Page 44 - Galveston Monthly - September 2017

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Photos by John Hall
Because they were mixed by hand and pigments were coarsely
ground, these old paint recipes also resulted in a range of hues
that more aptly mimicked a natural sky as well, so the look and
the legend proceeded through the generations hand in hand.
Today’s more durable paint formulas do not include lime,
but the reputation of haint blue as a repellant lives on. Some
current residents will even attest to its effectiveness.
Extending Daylight Hours
Spirits and insects aside, many people chose the color blue
simply due to the calming nature of the color.
Sky blue ceilings were an obvious choice for Victorians, who
preferred to incorporate the colors of nature when decorating
their homes. While warm earth tones such as ochre, olive,
and brown reminded them of the outdoors around them, blue
represented the sky above.
On gloomy or overcast days, having a bright blue “sky”
overhead replicated pleasant, clear weather. The airy color also
reflects light, brightening the space and creating the illusion of
extending daylight as dusk begins to fall.
In fact, for all of these same reasons, the Victorians brought
the color inside and often painted interior ceilings blue, as well.
Top and bottom:
1417 Sealy with celings painted blue