Tuscan transformation, redesign lightens heavy decor
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golden flourishes, rich fabrics, carved dark wood furniture and beautiful ironwork. It was rich and deep, and it echoed the ancient traditions of Italy. Tuscan style is beautiful, traditional and formal, but it’s also heavy and dark unlike today’s lighter styles. Adding some stylish changes can bring your Tuscan style some freshness and brighten up your home. De-accessorize
Dark accessories mark the Tuscan style and can make your home feel weighted and dated. Replace with light-filled and bright accessories to lift the weighty Tuscan look. Edit items like large vases and metal ware, trunks with leather straps, iron and metal attachments. Search out floral arrangements with feathers, dark covered balls and deep-toned roses. These examples of heavy Tuscan frill should go in your donation box.
If you have thick throws and frou-frou pillows, pull these aside. Take a quick inventory of all the gold- or black-colored lampshades and remove these. Replacing your lampshades with white or pale linen-colored versions will instantly lighten up your rooms.
Look, too, at the lamps themselves. Some will be fine with a change of shades, and others may need to be replaced. But before tossing those lamps out, do a quick online search on lamp makeovers. With some spray paint and a little ingenu- ity, you may be able to give your lamps an inexpensive update that completely changes their look and feel. Color
One of the colors most frequently seen in Tuscanstyle homes is gold. The color can range from a pale yellow to deep ochre. Paired with wood trim, the effect is reminiscent of an old castle. Repainting your walls and trim in a clean, bright ivory or white will give your house a fast facelift that refreshes and brightens your whole home. If it’s in your budget, repainting wood-toned kitchen cabinets also will give your kitchen a more current look.
Replacing carpets is expensive, but consider adding a light-colored rug to help lift the color on dark floors. Swap out dark-colored rugs with lighter options.
More simple changes that can make a world of difference in lightening up your decor is to replace bedding and removing heavy curtains. Opt for lightweight sheers or light-colored panels to lift the color in your room and make it grow larger visually. Add in new throw pillows with simple designs.
Look around, too, for furniture that can be painted. Repainting furniture with an ivory or white chalk paint finish instantly will revitalize your room and give you a new-looking piece inexpensively.
Lighten up heavy black iron or bronze lighting fixtures with lighter options, like the new burnished gold finish. It’s a nice departure from the heavy bronze feel but still has warmth combined with a fresh new look.
If replacing light fixtures is out of your skill set, look at replacing amber-colored glass shades with white ones to easily brighten rooms and bathrooms. Handy homeowners can take down old fixtures and completely remake them with a shot of spray paint, changing those old dark fixtures into new-looking lighter options.
For more information, contact Kathryn Weber through her website, RedLotusLetter.com.
© 2016 Kathryn Weber. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Replacing darker lampshades with white versions will instantly lighten up your room.