Neutral shades are big this year, thanks to their versatility and soothing effect that perfectly suit 2021, a year of recovery on many levels. Of course, a neutral colour doesn’t necessarily have to be mild. It can be bright, energising and as equally versatile as beige or taupe.

Yes, we’re talking about terracotta – the reddish-brown that has been popping up here and there in recent collective consciousness, whether on homeware, stationery or soft furnishings. Originating from baked earth, terracotta goes well with almost any natural material like timber and stone, and easily complements a newly acquired houseplant collection, too!

“Terracotta is a strong, energetic colour that brings happiness and warmth. It is great in areas with plenty of activities such as the living room and dining area.”

WONG LIANGYUAN, HAVEN LIFESTYLE

“Terracotta is a strong, energetic colour that brings happiness and warmth. It is great in areas with plenty of activities such as the living room and dining area,” says Wong Liangyuan, colour specialist at Haven Lifestyle.

“It could also work in a bathroom setting as long as the space is large enough and has sufficient light.” Case in point is this setting with Pierre Frey’s new wallpaper Eternel Ete Luberon. A tribute to Provence, it is a contemporary take on the region’s 1950s ceramic motifs that pair terracotta with greys and white, and mix traditional and digital printing techniques for a handcrafted, wabi-sabi effect. 

“When using it as the main colour, style terracotta in an analogous scheme with shades of yellow-orange and deeper reds. Or pair it with whites or greys for a contemporary look.”

wong liangyuan, haven lifestyle

“When using it as the main colour, style terracotta in an analogous scheme with shades of yellow-orange and deeper reds. Or pair it with whites or greys for a contemporary look. As an accent colour, limit it to smaller objects like cushions or throws set in a space that is predominantly blue or teal,” says Liangyuan.