I was reading Julias article when I learned that Frances Mayes’ book Under the Tuscan Sun served as the inspiration for the villa in the movie. The house depicted has been entirely refurbished to recreate the ideal Tuscany image while incorporating modern facilities. Terra cotta tile flooring can be found throughout the villa, even though it wasn’t the actual Bramasole from the novel that was used for the film.

I really appreciated how earthy the terra cotta tile floors in the kitchen of the house I stayed in last week felt, especially given how many stark white spaces we see in architecture these days. The floors even had radiant heat! When unglazed, terra cotta has a warm orange base, but when it is coated with glaze, it becomes available in any color . Given that the word terra cotta literally means baked soil, the adjective “earthy” is the ideal one to describe this tile.

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Terra cotta tiles look fantastic in homes with a Mediterranean or Spanish Revival design. They have a distinctive look that works well with plaster walls, wood beams, and the arched entrances that are frequently loved in that type of house.

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Terra cotta tile floors are a more intriguing, individualized option for a modern home. They present a sense of the Old World alongside the Modern and offer a warm and textured contrast to contemporary cabinetry and appliances.

Terra cotta is a great accent in rooms designed in blue tones because orange is blue’s complementary color on the color wheel. Doesn’t it also look amazing in this kitchen with the copper accents?

Blues and greens are often good choices, but because of its undertones, terra cotta orange can be more difficult to match with cool pinks, rich yellows, or bright reds since they may clash if they are in close proximity to one another.

Terra cotta is a transitional material; it can easily go from the outside to the inside. In yards with landscaping, it’s also the ideal material to line borders, paths, and swimming pools.


Because terra cotta tile can be uneven and a trip hazard for the elderly (or clumsy people! ), some people are against using it as flooring. I can fully relate to this sentiment having fallen on uneven tile myself.

Terra cotta tile, despite the potential for subtle unevenness, has a great warmth that may balance a brilliant white space, like in this integrated kitchen and dining area.


The practicalities of placing tile must be considered in addition to aesthetics. Tile keeps a house cool in hotter regions, as I have experienced living with them in Las Vegas’ arid environment. Tile is water-resistant, but it is hard on the feet and bad for your back if you walk on it all day. Tile is also merciless to anything breakable; if you drop glass or ceramics on tile floors, they won’t survive, unlike on wood or vinyl, where they might.

Some claim that terra cotta tile has a dated appearance, and if the room’s furniture and decor are also out of date, then I agree.

But terra cotta flooring is a classic design element that looks best in Spanish restoration homes or rooms with a Mediterranean flair. I like them since they remind me of many of the places I’ve been in Italy and France.

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And as several of the aforementioned examples show, when used thoughtfully, terra cotta tiles can add warmth to a contemporary area.

What are your thoughts on terra cotta tile floors? Do you have pleasant memories of them at a relative’s house or a warm destination for a vacation? Or do they just strike you as being gross?






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