Tuscany inspired colors draw from the natural environment in a warm and sunny Italian countryside climate. Warmed by the golden glow of sunlight, typical color palettes include earthy browns, beiges, yellow and orange-tinted ochers, terra cotta and the rich greens of olive groves and vineyards. Additional colors include poppy reds, the deep burgundies of grapes and wine, the sparkling blues or turquoise of lakes, seas and sky, and the grays of rocks and soil. Let your palette selection depend on the space’s purpose, its light sources and your personal preferences.

Neutral Tuscan Atmosphere

In Tuscan interior color schemes, neutral colors create a perfect backdrop for stronger accent colors from nature. Traditional rustic Tuscan homes usually featured simple off-white or light gray walls and travertine or terra-cotta tile floors. Neutral paint colors include various shades of browns, beiges, grays or greige — a mix of brown and gray. Paler colors bring in golden tones such as honey, wheat or straw and creamy whites such as vanilla or latte. Neutrals with touches of warm colors contribute to a feeling of comfort and conviviality in a Tuscan-inspired paint scheme.

Glowing Reds and Yellows

If you love red, include muddied reds like brick, rust or terra cotta in your Tuscan color palette. Combine these reds with golden yellow tones ranging from pale pumpkin to deep ocher for the glow of warm sunshine in rooms intended for gathering, dining and conversation. Darker hues close in the space for a feeling of coziness and security, while lighter tones of these warm colors open the area, creating an effect of bright spaciousness.

Greens Add Punch

Subtle tones of green such as olive or sage complement the glow of red and gold furnishings to create color harmony in a room, much as leafy greens complete a garden bouquet. Olive green walls set off golden upholstered furniture or a brick-red table for a friendly feeling. Sage offers a cooler, muted gray-green that goes with rich reds or gold for a restful effect. The contrast between compatible cooler tones on the walls with Tuscan warm colors in furniture, fabrics and accessories visually satisfies the eye and mind.

Blue Complementing Orange

Blue and orange presents a classic Tuscan color combination inspired by burnt orange or ochre-toned architecture against a brilliant sky and reflected in swirly earthenware glazes and stylish fabric patterns. Blue and orange are complementary, directly across from each other on the color wheel, so the combination fulfills the spectrum while pleasing the eye. You can control the intensity of an orange wall color by adding small amounts of blue until the tone is less vivid. Add an accent accessory or two in bright cobalt blue and enjoy the happy harmony.

Special Painting Techniques

To replicate the look of stucco or plaster walls with its textured surface — a common feature in Tuscan architecture — apply paint with rags, sponges or a dry brush to create an attractive faux finish for a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Two methods of applying a color wash with rags are to apply one coat of very thin paint and allow it to dry into an uneven color, or to paint a base coat and wash over it with a thin darker color. Sponging techniques include daubing an entire surface with one color, or applying a light color and sponging into it with a darker color while the paint is still wet. A dry brush works to remove the wet paint in place of a sponge or rag for a slightly different effect.