Saturday, April 24, 2021

Terracotta Colored Interiors....... Trending Big In 2021


Terracotta colored interiors and décor have been on an upward trend for a few years now but this color has finally hit it's stride. The resurgence in popularity of terracotta is because of it's mix of dusty pink, orange, and deep red that invokes a sense of warmth and coziness in rooms no matter how large they may be.

When you think of the color terracotta, flower pots and tiles immediately come to mind. Terracotta (meaning “baked earth” in Italian) has a long and rich history as a material used throughout the ancient world.

So why has the color terracotta become a major trend in interiors in 2021? Since terracotta is literally drawn from the earth, it evokes that connection with nature that people enjoy today. This warm neutral color creates a modern and rustic result at the same time that people seem to like. I hope this blog post will expose you to the new terracotta colored interior so you can see just how pretty a room decorated in this color can be. There is info and tips below to assist you in incorporating this relaxed and warm color into your home.

Since I am an "old world gal" this type of terracotta colored interior comes first on my blogs. Even though this color has been around for centuries now antique interiors can be on trend again too. The second half is dedicated to the more modern interior and how to decorate them in these lovely terracotta shades as well. Enjoy!

Terracotta traditionally dates back to China, Greece, and Egypt. However, the origins of popular, modern-day terracotta can be traced back to the classical architecture of southern Europe, which includes Italy, France, and Spain. The different shades of the color terracotta comes from the amount of iron in the clay.

Old world interiors have used different shades of the color terracotta for centuries. After all, this clay was prevalent in architecture décor in the form of medallions on buildings etc. They just brought it inside as well.

Dries Van Noten

Terracotta is known as being the most commonly found clay across every continent. No wonder this color is a perennial favorite worldwide for interiors and décor.

Terracotta is a color that is softer than orange but has more energy than brown. It finds itself somewhere between the two and can warm the interior whether in saturation or with just a few touches.

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I love this color used in old world interiors!

Barry Dixon

This interior uses fully tonal immersion of the color terracotta, but the metallic cylinder tables break it up nicely.

Alberto Pinto

I love the color terracotta when it takes on shade of soft apricot/blush. People don't think of it as a neutral but it is wonderful in this role.

Lisa Farmer-Eye For Design

I chose a soft fleshy shade of the terracotta color for my bedroom. It combines so well with other earthy old world colors. In evening light it changes to a rosy side of terracotta which makes it even more elegant and feminine.

Lisa Farmer-Eye For Design

My deep reds work beautifully with terracotta as well. The color terracotta actually is a nice neutral.

John Fowler

When you marry pink to terracotta you create a calmer, more feminine look to your interior.

Cawdor Castle in Scotland

There is a current revival of rich, saturated colors in fashion and home décor. Warm tones, jewel colors and other equally bold color palettes are now taking center stage. This is a natural fit for terracotta which works so well in the company of reds, burgundies, brown, and even bright blues.

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This little "pop" of turquoise shows yet another color that works well with terracotta painted interiors.

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Throw out the notion that the color terracotta is only associated with Mediterranean and Spanish interiors. That no longer applies.

Remember terracotta colored interiors can come by way of wallpapers as well as paint.

Mario Buatta via

You simply can’t go wrong by incorporating the terracotta color AND tiles into an old world style kitchen. Since this color works so well with gray, add that color in through gray stone countertops for a wonderful rustic yet elegant kitchen space.

If you are up to a makeover of a small cozy space try featuring featuring terracotta colored walls.

There are so many shades to play with. Try one that lends to the brown/pink side of terracotta.

In this image you can see how well the color terracotta marries to brown for a luscious interior. The inclusion of a strong mustard yellow take the look to perfection!

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Again, notice the yellow!

On the other hand this is a shade of terracotta that almost tends towards an orange-pink.

For major impact in your interior go for tonal walls and furnishings in the color terracotta.

If saturation is too much for you, try painting terracotta above a dado or in this case tiled embellishment. You can also choose to just paint an accent wall only.

The color terracotta matches well with all shades of gray.

