Terracotta: the trendy color of 2018

Terracotta seems to be the trendiest color for interiors in 2018. It is a trend that has already begun in 2017 and has made terracotta the protagonist of styling and interiors.

A shade between orange and brown, terracotta is a cozy color that helps to warm the house with just a few touches. The color of earth and nature that, although it may seem difficult, it is easy to combine in different ways, combining well with warm colors and materials such as wood (for a material effect) but also with cold colors such as blues and materials like concrete (creating an interesting contrast effect).

Even though I love cool colors like gray and blue, I must say that I really like terracotta when used for design objects and interiors, it creates a modern and warm result at the same time. And then I like it because it makes me think of nature and travel, the desert, the color of the African ground..

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There are two terracotta shades that I think are more trendy: on the one hand a shade that tends to brown and with a bit of pink inside, on the other a shade that almost tends towards an orange-pink. These nuances seem very elegant, both used in a total look or dosed with small color accents, perhaps an armchair, some sofa cushions, some accessories.

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via H&M Home

I have identified 3 combinations that I particularly like for this color:

– Terracotta and dusty pink

A very trendy combination, which we have already seen in the catalogs of various brands like in the latest H&M lookbook that we have already seen here. A very modern, elegant and feminine result. A tone-on-tone combination ideal for those who love to furnish playing with shades. Beige and white are the most appropriate neutral tones to give light to this combination.

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Terracotta and grey

The result of combining these two colors is very contemporary and elegant, perhaps easier to dose than others. Terracotta matches well with dark gray but above all, in my opinion, with a lighter gray for a more sober, elegant and luminous effect. In this case, terracotta helps to warm a cold color like gray.

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Terracotta and blue

A combination perhaps a bit more difficult but very chic, which reminds me of the atmosphere of Moroccan houses and riads. The terracotta helps to warm a cold color like blue and you get an interesting graphic effect that plays with contrasts. A combination in my opinion very nice, elegant and modern.

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If you like this color, I have prepared a shopping list of low cost!


design shopping list in terracotta color

1 – Muuto – E27 lamp

2 – Ferm Living – Quilt Cushions

3 – Ikea – Gradvis vases

4 – H&M tablecloth

5 – Maison du monde – Mauricette chair

6 – Muuto – Grip candle holder

7 – Normann Copenhagen – Folk candle holder

8 – IkeaFabrikor cabinet

9 – H&M pillows


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  1. I am redoing a kitchen in a 50 year old house. The floor is terracotta colored d’hanis tile with wide black grout about half inch wide. I want white cabinets but I don’t know which shade of white to use, or maybe I should go with a light gray. The countertops will be stainless steel with the stainless steel backsplash. The sheetrock will probably be painted a teal green or teal blue. So my question is, what shade of white for the cabinets, please.

    • Dear Shirley, thanks for writing. Yes, I would definitely go with white but a “warm and soft white”. Just to give you an idea of what I am talking about, check the All White, Strong white or School old white on Farrow&Ball website (it is not advertisement, it is just to give you an example 🙂 ). Hope this would help!

  2. Hello! I love those paint colors. What brands and names of paint color are these? Thank you I love your blog!

    • So nice to like my blog, thanks. Those are not images for a particular brand, but check for example Farrow&Ball and its colors Picture gallery red and Read Earth. But many other paint brands have similar colors for example Jotun, Willson&Morris and Sikkens. Hope this will help you! 🙂

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