Faluröd färg color, so typical of Sweden

Faluröd färg color, so typical of Sweden

Hello babes! This weekend in Malmö we had some beautiful snow, and we took the opportunity with my darling to go take some pictures that I wanted to share you. I’m just in love with the contrast of the snow, with the Faluröd färg colored houses, so typical of Sweden (yes, I’m talking about this pretty red so typical of the North).

But what does Faluröd färg mean?

“Färg” in Swedish means “color”, “röd” means “red”. And “Falu” comes from the history of this unique paint color sold by a company, named Faluröd färg, since the 16th century!

Short history about this famous color

It all started in the 16th century, where the first houses were painted in that color, which was a sign of wealth and status. The municipal authorities ordered the red coloring of the city streets before the royal visits, for example, in order to welcome the nobles.

In the 17th century, this color spread from the cities to color the houses red even in the countryside, and throughout the whole country.

In the 18th century, the prestigious side of this color declined and farmers began to use it too. Towards the end of the 19th century, the color wasn’t linked to any status anymore, everyone liked it and colored his house with it. After the Second World War, other colors appeared, which I like so much in Sweden. However, in recent years, more and more young architects have introduced Faluröd färg into modern architecture. Today it is a true symbol of the national culture and a pleasure of the eyes!

These pictures

They were taken in one of my favorite places in Malmö, a small village and fish market. I let you look!

I hope you enjoyed this little click of Swedish culture! Thank you for reading and have a great week ! 🙂


  1. Flo
    January 29, 2019 / 9:15 AM

    I love this color too, it’s so bright and contrasted in the winter and also during the summer. The term Falu comes from the mine at Falun because this color is originaly created from different cooper mines in sweden and the most famous was Falun in Dalarna.

    • February 6, 2019 / 7:02 PM

      Oh, thanks for this useful comment ! great info added to my blog post <3
      It's such a beautiful color, I love it !
      Have a great day <3

      • Gun Penhoat
        May 25, 2020 / 5:50 PM

        The color was made from iron oxide and it was used because it was cheap. The original use was not to prettify the houses, it was to conserve the wood. It was very common in Finland, too.

        • May 27, 2020 / 1:27 PM

          Hi Gun,
          Thanks a lot for this great addition to my post and for sharing this.
          Have a great day !

  2. Marissa Springer
    March 9, 2023 / 5:44 AM

    I love this color too but how do I have it mixed in the Philippines. Any advice?

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