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24 terracotta bathroom ideas to transform your space into a sun-baked sanctuary

Transform your bathroom into a Mediterranean oasis using sun-baked terracotta tones

Dalston Matt Pink 500mm unit and basin, £399, Britton Bathrooms
Published: June 8, 2022 at 4:15 pm

If you're looking to give your bathroom a relaxed, sun-kissed glow all year round, terracotta is the colour for you.

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Whether you opt for soft raw plaster or vibrant paprika, terracotta tones are comforting, enriching shades, strong enough to be used solo, or paired with other colours to enhance its warm undertones. Put simply, it's a super versatile shade that can totally transform your bathroom.

The best thing? Terracotta isn't just versatile in terms of colour palette - it suits a number of styles, too. You can choose to match its flat surface with modern matt fixtures and fittings, or ramp up the texture with burnished metals and woven materials for a more relaxed look.

Feeling inspired yet? To make things easier, we've compiled a roundup of the best terracotta bathroom ideas, plus a guide to using terracotta in your bathroom - complementary shades and more. Keep reading to find all the terracotta bathroom inspiration you'll ever need... Happy decorating!

Terracotta bathroom ideas

Two tone tiles

Marmalade Rene Pick’n’Mix 150 x 150mm gloss tiles, £28.95 per sq m, Walls & Floors
Marmalade Rene Pick’n’Mix 150 x 150mm gloss tiles, Walls & Floors

Let your imagination run riot with some two-tone geometric tiles, which can be fitted in an endless variety of patterns. These ones from Walls & Floors are ideal for a small room as their shimmering surface catches the light, enhancing the feeling of space, but you can explore whatever pattern takes your fancy - check out our ultimate guide to tile styles if you're in need of some inspiration!

Patterned terracotta vinyl

Terracotta Diamond 16.7 x 16.7cm vinyl tiles, £9.99 per sq m, Flooring Superstore
Terracotta Diamond 16.7 x 16.7cm vinyl tiles, Flooring Superstore

Terracotta vinyl is a brilliant and affordable alternative to luxury flooring and tiles. Use it to re-create the look of traditional hard-tiled flooring - it's slip-resistant, warmer underfoot than stone or tile, and will leave you with more money to spend on the rest of your bathroom!

Terracotta sink

Oval Coral Glow XL basins, £575 each; made- to-measure One CF worktop in Abstract Blue, £7.47 per linear centimetre, both Acquabella
Oval Coral Glow XL basins, Acquabella

Mix soft pastels, terracotta tones and terrazzo print to give your bathroom a fresh, summery feel. Terracotta makes for an eye-catching alternative to white for a basin, and will pop against a pale-blue worktop.

Terracotta feature wall

Wall and chair in Wild Flower bathroom paint, £34.75 per 0.94L, Benjamin Moore
Wall and chair in Wild Flower bathroom paint, Benjamin Moore

Perk up an earth toned scheme by painting a terracotta feature wall, and complete it with textured towels piled up on a chair or stool painted in the same shade. Add simple white tiles around your shower area and black flooring to really make your focal point.

Team terracotta and gold

Walls painted in The Old Corset Factory Soft Sheen, £46 per 2.5L, COAT Paints
Walls painted in The Old Corset Factory Soft Sheen, COAT Paints

Go bold by teaming a deep shade of terracotta on the walls with terracotta statement flooring. Take cues from renovations blogger brickdustbaby.com, who finished the look with brushed-gold taps and accessories - here's how to choose the right sinks and taps for your space if you need a little guidance.

Terracotta vanity unit

Dalston Matt Pink 500mm unit and basin, £399, Britton Bathrooms
Dalston Matt Pink 500mm unit and basin, Britton Bathrooms

There's nothing like a vanity unit when it comes to bathroom storage solutions, and why not maximise space, light and colour in your space by opting for wall-hung unit that keeps the floor area free? If you want to give your bathroom a little lift, opt for a pinkish-terracotta vanity unit and frame it with some thin, vertical tiles in the same shade. It'll look totally contemporary and sleek!

