Falu Red


Did you know, wooden buildings often aren’t arbitrarily red?

Falu red (pronounced “FAH-loo”, in Swedish it’s Falu rödfärg) is the name of a Swedish, deep red paint used for preservation on wooden cottages and barns. The paint originated from the copper mine at Falun in Dalarna, Sweden and consists of water, rye flour, linseed oil and tailings from the copper mines of Falun which contain silicates iron oxides, copper compounds and zinc.  Similarly in Finland, Falu red is known as punamulta (“red earth”)  and the color in both countries has strong ties to the country side and the notion of an idyllic nuclear family (often with a potato patch).

Photo by Anna Ådén found via Cabin Porn.

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  1. Chuck Hugo on February 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Falu, who knew?

  2. Studio 'g' on February 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

    apparently there is a green color that is generated and used in the same way and for the same reasons (I saw it in Sweden abt 8 years ago) — it was such a great color for their light, I continue to wish for find the same perfect green for my own barn color…

  3. Chuck Hugo on February 14, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I’m guessing it’s a nicer green then our copper chromium arsenic pressure treated wood;)

  4. Studio 'g' on February 14, 2012 at 5:44 am

    😉 yes — it was.

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