Terra-cotta isn't just for flowerpots. The versatile material also functions as a tile that can be found in a variety of colors and patterns and used in a number of spaces. For bathtubs, floor tiles, and more, these gorgeous uses for terra-cotta are sure to inspire.

By Katie Bandurski
April 27, 2017
colorful terra cotta stairs project

Dress up the path to your front door with multicolor terra-cotta tiles. In addition to its natural warm clay color, terra-cotta comes in a number of distinct colors and patterns. We love this staircase's blend of traditional tile shape and pretty pastel hues.

Statement Wall

hanging robes rustic farmhouse bathroom

Terra-cotta defines both this bathroom's wainscoting and floor, showing just how versatile in size and color terra-cotta can be. Wraparound brick wainscoting pairs with rustic shiplap paneling and reclaimed wood for a warm, neutral bath. Dark brown floor tiles complete the relaxing color scheme.

Surface Style

traditional old-world bathroom

Terra-cotta floor tiles pair well with earthy tones and Mediterranean-inspired decorating styles. Beige cabinetry, Tuscan accents, and neutral wall tiles that frame the bathtub define this bathroom's ornate style. A patterned rug in orange-red hues completes the look.

Stunning Stairs

colorful mosaic steps decor

Want to make a statement? Look for glazed terra-cotta tiles in bright colors or renditions with eye-catching patterns. Use the tiles to line stairways, create chair rails, or define room borders. We love how this staircase uses two distinct color schemes and patterns while remaining cohesive.

Next-Level Neutrals

traditional old-world living room

Add texture and warmth to a neutral living room with rich terra-cotta flooring. The copper-color tiles complement tans, browns, and beiges featured in this comfortable living room. Slight imperfections in the coloring of terra-cotta tiles add character and texture. 

Bathroom Beauty

kids bathtub rustic farmhouse bathroom

Add rustic charm to your bathroom by installing a terra-cotta tub apron and deck. The tiles add color to a neutral space, and a waterproof glaze keeps them resistant to stains and splashes. Exposed beams in this master bathroom balance the earthy building material that continues underfoot on flooring.


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