The Tuscan interior decoration begins with an understanding of Tuscan architecture. Even a brief page-flipping through the history books of Tuscany and its architecture reveals two impressions: Strength and Greatness.
In the minds of modern owners, these concepts seem to have translated into "security and permanence" and "nobility".
The following book and film, Under the Tuscan Sun, seem to have awakened a longing for sleep for the rustic, simple beauty found in the Tuscan hill towns. Often described as voluptuous, sensual and seductive, this region of Italy has experienced an unprecedented awakening in European and North American consciousness.
The power of large façades, massive stones and symmetrically aligned square windows is again in fashion today. Perhaps we are attracted by such a force of design if our own country of origin and its heritage are so young, so unrefined, and seemingly so impermanent with respect to Italy and ancient Etruscan societies and Roman
. "," use it once and throw, "lightweight, impermanent spirit of recent decades has been abandoned in favor of sustainable quality. The absolute simplicity of contemporary design seems to have become cold and lifeless. All now replaced by a quest for homes designed with a sense of history, luxury, rustic strength, and an air of permanence.
Tuscan decor says, "I am here, I am from the earth, and I will be here forever."
The brilliance of the use of what we have –
By necessity, Tuscan architects used readily available materials, such as stone from local quarries. They adapted dwellings to warm weather and incorporated the depth and resistance of the walls during times of war. So we see massive stone facades, the most easily recognizable feature of Tuscan architecture.
There also seems to have been an innate love of simplicity and symmetry. This appreciation of beauty, highlighted even in the most humble buildings, is no doubt born from the daily exposure to the sheer elegance of the Tuscan countryside. The endless landscapes of undulating green hills, gracefully fine cypresses, lush olive groves and intertwined vines have slowly evolved into the Tuscan decor that we love today.
Early Etruscan architecture was easily recognizable by its massive stones, the square shapes of their buildings, and their heavy protruding beams, even when they are then adorned with Greek or Greek design elements. Roman. Often called Mediterranean (an enlargement of the geographical area of the design elements), the Tuscan decor evokes faded colors in the sun, the generous use of stone, metal, square windows and the symmetry. Intricate details are often found that soften the strong, masculine traits. There is always a meticulous attention to quality craftsmanship, and the stones get married with precision.
Even in the time of Michelangelo, who often combined rustic with polished, ancient and Etruscan with Roman, the builders faithfully preserved the original elements of Tuscan Decor. Before the time of Michelangelo, the first Etruscan architects, originally designed solely for strength and defensive integrity, then gave way to details that added nobility.
It is no wonder that North Americans and many other senses of antiquity, a desire for rustic beauty, warmth and functionality of Tuscan design. Discriminating owners require not only the excellence of design, but also quality materials and furniture to achieve these designs. Intelligent and competent modern builders / architects have learned to weave the ancient concepts of Tuscan builders into a modern design. By using updated materials, they have been able to adapt the most basic elements of Tuscan design to meet the requirements of today's savvy designers.
So, with a respectful nod to Michelangelo, we see ambitious and considerate decorators the best of the past, mixing with the latest technological innovations of today, and building the dreams of the future.
Copyright 2008. Excerpt from Decorate in Tuscan style, the 162-page eBook packed with tips and techniques (and lots of photos) to help you turn your home and your home away from home. garden in the heart and soul of Tuscany. To learn more about Tuscan decor, visit http://www.intheTuscanstyle.com .