When I was a kid, my garden was filled with terracotta plant pots, but I didn’t think much of it as a colour back then.
Fast forward to 2022 and it’s a huge interior paint trend; so much so, I’m thinking of painting my home-office terracotta. Literally, the floor, the walls and the ceiling.
Terracotta paint gets its name from baked clay. It’s a brown-red colour traditionally, but nowadays there are lots of terracotta paints on the market with undertones like pink, orange and yellow.
What I love most about terracotta is its warmth; it would be hard to walk into a room painted terracotta and feel chilly.
Lots of us associate its red tint with warm holidays abroad – if I close my eyes right now, I can think of sunny, colourful European towns with bright terracotta buildings. Plane ride, anyone?
Which colour goes best with terracotta?
In a design scheme, terracotta can be such a fun shade to work with because it compliments so many other colours.
For a nature-inspired combination: green. For something exotic: pink. And for something eye-catching: blue.
Is terracotta orange or red?
Terracotta clay is a brown-red colour, however, when it comes to terracotta paint, there are a variety of shades to choose from so you can tailor it to your colour scheme perfectly.
Loving Orange Paint, from £21, Yes Colours – buy now
Red Earth, from £59, Farrow & Ball – buy now
Is there a paint that looks like terracotta?
If you’re looking for a perfect match to terracotta clay then this Tan Tan from Little Greene is going to be your best bet.
It’s a lovely paint to work with and it’s eco-friendly. Their water-based paints carry the lowest VOC content in the industry which is exactly what I like to hear.
Tan Tan™, from £27.50, Little Greene – buy now
Shop the best terracotta paint
California Collection: Faded Terracotta, from £59, Farrow & Ball – buy now
Tuscan Terracotta, various prices, Dulux – buy now
Sunbaked Terracotta, various prices, Dulux – buy now
Terracotta Army, various prices, Dulux – buy now
Baked flat matt, from £26, Coat – buy now
Sima, from £29, Coat – buy now
Mezcal, from £32, Coat – buy now
Red 03 Eggshell, £42, Lick – buy now
Red 02 Matt, £42, Lick – buy now
Red 01 Eggshell, £42, Lick – buy now
Tuscan Red™, from £27.50, Little Greene – buy now