The inspiration for the design of the Tuscan kitchen comes from the open and airy Mediterranean farm houses that are known for gathering good food and family around the same table.
Real Tuscan window treatments and Tuscan kitchens are wonderful together because they can be rustic and simplistic, yet warm and inviting. Any window treatments that are part of a Tuscan kitchen should reflect this spirit of old world charm and hospitality.
Shutters are an ideal window treatment for a Tuscan Kitchen. The great thing about shutters is that they can be opened all the way to let in sunlight and create the illusion of more space. Also, if you plan to build this kind of kitchen, the best way to enjoy it is with the unobstructed view that opened shutters can provide.
Of course, if you don’t have anything outside that you would like to look at; the shutters also look great when they are closed. Closed shutters create an architectural detail that kitchens in Tuscany are famous for.
If you install shutters, they can also be painted. Generally, a Tuscan kitchen will have terra cotta or stone-colored tiles, along with ecru or soft yellow stucco walls. The shutters can be painted in earth tones as well. That’s because these elements of the room are played down so that the accents, like large ceramic platters that usually come in vivid reds, greens or blues, will stand out.
Keeping the shutters a neutral color works if you have a really interesting table, large pottery pieces, or a mural that dominates the room, but if you don’t, feel free to paint the shutters a very vibrant color. This makes the shutters stand out and focuses attention on the windows.
Drapery in a Tuscan kitchen is simplistic and minimal. Curtain rods are made of heavy metal, usually wrought iron. This weighty kind of hardware reflects the look of the solid metal cookware, the metal and glass light fixtures, and the iron handles found on the ceramic servers and bowls displayed throughout the kitchen.
In contrast to the rods, the fabrics for the drapes in the kitchen are lightweight and almost gauzy in appearance to allow the sunlight into the room. These sorts of window treatments don’t provide a lot of privacy, but because they are merely fabric hung with loops and rings, they can be changed out for festive curtains on special occasions or lined curtains for daily use. If no privacy is required, you can even drape a favorite piece of fabric playfully over the rod as a whimsical accent.
Incorporating Roman shades and woven woods like bamboo or other grass fabrics is also typical in Mediterranean homes. The beauty of the shades is that they come in neutral colors that don’t take away from accent pieces, but also have a very natural and earthy look about them.
They can also be rolled all the way up to let the sun in or rolled down for complete privacy. Tuscan-style often incorporates pottery, tile and Italianate accessories. In keeping with this style, wooden blinds also offer functionality and a neutral-yet-classic look.
In the true spirit of Italy, many people forego traditional window treatments altogether and opt for decorative painting around the windows instead. Many Mediterranean kitchens have murals painted somewhere in the room. This can be an entire wall, just an accent on the backsplash, or grape leaves and other Italian designs painted on the wall around the windows. Painting embellishments like these over stucco truly gives the room an old world and romantic look.