beauty above and the beautiful room and decorations below that is complemented with a very dark brown couch set that is slip-covered.
Santa Barbara Tuscan. A great Tuscan living room style if the room has some large glass, wood doors, or arched Italian doors leading to a patio or to an outside yard or veranda. The furniture should complement the walls and another décor. Again, earthy brown is the dominant color with the fireplace colored in white to make it stand out as a centerpiece. The upholstered furniture will look better if it is more or less nearer the wall color.