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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