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Terracotta Tiles – Everything You Need to Know

Terracotta tiles are making a comeback in the design world! Many Albuquerque homeowners love the warm, earthy look of terracotta tiles and the inviting charm they add to a home.

What Is Terracotta?

Terracotta is a natural material that has been used in a wide range of applications throughout history, including pottery and architecture. It’s made from fired red-brown clay, resulting in a striking tone that is warm and natural. The tiles may be unfinished or finished with a matte or glossy glaze. Terracotta tiles can work well for many homes and give a room definitive character.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing terracotta tiles for your home:


  • Terracotta is a strong, durable material that is also naturally resistant to mold and bacteria. These tiles can last for decades when they’re installed properly! Because they are naturally porous, these tiles should be professionally sealed to hold up against stains, scratches, and moisture.
  • Terracotta tiles are good for both indoor and outdoor use since they’re so durable. They can work well for a living room, enclosed porch, kitchen, or outdoor patio.
  • Terracotta is an excellent material to use to create a rustic look in your home. It gives a beautiful earthy feel to a space that is hard to replicate with other materials.


  • Since terracotta is a natural material, tiles may slightly differ in color, which may not be desirable to everyone. However, some homeowners like the way these color variations create a unique artistic look!
  • Terracotta is very porous and can absorb liquid quickly, so it won’t last as long if it’s not sealed. It may even crack or deteriorate if unsealed.
  • Terracotta requires some extra maintenance when used in high-moisture rooms like bathrooms. Since it’s so porous, terracotta can be easily damaged and stained if the sealant fades away, so it’s imperative that it is resealed appropriately.

Interested in adding terracotta tile to your home? Call our experts at the Poulin Design Center today or visit our showroom!

Photo: Lulu Durand