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Red cottages with white corners and other white trimmings are as iconic as Fika in Sweden. Many houses in Sweden are made of wood and need to be painted, the question is why so many are painted in the color Falu Rödfärg - Falu red?
But to tell the story about these red cottages that you can see everywhere in Sweden we must go back in time to a place called Falun, in Dalarna, in the middle of Sweden.
Actually, the history of our beloved Swedish red color begins in the 14th century, newly built or previously whitewashed stone churches were plastered with red lime paint to make them look like brick. They wanted them to resemble the magnificent Gothic cathedrals.
Today the Falu red can be seen on everything from old mansions to outbuildings and modern villas in Sweden. There are red-painted heritage buildings and the odd new office blocks. Today the tradition lives on, but the pigment has often been replaced by color.