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5 Ways To Use Terracotta In Your Home Design

Nov 11, 2021 | How To

Terracotta trends in home design may have become all the rage in the last decade, but this incredible material has been a staple of home décor for hundreds of years, and across countless cultures.

The word ‘terracotta’ comes from an Italian translation meaning ‘baked earth’. Terracotta décor trends aren’t just a nod to history but are also part of a renewed focus on the use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials in home design.

terracotta floor tiles

Traditional Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta tiles have been used in home design for many years, and are loved by designers and homeowners alike. They age beautifully, feel warm underfoot, and add rustic beauty to any space they’re used in. The way in which terracotta is baked leads to differing earthen shades, meaning that no two tiles are completely alike.
The resulting colour palette creates a comforting, rustic feel to your home. The tiles vary in size and design as well, allowing homeowners to truly customize their use of the material.

Tiles made from Terracotta can be used in an unending variety of places in the home. Porch tiles are a great way to use terracotta and create a welcoming and distinctive entrance to your home. While terracotta is often used in kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms, a few more unique uses might include staircases, feature wall tiles, or a terracotta-tiled fireplace.

How to use terracotta on your kitchen wall

Farmhouse-Style Kitchens

The terracotta colour works well with farmhouse-style kitchens and can give the space a lovely warmth, even if you wish to keep the look fairly modern and clean. Strategic terracotta accents do wonders for achieving a rustic and yet chic farmhouse vibe.

Apart from using terracotta floor tiles in your home – other options include incorporating terracotta into your kitchen island, kitchen counters, or on a feature wall.

terracotta plant pots

Terracotta Planters

Plant pots made from terracotta are great options for planters. With more homeowners interested in gardening, and using potted plants in their home, it is a great way to decorate both the inside and outside of your house.

Terracotta planters come in a variety of different sizes, colours and designs as well, and pair beautifully with lush, green, and colourful plants.

If you are interested in customizing the pots, terracotta pots can be easily painted with colourful, eye-catching designs as well.

terracotta wall mural

Artistic Terracotta Murals

Let your inner artist shine by using broken pieces of terracotta to make lovely, decorative, murals. These colourful pieces of homemade art can be placed at the front of your home or in the bathroom and is an adorable surprise for guests.

This exercise is not for the faint of heart, so ensure that you have a good idea of what you wish to do with the terracotta before embarking on such an ambitious project.

If you enjoy DIY and working with your hands, however, using terracotta creates a long-lasting and utterly unique piece of art that will be a conversation starter in your home for years to come.

How to style your home with terracotta inspired hues

Terracotta-Inspired Hues

And lastly, terracotta is valued above all else for the warmth and vibrancy it brings to your home. If the material itself isn’t quite your style, it is entirely possible to create those terracotta vibes in your home through your choice of colour palette.

Choose colours that range from warm sandstone neutrals, burnt orange, to sandstone reds, and vary these colours throughout your space. They can be used as wall paint, on sofa cushions, painted furniture, or even little through decorative ornaments. The overlapping colours will evoke an earthy, traditional feel that will make any house feel like a home.

Terracotta may have been in use for hundreds of years, but it is still loved for being one of the few materials that has a truly timeless, old-world beauty.


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