(Photo courtesy of Southern Living)
Have you ever noticed the porch ceilings on older homes painted a pale blue? Yeah? Me neither. But recently Ian suggested painting the bead board, on our front porch blue, like other historic homes in our area. I didn't realize that this was a trend and instantly went hunting on the internet for more information. My eyes were met with a sea (blue pun intended) of pale blues, mint greens, and tiffany hues.
Apparently this blue porch ceiling trend has been around for centuries and particularly in the south. According to Sherwin Williams website many southerners suggest that blue porch ceilings originated out of fear of Haints. (Haints are restless spirits of the dead who, for whatever reason have not moved on from their physical world) 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".
It has also been said that blue paint repels insects. And a bug free front porch sounds perfect, right? Well that "haint" really the case. In the past paints were mixed with lye and lye happens to be an insect deterrent, so the chances that the 2017 lye-free blue paint we use doesn't work as a bug repellent. It "haint" happening. But some still theorize that the blue confuses the insects with the sky which I think is the most logical explanation.
So whether blue paint scares away the ghosts or bugs I couldn't be more delighted with the notion of a blue porch ceiling. It adds just the right amount of quirkiness that I love for any restoration.
It took me only a few minutes to decide on Sherwin Williams Pool Blue (SW 6944) for our home but, I also really like the dustiness of Benjamin Moore Bird's Egg (2051-60) and the coolness of Valspar Caroline Skies (C112).