With its deep auburn tones, citrus orange notes and hints of blushing pink, terracotta spans a broad spectrum. It’s a remarkably versatile partner to numerous other colours, from sandy yellows and browns to sky blue and pale green, and its presence in art and design has spanned from Egypt to China. Whether gracing the dining room of a villa in southern Europe, or part of an energetic colour scheme in an urban penthouse, terracotta tones can enliven and warm the domestic sphere. Here are a few elegant themes that allow you to make intelligent use of terracotta and benefit from the inviting influence of this striking and multifaceted colour.
The earthiness of terracotta makes it especially well-suited to autumnal themes in interior design. Develop a cosy hideaway in the cooler months by purchasing cushions and throws for the bedroom in terracotta, burnt red, brown and ivy-green. For a more traditional effect, consider investing in embroidered pieces bearing nature-inspired motifs, and select artisan pieces such as hand-painted vases and carved wooden desks. Photographs and paintings of fiery autumnal leaves can work well as a simple way to introduce terracotta themes into your decor. Complement these bright tones with a neutral cream or white backdrop, and balance brilliant orange with toned-down brown.
Terracotta is a colour and material that is closely linked to rural farming communities in Southern Europe, so it’s no coincidence that it fits in with ease among Mediterranean-style interior design. A soft terracotta accent wall looks especially appealing in converted barn properties with tiled flooring and exposed beams. Terracotta has strong ties to homemade crockery and pottery, hence why one-of-a-kind pieces can be incorporated effectively as part of this pared-down, rural interior style. Ceramic table lamps, sugar and coffee pots, and decorative terracotta planters blend in seamlessly.
Balancing an exotic blend of dark browns, blacks and oranges is the key to creating an alluring Egyptian interior design style within the home. Mosaic tiling, animal prints and wood cuts look especially distinctive when set against a fierce terracotta wall as a backdrop. In the lounge or living room, set the style off with bright, hand-woven drapes to counter-balance the darker tones and enhance natural light.
In modern homes and apartments, terracotta can work well in a few statement pieces or as part of patterned fabric or prints. In a white room, bright splashes of cobalt blue and sunny orange furnishings lift the energy, while striped or spotted orange cushions and bed covers are a playful addition to a child or teenager’s room. A similar effect can be attained by painting a single wall a candescent shade of orange. This mood-boosting colour complements naturally light and airy spaces by absorbing some of the sharpness of the sunshine and emanating its own warm glow.
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