The Best Terracotta Colors to Paint Your Walls – Mod & Mood (2023)

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What Color is Terracotta? Is Terracotta Color in Style? Terracotta Color FAQ’s Is Terracotta the Same as Burnt Orange? Is Terracotta Brown or Red? Is Terracotta Orange or Red? What Color Family is Terracotta? Best Terracotta Paint Colors Sherwin Williams Smoky Salmon (6331) Sherwin Williams Persimmon (6339) Valspar Copper Patina (R109D) Benjamin Moore Wild Flower (2090-40) Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay (7701) Benjamin Moore Baked Terracotta (1202) Benjamin Moore Baked Clay (035) Behr Tandoori (M170-7) Benjamin Moore Warm Brownie (2101-30) Dulux Tuscan Terracotta Terracotta Coordinating Colors Southwest Color Palette Warm Terracotta Palette Bold Terracotta Color Palette Colors that Go With Terracotta Benjamin Moore Terracotta Paint Colors Wild Flower (2090-40) Baked Terracotta (1202) Warm Brownie (2101-30) Baked Clay (035) Sherwin Williams Terracotta Paint Colors Persimmon (6339) Smoky Salmon (6331) Cavern Clay (7701) Canyon Clay (6054) Behr Terracotta Paint Colors (Home Depot) Tandoori (M170-7) Colorful Leaves (190-7) Deep Fire (M180-7) Pinata (MQ1-26) Valspar Terracotta Paint Colors (Lowe’s) Lush Peach (X51R124C) Copper Patina (R109D) Chorizo (303Q) Pink Terracotta Paint Colors Sherwin Williams Smoky Salmon (6331) Benjamin Moore Wild Flower (2090-40) Soft Terracotta Paint Colors Valspar Copper Patina (R109D) Sherwin Williams Smoky Salmon (6331) Faded Terracotta Paint Colors Sherwin Williams Smoky Salmon (6331) Sherwin Williams Persimmon (6339) Earthy Terracotta Paint Colors Benjamin Moore Baked Terracotta (1202) Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay (7701) Benjamin Moore Warm Brownie (2101-30) Dark Terracotta Paint Colors Benjamin Moore Warm Brownie (2101-30) Tandoori vs Behr Colorful Leaves (190-7) Behr Tandoori (M170-7) Terracotta Front Door Inspiration FAQs Videos

Terracotta is a versatile color that looks bold, but is actually quite neutral.

Terracotta and clay colors are very of-the-moment, and coordinate well with many new colors, particularly as home trends shift slightly away from grays.

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What Color is Terracotta?

Terracotta is a warm orange-red color with subtle earthy undertones. Think of the color of a terracotta pot. Terracotta pairs well with other natural colors and earthy shades.

Is Terracotta Color in Style?

Terracotta started trending upward in the Spring of 2020. As far as paint color trends are concerned, that means we are still in the early stages of clay pot couture.

The good news is that terracotta doesn’t really go out of style, it has been fairly stable in “trendy-ness” during the 5 years prior to 2020 too.

Terracotta Color FAQ’s

Is Terracotta the Same as Burnt Orange?

Burnt orange tends to be brighter and more orange than terracotta, and doesn’t have the same earthy or muted qualities. Having said that, there are certainly shades or burnt orange that intersect with colors in the terracotta family.

Is Terracotta Brown or Red?

Terracotta is both red and brown. Shades can range, as you will see, from quite red (or even pinkish) to quite brown.

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Is Terracotta Orange or Red?

On the color wheel, a typical terracotta color is squarely between red and orange. You could say something is “terracotta orange” or “terracotta red” and both would be correct. It’s like the color coral, which is both pink and orange.

What Color Family is Terracotta?

If we’re talking about the warm, cool, or neutral color families, than terracotta is warm. However many shades of terracotta can be neutral.

Best Terracotta Paint Colors

Okay, let’s hop into the best terracotta paint colors!

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Sherwin Williams Smoky Salmon (6331)

Sherwin WIlliams Smoky Salmon is a light pinky-nude color that is in the terracotta family.

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I wanted to include one color that is actually light, for anyone who didn’t want to fully commit to terracotta, or was just looking for something like terracotta, but not quite.

Sherwin Williams Persimmon (6339)

Sherwin Williams Persimmon is such a pretty color, and the perfect terracotta shade if you are worried about going too dark.

I wouldn’t use Persimmon in a big room that gets a lot of light, because I think that it would read peach instead of terracotta.

