When I first had our seats made at Veddw I had to work out what colour to paint them.
I tried lots of colours and found pink kind of worked – but I thought it was weird.
Until I realised that the gravel, which is from a local quarry, is pink when wet. And when the fields are ploughed you can see – the soil is pink. (Ours isn’t – the result of years of mulching, I think, it’s dark brown). We’re on Old Red Sandstone.
And, of course, terracotta is pink/red and means ‘baked earth’.
It’s not easy to get this colour right. I had to mix it at first and I’m not sure I hit the spot. I can get masonry paint now in ‘terracotta’ – but it horrifies some people (like Helen Yemm!) and often comes out awful in otherwise good pictures of the garden. Blame Photoshop for that..