Bring on the energy — with red on its exterior, your home can stir up excitement in any setting

When to Paint Your Home Red.

Energetic, lively and the color of good luck, red can excite and enliven a home’s exterior. Whether it’s traditional red brick, a more earthen tone — like Frank Lloyd Wright’s favorite Cherokee Red — or a more electric hue, red makes a home jump out and announce its presence.

Historically, red was the color of choice for many Swedish country barns and farmhouses. The pigment originated at Swedish copper mines and was found to be an excellent wood preservative. It’s likely that the color became popular for barns and farmhouses in the U.S. due to an influx of Swedish immigrants and the color’s popularity in 19th-century Sweden.