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I actually painted our daughter’s room a color close to Persimmon, because I chickened out of a darker terracotta. Unfortunately I also went too pink, so the chic, clay-colored girls bedroom I had envisioned just looked…well, slightly darker than baby pink.

Don’t make my mistake. If you want your room to be a true terracotta, choose a true terracotta!

That being said, Persimmon is still a really-nice faded sort of terracotta. It would be great in a bathroom or another small space. (Or if you love the color! Also totally fine.)

Persimmon vs Sherwin Williams Sockeye (6619)

Sherman Williams Sockeye is more of a coral color than a terracotta. It is more pink than Persimmon and has basically no neutral or earthy undertones.

If you are wanting more of a melon color than terracotta, you might like Sockeye.

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Persimmon vs Sherwin Williams Subdued Sienna (9009)

Sherwin Williams Subdued Sienna is a gorgeous color! It’s very similar to Persimmon but slightly darker and a little more earthy. If you wanted a lighter terracotta color, but you aren’t sold on Persimmon, bring home some color strips for Subdued Sienna.

Valspar Copper Patina (R109D)

Valspar’s Copper Patina is another favorite of mine, probably because it is a more pink/red terracotta again, rather than orange.

Here is a terracotta living room in Copper Patina:

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I feel like Copper Patina is a muted terracotta, but still bold enough.

Copper Patina vs Valspar Chorizo (303Q)

Besides being named after a sausage, Valspar’s Chorizo is a nice color. It actually fits in well with the Behr terracottas, because it’s more of a bolder, redder color.

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(More on Behr terracottas in a minute!)

Chorizo does still have a more muted quality, like Copper Patina, which I think makes for a good terracotta.

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Compared to Copper Patina, Chorizo is darker, slightly redder, and a little more vibrant.

Copper Patina vs Valspar Lush Peach (X51R124C)

Lush Peach isn’t really a terracotta color at all, it’s more of a true peach. It’s a nice soft color if you want something in the coral/terracotta family but don’t want deep brown tones.

Compared to Copper Patina, Lush Peach is significantly lighter and has no brown tones.

Benjamin Moore Wild Flower (2090-40)

Be careful with this one! Benjamin Moore wildflowers (plural, and all one word) is a pale shade of yellow.

Wild Flower is a brand new color in Benjamin Moore’s 2022 collection. It looks great with the new shade October Mist, or traditional shades like Hale Navy.

Wild Flower is one of my very favorites to look at. I prefer a pinker terracotta to one that is more orange.

Wild Flower vs Benjamin Moore Venetian Portico (AF-185)

Venetian Portico is another new release in 2022’s palette from Benjamin Moore. Venetian Portico is not a bad compromise for someone who would like some clay or terracotta color in their homes, but are nervous to go all the way.

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It is significantly lighter and more beige than Wild Flower, and definitely more beige than anything on my “Best Terracottas” palette.

Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay (7701)

Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay is a favorite around here! It’s a fairly bold, saturated color, but somehow an easygoing neutral at the same time.

Here is a terracotta bedroom using Cavern Clay:

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Cavern Clay goes great with all the of-the-moment colors like sage greens, new beiges, and rich blues. Of all the light to medium colors on my “best terracotta paint colors” palette, Cavern Clay is the most brown.

Cavern Clay vs Sherwin Williams Canyon Clay (6054)

Canyon Clay is another popular Sherwin Williams terracotta clay color.

Honestly Canyon Clay is a fabulous color too! It’s a darker, more earthy brown color, but could still be considered a deep terracotta.

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The names are funny to me, because surely a cavern is darker than a canyon? But oh well, there are a lot of colors to name!

Benjamin Moore Baked Terracotta (1202)

Benjamin Moore Baked Terracotta might just be the perfect shade of terracotta. In my mind it’s the most accurate for what I think of when I picture a terracotta pot.

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It’s a nice medium shade of terracotta, not obviously more red or orange. It’s also not a punch-you-in-the-face saturated color.

I think any room painted in Baked Terracotta would be cozy warm, colorful, and neutral, all at the same time.

Baked Terracotta vs Benjamin Moore Potter’s Clay (1221)

I don’t personally like Potter’s Clay by Benjamin Moore, but it is a decently popular color so I thought it was worth throwing in the mix.

Potter’s Clay is more orange-tan than pink or red, and isn’t truly a terracotta color (in my mind). However, if you are looking for a terracotta paint color without even a hint of pink, this could be the one for you!