Axel Vervoordt

My favorite is to use terracotta in an interior with a lighter gray. To me it has a more stylish and elegant attractiveness.

Steven Gambrell

This pretty bedroom features terracotta colored walls with lighter more colorful accessories.

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While this bedroom, painted in light creamy color, features enough terracotta throughout in the form of accessories that you still feel you are in a terracotta colored interior.

This master bedroom is decorated in a terracotta monochromatic scheme that is layered in brick, rust, cinnamon and warm browns, all colors that are found in the terracotta color spectrum.

Terracotta color will help to make the interior design bright. At the same time, it is not tiring making it a suitable color for a bedroom, giving it a warm atmosphere. 

Terracotta, while being a rich color, has enough warm tones it can have a calming effect on an interior. This makes it a good choice for the dining room. This color has enough old worldliness to pull of the crystal chandeliers in this otherwise modern space.

The color terracotta seems to play well with all decorating styles. Here it presents a great background for a traditional dining room........

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and yet a contemporary dining area loves it's warmth and energy as well.

You can see in this and the image below how the color terracotta can serve as a lovely neutral canvas for an exuberant mix of colors in your space.

Terracotta is a lively neutral color for your interior that seems to welcome splashes of other wonderful colors. Perhaps it is because it is a true earth tone that naturally exists well with the color of the sky, the grass, and multicolored flowers.

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You should select shades of terracotta individually for each room, depending on the purpose of a room. The color  has darker shades which are perfect for masculine or trendy modern bathrooms.

Also there is the softer luminescent shade of terracotta that creates more of an interior with a feminine mood.

Mix in some metallics when decorating your interiors with the terracotta color. This image shows how well brass, antique gold, and especially copper pairs with terracotta.

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And when decorating the kitchen, try muddied versions of the color terracotta like carrot and pumpkin.

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Since terracotta shades always brings warmth, I think it is better to introduce creamier whites in your interior and stay away from stark cold whites.

You may not want to fully commit to terracotta saturated interiors. You can still ride the trend wave by adding touches of the color. Here are some examples of how to do it.

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Terracotta bedding that focuses on the pink and blush shades can create very modern, elegant and feminine rooms. If paired with blacks and gray terracotta coverings take on a more masculine look.

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Or you could add pops of terracotta color in décor such as curtains, area rugs, a velvet sofa, suede chair, or any other chic soft furnishing.

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Terracotta is the go-to shade for chic inspiring interiors so add a few thoughtful decorative touches by accessorizing.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Decorating With Chinese Coromandel Screens


The Coromandel screen was originally just a one panel screen instead of the folding screen we think of today. They received their name from India’s Coromandel coast, from which they were shipped to Europe in the late 17th and early 18th centuries by merchants of the English, French East India, and Dutch companies. 

The most common type of object made in the style, both for Chinese domestic use and exports was the Coromandel screen, a folding screen adorned with art, major themes included mythology, scenes of Palace life and nature. Europeans were extremely fascinated by the depictions of Chinese palaces and scenes of mountains, pavilions, colorful birds of paradise and flowers that the Chinese artists created.
Coromandel screens were the peak of the fashion for paneling rooms in the late 17th century. By 1700 many European country houses and palaces contained examples of East Asian export lacquer. They remained popular until the 18th century when Chinese wallpaper began to reach Europe, and generally replaced the lacquered Coromandel panels as a cover for walls.

Dodie Rosekran's home decorated by Michael Taylor
A combination of different lacquer techniques are often used in Coromandel screens, but the basic one is kuan cai or "cut colors". A wood base is coated with a number of thick layers of black or other dark lacquer which produce a highly polished effect. Next pictorial shapes are carved out of the lacquer thus creating the fine black outlines and intricate detail on the figures and ornaments. The final surface of the picture element might be painted in colored lacquer or oil paints. This creates that beautiful dimensional design that makes the Coromandel screen so appealing.

Nan Kemper

A different technique was used for inlays of mother of pearl. The mother of pearl was often engraved and stained with colors. This technique was more expensive and usually just produced for the court.

