Faux Tuscany Finishes

Written by Genevieve Hawkins
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As many are hoping to create the look of the Old World in their homes, the look of Tuscany has become popular all over again. Named for the much-loved region of central Italy, the Tuscany effect has been emulated around the world. Now, many are trying to replicate it cheaply and easily with paint, and doing a fairly good job of it.

Tuscany Stone Finishes

Tuscany is well-known for its gorgeous terra cotta stone that was used commonly in Italian villas. Nowadays, many want to emulate the effect without shipping the stones several thousand miles. Instead, a technique of replicating the plaster and stone is done by colorwashing with different shades of paint.

Tuscan-style walls can be easy and fun to create. Doing this involves the use of reds, browns, and yellows, often with a light blue or green base. The final effect usually looks stonewashed and extremely natural. Lending themselves to the recent era, many faux paint jobs of Tuscany finishes are performed in gold of some shade.

If you would like to have a Tuscan-style home, you can invest in a terra cotta floor or a seared wooden column. Or you can start with faux effects, which are quick and easy once learned. Doing a Tuscan-style painting job will only take a few minutes to learn, and is simply a matter of style. The results can last far longer.


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