Trend Alert: Terracotta Tile
There was a time when we were saying good riddance to terracotta tile, but surprisingly, the material is back, and we’re not mad about it. One of the oldest tile materials, terracotta was a stalwart of ‘80s and ‘90s coastal and Mediterranean design, and it can be hard to imagine it used outside of that style of interior. But in its new resurgence, we see the material used in sleek modern rooms and charming farmhouse-style spaces alike.
Better yet, terracotta tile is available in a variety of shapes, shades, and finishes, so you can truly customize your look. And, the tile can be purchased at a variety of price points, so it doesn’t have to break the bank. Read on to see how terracotta tile is trending in some of the most stylish interiors.
This kitchen has a chic and understated modern farmhouse look with rectangular terracotta tiles, a gray island with a butcher block top, classic white subway tiles, and industrial pendants. Here, the tiles contribute a relaxed element that’s remarkably welcoming.
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In this refurbished Madrid apartment, terracotta tiles are a beautiful foil for intricate, hand-painted blue-and-white tile. Their soft orange-red hue is a versatile neutral that works with any number of color palettes.
This home's interior is outfitted with Saltillo, a popular type of terracotta tile that originates in Saltillo, Mexico. The popular tile is generally oversized and sealed. When paired with white walls and elegant antiques, the tile looks fresh and timeless.
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In this Japanese-style entryway, unsealed rectangular terracotta tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern bring a rustic look and beautiful balance to the modern, minimalist space.
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Unsealed, hex-shaped terracotta tiles are a beautiful foil for the slate marble countertop and sink in this transitional kitchen. The variety of natural shades adds another layer of dimension to a fairly minimalist space.
In this French farmhouse-style “morning room,” terracotta tiles complete the shabby chic look of a white-washed dining table and linen-covered cane chairs. The soft medley of hues is a winning combination.