The Tuscan Garden Patio – Create Your Own Designer Backyard Retreat- Mediterranean Style


Mediterranean Garden Patio
Mediterranean Garden Design by Sennikoff Architects.

The design team selected this photo for their “March Mediterranean Garden” feature. Follow along for highlights of the review and learn how to make this Tuscan garden look your own.See the design team’s Hit List for this Tuscan patio.

Tuscan Garden Patio
Mediterranean Garden Design by Sennikoff Architects.

Here is another view of the featured
garden space. From this angle we have a different shot of the fireplace and accessories. Note the soft glow of the fireplace, and romantic accent lighting. Fabulous!

The Designer's Hit List for Tuscan Garden Style.
The Designer's Hit List for Tuscan Garden Style.

The design team has specially selected seven accessories to get you started. Add these to your shopping list, or find similar items on your own to decorate your backyard or garden space like the one in the featured picture.Visit our site for more information on theDesigner’s Hit List that goes with this month’s inspiration photo or to Read the entire Tuscan Garden Review.This courtyard features classic Tuscan hues, derived from the palette of the rustic Italian landscape. My favorite, and a real standout, is the terracotta color found on the doors to the right, which is echoed in the seat cushions in the conversation area. The house is painted in a light beige-tan which provides the perfect complement to the earthen tones of the brown roof tiles, window trim, accent tiles, and large rustic urns. Lovely shades of green are pulled into the space with the various trees and potted plants. The wrought iron accent furniture in solid black finish really looks fabulous against those terracotta cushions. Love it!

This Tuscan color palette is similar to the colors seen in the designer inspiration photo.

Add Color – Choose from classic Tuscan shades inspired by nature. Here is the color scheme used in the inspiration photo. I am using a Sherwin Williams fan deck and the numbers and names are shown.You can use similar colors from the paint manufacturer of your choice. Note: Computer monitor colors vary greatly. Refer to paint chips at the paint store for best accuracy.

Old World Stone Accents– Stone is a foundational element to Italian design, utilized for centuries as a solid building material and for its aesthetic value in architectural details. The courtyard floor is rustic yet elegant in a tumbled stone tile with intermittent colored accents. The look is timeworn in neutral earth tone hues, with a hint of Mediterranean flair. The Old world stone look continues up the stuccoed walls complete with decorative tiles, accentuating curved arches and ornate columns.
Italian Tile for Patio
Rustic Italian tile is a solid base for the Tuscan garden design.

The fireplace to the left in the picture sports large scrolled corbels supporting an ornate carved mantel. Large terracotta urns are strategically placed throughout the space, as accent pieces and planters. Even the beautiful fountain features a cast stone design, reminiscent of treasured ancient designs sculpted into fountains throughout Italy.This Italian porcelain tile is perfect for reproducing the flooring seen in the featured photo. It is frost resistant, and rated for outdoor use. It is rustic and a neutral earthy brown makes it the perfect base for a Tuscan outdoor patio.

Sonoma Outdoor Fireplace
Durable & beautiful, this outdoor fireplace can be used on any flat surface.

The inspiration photo features a beautifully scrolled stone fireplace. This impressive focal point is best seen in picture two in the nighttime shot. This is likely a custom feature. Add your own romantic fireplace with an outdoor fireplace kit. This fireplace has a mock chimney with niche shelf, and delightful curved design with faux accent block. Durable construction and attractive style ensure this will be a hit when visiting with friends and family on the patio.

Add Water 

Tiered Lion Outdoor Fountain
Cast stone with carved details, this 65"H fountain speaks for itself. It says "Ciao!"

Nothing says “awesome Mediterranean garden” like the soothing sounds of moving water. This one point alone can up your space enjoyment factor ten-fold. Italians are famous for their elaborate use of fountains and water features. And why not? They are fabulous! To recreate the inspiration photo, find a Tuscan urn fountain, or a multi-leveled fountain with a mask or face for a spigot.If you are limited on space, add a small wall fountain or tabletop fountain, or create your own with a large garden urn and fountain kit. Electricity will most likely be required so don’t forget to add that into your Tuscan landscape design or blueprint.

Tuscan Urn Planter
This planter is reminiscent of an ancient Etruscan urn. Features handles & raised garland design.

Add Plants & Greenery – Remember, the Tuscan landscape is very rural and natural. Evaluate your area for existing plants, and determine what additional varieties are needed. Plant flowers in vibrant colors with a cheery disposition. Select plants that are suited for your growing conditions, require as little maintenance as possible, and are similar to plants commonly used in Mediterranean landscape design.Here’s a short list:

  • Geraniums, Rhododendrons, Hydrangeas
  • Cypress, Lemon Trees, Olive Trees
  • Lavender, Agave, Aloe, Opuntia
  • Culinary Herbs: Oregano, Basil, Chives, Mint
Cypress Spiral Topiary Italian Style
Unique spiral shape adds interest to the Italian garden.

If you have planting beds nearby, add spiral topiaries like this one. These also look terrific in urns and largeTerracotta style urns like the one above are authentically Italian, and conveniently add an element of flexibility to your space. Strategically place around your patio / garden area to create a beautiful space, punctuated by lush greenery and flowers.terracotta pots. The shape is so beautiful, and the greenery looks terrific.

Farfalla Tuscan Metal Patio Set
Beautiful set features scrolled back, elegant arms, & comfortable cushions in a selection of Tuscan colors like Brick Red.

Add Furniture – What good is a beautiful outdoor living space without a place to relax and enjoy yourself? In the inspiration photo, we can see four comfortable iron chairs with weather resistant terracotta colored cushions, and trunk style accent tables. On a tight budget? Add one or two pieces of furniture at a time. If your Tuscan garden space is limited, scale down the furniture size, and use less pieces.This beautiful cast metal patio furniture set features scrolled back, elegant arms, & comfortable cushions in a selection of Tuscan colors like Brick Red.

Arch Outdoor Lantern for Patio
Wrought iron type accessories in weather resistant finishes are perfect for decorating outdoors. Lanterns like this one add romantic lighting.

Add Accessories – Gates, statuary, iron wall art, baskets, outdoor lanterns, and pillows all add that extra touch of elegance to your outdoor space. If your garden is exposed to weather, be sure to decorate with accessories that are weather resistant. In the inspiration photo, we can see an iron style outdoor lantern, and smaller potted plants.Metal items with a powder coated or “clear coat” finish ensure durability when exposed to the elements. Use fabrics rated for outdoor use like Sunbrella and Climaweave that resist fading and moisture. On special occasions or when entertaining, you can always bring a few indoor accessories outside, just remember to take them back in with you when done.

This outdoor lantern is weather resistant and features solar powered rechargeable batteries, and a switch so you can turn on and off as needed. The lantern adds romantic lighting at night, and looks terrific as an iron accessory during the day.
This is a summary of our designer review of this Mediterranean Garden Space. Visit Tuscan Garden 1 to see the entire review.For more information about decorating your home in Tuscan style, Visit our site:Tuscan Decor. Sign up for our newsletter, La Casa Bella, and you’ll be the first to get the “Designer Room Review” released each month, or visit our blog for updates on Tuscan architecture, travel, design dilemma, and more.


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