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Benjamin Moore Baked Clay (035)

I added Benjamin Moore’s Baked Clay to my list at the last minute. It’s another true terracotta color, and I just couldn’t decide what I liked best!

Baked Terracotta vs Baked Clay (035)

Baked Terracotta and Baked Clay are fairly similar colors. Placed next to each other, you can clearly see that Baked Clay is darker and more red toned.

Either of these are a great medium terracotta color. In my opinion these would both be perfect in a southwest style, with a bright or creamy white, and rich wood accents.

Benjamin Moore Baked Clay vs Sherwin Williams Baked Clay (63040)

I just wanted to toss Sherwin Williams Baked Clay in here, because I like to do that whenever they have a color with the same name as Benjamin Moore.

The Sherwin Williams version of Baked Clay is more orange than both Benjamin Moore’s Baked Terracotta and Baked Clay.

Next to the clay pots I would say that the Sherwin Williams color is also a pretty accurate terracotta color, but it’s not my favorite. I think it’s neither the nicest of this group of colors, nor the nicest terracotta that Sherwin Williams has.

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It doesn’t quite have the richness that I would like from a terracotta clay color.

Here’s another terracotta bedroom, this one in Baked Clay. A bedroom is the perfect place to dip your toes into a bolder color like terracotta.

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Benjamin Moore Baked Clay vs. Benjamin Moore Terracotta Tile (2090-30)

I eliminated Benjamin Moore’s Terracotta Tile from my short list at the last minute in favor of Baked Clay.

This color is darker still, and more red than Baked Clay. It’s similar to the Behr color Tandoori.

For myself Terracotta Tile was getting too close to burgundy (I know it’s not really) so I wouldn’t choose it, but if you want a rich terracotta that is a brighter rusty shade, you might like Terracotta Tile.

Behr Tandoori (M170-7)

Behr’s Tandoori is everything I wish I was, committed to being bold.

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In all seriousness it would take some guts to put Tandoori on your walls, but if you trust the process, it will look so good! I have seen where people used Tandoori and it looks amazing.

From just a little swatch, Tandoori looks too red to be terracotta, but on the wall this spicy red-orange color fits the brief perfectly.

Tandoori vs Behr Deep Fire (M180-7)

Behr Deep Fire is another bold terracotta color. Deep Fire leans more orange than Tandoori’s red.

Deep Fire is a great color! At this point I am just splitting hairs, but I didn’t choose Deep Fire for my favourites because I like the muted earthy undertones of some of the other terracottas better.

If you are committed to the statement, than Deep Fire may be for you!

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Tandoori vs Behr Colorful Leaves (190-7)

Behr Colorful Leaves is another solid terracotta choice.

I’m not surprised that I like all three of these colors because they are numbered 170-7, 180-7, and 190-7, so clearly all related!

Compared to Tandoori, Colorful Leaves is decidedly more rusty. I very much like colorful leaves and can really picture it in a cool living room with lots of natural textures and colors.

Tandoori vs Behr Pinata (MQ1-26)

Pinata by Behr is another option for someone looking for a more subdued terracotta color. It’s actually pretty similar to Cavern Clay by Sherwin Williams.

Compared to Tandoori it is significantly more muted and tan, and quite a lot lighter. Compared to Cavern Clay, Pinata is slightly lighter, and a bit more pink.

The only reason I didn’t put Pinata on my short list, was due to a lack of space, and it’s not a very popular color. I prefer underrated colors, but a lot of people like the tried and true tones.

Benjamin Moore Warm Brownie (2101-30)

I know the haters will say that Benjamin Moore’s Warm Brownie is not a terracotta, and from just a swatch I would agree. However, I first discovered Warm Brownie while scrolling Instagram, and it looked so cozy and nice that I wrote it down.

You know what I wrote so that I would remember what color it was?

“Clay.”

Therefore, Warm Brownie shall hereby be known as a terracotta clay color, or at least terracotta adjacent.

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I shocked myself with this one because I am just not a brown person. Never in my life have I staggered over to the medium and dark brown paint chips in the store and looked for something to put on my walls.

Warm Brownie. I love it.

You will too, just give it a minute!

Dulux Tuscan Terracotta

An honorable mention in my list of favorite terracotta paint colors, goes to Dulux Tuscan Terracotta. I feel like I have to include this one because it is very popular.

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Tuscan Terracotta is a nice shade of terracotta, more to the light side. If it was on the favorites palette, it would fit between Persimmon and Smoky Salmon. It’s actually very similar to Persimmon, as in the difference is almost imperceptible. I’m not convinced that you would notice a difference if you chose one over the other.

