Whether you want the timeworn grandeur of Venice or the rustic charm of Tuscany, then let the colors of Italy inspire the kitchen into your new home. Italian paint colors are rich and comfy. They will warm up your kitchen and make it seem homey. Use plain latex to nod at Italian fashion, or coating the colour for an authentic-looking, outdated plaster effect.
Few paint colors epitomize Tuscany such as the rusty orange of terracotta, the colour of clay tiles and cooking crocks. Terracotta walls match painted cabinetry and natural timber stains evenly well. Terracotta mixes well with accents of golden, Mediterranean blue and shades of green that range from cherry to olive. With red, combine terracotta for a fiery effect.
If you long for the power of a red kitchen, make a rustic Italian feel with tomato red paint. The look is warmer and more earthier than you would get with blue-based reds. Tomato and other brown- or orange-based reds look great with deep, rich wood tones and many natural stone. Mix tomato red for classic Tuscan style with gold and pear green.
Pear or Chocolate
Sun-kissed yellow greens out of pear to olive suit Italian-inspired kitchens, especially those evoking the casual, earthy texture of Tuscany. Select your preferred between the two or use them together. As a wall shade, pear helps brighten a kitchen that doesn’t have a lot of all-natural light. Neutral olive works well on walls or stained cabinetry. Mix olive and pear with accents of terracotta, gold, plum and brown-based burgundy.
Gold is a classic paint colour choice for any Italian kitchen, by the complex gilt of Venice to the sun-drenched colors of the countryside. To the paint, add a touch of metallic sheen for city fashion. For country appeal, use golds that range from deep ocher to bright sunflower. A gold-painted kitchen provides a neutral background for brighter accessories and colors. Gold blends nicely with nearly any colour but really pops with red, cobalt blue, turquoise and plum.
Plum or Purple
You’ll find plum and purple colors throughout Italy — by the majestic appointments of Venice to the lavender fields of Tuscany. Plums and purples look rich against medium to dark all-natural timber finishes on cabinetry, and they match many natural stones used for countertops and tiles. For a classy Venetian-inspired look, combine plum- or purple-painted walls with accents of metallic gold, garnet red and Mediterranean blue. Get a rustic look by mixing it with sunflower yellow, terracotta and oliveoil.