Terracotta Color: What Is It And How Do You Use It?

Terracotta color is a fairly self-explanatory name. The color of terracotta is so gorgeous that it is a necessity in certain regions as it goes so well with the landscape. Matching the landscape is always a good move.

But even if you live in Alaska, you can still make terracotta work for your home. We will learn all we can about terracotta, from different paint colors to different design ideas to help you get started. 

What Is Terracotta Color?

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Terracotta is a color that is inspired by the color of terracotta. The word terracotta literally translates into “baked earth” which is an accurate name for such a term. Terracotta is fired clay that has been turned into earthenware. 

The color is gorgeous and has been used for thousands of years. After all, the terracotta soldiers have been around since BCE, making them over 2000 years old. They weren’t even the first terracotta creation.

No one knows what the first terracotta creation was but we do know that we can honor them all by using the color of terracotta in our homes. But how do we go about doing so? Maybe you want to make the color of terracotta from scratch?

How To Make Terracotta Color

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Making terracotta is fairly easy once you get used to it. You should start with a warm light brown and mix it slowly with red. Brown should be the main color with red being the off color to give it richness. 

When mixing, ensure that you are using paints with the same base, and preferably the same brand. Terracotta paint color is available but if you want to mix your own color, then this is how you do it.

Terracotta Paint Color Options

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There are a few different terracotta paint color options for you to choose from. While terracotta itself doesn’t have an exact terracotta color code, there are a few color codes and paint brands that you can get a terracotta color from. 

All of these colors are called “terracotta” in some way, so you know that you’re getting an accurate representation and not just something that is close enough.

BEHR Deep Terra Cotta – PPF-30

Terracotta Color Code: #8B483D

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BEHR is an excellent brand for any painting needs, but their terracotta paint is just gorgeous. Though they have a few options, Deep Terra Cotta is definitely one of their bests. You won’t find any shy colors here. 

BEHR Terra Cotta Clay – M200-5

Terracotta Color Code: #D08F73

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This Terracotta Clay color is light and fancy, making it tasteful for kitchens and bathrooms. It also has a coral touch to it, so it can work well for that beach house, even if it’s located in the middle of a desert.

Benjamin Moore Baked Terra Cotta – 1202

Terracotta Color Code: #b46a58 

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This medium terra cotta color is known as Baked Terra Cotta, one of Benjamin Moore’s greatest terracotta options and greatest southwestern colors in general. Just look at how well it can go with any design style.

Valspar Terra Cotta Trail – 2005 -7B

Terracotta Color Code: #b28063

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Valspar is known for being a great and affordable brand of paints. Their Terra Cotta Trail is no exception. It’s soft yet earthy and works well with so many different terracotta color schemes. This is definitely s safe choice.

Sherwin-Williams Rookwood Terra Cotta – SW 2803

Terracotta Color Code: #975840

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If you want something with more red in it and far less blue, then this terracotta by Sherwin-Williams is a winner. It’s hard to find a deep and rich terracotta with a strong red tint but this will take care of that.

Bonus: Krylon Fusion All-In-One Spray Paint

This is more of a bonus color because who doesn’t need more spray paint options? Spray paint can be difficult to come by. This satin spray paint comes in so many different colors, but one of the greatest is its metallic Satin Terracotta.

Terracotta Color Palette 

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If you’re looking for colors that go with the warm clay look, then you need to look at a terracotta palette and create a terracotta color scheme. These can help you find complementary colors to terracotta. Check out these amazing duos! 

Denim And Terracotta Color Palette

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Denim and terracotta can look absolutely amazing together. This trend began with fashion and it didn’t stop there. You can use terracotta and denim anywhere, even as a color scheme for your room.

There are many shades for denim that you can use and you can even mix and match them. When you do, an orange-tinted terracotta usually works out best, but a toned-down brown terracotta is a great muted combo. 

Beige And Terracotta Color Palette 

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Beige and terracotta are a great duo that is safe and secure. You can choose beige for your terracotta no matter what shade of terracotta you choose. Beige goes with anything even if terracotta does not.

For best results, try sticking with a very light being or very dark. Contrasting them is your best bet or the room can be overwhelmed with one tone. Start with light beige and dark terracotta. 

Burgundy And Terracotta Color Palette

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Burgundy is a great dark red that is almost neutral. You can get by with using any shade of burgundy for your terracotta room. A deep red burgundy with a similar terracotta can give the room a lot of depth.

The two colors are very closely related and can even cross over easily to become the other color. So layering these can be tricky. But if you have an eye for color then there shouldn’t be any problems.

Mint And Terracotta Color Palette

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This is the beginning of going bold with terracotta color schemes. Mint is a safe bright color to use because it is also soft and sweet. One comes in many shades but a very soft shade works best with terracotta.

Because terracotta is so warm and mint is so cool, they balance each other out extremely well. Try them in the kitchen or bathroom for best results as the kitchen, in particular, thrives on this type of balance. 

Wildcard: Teal And Terracotta Color Palette 

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Terracotta and teal are truly wonderful colors together but most people aren’t bold enough to try them. Teal is definitely a bold color but terracotta can be a neutral of sorts. This is why they work together.

Having a bright color like teal paired with another bright color can be overwhelming in most rooms. But you can tone it down with something so inviting like terracotta that people will appreciate the balance. 

Terracotta Color Ideas

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If what you want is an inspiration for your terracotta design, then look no further. These terracotta ideas are sure to inspire you. Start small and work your way up to create your dream room with terracotta. 

Potted Plants

Potted plants are probably one of the most natural and the easiest ways to add terracotta to your home. All you have to do is get a terracotta-colored pot or a real terracotta planting pot, which are easy to find. 

Paint The House

If you want to make a huge statement and really make your house blend in with the desert landscape, then consider painting your entire house terracotta. It doesn’t even have to be real adobe for you to paint it.

You can get terracotta paint and paint the entire exterior of your house. For best results, paint the trim white, black, or another that complements terracotta. This will ensure it isn’t overwhelming the curb. 

Real Terracotta

Using real terracotta is the perfect way to incorporate the color into your home the right way. Authenticity is something you can ever go wrong with, so always be willing to add more authenticity to your home. 

You can get small terracotta sculptures or even chairs! There are many different terracotta items you can add to your home because terracotta home decor is a trend that won’t be ending anytime soon.

Drywall Texture Terracotta 

Have you ever considered changing up your drywall texture? This is something that isn’t all that difficult to do but it can make a huge difference in how your home looks, at least in the room you do it in.

Use a very textured texture and paint over it with a terracotta paint color. Then, the walls will look like real adobe or real terracotta while you didn’t pay more than $100 to paint the entire room or even house!

Accent Tiles

Terracotta tiles are the most popular way to use terracotta these days. But not everyone wants their entire floors covered in tile, especially terracotta tiles. This can be overwhelming to any room, to say the least.

But what you can do is buy a few accent tiles and either place them in the midst of other tiles or frame them. If you frame tiles, they can be used as wall art or placed on a desk to add that extra layer of character. 

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are probably the easiest way to get that terracotta in without going overboard. You can add any number of throw pillows that are terracotta and your room will still look tasteful. Sp go ahead and get carried away.

Doing Terracotta The Right Way

Is there a right way to add terracotta to your home? Not really! That’s because interior design is all about expression. You can add it in small forms or use it as much as you want, even if someone else thinks it is too much.

Express yourself your way because in the end, this is your space and it should be used to make you, and those living in the home, as comfortable as possible. So dare to be you and add that terracotta your way.