Rustic Kitchens: Tuscan Style

by Kevin Gilday & Tom Gilday

In answer to the question "what's my interior design style" one of our clients decided that a Tuscan styled make over of  her kitchen and family room was the right answer.  The Tuscan style is associated with a look that is brawny, chunky and earthy--the look of a space that has been around for a long time and has been well lived in.  Our clients'  take on this rustic, hefty looking style is something we will call Tuscan lite.

The scheming began the day that she and her husband purchased a wonderfully spacious home in the Kentlands, a quiet, leafy village in Montgomery County, Maryland.  They purchased the home in spite of the kitchen.  It would be only a matter of time until that was corrected.

Like the rest of the home, the kitchen was generously proportioned.  So, for once,  space was not the problem.  The problem was that a) the interior had not been well designed and b) the cabinets, counter tops, paint colors--everything really was pretty blah and generic.

See for yourself:


This is the kitchen that came with the house


As you can see it's a large, open kitchen space just crying out for something not this.  Our designers answered the cry for help with this generous application of color and personality:


burnished earth tones are classic in the tuscan color palette


And this:


the ceramic tile floor was replaced with distressed hard wood plank


And, walking through into the family room, this:


the lines and look of the hearth repeat the lines of the range hood in the kitchen


The keys to achieving the Tuscan kitchen style have to do with materials and finishes.  Rough looking textured surfaces include porous stone and wood work that has been distressed.  Obviously, we toned down the roughness and traded it for richness in the look of the family room which nevertheless includes similar tones and materials.

Learn about how to approach a kitchen design and remodeling project by downloading The Definitive Guide to Kitchen Design & Remodeling Success

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