A sudden boost in environment-conscious interior design has seen earthy interiors and earthy palettes leap to popularity. We’re talking rich brown, copper, and sandy tones. But it doesn’t stop there.
As well as opting for natural colors, interior designers and homeowners alike are looking to add interest to their interior design with textures. Smooth, plain white walls just don’t cut it here.
The earthy interiors trend comes at a time when many renovators are looking to rediscover their home’s natural beauty by uncovering original brick walls or stonework and re-installing fireplaces and chimneys.
Distinct original features are what makes a property unique and are also what many new-build properties lack. So, if you have a feature worth shouting about it’s time to make the most of it. Better still, use it as a background to your new earthy interiors for a throwback to a simpler time.
Why have natural palettes become so popular?
Toxins in solvent and paint emissions contribute to the destruction of the ozone layer, which protects us and our environment from harmful UV rays. Therefore, as awareness of climate change has risen, so has the determination by consumers not to be part of the problem. Cue natural paint.
Natural, or eco-conscious paint, avoids the harmful chemicals found in traditional paint and uses natural dyes to color the paint – these are typically from vegetables and plant materials like bark. In doing this, we end up with a selection of colors that are completely natural and earthy in tone.
Beyond the environmental reasons, natural palettes are also popular for their timelessness. Rich brown or stone-grey hues offer a backdrop to your home that will never go out of style, unlike vibrant color trends and patterns which fall in and out of favor season to season, year to year.
Embrace the trend with these materials
Want an earthy interior? You can use natural stone on your walls, floors, and worktops.
Limestone is a relatively soft stone compared to marble, for example, however it’s perfectly durable for both interior and exterior use. Tiles made from limestone are available in varying shades of sandy brown and cream, as well as black and grey, so whether you have a traditional or contemporary home, there’s a limestone tile suitable.
Our Seashell Antiqued Limestone Tiles are parchment-like with their sumptuous, speckled surface. This is incredibly versatile for use in any area of the home. For a creamier finish, consider our Casablanca Honed Limestone Tiles, inspired by the Moroccan city from which they take their name.
Just like limestone, travertine is available in grey and sandy hues. Travertine tiles are especially popular for exterior use, such as patios and pool surrounds, providing they are sealed which makes the stone less porous.
Many homeowners opt for travertine for the indoor-outdoor appeal often found on the continent. You can use travertine tiles in your garden as well as your kitchen and downstairs living areas. This is especially effective in the summer months when you can leave your patio doors open and enjoy an expansive indoor-outdoor living area.
For sandy and beige hues, consider our Ivory Travertine Tiles, which add warmth to an interior. If you prefer cooler tones, our Silverado Travertine Tiles are ideal.
It doesn’t get much earthier than terracotta, This is the perfect way to bring rich brown, red, and orange hues into your home.
Terracotta tiles are particularly popular in the Middle East and South America. They are often paired against washed white or pastel blue walls for an artisanal finish.
Undoubtedly, terracotta is one of the most versatile materials out there. You can use it on walls and floors, inside and outside, as well as for decorative mosaics. All you need to bear in mind when using terracotta is that it is very porous. Therefore you need to seal it and then re-seal regularly.
Explore our full range of Cotta Med Terracotta Tiles.
A note from our designer
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that natural stone is only suitable for the kitchen and bathroom. You can use natural stone throughout your property, from your hallway to your stairs and even your bedroom. Natural stone stays cool in the heat and, for the colder months, can be used with underfloor heating. It doesn’t damage easily. If you choose the earthy hues of natural stone over wood, for example, you will not need to worry about scratches or dents. Phew!
Explore our full range of natural stone tiles and create your earthy interior today. Don’t forget, you can order samples of all our tiles via the individual product page.