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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Haint Blue


Blue porch ceilings are prevalent throughout the South. Many Southerners traditional beliefs that blue porch ceilings originated out of the fear of haints. Southerners, especially in South Carolina, have a name for the ceiling paint used on porches – it is referred to as “Haint Blue.”

What is a haint? You may be wondering and what it has to do with the color of a porch ceiling.  It’s a
ghost buster of sorts. The Gullah culture of the Lowcountry believes that spirits, known as “haints,” can’t cross water. Using light blue paint to symbolize water, the Gullah people applied the shade to porch ceilings and doors preventing evil spirits from entering.

While it will always remain popular in the south, these ceiling colors have now spread to other areas of the country.



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