I get asked a lot for my recommendation for the perfect “Barn Red” paint color. The simple answer is that the classic American barn red is more brown than red. I have some very simple steps to help you find your perfect shade.

  1. Go to the paint store and gather lots of paint chips. Any exterior line of paint will have shades of what they deem “Barn Red”. When you gather the chips, you’ll notice that they appear more brown than red, which can really make you second guess yourself with choosing the color. But trust me, you’re on the right path.
  2. Either take the paint chips to a barn you love and hold them up to the walls to find the best match, or do the same with pictures of barns that you love, chip by chip, until you find just the right one.

It’s as simple as that. With a little footwork, you too can find the perfect shade for you!


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.