Persimmon is a sliver darker than Tuscan Terracotta.

Terracotta Coordinating Colors

Just in case you are wondering “What colors does terracotta go with?” I have put together a few palettes!

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Southwest Color Palette

Terracotta goes great with the Southwest interior design style of white, rich browns like cognac and camel, and natural greens like sage.

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This color palette would look great with wicker, macrame, and of course, all your plants!

Here are all the colors from this palette:

Benjamin Moore Baked Terracotta & Warm Brownie

I chose Baked Terracotta for this palette for no particular reason. I just thought it was probably one of the universally accepted as terracotta colors, so it would be a good placeholder. You could use any terracotta here and have a solid “Southwest” feel.

In a two for one, Warm Brownie looks great with all other shades of terracotta!

Benjamin Moore Sage Wisdom (CSP-775)

Sage Wisdom is a nice true sage color, it goes well with many other colors.

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (OC-75)

You know I love to sneak Chantilly Lace into my palettes! It’s such a versatile true white. I love it! It really goes with anything, and it would look amazing with terracotta and sage.

Sherwin Williams White Flour (7102)

White Flour is not a color you would use if you wanted a true white, but it is a warm creamy white that compliments a lot of colors. Here it adds some warmth to the “Southwest Palette” but still keeping it light and bright.

Warm Terracotta Palette

Because terracotta is such a warm color, it coordinates well with many other warm colors. This palette is inspired by the recent return to warmer paint colors like beige, warm greens, and earthy tones.

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Sherwin Williams White Flour (7102)

Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan (HC-81)

Manchester tan is a great neutral beige-tan without being too warm and brassy.

Benjamin Moore Peale Green (HC-121)

I struggle to describe Peale Green, it’s almost an emerald color, with just a hint of sage. It’s still a nice warm color, and looks great with all kinds of neutrals.

Baked Terracotta and Warm Brownie

Of course I love how these two look together, so I just left them alone for this palette!

Bold Terracotta Color Palette

Finally, terracotta plays off of other bold colors well.

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Sherwin Williams White Flour (7102)

Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan (HC-81)

Benjamin Moore Palace Green (CW-520)

Palace Green is a warm true green, with just a hint of an earthy tone to mellow it out.

For more choices like Palace Green and Peale Green, check out my top color choices for Warm Greens.

Behr Tandoori (M170-7)

I put Tandoori in this palette because it is a bolder, richer terracotta.

Sherwin Williams Smoky Blue (7604)

This warm cyan-blue is across the color wheel from terracotta, and thus they coordinate well.

If you want more smoky blue-gray color options, check out my article on Warm Blue Gray Paint Colors.

Colors that Go With Terracotta

It’s surprising just how many colors look great with terracotta.

Most of the versatile paint colors that have gained a cult following, like hale navy and revere pewter, will still look great in your home if you add a splash of terracotta!

Terracotta pairs great with blues and greens across the color wheel, like sage and cyan-navy. It also coordinates well with adjoining colors like mustard and brown.

If you aren’t sure if terracotta goes well with another color, remember that terracotta can work as a neutral, and pick a more neutral or faded shade.

Benjamin Moore Terracotta Paint Colors

In case you missed it, here are all of my top picks for Benjamin Moore terracotta paint colors:

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Wild Flower (2090-40)

Baked Terracotta (1202)

Warm Brownie (2101-30)

Baked Clay (035)

Sherwin Williams Terracotta Paint Colors

Here is the round up of all the best Sherwin Williams terracotta paint colors:

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Persimmon (6339)

Smoky Salmon (6331)

Cavern Clay (7701)

Canyon Clay (6054)

Behr Terracotta Paint Colors (Home Depot)

Here are the best terracotta paint colors by Behr:

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Tandoori (M170-7)

Colorful Leaves (190-7)

Deep Fire (M180-7)

Behr really does the vibrant and saturated terracottas well!

Pinata (MQ1-26)

Valspar Terracotta Paint Colors (Lowe’s)

Here are all the best terracotta colors from Valspar:

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Lush Peach (X51R124C)

Copper Patina (R109D)

Chorizo (303Q)

Pink Terracotta Paint Colors

Here are my favorite pink terracotta paint colors:

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Sherwin Williams Smoky Salmon (6331)

Benjamin Moore Wild Flower (2090-40)

Isn’t this Venice inspo great? I think Wild Flower might be my all time favorite terracotta. Just don’t tell Baked Terracotta!

