Using terracotta colours in your home and garden is a great way to give your space a warm bright feel. Painting your walls in the natural earthy hue of terracotta will instantly add life and energy to your space, making it an ideal choice for any social areas of your home or garden such as living rooms, dining rooms, conservatories, patios, and more.
There are many different shades of terracotta, from lighter orange shades to rich reddish browns, so when you are choosing terracotta paint colours for your home, you might be wondering which to go for.
In this article, I’m sharing the best shades of terracotta from some popular paint brands. Whether you want to achieve a sophisticated look, or you’re looking for something fun and playful, you will be able to find a shade of terracotta that suits you.
Faded Terracotta CC8: Farrow and Ball California Collection
There’s a good reason this one is first, and that’s because it’s my absolute favourite. I’m a huge fan of Farrow and Ball, so when I saw that Kelly Wearstler had collaborated with Farrow and Ball on the California Collection, I couldn’t wait to see what they came up with.
And of course, they didn’t disappoint! The whole collection is gorgeous, but Faded Terracotta is a winner for me. This gorgeous shade is described by Farrow and Ball as “the singular colour of terracotta pots and tiles baked to a pale hue by the California sun. An easygoing shade characterized by softness and warmth.”
The colours in the California collection are all designed to complement each other, so if you’re looking for colours that go with Terracotta, this is a great place to start.
Deep Terra Cotta: Lick
Deep Terra Cotta by Lick, is a warm, earthy shade of Terracotta, with a hint of pink. This shade is ideal for bedrooms and living rooms, creating a warm and relaxing space that isn’t too overpowering thanks to the slightly muted tones.
Lick paints are fairly newer to the paint scene in the UK. They create high-quality, sustainable, and low VOC paints in a beautiful range of designer-curated colours. Lick also uses peel-and-stick paint sample swatches as opposed to the traditional mini tester pots. This makes testing samples so much easier, as you can test them on all walls of your room without leaving a mark.
Sima: COAT Paints
Image: Coat Paints
Sima is a deep shade of terracotta with a reddish-orange hue, created by COAT. COAT is an eco-friendly paint brand, and best of all, they are a carbon-neutral business, who are working to make the planet a better place.
This beautiful colour comes in a variety of different finishes, including flat matte, soft sheen, and eggshell. This stunning colour is also available as an exterior paint with an eggshell finish, making it the perfect choice for terraces, patios, and other outdoor areas that need spicing up.
Similar to Lick (above), COAT also uses peel and stick paint swatches. These provide a 100% accurate representation of the colour and finish without any of the mess that comes with using tester pots. Such a great idea!
Red Sand: Dulux Heritage
Image: Dulux Heritage
Image: Dulux Heritage
I was pleased to see that the Heritage collection by Dulux has a beautiful shade of terracotta called ‘Red Sand’. This stunning colour is warm and bright without being overpowering. The natural earthy tones will make your space feel cosy and grounded.
As you probably already know, Dulux is one of the most popular paint brands in the UK. Their paints are easy to use, affordable, and come in a range of different finishes. The Heritage range by Dulux is a range of traditional colours expertly chosen to suit a modern lifestyle. This range of timeless colours will look great in both traditional and modern homes.
Inkwood by Sanderson is a peachy shade of Terracotta, reminiscent of the sun-baked terracotta roof tiles of traditional Mediterranian architecture. With its uplifting coral tones, this lighter shade of terracotta is an ideal choice for bedrooms, bathrooms, or anywhere in your home where you spend time relaxing. As you can see from this image, it works really well as an accent colour in more neutral spaces.
Sienna Paint: Graham & Brown
Image: Graham & Brown
Image: Graham & Brown
Sienna by Graham & Brown is an earthy shade of terracotta, with reddish-brown tones that will make your home feel warm and grounded. This unique shade is ideal for nature lovers thanks to it’s warm earthy tones.
Graham & Brown paints are available in a wide variety of finishes, so whether you want to paint your bedroom, bathroom, living room, or exterior with Terracotta paint, they’ve got you covered.
Colours That Compliment Terracotta
Now that you’ve seen some shades of terracotta that you can use in your home, it’s time to talk about the colours that compliment terracotta.
- Navy Blue
- Sage Green
As a fail-safe option, terracotta works incredibly well with light neutral colours, such as white, taupe, beige. It also looks beautiful paired with grey.
The complementary colour of Terracotta is sage green, so if you use sage green accents they will really stand out against a background of terracotta. This means any leafy plants will also look fabulous against your terracotta walls! A couple of other colours that look great with terracotta are navy blue and black.
Thanks to their natural reddish-brown hues, terracotta colours are a timeless colour choice, and a great way to add warmth and personality to your home. What do you think of these colours, which one is your favourite?