Primer Red - a color profile of a traditional barn red

Primer Red – a color profile

Let us introduce you to Primer Red. One of three reds in the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint line, Primer Red is very close to a traditional barn red, a deep, earthy red with brown tones.

primer red chalk paint

Primer Red is a color found in practically every culture, appearing in everything from Venetian palaces to Vietnamese temples, where red earths were plentiful and relatively easy to come by. Use it for rustic pieces or as a base for sophisticated colors like Chateau Grey or Versailles. It also works beautifully under gilding waxes like Florentine or King’s Gold.

Here we used Primer Red on these bright white pillows to create a wintery Scandinavian pattern. The chair is also painted with a 50/50 mix of Primer Red and Emperor’s Silk, which makes the absolute perfect shade of red.

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This Federal style dresser deserved nothing less than this bold color choice. Now it would fit into primitive, nautical, or really any kind of decor.

primer red dresser

When you want a traditional primitive color choice, there’s really no where else to look. This red screams primitive, especially when paired with Arles, Country Grey, or Old Ochre. Use Primer Red underneath a crackle finish, and any of those colors on top and you’ve got instant primitive country style!

On this bench, however, we chose to go for straight Primer Red. Simple, clean, and straight up country. Good on the front porch, entryway, or at the foot of a bed.

Primer Red Bench

What do you think of this color? Can you see painting something in your home in Primer Red?

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