Soft Terracotta Paint Colors

Here are some terracotta colors that are softer and more muted:

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Valspar Copper Patina (R109D)

GOAT? I can’t decide!

Sherwin Williams Smoky Salmon (6331)

Smoky Salmon is a chameleon!

It looks so neutral here, and yet it can also look very pink. I love colors that look different in different spaces, but if you don’t want an all-pink home, definitely test Smoky Salmon in your own house before you commit!

Faded Terracotta Paint Colors

Here are some colors inspired by classic faded terricotta. The kind of terracotta color you see all over Europe on old buildings.

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Sherwin Williams Smoky Salmon (6331)

I honestly didn’t realize that I had used Smoky Salmon in so many samples until right now. I guess I’ll allow it!

Sherwin Williams Persimmon (6339)

Persimmon is kind of the perfect “faded terracotta” color.

Earthy Terracotta Paint Colors

Here are the best rich and earthy terracotta paint colors:

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Benjamin Moore Baked Terracotta (1202)

Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay (7701)

Benjamin Moore Warm Brownie (2101-30)

Dark Terracotta Paint Colors

Here are the best terracotta colors that are darker and more rich than a simple terracotta pot:

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Benjamin Moore Warm Brownie (2101-30)

Tandoori vs Behr Colorful Leaves (190-7)

Behr Tandoori (M170-7)

I love this picture because the wall is basically the same color as Tandoori, which I would be nervous to choose, but doesn’t it look fabulous?

Terracotta Front Door Inspiration

Of course like any bold color, you might want to experiment with a small project, like your front door. Here is some terracotta front door inspo for you:

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Terracotta would look amazing on a brick house!

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Terracotta would also really pop against dark or neutral exterior colors.

If you were thinking about choosing a red door, maybe try terracotta instead!

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FAQs

Is terracotta a calming colour? ›

Terracotta, with its rich and warm tones, can have a grounding and calming effect on an interior. To help bring your space down to earth, try a duvet cover or table lamp in the bedroom, or a cozy lounge chair in the living room. For major impact, go for tonal walls and furnishings in this shade.

What paint colors are good for mental health? ›

Warmer red, orange, and yellow shades are "comforting, optimistic, energetic," while their cooler counterparts, like green, blue, and purple, "often exude tranquility, relaxation, and calmness." Still, the shade that makes you feel calm, inspired, happy, or focused isn't always the one some tone else would choose.

What color is best for setting the mood? ›

In general, warm colors are more stimulating. So, a yellow bedroom or a purple bedroom will set an invigorating tone. A red bedroom inspires passion. Cooler colors, like blues, greens, and grays, are more calming.

Is terracotta a warm or cool color? ›

Terracotta is a rich, warm and tactile orange colour that is surprisingly versatile. It works well in homes with bohemian, coastal or even minimal style.

What does terracotta color symbolize? ›

Terracotta, a shade between orange and brown, reflects perfectly this feeling. It is a cozy color that helps to bring a warm feeling in your home. It has a lot of the qualities of orange; enthusiasm, spontaneous, gives energy and brings joy. A color for celebration.

What color relieves stress and anxiety? ›

Green – Quiet and restful, green is a soothing color that can invite harmony and diffuse anxiety. Blue – A highly peaceful color, blue can be especially helpful for stress management because it can encourage a powerful sense of calm. Purple – In many cultures, shades of violet represent strength, wisdom and peace.

What is the most calming wall color? ›

"Shades of blue or green are always very calming. Blues are especially known to have a relaxing effect perfect for creating a serene feeling at home," says Nicole Gibbons, interior designer and founder of Clare Paint.

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Red. A very powerful color, red can easily raise energy levels and stimulate moods. Because of its power, it can help combat depression by creating positive thoughts and feelings.

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Yellow is widely recognized as the happiest color in the world and comes with a scientific pedigree to back up this esteemed honor. Research has suggested two main reasons why yellow is considered the happiest color. Many studies have linked the psychological powers of yellow to the sun.

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Green, yellow and pink are among the most popular paint colours for lifting spirits in the home.

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"Yellow is a natural source of positive energy and sparks feelings of happiness."

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Yellow: Emotional

As the strongest psychological color, you might want to opt for yellow tones to stimulate your creativity.

What are the disadvantages of terracotta? ›

One of the main disadvantages of this material is its porous nature. Since terracotta is porous, it absorbs a lot of dirt quite easily. To avoid porosity, you need to choose glazed terracotta.

