This time of year, we are all looking for ways to give our outdoor spaces a little face lift. One suggestion for a quick, inexpensive, and easy refresh for your porch is to give it a haint blue porch ceiling. What is a haint blue porch ceiling? Read on for a Southern’s Guide to this blue ceiling on porch southern tradition!
Why are there blue ceilings on the porch?
As you stroll through the streets of historic Southern cities, you’ll notice lovely historic homes with a common theme- porches with blue painted ceilings. Not only is this unique detail pleasing to the eye, there is actually a long history for this Southern tradition.
There is actually a name for this light aqua-blue color used on the ceilings- referred to as “haint” blue. This tradition of light blue porch ceilings has been around for centuries. There are many theories as to why this has become a Southern tradition – from fooling spiders and wasps into thinking the ceiling is the sky, to blue being good luck, to scaring away evil spirits. A “haint” is an old Southern word for ghost or spirit, usually the kind you don’t want hanging around. So porch ceilings in the south were painted haint blue to keep away these haunting spirits.
No matter how this tradition began, there is no argument that light blue ceilings are pleasing to the eye and the perfect way to add southern charm to any outdoor living space.
What is Haint Blue?
Another theory for why porch ceilings have been painted light blue is to keep spiders and wasps away. The belief is that insects are tricked to believe that the light blue color is the sky and therefore are hesitant to get too cozy. This theory may have started back when haint blue paint contained lime which was an ingredient that really did help deter bugs. While yet another theory is that pale blue ceilings emulate the sky and help to make the day feel a little longer if you are enjoying your porch in the evening.
And as you know, that is common practice here in the South.
Haint Blue Paint Guide
Great Examples of Haint Blue Ceilings on Porch