You can see that there is a growing desire for clean lines and brighter less ornate interiors all over the California and the united states. People that have been living in homes that are heavy in gold and yellow everywhere are desiring to De-Tuscanize their homes. Removing that old world feeling starting with granite, travertine floors, interior arches, odd angles, heavy wood details and the use of color schemes that emphasis brown and gold.
Not every home that is stylized as Tuscan has to be made beachy or contemporary. Ornate doors, stairwells and tile can be replaced for a fresh clean look. Many Tuscan homes have dark wood flooring that can simply be sanded in place and refinished in a lighter color. New fresh paint can also change how a home looks with a fresh coat of white, gray or even a beige tone as long as it is not too warm.
The question on many home owners minds is do you tackle all of this at once and embark upon a large remodel? or tackle the De-Tuscanization in phases. Currently we are working on a large home remodel where we are completely taking out all the arches, travertine and heavy wood details and opting for a clean more modern look. This large scale project is not for everyone. Below we have other options on tackling a smaller remodel.
A bathroom remodel where we removed the old glass block and travertine shower for a material that was brighter, more modern to give this tired old bathroom a fresh new look.
Another option is just a refresh leaving behind the flooring and updating the kitchen or bathroom to be brighter and more current.
You can see another great examples of this below from Heather Scott from Texas. It all depends on the scope of work that you want to tackle. If you are thinking about a remodel, but don’t want to tackle the dust and the mess, this approach might be the right fit for you. Either way its a great way to get a fresh new look.
Ideas to where you can start this De-Tuscanization of your own home sharing Florida Design Works since we are both of coast we understand this movement well.