Why Should You Have a Blue Ceiling on Your Porch

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Having a blue ceiling on your porch is actually steeped in folklore tradition.   I love a good story behind anything, so I thought I would share this one.
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Does anyone else have the itch to do some updating in their outdoor living areas? I finally talked Barry into buying new furniture for our back porch. Now, I’m dying to paint the ceiling blue.

Painting your porch ceiling blue is actually steeped in folklore.   I love a good story behind anything, so I thought I would share this one.

Southern Roots

Painting your ceiling a green tinted blue dates back to the Gullah Geechee areas of coastal South Carolina and Georgia.  They believed it kept away the “haints” or spirits.  So, they would paint their windows, shutters, and porches blue.

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Photo Source: Country Living Courtesy Benjamin Moore
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Source: Summer Classics

Present Day Myth

Nowadays, it is widely believed it repels wasps and other insects, though it isn’t a proven fact. I personally use citronella plants around my patio, which seems to work beautifully. But I love love the look and story behind a blue ceiling on a porch.

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Source: Home Bunch Designer: Mary McWilliams Photos by Emily Followill Photography
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Source: Southern Living Idea House 2016
Photo: Laurey W.Glenn

Here are some great blues to consider if you are wanting to paint your ceiling this spring.

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Sherry Millien

Sherry Millien, one of America’s premier interior designers and is known for her unique, one-of-a-kind interiors she creates for prominent clients throughout the metropolitan Houston area.

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