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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Terracotta Tiles

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta tiles have been gracing homes and decorating buildings for centuries. And for good reason. Versatility and durability are but a few of the benefits that the baked-earth beauties can bestow. But with their timeless charm and warm, rich tones, it's easy to see why this natural material has recently hit the spotlight for interior design reasons too.

Whether you're considering terracotta floor tiles, kitchen terracotta tiles, or even terracotta brick tiles, this multi-talented material is ready to bring a touch of rustic elegance to your home. And our range from Ca' Pietra is at the forefront of the terracotta tiles revolution. Consciously created to combine the character of terracotta tiles with Ca' Pietra's signature style, these beauties make terracotta walls and terracotta flooring perfect. 

But before you sail off into the baked earth sunset, here are five essential tips to help you maximise the allure and durability of your terracotta tiles.

5 tips for terracotta tiles:

1. Using underflooring heating 

Terracotta flooring is arguably the best floor for underfloor heating. One of the significant advantages of terracotta tiles is their excellent thermal properties. As porous stones, how they absorb and distribute heat makes them a fantastic choice for underfloor heating systems. Not only does natural clay warm up quickly, but the heat spreads well throughout terracotta floor tiles (and your room) to maintain a cosy foot feeling long after your thermostat is turned off. And who doesn't like warm feet?  

Antique Burgundy Terracotta Tiles 15x15cm by Ca' Pietra in a hallway setting. Satirs leading up and round with red armchair and lamp to the right. Cream painted walls and bare stone feature wall up the stairs.

We can't think of anything better than coming home, leaving your footwear by the door, and walking barefoot on these invitingly warm hallway tiles. Bliss. And they look awe-inspiring too. Style with neutral, cream paint on your walls for extra elegance.

2. Sealing tiles and grouting properly

To protect your terracotta tiles and help them stand the test of time, it is crucial to seal them properly. Terracotta absorbs moisture and stains if left unsealed, but once you've prepared them properly, you can love them for a lifetime. The key to this is a 3 stage process, specially designed to bring out the best in your natural stone.

This is where Ca' Pietra's attention to detail comes in with Stone Essentials' amazing Deep Clean, Stain Block and Stone Shield products and step-by-step terracotta tile sealing instructions. Make sure you start this process BEFORE you grout; as terracotta tiles are porous, any grout you put in will absorb into the stone. But if you start the sealing process before you grout, that's a non-issue. And it's all detailed in the instruction sheet. Re-apply every few years to top up the protection, and you're sorted.

Which moves us on to grouting. Our advice here is the same as with any tile, which is to grout over the whole tile and wipe off the excess. This just makes sure you don't miss any bits and end up with holes in your joints and failing grout lines. These babies are there to help keep your terracotta tiles secure and stop dirt and debris from getting underneath them, so it's worth taking the time and doing it properly. We recommend Ca' Pietra's coloured grout because it has a lovely, fine texture that's perfect for natural stone grout lines.

For more information on how to tile, check out our Learn how to tile blog series.  

Marlborough Parquet Terracotta Tiles 7.5x30.5cm. Terracotta kitchen wall and terracotta brick tiles. In a kitchen setting with yellow painted cabinets and white stone worktop. Brass shelf with utensils hanging down. Wooden chopping boards on the worksurface.

When your terracotta kitchen wall looks this good, why wouldn't you want to keep it that way? These Marlborough terracotta brick tiles capture all the authentic feels of yonder year, making this farmhouse kitchen chic.

3. Choosing the Right Tile Size for Your Space

When selecting terracotta tiles, there are a few things you need to consider like what size and shape will go with your room dimensions and decor. Luckily enough, terracotta tiles are available in various shapes and sizes, ranging from elegant arabesque tile patterns to geometric hexagonal tiles. Meaning you have plenty to play with to achieve your desired look.  

Want terracotta flooring in your downstairs loo? No problem! Small terracotta brick tiles, like Ca' Pietra's Marlborough, are your answer; style with a tonal coloured grout, and your tiny toilet will look amazing. 

Or, want a spacious, yet minimalist kitchen with a hint of detail? Arabesque tiles could add the finishing touch to your terracotta kitchen, providing a classy focal point to a neutral environment.


We love how the Morroccan inspired shape complements the classic brick wall tiles to give an added style dimension to this terracotta kitchen. Want to get the look? Pair with Ca Pietra Camilla's Cream Proper Good Paint and white brick tiles.

4. Embracing the Aged Look

Terracotta tiles tell a story. To embrace the terracotta revolution is to understand that as they stay in your home, they experience your life and age (or patina) over the course of their tale. Throughout the years, they might add character to your space by weathering and growing lighter or richer. This adds to their natural beauty and brings charm and authenticity to your decor. Which is just one of the reasons why we love them. 

But we understand that's not for everyone. So, if you love the look of terracotta but want something that will keep its youthful appearance, we suggest the beautiful Brewhouse terracotta effect porcelain tiles. 

Brewhouse Rectangle tiles 22.5x45cm. Terracotta effect tiles as hallway tiles. Grey painted walls leading to a doorway. Wooden stairs to the right.

These rectangle tiles are digitally printed porcelain tiles that sympathetically capture the rich, earthy tones of terracotta tiles. Their striking shades and flagstone shape lend an impressive definition to this rustic hallway. Pair with Ca Pietra Ezra's Grey Proper Good Paint to get the terracotta look.

5. Cleaning terracotta tiles

So, you've laid your terracotta tiles, sealed them and now you're wondering how to clean terracotta tiles. To be honest, this is simplier than you might think. The key to keeping your terracotta tiles looking their best is getting the right products for the job. And with natural stone and clay, that means avoiding the excessive use of chemicals and harsh cleaning agents. 

Instead, opt for minimal care. Properly sealing the stone is crucial and should be done every three years or so to establish a good maintenance routine. 

When it comes to terracotta floors, just handle them gently. Vacuuming or using a stiff-bristled brush with soapy water suffices for removing most debris, including muddy paw marks, to keep your terracotta's natural beauty. But if you need to mop, wring it out thoroughly to prevent too much water from collecting on the tile surface, and you're good. Especially with your underfloor heating drying your terracotta floor tiles and warming your toes. 

Marlborough Hexagon Terracotta Floor Tiles 15x17cm. Terracotta flooring with wooden stool on top.

 Marlborough Hexagon Terracotta Floor Tiles 15x17cm

Terracotta tiles bring warmth, character, and a touch of tradition to any space. By following these five key tips, you can ensure that your terracotta tiles retain their beauty and durability for years to come. Whether you're considering terracotta floor tiles, kitchen terracotta tiles, or terracotta brick tiles, remember to embrace the unique qualities of this material while taking the necessary steps to protect and maintain it. With proper care, your terracotta tiles will continue to enhance your home's ambiance and stand the test of time.

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