How To Style Terracotta Floor Tiles

So you have terracotta floor tiles in your home and you want to know how to style it with modern furnishings. One of my readers asked for help with this styling project and I’m happy to delve into terracotta tiles.

Terracotta floor tiles are most popular in countries with a warmer climate. In Southern Europe and Southern America you see many homes with terracotta floor tiles.

Terracotta tiles can be used throughout the home. But especially in kitchens and hallways it’s a popular tile choice.

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photo: Avenue Design Studio

What are terracotta tiles?

In Italian, terracotte means “baked earth“. The tiles are made from a specific type of clay with a high iron content, which gives the tiles there reddish colors.

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photo: Douglas Friedman

The colors of terracotta tiles range from yellow tones to dark brown. The color depends on where in the world the clay is obtained. Terracotte is a ceramic tile but less expansive than other ceramic tile choices.

Terracotta tiles are porous. Therefor they need to be sealed to avoid staines. But when you care for your tiles as you should than they can last a very long time (and they only get more beautiful with age).

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photo: Lisa Cohen

Terracotta is always trending

Terracotta tiles are a timeless design feature. But in the last couple of years the terracotta floor tiles have become very popular again. The earthy red tones from the baked tiles create a warm look in every room of the house.

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a photo: Nicole Franzen/GRT Architects

A wonderful cheerful kids bedroom where terracotta is combined with blue in several shades.

What colors go with terracotta floor tiles

Terracotta is far more versatile than you might think. And you can combine terracotte tiles with many colors.

The warm earthy floor tiles obviously lend themselves very well for a natural home look. Combine the tiles with wood, plants and white tones and you create a warm, natural home.

But when you want to go a bit bolder with color choices you can combine terracotte with blue, green, yellow, pink, red and black.

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photo: El Mueble
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photo: Intimate Living Interiors
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photo: Zia Tile

Hexagon floor tiles together with sea green wall tiles in the warm and natural bathroom.

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photo: Douglas Friedman

That terracotta works well with natural color tones in well known. But you can definitely go bolder as this reading room shows. The bright yellow bookcase and colorful rug add bright color pops to the room.

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photo: Haris Kenjar

The kitchen of designer Heidi Caillier is one of the most popular of this moment. She used a terracotta floor that varies in color which creates this stunning look. Especially combined with the green cabinets. (click here fo the full home tour)

Expect to see a lot of green next year. The 2022 color trends all focus on green and blue tones.

A modern home with terracotta tiles

Terracotta tiles give a home and earthy and slightly rustic look and it’s therefor perfect when you want a farmhouse-style interior. But you can also combine the tiles with modern furnishings to get a more contrasting and exciting modern look to your home.

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photo: Atticus & Milo

In this home the tiles are combined with a sleek with black cabinets, a modern round table and white Eames chairs.

Terracotta in the living room

Terracotta floor tiles are perfect for a living room. They are durable and when they are sealed properly they’re very easy to clean.

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photo: Haris Kenjar

An earthy red sofa with light blue armchairs stand on a jute rug. Colorful art adds nice color pops to the room. A warm living room look designed by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer.

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In Riverside House rental guesthouse they combine terracotte with wood and brown tones.

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photo: Nicole Franzen/GRT Architects
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photo: Nicole Franzen/GRT Architects

A modern bungalow with terracotta floors and modern Scandinavian-style furnishings. The black walls add a dramatic touch.

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photo: Lisa Cohen

This is a wonderful blend of neutral shades, warm terracotte floor and a bright colorful rug.

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photo: Nicole Franzen/GRT Architects

Terracotta in the kitchen

Parhaps the most popular room for terracotta floors is the kitchen. You can combine it with classic furnishings or go for a sleek modern look.

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For a more moody look you can combine terracotta floors with dark blue and green. Keeping it natural in the Victorian Rectory kitchen by deVOL.

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photo: Park and Oak
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photo: El Mueble

Terracotta, white and wood is a winning combination as this kitchen shows as well.

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photo: Innate Studio

A modern kitchen with marble kitchen island, light grey cabinets and hexagon terracotta tiles create a modern but warm look.

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photo: Riverside House

Oak fronted cabinets with deep red floor tiles. For a touch of bling they added a brass backsplash.

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photo: Haris Kenjar

The breakfast nook in Heidi Caillier’s home pairs terracotte with light green and white.

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photo: Lisa Cohen

A very natural look with a kitchen made of oak cabinets combined with small floor tiles.

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photo: Douglas Friedman

Terracotta in the mudroom

The durability of terracotta tiles make them perfect for intesively used rooms, such as a mudroom or a hallway.

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photo: Charlie & Co design

We’ve already seen that paring terracotta with black is a winning combination. This mudroom with black cabinets and bench show that as well.

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photo: Park and Oak

This mudroom designed by Park and Oak has terracotta tiles that are less intense that their deep red sisters. It creates a lighter look, especially in combination with the white cabinets.

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photo: McGregor Homes

The mudroom combines brown terracotte flooring with mint green built-in cabinets.

Terracotta tiles in the bathroom

Terracotta tiles can also be used in wet rooms like a bathroom. However the terracotta tiles will need to be sealed to create a non-porous surface. With this glazing process they melt glass over the tiles to make them waterproof. After this process the tiles can withstand water, molds and other liquids.

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photo: Magnolia

Combine the tiles with modern industrial features. Like in this bathroom with steel framed door.

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photo: Native Trails

A modern bathroom with terracotta floor that even runs into the shower. The off-white wall tiles create a light look.

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photo: The Dharma Door

Sleek white floating shelves, a large mirror and an overall minimalistic look in this modern bathroom with terracotta tiles.

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photo: El Mueble

Now you see how you can style terracotta floor tiles and create a modern look for your home. Don’t be afraid to use bright colors in combination with these earthy floor tiles. But of course an all-natural look is timeless and beautiful.

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