What undertone is terracotta? ›

What color is terracotta? A rich and warm earthy tone, we tend to think of terracotta as a deep burnt orange with a touch of brown. However, this color can actually range into shades of peach and pink with undertones of gray and tan.

Is terracotta a popular color? ›

From dusty orange hues to salmon colored tones, Terra Cotta paint colors are slowly making a comeback. With the shift of moving away from cooler colors to warmer tones, we're seeing once popular colors like terra cotta, beige, tan and earthy green rise to popularity.

Is terracotta color in style? ›

If you go to Instagram or look in the shop windows of your city you will see shades of green, gray, orange, brown and above all, terracotta. And is that both the light terracotta color and its darker chromatic range are absolutely trendy.

Is terracotta paint out of style? ›

It will continue to be a classic choice. Why? Because it is simple, versatile and just plain pretty. Terracotta is a colour that has been popping up everywhere lately in fashion and in interiors too.

What colours contrast with terracotta? ›

Ceramics made from earthy terracotta clays contrast beautifully with ethereal blue glassware that catches the light. Slubby linens and luxe velvets really show off the wonderful depth of these colours. Robert offers the following advice for taking the plunge... 1.

What color attracts positive energy? ›

Pink brings strong positive energy into your environment. Mood-lifting yellow is another colour that belongs to the fire element.

What color suppresses anger and anxiety? ›

Pink soothes the nerves and is often used for anger management. Pink has been known to suppress anger and anxiety and have an overall calming effect. It is often used in mental health care institutions and even prisons to help create a sense of calm.

What colors make anxiety worse? ›

Colors like red and orange increase anxiety and stress, sometimes even fear. Red and orange are associated with an emergency that can elicit images of emergency vehicles with their lights and sirens on.

What colors are happy colors? ›

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What is the happiest color in the spectrum? ›

Yellow: Yellow is considered the happiest hue in the color spectrum and is closely associated with sunshine and with hope.

What is the second most relaxing color? ›

If you're looking to cool your jets and relax, one of the most calming colors to be surrounded by, according to a global survey from paper merchant G F Smith and psychologists at the University of Sussex, UK is navy blue, closely followed by teal-like turquoise, and soft pastel pink.

What colour is anxiety? ›

The colors we use to describe emotions may be more useful than you think, according to new research. The study found that people with or anxiety were more likely to associate their mood with the color gray, while preferred yellow.

What is the most calming color for a bedroom? ›

One study by Travelodge found that households that have blue bedrooms received the best night's sleep compared to any other color. Having blue in your room can make you feel safe, relaxed, and calm. As a result, it's one of the best bedroom colors for sleep.

What is a calming color for sleep? ›

Blue. Blue is perhaps the best color for your bedroom. Not only is it more muted, but blue tones also tend to have more calming effects on the brain, as shown in a 2018 study of blue walls in a university residence hall.

What is the most motivational color? ›

Orange is also known to be a color of motivation, which lends a positive attitude and general enthusiasm for life.

What is the color of positive life? ›

All the findings suggest that green is a positively valenced color, signifying pleasantness, calmness and happiness. For example, red has been shown to enhance memory for negative words, whereas green increases it for positive ones [42].

What colors is for 2022 for living rooms? ›

What is the best living room accent wall color of 2022? Earthy-toned green shades are on the rise in 2022. Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Glidden, Behr, PPG, and Better Homes & Gardens all chose muted green colors as their Color of the Year for 2022.

What color activates your brain? ›

The color purple stimulates the brain activity used in problem solving, while also being a feminine and romantic color. Purple is often used in women's cosmetic packaging.

What color helps your brain? ›

1) Green: Concentration

Low wavelength colors promote restfulness and calm, and they improve efficiency and focus. So that's why green is an excellent color for improving concentration.

What colour activates the brain? ›

Exposure to light in the morning, and blue/green light in particular, prompts the release of the hormone cortisol which stimulates and wakes us, and inhibits the release of melatonin.

Is terracotta making a comeback? ›

Having largely disappeared in the mid – 20th Century, it seems that terracotta is once again making a comeback in the design world. Today designers are opting to use the ceramic and the colour terracotta for their products, giving the pieces an earthy tone and a sense of history.

What are the benefits of terracotta? ›

Frost-resistant. Terracotta is breathable and porous, and offers particular advantages to plants. The fired clay is what makes terracotta breathable, and it absorbs water and releases it again for nice strong growth. Equally, terracotta pleases with its natural look and feel.

