I know finding the right colors for our home can be difficult. With so many points of inspiration and thousands of different styles, how are you supposed to pick just one? Well, if you’re looking for a color that has a unique history, listen up.

In many homes across the United States, especially along the eastern seaboard, you may find porches with ceilings painted blue.

But what’s the deal with the color blue anyways?

Painted blue ceilings have a little more meaning other than adding visual elements, I mean there is a history behind it than just design appeal. If you’re not familiar, let me explain what they’re all about.

The blue porch ceiling originated in the South around 200 years ago, and hues usually range from a light blue to a greenish-blue.

The practice traces back to the Gullah Geechee, enslaved people living in the low country of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

According to BobVila reports:

“Blue porch ceilings also appeared in the Northwest (where the Aurora Colony, a Christian commune, was founded) as well as on East Coast Colonial and Victorian homes from Philadelphia to Boston.”

Gullah folklore explains that ghosts — often referred to as “haints” in the Creole dialect (pronounced “haunts”) — were unable to cross water.

These people decided to paint exterior portions of their homes blue, including porch ceilings, doors, shutters, and window frames, in an effort to repel evil spirits.

The “haint blue” color was chosen to mimic the color of the water, in the hopes that spirits would mistake the paint for water, and not cross the threshold of the home.

The Gullah tradition of painting porch ceilings blue continues to live on in many states today, although many people likely don’t know the true story behind it.

Sources: Deepstaterabbithole, BobVila

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