Earth tones are in vogue, including terracotta or hot earth, lately stands out above the rest.

A very powerful color, with great strength, of a natural character, which comes from dry clay and which knows how to dress with a great presence, as we shall see below.

Join me and discover this trendy color, how to apply it, with which colors to combine, how to do it, as well as see ideas for painting and decorating with it.

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Terracotta paint for painting walls

Terracotta painted walls

Vtwonen Photography

This year, earth tones have been imposed in interior design, especially for painting walls.

From the lightest tones like beige, a word that comes from French and means raw, to the darkest, like brown chocolate or terracotta, that goes through the entire middle range.

And it’s not often that these colors have gone so far, especially the dark ones, because they’ve always had a negative connotation.

Brown has been considered an ugly color since the Middle Ages, because it was the color of peasants and the poor, who wore brown clothes, because the colors of their clothes were intended for the lightest and cheapest colors; while the upper class differed in the variety of bright colors they wore.

Pantone terracotta in color

Pantone terracotta in color

But despite all the connections these dark tones have with the negatives, it also has several positive meanings, such as the one considered robust, sober, natural and warm in color.

Perhaps for these reasons, these tones reached the top of the trend, at least for a moment, to paint the walls; and, between them, terracotta, is more in vogue than ever.

yes, okay terracotta is a color that comes from dried clay and associated with interiors or spaces of a rustic character, today it is the perfect color for painting the walls of any space, whether rustic or even minimalist.

Trend of terracotta colors in interiors

Photo by @Villakarisma

And not only do terracotta-colored walls work in different styles, but also in different spaces, such as living rooms or hallways, as we see above these lines, or in bedrooms, hallways or staircases, as we see below.

Trend of terracotta colors in interiors


Bedrooms with a warm and powerful atmosphere can be created by adding terracotta color to the walls, even in children’s bedrooms:

Children's bedroom with terracotta-painted walls

Jotun terracotta in color and photo

In fact, the company Jotun chose terracotta for one of the trendy colors for children’s bedrooms.

Naturally, like all shades, there are colors that match better with others.

Plus, it’s a color with so much power and so much meaning that you have to be especially careful when combining or adding it.

Let’s take a look at some tips and colors for properly adding terracotta.

How to combine and add terracotta color to a decoration

Terracotta is a color of great strength and presence, so it is desirable to combine it with other tones, colors or materials that soften it. These could be lighter terracotta tones, creating a monochromatic palette, white, wood or cool tones like green or blue that complement each other very well, achieving a harmonious palette.

Living room in terracotta color applied in small doses

The color of rosewood and red terracotta from Bruger

Since it is such a powerful paint with the addition of brush strokes and well combined with another color, it may be enough to add space with a proper injection without applying. Its presence will be noticeable even in small doses.

Bedroom painted with soft terracotta

If we have terracotta clay floors, we must be careful because painting the walls in the same color can saturate the environment. However, painting moldings can be a good idea to soften as many colors as possible and add them without worries, while expanding, even visually, the floor surface.

Trend of terracotta colors in colors

La Redoute terracotta cover

Combined with white and other natural elements like wood or plant fibers, it is a color that shines with great energy and is applied in rustic interiors, or on flawed surfaces like wabi sabi aesthetics, even more so.

With what colors to combine terracotta

Color palette that matches Pantone terracotta

New native color palette 2019 Terracotta by Pantone

In addition to different materials and other elements that need to be considered, terracotta is subject to other colors in terms of their combination. This color should be combined with colors that calm it and / or have the opposite effect. Therefore, the whole palette of soft earthy or sandy tones works very well, as well as cool blue and green tones and, of course, neutral. Let’s look at some examples of colors that match terracotta.

Soft earth tones

Trend of terracotta colors in interior colors

Terracotta combines perfectly with a calmer and more neutral earthy tone. He lowers the terracotta in neutral, he is calm. Calm his strength as we see above these lines.

Yellow and orange

Terracotta color, trend in interiors

All the conjunto from Maisons du Monde

In this Maisons du Monde style set we can see how the terracotta color works well with mustard yellow, pink, gold and, of course, wood, all warm colors, because it goes very well with these tones, but you have to be careful because they are very aggressive colors and if you add them up, it is better that some go in small doses.

