What goes with terra cotta paint colour?

Updated April 11, 2018

You can use the colour terra cotta to paint home decor, accents or walls. The colour's name descends from the Italian "earth" and "clay", which characterise the tone of the reddish-brown earthenware. Terra cotta paint colour is an essential part of Mediterranean- and Western-inspired colour schemes.


Terra cotta paint colour provides a bold background for cultural decor. Italian, Mexican and American Southwest colour schemes incorporate terra cotta reds, as they are reminiscent of the roofing tiles, flooring and gardens found in these regions.


Colour schemes that include terra cotta combine it with neutrals and muted colours that mimic the stone, stucco and plaster used in regional architecture. Interior walls of Tuscan farmhouses, for example, are usually white, according to Dream Home Decorating. Also incorporate warm colours such as oranges, yellows, browns and reds.


To identify which colours work best with terra cotta paint, use a colour wheel. The design tool will allow you to pair terra cotta with similar analogous colours and warm tones, opposite or contrasting complimentary colours such as blues, and contrasting yet balanced triadic colours such as purple and green.

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