Rustic Red Color Review

Red is my favorite color, and I love a red house, such as this one with Sherwin-Williams Rustic Red as the main color.  Learn all about Sherwin-Williams Rustic Red in this color review (Sample Here).  This dark muted red paint color is a gorgeous option for exteriors with red brick or warm stone colors.  It looks much brighter outside than on the page.  

It is an unexpected color for a house in the woods, but it really works!

SW Rustic Red is a dark muted red that almost looks like a brown.  Keep in mind as you select a red color for your house that you need to pick a color that is darker and more muted than you expect.  Colors look much lighter and more colorful outside than you expect.

Please note that all the photos in this post are from a Color Concierge project.

Back deck with Rustic Red

Photo by Color Concierge Client

We are seeing lots of kitchens with different colors today, but my sense would be to keep it as an Island or lower cabinet color.  Otherwise, it might be too much.

What is the easiest way to test Rustic Red?

We always recommend that you test paint colors in your house because lighting can change a color completely. 

In the old days, this meant we painted a large poster board with sample pots and a huge mess.

Now we have SAMPLIZE, 9X14″ Pre-Painted peel-and-stick paint samples.  Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

Which Benjamin Moore Colors are like Sherwin-Williams Rustic Red?

Benjamin Moore Sundried Tomato is very close.  We never recommend paint matching unless you are willing to spend a lot of time testing the paint color.

Learn more about matching paint colors here.

The Verdict

Sherwin-Williams Rustic Red is a rich warm dark red paint color, beautiful for exteriors. For interiors, I’d stick with this color as an accent wall or lower cabinet color.  

No matter what, don’t forget to test your paint colors.  It’s a standard best practice.  Whenever I test my paint colors, they are perfect, and when I don’t test they turn out wrong. We love to test with SAMPLIZE peel-and-stick samples.  Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one specified.  Results are poor and there are no standards for the sheens.  Even though your painter may truly believe it can be done, don’t do it. See results from paint matching here.

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