Charleston homes may have become more modernized but they are still enriched with history. Many houses on the downtown penninsula are still adorned with Haint Blue porch ceilings from the 1800s. The word Haint is the Gullah pronunciation of “haunt”. In Gullah tradition, troubled spirits trapped between life and death can’t cross over water, so many porches and window frames were painted a pale blue to keep spirits from entering.
Spirits aren’t the only thing that these blue ceilings are said to keep out. Many believe that painting porch ceilings a light blue to resemble the sky will keep spiders, wasps and birds from building nests. The sky blue color keeps these insects and animals away because they look for “hard” surfaces to build their nests.
Adding a light blue color to your porch to resemble the sky will also help make it feel that you and your company have extended hours of Lowcountry evening. If you’re thinking of repainting or sprucing up your current home, try to add those lighter colors. Not only will it help keep pests away, but it will allow you to enjoy your porch for longer hours!