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What colour walls with terracotta tiles?

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MilchandCookies Sun 29-May-16 20:13:12

They're not real terracotta, just that orangey colour. We inherited them in practically every room, and they are good quality and very practical. It would cost a fortune to change them.

So when we moved in, we painted everything white (all walls were orange, too) and have lived like this for 18 months. I'm just now getting round to thinking about repainting, but I am stuck for colour ideas. I assume I should go for shades of cream/beige, because I just can't get my head around grey and orange together. Most of our stuff is in various neutrals, and we have a mix of wood and white furniture.

Any ideas?

FartyTette Sun 29-May-16 20:23:13

Shades of pistachio/ green would look good here and [ here]]
Here's a room with a smoky blue, but I'm not convinced that works.I think you need warm colours (from creams, warm greens, pale teracottas, yellows) to work with your tiles.

FartyTette Sun 29-May-16 20:24:05

Link fail!

ChishandFips33 Mon 30-May-16 14:29:01

We have orangey quarry tiles and used Tuscan olive on one wall alongside natural whicker. It's taken the focus off the floor
A hall has grey/duck egg blue in the curtains and it looks good too against natural calico and timeless walls

ChablisTyrant Sun 05-Jun-16 23:24:45

We have quarry tiles in every room of our house on sills. Go onto Pinterest and search terracotta Color palette to look at options. Personally I think cream can make it look very dated. Farrow and Ball slipper satin is a good soft white that goes well and can be paired with all sorts of stronger fabrics and fittings.

ChablisTyrant Sun 05-Jun-16 23:26:27

Oh yes and try hardwick white which is actually a green-grey for a modern twist on olive.

VocationalGoat Sun 05-Jun-16 23:31:01

We have them in the kitchen. I would love to take them out but it's too expensive for us right now. We went with a pale butter yellow. It's nice, warm.

MilchandCookies Mon 06-Jun-16 11:40:06

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll have a look at them all.

Yellowbird54321 Fri 10-Jun-16 13:29:12

Sorry I don't have any useful suggestions, I have the same problem (although my tiles are original quarry tiles in an alternating black / terracotta pattern) my walls are painted a sort of deep chalky pink colour - it doesn't look great, so I wouldn't advise it, but am stumped to know what other colour to go for.

youcancallmeEl Fri 10-Jun-16 20:59:49

OP we inherited similar tiles and are actually thinking of painting the walls white! They are currently a horrible shade of pale yellow. How do you think the white goes? Do you not like the effect or do you just fancy some colour?

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