Decorating with Italian Furniture & Accessories

Decorating with Italian furniture and accessories can cover a wide array of tastes for homeowners. The most popular styles are Renaissance, Classic, Tuscan, and Modern Italian contemporary furniture. If you’re looking for more tips, Italian furniture has it for you. Furniture design in Italy is a professional profession passed down for hundreds of years from one generation to the next. Although the styles have dramatically changed over time, the workmanship has retained the high quality of earlier periods, in many cases creating not only unique elegant furniture but actual works of art.

Italian furniture of the Renaissance style was designed in various fashions. Every piece of furniture incorporated a large , heavy, very unique and ornate design. Detailed wooden carvings include everything from different fruits and birds to grotesque figures of animals and humans. A blend of Roman and Gothic styles makes this decoration something you can not quickly overlook. However, a word of warning; this type of furniture is more suitable for large spaces as everything is “big,” from elaborately designed credencias to elegant iron accent pieces.

Probably the most familiar type of furniture coming out of Italy is Tuscan furniture, named for the Italian Tuscany Valley. There are two Tuscan furniture styles in fact, one of which is the more elegant design furniture coming from Florence. The traditional, more common furniture style, is the simpler, almost rustic design that came from Italy’s rural areas. Decorating Italian furniture with this theme relies more on accent pieces and accessories than on the furniture itself. Built sturdy but plain, the furniture is designed to last in country homes and farmhouses. Both leather and iron accents are common in woods such as chestnut, cypress, and fir.

Accessories in the Tuscan style are decorated using colour, stone and metal. Deep rich red and cool Mediterranean blue colors combine to give the decor a feeling of warmth and conviviality. Granite, marble and calcareous are very popular in accessories, and are used in kitchens and bathrooms in particular. The metals used in this design are normally unpolished in a raw form and include copper, iron, tin, and pewter.

All these elements are used in various pieces to give peaceful, lived-in, relaxed feeling to a home. Throw-pillows and blankets decorated in earthly colors depicting the country landscape, detailed wrought iron wall sconces and candle-stands, and colorful tapestries and paintings stand out when added to the simpler Italian furniture pieces. Large family kitchen tables are often overlaid with bowls of colorful fruit (real or ceramic), open cupboards display linens or dishes, and terracotta or copper pots can be used for decoration or storage in any room in the home. Antique rugs may add color and warmth to a Tuscan designed room’s wood or stone floors.