Published at Thursday, August 24th 2017. by Vachel Renard in Kitchen Style.
Italy's fabled Tuscany region is legendary for its beauty, food and wine culture, and distinctive architecture—a rustic mix of natural, sunny hues and textures that's reflected in Tuscan kitchen design as well as Mediterranean kitchen design and other Italian kitchen designs.
Of course, that doesn't mean that all dark accents are off limits. For example, if you choose dark cabinets, then just be sure to offset the color with a light countertop, neutral wall color and adequate overhead lighting. Dark hardwood floors can be paired with white cabinets and a stainless steel countertop surface.
Bold, teal blues and greens reflect the spectacular colors of the Mediterranean waters and are common for walls, accents or even larger elements like cabinets or kitchen islands. Walls, countertops and floors often feature beach-like sandy tans and beiges, setting the stage for the design to be infused with more impactful colors elsewhere. Pops of red, yellow and green can be added using smaller design elements like rugs, curtains, storage containers and glassware.
Traditional kitchen design tends to incorporate natural materials for cabinets, countertops, floors and furniture. European kitchens may do the same, or, if their style is more modern or contemporary, they will often feature materials like laminate, ceramics and molded plastics. But even the most avant-garde European kitchen design can benefit from the use of natural materials, as granite countertops, sleek hardwood floors and aesthetically striking wooden furniture can be a tremendous complement to any kitchen, whether the prevailing design is modern, traditional or somewhere in between.
Ceilings may feature exposed wood beams, and countertops will almost always sport matte stone, as opposed to gleaming, high-gloss granite or ceramic. Cabinets are generally made form high-quality, natural wood, stained or painted in light colors to continue the light, bright, natural feel.
Additional design flourishes can add great visual interest to a cottage-style kitchen. Some homeowners choose thematic elements for backsplashes or wallpaper. In a country-themed cottage-style kitchen, for example, farm or pastoral scenes in toile might be a great fit. Similarly, nautical or ocean-inspired designs might be featured by homeowners who reside by the seaside, adding a soothing thematic element to their cottage-style kitchen.