Soft roses

Terracotta color, trend in interiors


Another color that combines with terracotta on the walls or decoration in general is pink. But softer pink colors, like pale pink or dusty roses, and very gentle salmon tones, in addition to copper and similar tones.

Neutral tones: gray, white and black

Terracotta combined with white

Jotun’s photo

Whether it is a standard and pure white or broken white cream, white is another perfect color that combines terracotta in all its varieties. The darker the terracotta and the purer the white, the greater the contrast between them.

Wooden tones

Hallway painted in terracotta color, color trend

Photo by @Villakarisma

It goes well with wood tones because they are natural colors, like terracotta.


Terracotta color trend in the interior

Photo by Upcycler and Salvage Hunter

Green is a cool color so it perfectly contrasts with the heat of terracotta. Cool tones can help us reduce it. If we have painted a large area and see that the environment is very full, we can use neutral tones or accents of cool colors to “refresh” the environment.


Whether in large doses or brush strokes, yes, in addition to balance, blue tones also combine very well with terracotta. It’s the same as with green. They are opposites. One warm and one cold.

Now that we have seen the colors that combine with terracotta, let’s get to know the different shades of this trend color.

Terracotta awnings

There are many shades of terracotta color, but in order to clearly distinguish them and have a reference, we can divide them into three shades: standard, medium tones and soft tones. All of them are also available in different shades. Some lean towards the spectrum of browns, creating brown tones of terracotta, and others the spectrum of reds, resulting in more vivid terracotta or pink tones. Let’s look at three nuances:

Pure terracotta or standard terracotta

Terracotta color, trend in interiors

Photo A thousand ideas for decoration

The natural color of terracotta, true terracotta, is never smooth or uniform, always showing light and dark spots. Natural color is never uniform, but, of course, like all other colors, we have it in synthetic, where the appearance is uniform and smooth, which makes it more commercial and suitable for more space:

Synthetic terracotta

Trend of terracotta colors in interiors


This shade would be a traditional terracotta in wall colors. Smooth and uniform colors with strong and strong pigmentation of natural terracotta. Each brand of paint has its own terracotta, which differs from one to another, depending on its philosophy and standards, among other parameters.

Mid-range terracotta

Terracotta in mid tones

Photo by Leneorvik

This terracotta tone we see on the wall of this room would be a medium terracotta tone. It is a standard terracotta, but with less saturation than the authentic, though as we see, color with still great strength.

Terracotta color in light tones

Terracotta in soft or light tones

Photograph by Gitte Christensen from the subject and use

A soft terracotta or soft terracotta tone would be the one we see in this bedroom. A calm, soothing color, but of course clearly reminiscent of its standard color.

If we’re looking for a lighter tone than this, we’d already have to look in a range of non-terracotta colors, like dusty pink or dusty pink.

And if we want stronger tones than the standard terracotta we saw earlier, we would also step out of the terracotta range, to get into darker and more saturated reds and browns, like English red or chocolate brown.

How to make terracotta paint

I get a lot of comments, including emails lately with the question of how to make paint colors or paints, and among them is always terracotta. It is easy to make, although it all depends on the tone we want to achieve, because, as we have seen, there are several shades of this color. But so as not to create too much confusion, I have prepared two ways to make terracotta a color: one for dark and the other for light.

How to make a dark terracotta color

Terracotta is mostly made of brown and red. So, to create it or get closer to pure terracotta, we need brown or brown and red shades. We put the brown color on a white background, tinting the white until it almost darkens to the desired tone. Now we add red to achieve the terracotta tone we want. More reddish or brownish, but dark.

How to make a light terracotta color

To get a light terracotta tone, we will make it the opposite of dark, because we don’t have to darken it that much. We need the same shades: red and brown or brown. We put red on the white color until it gets a medium pink color. After that, brown color is added until it achieves the desired terracotta tone.

Note that the more brown we add, the darker the color will be.

Naturally, terracotta can have other shades, depending on the tone, such as beige or orange, for example. But with the red and brown hue we can easily get a very approximate terracotta tone.

If you have any questions about how to make this color, apply it or combine it, leave a comment that you already know I will be happy to help.

What do you think about the color terracotta? Did he win you over too?

See: 17 warm colors to paint the bedroom


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