Years ago, Southern farmers concocted a mixture of orange-colored linseed oil and rust to protect wooden barns from the elements.
The mixture kept the barns standing longer and created the iconic red barns that dot the Southern landscape.
Paint technologies have evolved, but barn red is still a sought after paint color to make your home stand out. It’s a strong color that is best used as an accent or for outbuildings. Punch up your exterior with small doses of red on shutters and doors against a more neutral base such as white or cream.
Get the Color: Stadium Red (TH224) by Ralph Lauren Paint; ralphlaurenhome.com.