Terracotta bathroom ideas to inspire your next project

It’s official, I have been captivated by terracotta. First it was in kitchens, but now I am thrilled to say it’s big in bathrooms. From deep oranges on the walls to rustic flooring – I am here for it.

I first started noticing the trend a couple of years ago when homeowners were laying natural terracotta flooring throughout their home – from their kitchens, hallways to bathrooms. Since then, the look has exploded – including all sorts of bathroom accessories and furniture being dowsed in vibrant orangey shades and earthy brown tones.

But how can this work in your bathroom? Easy, we say. At the moment we are noticing fixtures and fittings in the bold shade, from basins to baths. But, if you don’t want to commit, we’re also seeing paint and tiles used in clever ways. Yes, people really are painting their ceilings in this very adaptable palette.

Intrigued? Scroll down for more inspo…

Heritage fluted bath collection, price on application, Inbani from West One Bathrooms.
A matching mini basin and toilet with scalloped tiles
Alo cloakroom unit 400, £500, Crosswater.

What goes with terracotta?

The allure of terracotta tones is undeniable. Rich and bold yet grounded, the colour adds warmth and character to any space. “Earthy, rich terracotta hues are incredibly versatile and warming, creating an inviting space that is perfect for relaxing in,” remarks Jorge Hernandez, head of design at Crosswater, who shares my enthusiasm for the daring shade.

A fluted basin with gold hardware on a blue tiles wall
Elm mini concrete basin in Ember, price on application, Kast.

“With its natural appeal, terracotta pairs well with neutrals, soft pastels, and fresh greens,” he adds. “When experimenting with colour, you can go all out with tiles and wall coverings or make a subtle statement with one eye-catching piece of furniture such as a functional vanity unit.”

Or, blues can also work beautifully with terracotta; the colours together can create a striking contrast.

However, for a more calming design, opt for organic materials and earthy tones. “Its natural origins enhance a feeling of connection to the outside world, and the colour’s warm tones can evoke a cosy ambiance. To do this, pair it with a neutral palette of whites and soft browns for larger surface areas such as walls or tiles,” suggests Victoria Plum’s interior design expert, Ruth Foster.

A terracotta basin in a rustic bathroom with exposed brick
Sanitaryware all from the Tura collection, price on application, Roca.

What you need to know about terracotta tiles…

While the starting point of the trend was primarily in floor tiles, please bear in mind the porous nature of natural terracotta. That means they can stain easily and, if not cleaned thoroughly, can harbour bacteria.

Opting for tile alternatives, such as porcelain, to remove these issues ensures longevity and eases maintenance in your bathroom space.

Dekton Ukiyo in Umber, £400 per sqm, Cosentino.

And don’t worry – the look-a-likes really do look like the real thing. Just look at Ca Pietra’s new Marlborough porcelain tiles, which replicate all the undulations and rustic charm of real terracotta.

Cosentino has also just launched its new Dekton Ukiyo range, developed by interior designer Claudia Afshar. In an easy-to-install 45x30cm tile format, the fluted surface is designed for vertical cladding, making it a durable and fuss-free option for adding texture to a shower enclosure or behind a freestanding bath.

A modern bathroom with a marble basin and wooden vanity unit. Plus matching gold mirrors and lights
Marlborough terracotta parquet flooring, from £78.00m2, Ca’ Pietra. Photography: Chris Snook

What style of bathroom does terracotta work with?

“Terracotta offers versatile looks ranging from rustic and Mediterranean-inspired to modern and contemporary aesthetics,” says Ruth.

“Alternatively, terracotta can be used to add a pop of vibrancy when used strategically in various interior design styles, especially when used with white or cream.”

Biophilic bathrooms are incredibly popular right now, the principles being improving indoor air quality, using eco-friendly materials, having a plethora of plants and increasing natural light. How beautiful would this style be with a flash of terracotta?

Really, this all-round colour can work in any scheme – from Scandi spathrooms to industrial spaces.

A large fluted terracotta bath
Reed bath, price on application, Sonas Bathrooms.

Where else can I have terracotta in my bathroom?

“As both a material and colour, terracotta adds warmth and character therefore, introducing it through elements such as brassware or heated towel rails will have this effect on the space,” says Louise Ashdown, head of design at West One Bathrooms. Alternatively, you could incorporate in less conventional ways, such as with a statement wallpaper.”

If you choose to have terracotta in your shower area, why not make a statement with black brassware and a steel-framed enclosure, like this space featuring Gayafores tiles – we love how it mixes industrial and Mediterranean styles.

Terracotta tiles in a shower area with black brassware and a shower niche
Deco Lingot in coral, price on application, Gayafores.
A large double vanity unit
Vitrium basin and vanity unit in cinnamon matt, price on application, Duravit.

Or, if you decide to have terracotta on the walls, why not create a cohesive look by including rose gold or copper taps. Beautiful!

From statement schemes to calming designs – terracotta really is the shade that can do it all. So, how will you use it?

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