Blue Porches, What’s the Deal?

If you’ve ever been to the south, you have surely come across porches with haint blue-painted ceilings. But what exactly is the reason for this unique addition and when did this start?

The first reports of blue porch ceilings date back to the times of slavery in Georgia and South Carolina. The slave quarters’ ceiling, of the Owens-Thomas House in Georgia was painted haint blue and it was common during the times prior to the American Revolution and this tradition survived well throughout the years. Today, it is still spotted all over the United States, mostly in Victorian-style homes.

Haint blue was the chosen color for a few different known reasons. It was believed that it tricked bugs and insects into thinking the ceilings were the sky and wouldn’t fly near it. But there’s actually a paranormal affiliation with this shade of blue as it was originally believed to ward off haints. Haints are spirits that for whatever reason, couldn’t move onto the spirit world. The color is used as preventative protection against the homes and themselves for it was also believed that this shade resembled water so spirits couldn’t cross water.

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Sources:

Photo by Lake Lou https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Haint_blue_Victorian_porch_ceiling.jpg

https://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/inspiration/styles-and-techniques/sw-article-pro-thewhysbehind

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haint_blue This article is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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