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These screens can also be inlaid with jade or the more rare jadeite. Jadeite is translucent and truly gorgeous with it's distinctive colors of apple, emerald, leek,  blue-green, white, or white with green spots.

Michael Taylor

The main two designs are typically courtly "figures in pavilions", often showing "spring in the Han palace", and secondly landscape designs, often with emphasis on birds and animals.

Nothing can give a room that instant look of Chinoiserie quite like a Coromandel screen does. Chinoiserie means ‘Chinese-esque’ in French, and refers to the influence of Oriental design on European art, architecture, and interior decorating when Chinese objects arrived in the West  in the 17th century. 

Originally Coromandel screens were not designed with home decoration in mind but to prevent drafts. It was when they were introduced to Europe, in the middle ages, that they were used for ladies to dress behind. The idea to start using them as room partitions was not far behind.

William Eubanks

These wonderful screens may boast up to 30 layers of lacquer, sometimes all in black, sometimes red, and sometimes even yellow. 

 Some Coromandel screens might illustrate historical events. Pavilions were almost always present.

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Typically borders run above and below the main scene. These often show antique Chinese objets d'art, sprays of flowers, or a combination of the two. There are often smaller borders between the main image and at the edges.

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Usually both sides of the screen are fully decorated with scenes of Chinese life or landscapes.  

Coco Chanel was the proud owner or 32 rare Coromandel screens, which she proudly displayed in her home at 31 rue Cambom, Paris. In some areas like seen above, she applied them to the walls like wallpaper. 

Another image of Coco Chanel's Coromandel screen collection. She one stated "I've loved Chinese screens since I was eighteen years old. I nearly fainted with joy when, entering a Chinese shop, I saw a Coromandel for the first time."

These beautiful Coromandel screens can actually work well in every room in the house. They only fell out of vogue with the onset of minimalism where the simplest and fewest elements are used as décor. Now with the renewed interest in decoration and ornament, they have made a comeback.

Rose Tarlow

A Coromandel screen can become a great alternative wall. These pieces can be six or seven foot tall designs that can provide a very quick, and fairly inexpensive new that looks like a work of art.

Anne Getty

Rather than invest large sums of money in making permanent structural changes in a home, people are deciding to buy a beautiful  Coromandel screen that can be moved around and used where needed.

Screens are a wise investment because they are easy to move and fit nicely into almost any space. They actually allow you the opportunity to re-create your interiors.

A Coromandel screen is a versatile piece of furniture that has an endless number of functions. Use them as room dividers, to partition off a space, or hide a work area. They can also be used to direct foot traffic.

Coromandel screens can have four, six, and the best of the best screens have eight or more panels.

What a beautiful eight paneled Coromandel screen!

Michael Smith's Madrid home via

Coromandel screens can be quite impressive in size. They are actually large pieces of furniture that are beautiful works of art.

Alberto Pinto

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Coromandel screens are so very versatile and look great in any room of the house.

Dining rooms, according to the interior designer Mario Buatta, are still the most common place to find screens.

Bunny Mellon

A Coromandel Screen, or any other style screen, can be used to create an intimate dining space.

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Alberto Pinto

That is why these Coromandel folding screens can be a decorator's secret weapon!

Since the Coromandel screen is often associated with intrigue and romance in Chinese literature bedrooms are great places to display them. In fact it was customary for a folding screen to surrounded the bed of the young couple. The twelve panels were beneficial for creating privacy.

Miles Redd

When placed in back of a bed they can act as a fabulous headboard.

Imagine this Coromandel screen used in a bathroom to conceal a toilet.

Coromandel screen also are a quick way to add texture and color to a room.

Gary Riggs, designer

If you have a problem wall that needs disguising try purchasing a Coromandel screen. They can easily hide  a multitude of sins quite beautifully!

Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber

Or use one to hide a messy desk or an unmade bed when unexpected guests drop by.

This is a great time to buy as their popularity is only now on the upswing after a few years of being in the scorned and rejected areas.

This blog post was published by Lisa Farmer

In the event that I have not credited the correct source of an image, please contact me at and I would be glad to correct it.

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