Color Trends: Apricot & Terracotta

While we’ve had a love affair with the cooler side of the spectrum for quite some time – from silvery greys to deep indigo – there has been a strong shift in home design to the warmer side of the spectrum. Earthy colors are taking hold with all things peach, apricot, rust, oranges and terracottas stealing the limelight to create a warm and inviting home. These shades remind us of the warmth of the earth – from desert vistas to chalky sands, the colors of our forests at the height of fall – and ground us, giving us a connection once again to our planet.

Peach and Terracotta cushion collection
Styling: Hannah Cork / Photography Jon Organ for Matalan

Here are just a few ways to use apricot and terracotta colors in your home this year and beyond to give your interiors a cozy look no matter what the season.

Apricot and Peach Shades in Interiors

Valspar Lush Peach Paint
Valspar Lush Peach Paint

On the lighter side of the spectrum, a softer shade of orange acts as the perfect companion to neutral tones. Darker woods work particularly well with a soft apricot color which is then offset with bright white for the perfect balance. Add contemporary art and soft pink accessories for a thoroughly trendy update of this classic color combination.

Oak Furniture Land
Oak Furniture Land

It’s also a great color to use as an accent. Above, our bedroom furniture sets the stage for a combination of colors that work surprisingly well with peachy pinks – greys and warm yellows create the perfect backdrop with just a touch of peach in the tiles and cushions which soften the scheme for a welcoming warm bedroom scheme.

Sherwin Williams Living Room in SW 6348 Reynard
Sherwin Williams SW 6348 Reynard

As we start to move into the darker hues of peach, consider combining it with blue tones, its opposite on the color wheel, for a vivid contrast that creates energy and enthusiasm in a room. Above, we see Sherwin William’s Reynard as a wonderful starting point to a timeless color scheme with accents of peach, terracotta, denim and turquoise shades working in harmony for a consistent color palette in a living room.

Using Terracotta Shades in Your Home

brick bedroom with peach accents
Stylist: Hannah Cork / Photography: Natalie Dinham for Eclectic Design

Of course, you don’t have to only depend upon paint colors to use terracotta shades in your interiors. If you are lucky enough to have bare brick walls, consider leaving it in its natural state and enhance it with combinations of peach, orange and terracotta in your textiles and accessories. You might also want to choose terracotta pots or tiles for a natural look that takes its cues from Mediterranean design.

Dunelm AW18 Auburn Living
Dunelm AW18 Auburn Living

With 70s retro design making waves in interiors this year, you can keep these shades from tipping too far into “old-fashioned” by using more contemporary fabrics to bring them bang up to date. Velvet and geometric patterns create a more modern feel to ensure your final look is on the right side of this trend.

Mix it Up

Dulux Colour Block Wall with Peaches and Rust Shades
Dulux Colour Block Wall with Peaches and Rust Shades

For a brave update on these classic shades, why not mix them up along with white for a bold color block effect on your walls? While it may look daunting, simply use painter’s tape to mark off each area and ensure that each paint block is dry before moving on to the next. It may take a little longer to do but we think you’ll agree, the extra time is worthwhile when the final effect creates so much wow-factor in a space.

If you are looking for more tips on using warm, rustic shades in your decor, you might want to check out our blog post on embracing rustic elements to create a warm and inviting look in your home or check out our tips on decorating with red here.




Image Credits: Dulux, Hannah Cork Interiors, Valspar Paint, Sherwin Williams, Dunelm

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