What is good about terracotta? ›

Terracottas porous nature allows for air and water to move through the walls, preventing soil disease and root rot. Terracotta pots can be used for indoor plants and outdoor container gardening. Terracotta containers are great for Cacti, Succulents, and other plants that prefer drier soil.

Who looks good in terracotta color? ›

Terracotta is a delicate tint, so some girls need to think carefully about the look in this color: it looks perfect on a redhead, while blondes will fit more orange tones. Brunettes with a warm skin tone should also be careful: the terracotta color can simplify the appearance, giving the face an earthy hue.

Is terracotta a summer color? ›

Terracotta's allure isn't a perplexing one. Somewhere between burnt orange and chalky red, it is in summer what brown is in winter: chic, grown-up and modern.

Is terracotta a cooling? ›

“In India and many other places, we still use traditional terracotta pots to cool water. We tried to use the same concept … just reversing the system and keeping the principles the same. When the air passes through the terracotta cones and comes out, it's naturally cooled the same way the water stays cool in the pot.”

Where is terracotta most popular? ›

The Nok culture of central and north-central Nigeria, the Ife/Benin cultural axis in western and southern Nigeria and the Igbo culture area of eastern Nigeria are the most recognized areas for producing terracotta art in that part of the world.

Is terracotta old fashioned? ›

Terracotta has been a design staple for 5,000 years, and today, mixed with powder pink, dove grey, brass and stone, it's being revived as a new/old interiors colour, and material, for thoroughly modern homes.

Is terracotta a good bedroom colour? ›

Terracotta Earthy Tones A pretty color palette for bedroom. Use the power of color to bring your creative vision to life in your designs.

What color best compliments terracotta? ›

Pairing blues with terracotta shades is a big colour trend for...
  • Mother Nature always knows best, which is why sandy, earthy tones pair so beautifully with sky blues and oceanic shades. ...
  • When building a colour scheme, start with one or two key shades – in this instance, these will be rich sienna tones.
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How do you paint a wall to look like terracotta? ›

You can use any color of paint to get the diy terracotta textured paint effect. I used a terracotta acrylic paint color as well as Oyster white acrylic paint by Ceramcoat. These were colors I had on hand, but you can easily make a terracotta color by mixing white paint with Burnt Sienna or Raw Sienna paint color.

What are uplifting paint colors? ›

5 Paint Colours that Make You Happier
  • Yellow Will Cheer You Up. Like the sun's warm rays, yellow is a natural source of positive energy and cheerfulness. ...
  • Sky Blue Rejuvenates. Airy and calming, sky blue helps to restore your natural rhythms. ...
  • Violet is Mindful. ...
  • Yellow-Green for Optimism. ...
  • Silver Gray.
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What are terracotta tones? ›

What color is terracotta? A rich and warm earthy tone, we tend to think of terracotta as a deep burnt orange with a touch of brown. However, this color can actually range into shades of peach and pink with undertones of gray and tan.

Is terracotta a good color for a bedroom? ›

One such shade is Terracotta, an earth-toned hue inspired by light clay ceramics. This neutral color will create serenity in any bedroom and inject it with a subtle warmth.

What color walls make people happy? ›

Green, yellow and pink are among the most popular paint colours for lifting spirits in the home.

What is the happiest colour? ›

Yellow is widely recognized as the happiest color in the world and comes with a scientific pedigree to back up this esteemed honor. Research has suggested two main reasons why yellow is considered the happiest color. Many studies have linked the psychological powers of yellow to the sun.

What wall color is best for mood? ›

Warmer red, orange, and yellow shades are "comforting, optimistic, energetic," while their cooler counterparts, like green, blue, and purple, "often exude tranquility, relaxation, and calmness." Still, the shade that makes you feel calm, inspired, happy, or focused isn't always the one some tone else would choose.

What color is similar to terracotta? ›

Burgundy is a soft dark hue and almost neutral. You can get by with using a shade of burgundy for your room. A deep burgundy with a similar terracotta can offer depth. The two colors are related and can cross over to become the other color.

Do grey and terracotta go together? ›

And if you want a more subtle look tone down that red and choose an earthy, terracotta tone and pair it with a lighter cloud-like grey.

What are the two most calming colors? ›

"Shades of blue or green are always very calming. Blues are especially known to have a relaxing effect perfect for creating a serene feeling at home," says Nicole Gibbons, interior designer and founder of Clare Paint.

