For a long time, terracotta has been most closely associated with ceramics – tile, roofs, and the pots you see lining the shelves of your local nursery. But for 2020, this color is going places its never been before, and making its way into interiors and products in totally new ways. Think of it as terracotta 2.0.
As part of our color curation series, today we’re focusing on this earth shade or reddish orange. From paint to pillows, sofas to sheets, this warm tone is having a big moment in design. And it’s being used in just about every style, whether it’s modern, rustic, boho or organic, to create spaces that feel totally fresh (and far from just floor tile).
So what exactly is terracotta? The name refers to a clay based ceramic (which means baked earth in Italian) that has been used for centuries as a building material. While terracotta is most closely associated with Mediterranean and Spanish design, it’s widely used all over the world for sculptures, serving pieces, vessels and objects. The distinct color comes from the iron content in clay reacting with oxygen during firing, creating the rich, earthy tone. The color itself has some variation, from more red tones, to pale orange, to darker browns, and is composed of 89% red, 45% green and 36% blue, with 70% saturation.
Recently, terracotta has made its way from ceramics and tile to a much broader range of products, and been popping up in lots of interesting interiors. From modern dining rooms, to bold bathrooms, to kitchens with a kick, keep scrolling to see more of our favorite spaces using this shade, along with our picks for products (and two of our favorite paint colors to capture this tone in your own home).
Terracotta, with its rich and warm tones, can have a grounding and calming effect on an interior. To help bring your space down to earth, try a duvet cover or table lamp in the bedroom, or a cozy lounge chair in the living room.
For major impact, go for tonal walls and furnishings in this shade. For a more subtle take, try a pillow, side table, or tabletopPainting a wallP with plates and candles.
A terracotta tile floor with a matching paint treatment is an easy way to give a modern twist to this centuries old shade. A saturated sofa can be the focal point in a space, while a planter, art print or vase are simple ways to warm things up.