10 decorating ideas for terracotta accents

If you haven’t already considered decorating in terracotta accents instead of going black or gold, you’re in the right place—this base color can be the key to anchoring a space and adding warmth to a cooler scheme.

You can treat the terracotta as you would a “simpler” shade like black—and in fact, the softer tones mean this shade is actually easier to work with in several ways. Plus, thanks to its earthy associations, you can treat it as something neutral and useful if you don’t feel like decorating with color. “Shades range from traditional burnt orange to chalky pink, making it something that can be more neutral or something that adds a dramatic pop of color,” explains interior designer Emma Perel. “It’s all about the application of color and how you choose to combine it.”

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