Each fall, nature delivers the most iconic color palette, with terracotta tones at its warm and earthy core. Reminiscent of desert landscapes, evening sunsets, and earthenware, these rustic clay hues evoke the beauty of natural environments while delivering comfort and serenity to a space, both inside and out.
Terracotta which translates to “baked earth” in Italian, is known to be one of the oldest building materials and has been used throughout history by artisans and sculptors alike. From ancient Greek temples to the art of Chinese pottery, terracotta has become synonymous with interior design, and its signature blend of red and brown, even flecks of orange and pink, remains a popular and energetic neutral at home.
Modernized for today and inspired by the season, this color trend has firmly taken root in tile design.
Playing off warm wood tones in kitchens are tiles from the Brique™ glazed porcelain collection, in a color called Cotto. Open shelving between cabinets is the perfect locale for a vertical subway tile installed in this hue, which can make a small wall space appear even taller.
Close your eyes and envision what terracotta looks like – and this classic tone is likely what will come to mind. Hues™ glazed ceramic tile, shown in Brick, is a stylish choice for a fireplace façade. Whenever specifying tile, consult usage recommendations and testing data to understand if it’s the right fit for the space.
A collection of plants can encourage a happier and healthier home And greens pair beautifully with Exhale™ glazed porcelain tile in Marron, a luxurious and earthy nod to terracotta tones – also, a welcome addition to both classic renovations and modern aesthetics.
Blending deeper and richer browns and reds delivers a darker autumnal shade, still reminiscent of terracotta tones. Ornami™ glazed ceramic mosaic tile offers textural design popular today, with ease-of-installation and durability inherent in tile.
A darker take on terracotta continues with Newtro™ ceramic mosaic tile, which serves as a color pop against white kitchen cabinetry.