Zoom on… the terracotta color

Zoom on… the terracotta color

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Dark pink and powdery for some, ocher yellow or rust orange for others ... The terracotta color is available in many shades. And all have one thing in common, they draw their inspiration from nature. How to define it, how to adopt it in its interior and for which decorative styles? We answer all your questions about terracotta with our decorative decryption!

1. A color inspired by nature

Translated from English and Italian by terracotta, the terracotta color is an orange shade tending sometimes to yellow, to red and sometimes to brown and beige. It is a warm color that has its origins in many shades of earth and nature. And very often, it refers to the houses of the south, the Mediterranean atmospheres and the desert of Africa. It is not for nothing that it often looks like a rust, ocher or amber and spicy color. More precisely, it is codified in the Pantone color chart under the reference 16-1526. Anyway, terracotta is a color, it can not be more, comforting that we invite in its interior to bring in a little warmth ...

2. Why do we love him so much?

In the same way as yellow, terracotta is a sunny color that illuminates all the interiors in which it is found. A few touches of this shade are enough to warm up the atmosphere and give character to the space. If we love it so much, it's also because it is a source of change of scenery. And the advantage is that it is as welcome in summer as in winter. In the first case, it adapts perfectly to exotic decorations and in the second case, it is ideal for infusing an enveloping energy necessary to face bad days…

3. How to adopt it in its interior?

Have you fallen in love with the terracota color? How we understand you! And we have good news to tell you, it's a color that's very easy to use and combine. If you want to bet hard, use this shade on one of the walls of the room of your choice. Whether in a bedroom, an office or a living room, terracota has no limits to bring good humor indoors! Choose a single wall that you want to draw attention to. Quite dark in color, it can quickly give the impression of reduced space if used in total look. Better to start with a wall before repainting your room. Beyond the walls, terracota is perfect for floor coverings. Choose the traditional terracotta for an authentic and ethnic atmosphere or opt for resin paint to give this rusty look to your existing tiles. And if you are afraid to get started, nothing prevents you from starting with a few small touches of terracotta on furniture, decorative items and accessories. A few cushions here, vases and earthenware dishes there, an orange and powdered armchair in another corner and voila!

4. With what to associate it and for which decorative styles?

If the terracotta color and its character can intimidate more than one, it is nevertheless an ultra easy shade to associate. The most contemporary interiors can combine it with other intense colors such as black, wine lees, anthracite gray or even midnight blue. On the matter side, terracotta plays it modern when it highlights objects in brass, marble or even ceramic. For a Scandinavian decor, nothing better than the brightness of white and clear and soft shades to enhance the intensity of the terracotta. Of course, wood will be the flagship material for this type of Nordic decor! Finally, although it adapts to the most modern decorations, terracotta is above all the color of ethnic, exotic and bohemian interiors. In shades of earthy nuances, imagine an interior pigmented with spicy colors. Do not forget the vegetable fibers such as bamboo, rattan or flax and add many plants to your decor and you are ready to be on vacation all year round!