Thursday, May 19, 2022

Trending Colors: Warm Terra-Cotta

Close up of the kitchen backsplash with terra cotta tile and champagne bronze sink faucet.



The Petrone family (@arrowsandbow on Instagram) never expected to find their next project while on vacation on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Already pros at flipping RVs, when a rundown inn on the island caught their eye, it was natural to see it as a potential project. 

They put in an offer and had secured the four-suite inn before their vacation was over. In a matter of months, they were onsite working. It wasn’t long before the inn was complete and open for business. Ashley and Dino Petrone’s vast Instagram audience loved watching “Joie Inn” come together from start to finish. 


Aiming for Warm & Family Friendly

What drove the entire project, and what often drives the Petrone’s projects, was their own family. Ashley focused on creating suites that her family could enjoy. She ensured every element was kid friendly and provided details that would make the space immediately feel comfortable. 

Ensuring the design was warm and inviting was the first step and color played heavily into that. Ashley wanted a design that reflected the beach community with its bright, happy vibe but also wanted to give it an update. The result was four warmed-up and trending colors that formed the foundation of the design for each room. Each room is named for its feature color. Today we look at the largest of the suites.


Collage of the kitchen and bathroom in the Terra Cotta Room at Joie Inn.


The Terra-Cotta Room

The color terra-cotta blends rose, orange, and brown into one color that oozes warmth. Ashley chose terra-cotta because it reflected the sunsets, soil, and overall vibe of the sun soaked island. The color gives a nod to the traditional island palette but has a sense of freshness as well.

The room is 750 square feet, the largest unit, and the color terra-cotta is all over from the shower tile and kitchen backsplash to the bedding and decor. Splashes of terra-cotta even make an appearance in the terrazzo floor tile.


Mood board showing terra cotta color palette.


Why Terra-Cotta?

While the inn was under construction, the pandemic was in full swing. People spent much more time at home and more than one homeowner found this the perfect time to do some renovating. With work, school, and play all happening at home, the cool, spare grays and whites so popular in design just weren’t enough. 

People craved warmth, coziness, a lived-in feeling in their surroundings rather than the minimal designs that most found themselves surrounded by. The first thing that changed in this new interior design atmosphere was color. 

Colors warmed up turning from grays to beiges and allowing many more warm colors and softened palettes with sage, blush, and . . . terra-cotta. The natural and muted red-orange-brown of terra-cotta once a favorite of the back patio came front and center. It instantly produces a sense of comfort and warmth.

Terra-cotta can also be used as a neutral color that blends into the background harmonizing a design with its steadying hand. Some of the most popular colors right now can have this same miraculous effect: working as either a feature color or neutral color. They include navy, warm charcoal, mustard, blush, and gray-green sage.


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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Trending Colors: Island Sage

Man washing his hands in a white kitchen with sage tile backsplash.


On vacation on Anna Maria Island, Ashley and Dino Petrone never imagined that their play time with their family would spark their next project. The brains behind Instagram’s @arrowsandbow, Ashley and Dino had already completed several upscale RV renovations. 

When they happened upon a little inn on the island in need of some TLC, they knew what was up next for them. They put in an offer and it was accepted before the vacation was over. Eight months later, Joie Inn was born.


Joie Inn bathroom collage with sage tile in the shower and champagne bronze faucet.


Driven by Color

The story of Joie Inn is a story about color. Beach communities are known for their vibrant colors, and Ashley wanted to be a part of that, but she also wanted to give the colors a fresh update. She turned to the natural environment for inspiration. Sunsets, crashing waves, and sea oats defined the color palette inside Joie Inn as much as it did outside. 

Vibrant in a warmer, trendier way, the four colors Ashley selected were featured in one of each of the four suites. This updated vibe is youthful, welcoming, comfortable, and still reflects the beachy feel of the surrounding buildings on the island. 


The Sage Room

Named for its color scheme, The Sage Room is a large 700 square foot suite on the second floor that overlooks the pool. The gray green featured in this room is the same color you’ll find when you step outside and head down to the beach. 

Sea oats and rolling waves inspired the color choice and you’ll find it everywhere from the bedding and backsplash to the decor and throw pillows. 


Mood board of sage colored things with champagne bronze metallics and accent colors.

Why Sage?

Sage is the hottest color of 2022. In fact, Minwax, Benjamin Moore, Better Homes & Garden, and Sherwin Williams all named it their color of the year. Why? It’s a flexible and warm color that can wear many hats.

Sage is a neutral color. The gray-green shade easily works as a blank canvas that makes room for other colors and patterns. It fades into the background in the same way gray or beige can but with a whole lot more interest. 

On the other hand, sage can also be a feature color that can easily be a center of attention. It’s a beautiful color for a statement wall, makes a lovely accent sofa, and can even play heavily in decor.

Warm colors are the new go to in today’s interior design color palettes, and sage is the champion color. Its soft green and warm greige influences create a welcoming ambiance and laid back personality that embodies everything that is the island of Anna Maria.

You’ll find sage in the bathroom tile, kitchen backsplash, bedroom linens, even sprinkled across the living area in incidental pillows and decor. It’s the perfect backdrop for a relaxing vacation that feels like home, only on the beach.


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