AT Europe: San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Italy - Naked Doors

AT Europe: San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Italy - Naked Doors

Kristin Hohenadel
Aug 15, 2007

Think Tuscany and colors rush to mind -- yellow sun, blue sky, shades of green trees and hills, burnt ochre, salmon and pink houses somehow washed out and vibrant in the sun...

Recently, Maxwell brought us photos of painted Dublin doors from his Irish vacation. But walking through the historic center of San Casciano recently, it was the absence of color on the doors that captured my attention. The naked door tends to highlight not itself but what surrounds it. In this case, colored walls, beautiful hardware, stucco and stone, the grain of finished or unfinished wood adding texture and a natural streak to the proceedings. If you are going to dress your house in pastels, why not let the door show a little skin?

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com
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