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What Colors Go With Terracotta Tile?

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Deciding what color goes well with your terracotta floor may be a challenge. Will the color go well and be in the style of your choice? We have made it easier by researching for you. Read on and get the lowdown on the best colors to use with your terracotta tile.

Terracotta is a warm, rustic color that has a traditional and classical look because of its earthy appearance. You can choose to use the following colors found in nature to contrast or complement its warm color. The colors that go well with your terracotta tile include:

  • Off-white
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Beige

You can use the above guides to start with. To add to them, we have broken down each color and element of design to help you achieve the specific look or style you are going for. So read on and start exploring the possible combinations of color and design that will give you the best look with your terracotta tile.

Glass sliding doors and white curtains with terracotta tile flooring, What Colors Go With Terracotta Tile?

Best Colors For Terracotta Tile

Terracotta tiles have the advantage of being a classic and timeless element because it reminds us of nature and the rustic Mediterranean, Spanish and Latin look. Being a classic, there are several colors that have been consistently paired with it. Below are the colors that work best with terracotta:

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Off-white shades of white traditionally look great on walls with terracotta tile. It gives it a neutral base that balances the warmth of the reddish tile hue of terracotta. Use neutral warm or milky white for the walls. White metal furniture has also traditionally been paired with terracotta tile floors.


If you are looking for contrast to have some pop, then use light green. You can get this through blinds, throw pillows, or accent pieces. But the best and most natural source of green are plants! Plants lend to the psychological appeal of the earthy and languid breezy oasis that is associated with the Mediterranean, Spanish and Latin appearance. It also has a way of bringing the external garden and nature into the internal room.

Another good combination is green-grey which is a perfect cool balance to the warmth of terracotta. You may use it for cabinets, bed covers, curtains, or upholstery.


Another contrasting color to terracotta is blue. Like green, blue is a natural color you find in nature such as in the sky and the sea, and also has the effect of bringing in the external natural color scheme to the interior space. Blue balances the warmth and spontaneity of terracotta with its cool and calm visual effect and is excellent as an accent for window sills, sofas, colored pots, or even an accent wall. A small splash of blue on a bohemian chic deco arrangement will add life to your room.

A wooden chair and a wooden table

You can see above the excellent contrast between the blue-grey wall and the terracotta tiled floor.


Orange is another color rooted in nature that you may use if you are looking for a complimentary color to match the terracotta tiles. It harkens to the color of fruits, vegetables, and spices and has a tone-on-tone effect that gives variety with unity. You may use orange, orange-yellows, orange-reds, and orange-browns. They will all work and add vibrancy. You may use orange on vases, flower pots, curtains, throw pillows, or lamp shades.


Yellow is also another color like orange that reminds of fruits and flowers. It adds a dynamic ambiance and a happy earthy feeling. Use vibrant yellow paired with blue as an accent color for throw pillows, lamp shades, curtains, and the like. You may also opt for raw sienna, mustard, and similar yellow-related colors that work well with walls. 


Another natural color to use with terracotta tiled floors is beige. Again, it is an earthly color and is usually used for walls as they give off a neutral tone to highlight the terracotta floor. You may also use beige on cabinets, rugs, upholstery, or curtains. 

Creating A Modern Look With Terracotta Tiles

While the terracotta look is timeless and a classic, you may want to give it that modern look. You may either go with an ultra-modern or a mix of the old and the new. Below are several ways by which to do that.

Terracotta tile flooring and a matching gray fireplace

Think Geometric

Modern design is characterized by clean lines and obvious geometric shapes. You may do this by choosing and arranging furniture, fixtures, and accent pieces in either a straight-on-the-box or obvious geometric composition.

Be Minimalist

Another element of modern design is the use of minimal home decors. Spaces are free and uncluttered, prioritizing function over other considerations.

Go For Monochromatic

Use neutral colors such as beige, white, grey, and some black. Though strictly speaking modern design steers clear from bright colors, you may use this palette to actually highlight one or two bright colors to accent the entire look.

Choose Natural Materials

The modern design also gives a premium on the honesty of materiality. This means an inclination to show off the natural grain of the wood, the texture of uncolored concrete, or even the rust of metal. Terracotta itself lends to this being a natural material made of earth.

Use Abstract Art Pieces

The Modern Design Movement arose during the early 20th century that combined elements of art and functionality. It was synonymous with the emerging Abstract Art Movement. Use abstract paintings, sculptures, and accent pieces, using the terracotta floor to frame the sculptural pieces and bring out the form and geometric shape.

Where Else Can You Use Terracotta Tiles?

Interior of a modern house with white painted walls and terracotta tile flooring

You may ask where else can you use terracotta tiles aside from the living room floor? Here are some other options you may want to consider:

Shower Floor and Wall

You may use sealed terracotta tiles for a non-porous surface for the floor and walls to give that warm appeal inside your bathroom. Pair it with natural grey stone, concrete, or off-white areas to create a modern touch.

Make sure to use glazed terracotta tiles for the bathroom floors and wall because it has an impermeable layer against moisture. Unglazed and natural terracotta may be used in the powder room or other areas where no water contact occurs.


Using terracotta tiles for a wall will give it that rustic and warm look. There are many shapes to choose from besides the normal square tile. This includes hexagonal walls and rectangular brick-shaped tiles. Using terracotta tiles on a wall is also an easy project that can transform an otherwise ordinary room into an interesting one.

Staircase Tile

Terracotta tiles are also excellent for the stairway. They provide good noise absorption which is another reason to choose them. They may be used in traditional or spiral staircases and are usually paired with dark metal balusters, or in the case of home entrance stairways, off-white or earth-colored cement balusters, or low walls.

Kitchen Sink Backsplash

A common area where you'll see terracotta tiles being used is the kitchen sink backsplash. This may be interspersed with patterned tiles or outright use Spanish or Mexican terracotta peel and stick tiles for that vibrant look. As with the bathroom, terracotta tiles may be used as long as you seal them well to avoid trapping moisture.

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What Furniture And Decorations Go With Terracotta Tiles?

Orange colored wall and a matching white window with a lamp on top

Choose furniture that will be based on the design style you are looking for. For a modern look, go for low, rectangular furniture with no ornamentation. For a classic Mediterranean and Spanish Style look, use furniture with classical design, including white or black wrought iron.

For a bohemian look, cozy furniture is the key. You may opt for natural wood combined with upholstery or even a brightly colored sofa, balanced of course with more muted and neutral colors around it.

You may add woven baskets and fabrics to add texture. Also, interesting shaped plant vases with light green colored plants will always add to the rustic appeal of your room. However, make sure not to overdo it as to take away from the terracotta floor since it is a statement by itself.

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Putting It All Together

Glass sliding doors and white curtains with terracotta tile flooring

It's essential to choose which colors add to the design style you're going for. For the classic Mediterranean, Spanish, or Mexican look, colors found in nature will work well. For a more modern aesthete, monochromatic and complementary colors in addition to the geometric and clear line arrangement of furniture are the key. 

In all cases, remember that the final decision will be based on your personal taste. So use the above as a guide instead of a solid rule and most importantly, enjoy your home as it is one of the best pleasures you will have in life!

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