Terracotta: spicy reds and warmer hues
If you want warmer and more energetic tones, then darker earth tone porcelain tiles come to the fore. The texture remains the same, but the effect generated throughout the space changes. It is a sensation of warmth and even strength: a room with earth tile flooring conveys a welcoming and safe feeling.
The darker red tone lends great energy to the space: this makes it a great idea when designing a room such as an office, to help power, strength and activity express themselves. It is, indeed, proven that these warm colors can have a positive influence on our performance, and an environment with this kind of energy can give us a boost and help us best express ourselves in our work. Those working from home, or who simply have a study or office in their house, can think about using warmer shades of earth tone tiles when designing this space, as they will certainly benefit from advantages in terms of their mood and positive energy. It is also important to assess the other colors which will be used in the space, however: darker earth tones must be accompanied by lighter colors to brighten up the room and keep it harmonious.
Combine earth tones with brighter colors
But how can this harmony be achieved? Bear in mind that, in order to create a well-balanced space, it is necessary to create the right color combinations. So, let’s continue designing our office or study. When starting off with a warm and energetic flooring, a tip is to choose a pearl gray, taupe or cream color for the walls surrounding the warmer shades of earth tone tiles.
And that’s not all: the versatility of porcelain stoneware allows you to create unique designs, such as choosing the Calce or Gesso colors from the Kotto range to create an elegant desk which perfectly reflects the light and offers a sensual touch of brightness to the space. And so the office also becomes a place ready to welcome others. Imagine the feelings that darker earth tone porcelain tiles, used for the floor, and lighter tiles chosen for the desk will evoke in your guests when they enter the space for the first time. As well as contact with nature, thanks to the earthy influence, they will also feel a pleasant and harmonious sensation from the perfect combination of warm tones with brighter colors, with a hint of white associated with spring clouds. And so a design takes shape whose main characteristic is its combinations.
Earth tone exteriors
After taking a look at an idea for an indoor space, let’s throw open the doors and move outside. Where and how might we find our earth tone tiles? For example, on the balcony of an apartment in the city, we can design a beautiful outdoor space without giving up on the technical performance required to resist wear and the elements. The collection which best meets these requirements is Acustico 12 by Viva. This large-size collection is inspired by the idea of earth movement, and is ideal for contemporary design requirements. Acustico 12 allows the creation of outdoor paving which is both harmonious and has excellent technical specifications. Its qualities allow it to fit perfectly into the surrounding environment, allowing outdoor paths and walkways to be created with ease. The extra thickness of these earth tone porcelain tiles provides the strength required to create high-performance outdoor paths and paving.
When thinking about garden and landscape design more generally, this collection combines perfectly with grass, sand and gravel. The choice of colors is also extensive: for an apartment balcony in the city, we might choose Bianco or Sabbia, light tones with a very contemporary style; while for the garden of a country house, Cotto or Grigio earth tone tiles might come into play.
Isn’t it incredible how the versatility of earthy materials reveals itself in all environments? Now, all that remains is for you to let your design imagination roam!
12 February 2021