What colors increase anxiety? ›

Colors like red and orange increase anxiety and stress, sometimes even fear. Red and orange are associated with an emergency that can elicit images of emergency vehicles with their lights and sirens on.

What is the opposite color of terracotta? ›

Color Wheel Opposites

Contrasting colors for traditional terra-cotta tile include blue, green, blue-gray and green-gray, all of which provide maximum hue contrast.

Is terracotta coming back? ›

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.

Why is terracotta popular? ›

Its superior durability, vibrant colours, and easy to mould nature make it a popular choice for sculptors and architects. However, the main reason for the popularity of terracotta is the fact that it is a form of clay that is easily found in most continents. In most cases, this clay is also rich in iron.

What colour is calming for bedroom? ›

One study by Travelodge found that households that have blue bedrooms received the best night's sleep compared to any other color. Having blue in your room can make you feel safe, relaxed, and calm. As a result, it's one of the best bedroom colors for sleep.

What is the most beautiful color for bedroom? ›

According to leading design experts, the best wall colors for a bedroom are warm pastels, soft white paint shades, and neutral-leaning blues and greens.

What color should not be used in a bedroom? ›

Avoid bright blue, greens, pinks, oranges, and yellows and instead opt for muted pastel versions of the color, as these will work to encourage sleep. Easy rule of thumb: the brighter the hue the worst for sleep, the softer the hue the better a calming bedroom paint idea.

How does terracotta make you feel? ›

Terracotta, a shade between orange and brown, reflects perfectly this feeling. It is a cozy color that helps to bring a warm feeling in your home. It has a lot of the qualities of orange; enthusiasm, spontaneous, gives energy and brings joy.

What's the best way to paint a terracotta? ›

Terracotta clay plant pots can really soak up the paint, so thinning it out with a little water helps spread it quickly and easily. Squirt a decent amount of paint on a paper plate. Add a very small amount of water (start with a teaspoon) to the paint and carefully mix it together using your foam sponge paint brush.

How do you make Colourful terracotta? ›

You can also create terracotta by mixing a warm light brown with red. Several light brown pigments are available in acrylic and oil paints, as well as home interior paints. Try combining burnt sienna or raw sienna with a medium red. Mix gradually until you get the color you want.

What color increases mood? ›

Happy colors are bright, warm colors like yellow, orange, pink and red. Pastel colors like peach, light pink or lilac can also have an uplifting effect on your mood.

What color helps mentally? ›

Studies have shown that blue and green can create a calming atmosphere; orange and yellow can stimulate appetite; red and pink can inspire passion and energy; while purple can boost creativity and productivity.

What wall colors help with depression? ›

Colors that Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression
  • White. White is truly a timeless classic that sets forth feelings of warmth and presents with calming effects that lower stress and anxiety levels; probably because the color reminds us of the color of clouds. ...
  • Blue. ...
  • Purple. ...
  • Green. ...
  • Yellow. ...
  • Orange. ...
  • Tan. ...
  • Gray.

What is the best color for sadness? ›

Black Colors

Black is the hallmark color of sadness. In western cultures, this is one of the sad colors associated with mourning, hence why people wear black to funerals and when they are in mourning.

What color is a confident color? ›

The color red is often used to send messages of confidence to the public. In color psychology, red elicits the greatest feelings of any color. While calmer colors like green and blue are typically considered serene and soothing, red is the hottest and most emotional color.

What colors are calming and happy? ›

If relaxation is your goal, there are certain colors to consider.
  • Blue. Blue is a classic color that many turn to when decorating their homes. ...
  • Violet. Violet has a blue base, so it makes sense that this color would also be quite calming. ...
  • Pink. ...
  • Green. ...
  • Gray. ...
  • Tan. ...
  • White. ...
  • Yellow.

Is terracotta A winter color? ›

For winter 2021 wedding colors, we recommend leaning into hunter green, terra cotta orange, dark blue, and black.

What color curtains go with terracotta color walls? ›

Although it's a warm color, terra cotta's hard, stone-like texture makes it visually cool. Counteract its chilly disposition with sunny-yellow, floor-to-ceiling curtains in organic cotton or rich velvet.

Does sage and terracotta go together? ›

Sage green and warm orange

Used on its own, sage green can have a moody and sultry quality, but by pairing it with pops of orange or terracotta, your sage walls will instantly brighten.

Does beige and terracotta go together? ›

Because terracotta is such a warm color, it coordinates well with many other warm colors. This palette is inspired by the recent return to warmer paint colors like beige, warm greens, and earthy tones.

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