Terracotta towels

Kyoto fringed towels in Dark Caramel, Off White and Dark Pewter, from £14.50 for guest size, Oyoy Living Design
Kyoto fringed towels in Dark Caramel, Off White and Dark Pewter, Oyoy Living Design

No time for a makeover? Ring the changes with new towels in co-ordinating terracotta tones. Don't forget to check out these towel storage ideas for some creative ways to display them too!

Terracotta colour pop

Walls in Wheatgrass Breatheasy Matt Emulsion, £18 per 2.5L; recess in Dance Fever Feature Wall, £16 per 1.2L, both Crown Paints
Walls in Wheatgrass Breatheasy Matt Emulsion, recess in Dance Fever Feature Wall, Crown Paints

A little terracotta goes a long way – add a dash of interest with a splash of colour in a small area, such as a recessed shelf or blind. You could even take it one step further and add some small painted wall arches in a rich terracotta shade - they'll make a beautiful focal point.

Rustic terracotta tiles

Pattern Warm Terracotta 30.5 x 30.5cm luxury vinyl floor tiles, £52.50 per sq m, Harvey Maria
Pattern Warm Terracotta luxury vinyl floor tiles, Harvey Maria

Whether you're living in a period home or just looking to add a bit of character to a new build, rustic-look terracotta tiles are ideal for adding warmth. You can opt for two-tone vinyl flooring, or even stencil a design onto the floor with chalk paint if you want to achieve the look without the maintenance of real terracotta tiles.

Terracotta woodwork

Walls painted in Dunelm Terracotta Matt Emulsion Paint, £13.60 per 2.5L, Dunelm
Walls painted in Dunelm Terracotta Matt Emulsion Paint, Dunelm

Painting your woodwork in the same terracotta shade as your walls will instantly add drama to your bathroom. If you want to take it one step further, why not install wood panelling before painting your whole space in a rich terracotta shade? There are so many panelling designs to choose from that you'll definitely find one to suit your own personal style - take a look at our favourite wood panelling ideas here if you want some design inspiration!

Two-tone tiles

Matrix Burnt Amber Matt Tile (14.8cm x 14.8cm), £0.65 per tile, Topps Tiles
Matrix Burnt Amber Matt Tile, Topps Tiles

If you don't want to commit to floor to ceiling terracotta tiles, why not team them with a lighter shade of matching tile and create a chic, two-tone design? Put the lighter shade above the terracotta to create the illusion of higher ceilings.

Terracotta bathroom accessories

If you're looking to embrace the terracotta bathroom trend but don't have the time for a full room makeover, why not add a splash of the sun-baked tone with some new bathroom accessories.

Terracotta Egyptian Cotton Towel, £8.80, Dunelm
Terracotta Egyptian Cotton Towel, Dunelm

Take a look at the gallery below to discover some of our favourite terracotta accessories...

What colours go with terracotta?

Terracotta is an incredibly versatile colour that looks great with most muted shades, but it looks especially good with muted white, blue, and other neutral tones.

Farrow & Ball Mid Century Modern Palette, £15.08, IntDesignServOnline via Etsy
Farrow & Ball Mid Century Modern Palette, IntDesignServOnline via Etsy

It also teams well with earthy sage, a pop of fresh greenery, or even deep burgundy.

Can you use terracotta tiles in a bathroom?

Yes, you can use terracotta tiles in a bathroom and they'll look fantastic! Terracotta tiles are durable, scratch-resistant, and if you look after them properly, they'll last you forever. Just note that if you're looking to use real terracotta tiles, you'll need to seal them to prevent premature decay.

Marlborough Terracotta Square Tiles, £73.32 per m2
Marlborough Terracotta Square Tiles, Ca' Pietra

Sealing terracotta tiles will make them non-porous, preventing water, oil and dirt from impacting how they look and feel underfoot. Sealants can last on terracotta tiles for anywhere between three and fifteen years, depending on which one type of sealant/brand you choose. Terracotta tiles can also be used in conjunction with underfloor heating systems, and are fine to use around shower and bath areas.

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