Colour of the day no. 20 – Falu red

solid block of colour falu red

Colour of the day no 20 - Falu red

Falu Red

The most famous red paint for painting wooden houses in Sweden is Falu Red Paint. The name, Genuine Falun Red Paint is registered and protected by law and may only be used for paint containing pigment from the Falun mine, which is two hours north of Stockholm.

We’d love to know via the comments below what Falu red reminds you of or makes you think about. We’re also running a weekly competition where people can re-name a colour. If you had to re-name this colour, what would you call it? There will be a weekly prize of a pot of paint containing the colour and labelled with your new name and a £10 Amazon voucher.

Colour of the day

Throughout the Brighton Festival a colour of the day will be displayed in Fabrica and on this blog. To help decide which colour to choose we asked Anne Wight who is a grapheme synaesthete. This is a form of synaesthesia in which an individual’s perception of numbers and letters is associated with an experience of colour.

Like all forms of synaesthesia, grapheme-colour synaesthesia is involuntary, consistent, and memorable and is one of the most common forms of synaesthesia. Generally, while it is extremely unlikely that any two synaesthetes will report the same colours for all letters and numbers, studies of large numbers of synaesthetes find that there are some commonalities across letters.

We have chosen colours/pigments/paints for each day loosely based the colours she sees for the dates of May’s Festival.


2 responses to “Colour of the day no. 20 – Falu red

  1. This reminds me of red oxide metal primer – I’d call it RSJ.

  2. In a very obvious way this reminds me of long light summer nights in Sweden, sitting on porches of wooden houses painted THIS colour. I guess I have to call it “Swedish Summerhouse”

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