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Haint Blue Paint
Cert i f i ably Southern
outhern porches inspire thoughts of warm summer breezes, wicker rocking chairs,
and moss draped trees. In days gone by, these galleries provided a shady escape
from the heat of the day and a restful evening spot to greet passing neighbors.
Over time, the sky-colored paint often used on the ceilings of these inviting
spaces came to be known as “haint blue,” and it comes with as much folklore and
functionality as many other Southern traditions.
Though the shades of blue chosen for today’s porch ceilings can range from powder
blues to blue-green to robin’s egg blue, they are often all referred to as haint blue—
the shades are as varied as the homes they adorn.
Numerous theories exist around the origins of this color and its use, with people
devoutly dedicated to the version they have adopted, whether they believe that it
wards off evil spirits or insects, or provides more light to the dying day.
By Kathleen Maca
1228 Sealy