Happy day friends! I have a little sneak peak and some history to share today! We recently had our whole house exterior painted a new color (find that post here). And, we also had the back porch changed a little too. One of the things that was changed was the ceiling color. We went from a boring white ceiling to a pale sky blue a.k.a. Haint Blue.
The paint color is Sherwin Williams Tidewater
What is Haint Blue?…
From the palest blues to varying shades of aqua, teal, robin’s-egg, periwinkle and gray, blue porch ceilings are popping up all around. This old Southern tradition has made its way North. North Carolina, that is! We had our house painted last month (read that post here) and had both porch ceilings painted blue. Why blue you ask? Take your pick…
Some people swear that blue paint fools insects into thinking the ceiling is the sky and not a place to hang out and build webs. Therefore, leaving a porch bug free and pleasant during those long summer nights and afternoons. I think there is some merit to this theory. I HAVE seen less bugs since the blue paint went up!
Others believe blue brings the home good luck. And some are convinced the color extends daylight and promotes a calming, cooling and relaxing atmosphere. I have seen zero evidence of this!
Bye, Bye Evil Spirits?
But, the theory that I like the best is decades old… that a “Haint Blue” porch ceiling scares away evil spirits!
Many Southerners suggest that blue porch ceilings originated out of the fear of haints. Southerners, especially in the area of South Carolina, have a name for the ceiling paint used on porches – the soft blue-green is referred to as “Haint Blue.”
Haints are restless spirits of the dead who, for whatever reason, have not moved on from their physical world. Haint blue is intended to protect the homeowner from being “taken” or influenced by haints. It is said to protect the house and the occupants of the house from evil. That works for me! I feel much safer from evil now that both of my porch ceilings are blue. Seriously, there have been no signs of evil recently!
We also decided not to take any chances and had our front porch done in Haint Blue too! We absolutely love it!
More from the porch later this week after I return from San Francisco!