We have fully transitioned into fall here in New England, by now all of the leaves have turned a beautiful orange brown. A color we have been seeing pop up everywhere this season – from the fashion runway to new collections in home décor. We love the warm orange brown tones of terracotta/cognac and want to highlight some of our favorite inspirations and collections for you.
Now, not all trends are created equal, and one of our greatest responsibilities is to guide our clients in navigating fads vs. classics. Not only are these trendy tones a hit color of the moment, but are also the color of natural raw materials, officially making the list of timeless classics. Terracotta is Italian for “baked earth” and is used to make garden pots, bricks, and patios, all products that have been around for ages. We love natural terracotta for its beautiful patina effect. Cognac browns have been a popular go-to leather tone for centuries and will always be considered a classic staple both in the wardrobe and home.
Maddie boots in Python available online by YSL | Kate Western Boot in Cognac Leather available Summer 2020 by YSL | Cashmere Double Face Reversible Coat with detachable Tibet Lamb Cuff available online by Akris | Sheath Dress in Lamb Suede Stretch available online by Akris | One-and-a-half Breasted Blazer and Trousers available online by Brunello Cucinelli |
We’ve seen this palette grace the runways of some of our favorite highly respected fashion houses this season. Saint Laurent, maker of sleek yet classic pieces well known for their western boots, recently previewed a gorgeous knee-high cognac leather Kate boot that will be releasing summer 2020. Out for fall we’re loving the YSL Maddie boots in a terracotta tone python print. Akris, known for their contemporary and slightly sporty pieces for women of power recently showed a gorgeous tonal and textural terracotta look on the runway in Germany. We love this double-faced cashmere and statement shearling cuffs look. Also known for their classic sheath dress, this season their classic silhouette is available in a light terracotta lamb suede. In men’s wear, Italian luxury creative director Brunello Cucinelli produces a classic wool suit in the color of the season.
What colors can you pair terracotta and cognac tones with in the home? A beautiful layered neutral palette of beige, taupe, whites, creams, and natural elements such as driftwood and raw steel. For greater contrast you can offset the warmth of these orange tones by mixing in cool blues, deep greens, and greys. We love a great cognac leather piece offset by cool grey concrete or raw steel! Are you loving this palette as much as we are?! We would love to hear your thoughts! And as always, we're here to help you incorporate the latest trends and classic staples throughout your home. Please send us an email if you would like to know more about any of the collections pictured above and how this trend may work in your interior.