How to Decorate With Terra Cotta Floors


Replacing your flooring is sometimes not possible due to a limited budget or because it is still in excellent shape. Terra cotta flooring is often found in homes with a rustic, Southwestern or country, casual atmosphere. Whether you cannot afford to replace the flooring or love the style and want to accentuate the look, decorating your home to complement the terra cotta floor is not a difficult process. Choosing wall art, rugs and other accessories to enhance the style is important in creating unity and balance throughout your home. Terra cotta flooring resembles stone, unpolished tiles, sun-baked earth and Mexican pottery and has warm, earth-tone colors.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Rustic, country or vintage furnishings
  • Rugs
  • Wall art
  • Potted plants
  • Pottery bowls or primitive-looking sculptures
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Paint your walls with a color that complements the terra cotta flooring. For instance, if your floors are a warm orange, gold, rustic-looking red or brown shade, you should choose a wall color that accentuates this in neutral, such as beige, tan, cream or other warm colors.

  • Purchase furniture with a vintage, country or rustic look. Avoid wood furniture that has ornate carvings or many details in the wood. Using light wood tones, such as oak or pine, enhances the earth tones and prevents the room from looking dark or depressing.

  • Place rugs around the room that utilize warm, earth tones or that have a Southwestern flair. Rugs that have floral, geometric or abstract splashes of color will enhance the room.

  • Hang wall art that flows with the theme in your room. For instance, if you decide on a Southwestern theme, hang wall art of horses, mountains, people making pottery or other scenes that include the colors in the room.

  • Display interesting potted plants in the corners of your room. Unusual cacti, a snake plant or a braided ficus tree all add a cozy, outdoorsy look to the area.

  • Place bowls of pottery or primitive-looking sculptures on your bookcases, coffee or dining room table to add a Southwestern ambiance.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose upholstered fabrics that add a Southwestern flair to your room. Scenes that depict a desert sunset, horses, cowboys or mountain scenes add to the rustic or country look of your home. Plaids or stripes in warm, earth-tone colors also complement this type of flooring.

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