Terracotta – colour of the year 2019

The start of a new year and with the prospect of returning to work after a few days off, the house looking bare after the decorations have come down, and the weather not being entirely at its best, what better way to brighten up your life than by adding some colour to your home?

One of this year’s hot colours is said to be ‘terracotta’; a warm colour with ancient, elemental roots offering a casual, yet refined look. It can be used in a welcoming dining room and/or kitchen when paired with stylish tiles, warm stone floors and lots of greenery. It provides an easy way to bring the warmth of the outdoors in. Think of warm beaches, canyons and deserts, and sun-washed, late summer afternoons…

At Genesis Homes’ St. Cuthbert’s development in Wigton, this lovely hue has been used as an accent colour, featuring prominently in our 4-bedroom ‘Trent’ show home. The house has been styled using a palette of beige/grey, navy and terracotta; a neutral backdrop with injections of colour that bring the whole scheme together. The study has a bold, sophisticated wallpaper that accentuates the navy desk and accessories, and the plants bring a nature inspired feel to the room – giving a calm space to read, work and study. The lounge features chairs and cushions in terracotta, bringing a warmth to the area, and providing the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day. The hub of the home – the dining kitchen, with space for seating – includes delicate splashes of terracotta in the blinds, rug, floor tiles and soft furnishings; the warm woods encapsulate the earthy tones too – even the colour of the worktop is ‘cinnamon!’

Head of Brand for Genesis Homes, Catherine Watson comments: ‘When choosing a colour scheme for your home, I’d suggest going neutral for the main items such as carpeting and most walls. Introducing colour through wallpapers and accessories in accent colours offer the perfect way to quickly (and relatively cost effectively) give a new look to your home. For me, it’s the accessories, photos of family and friends and memento’s picked up on travels, that make a house a home. We’ve deliberately targeted accessible brands like Home Sense – perfect for those one-off and unexpected finds from all around the world – Argos, Laura Ashley, Next and Dunelm to showcase the level of luxury and style that’s achievable without necessarily breaking the bank.’

And as if that wasn’t enough, the development brochure for St. Cuthbert’s is, yes, you’ve guessed it, terracotta!