What Gives Old Barns the Red Color?

Have you ever wondered where that beautiful rustic red color on the barn siding you love originated?  We hunted down the answer and found some interesting ideas from the always reliable Discovery channel.  With so much red barn siding in our yard, and on the walls of homes and businesses we’ve supplied, we wanted to share these ideas with you.

According to The Discovery Channel:

“Hundred of years ago, farmers in Europe used linseed oil in combination with either lime or milk to produce a durable, tawny paint for barns.  There are a couple of theories to explain the emergence of barns painted red. One idea is that farmers would add blood of a recently slaughtered animal to the oil, producing a burnt red color.  Another theory is that farmers added rust to the oil mix as a way to kill off moss and mold.  Europeans who moved to America brought with them the tradition of red barns.  Red remained the most popular barn color until the cost of whitewash dropped and white barns began to appear.”

Let’s hope theory number two is correct.