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Inspiration for a timeless porch remodel in New York with decking and a roof extension

Greensboro House

Traditional Porch, New York

Inspiration for a timeless porch remodel in New York with decking and a roof extension - Houzz

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lizapetralizapetra wrote:August 23, 2012
  • Linda Young
    5 years ago

    The Significance of Haints

    Blue ceilings are popular and have been popular in the South for centuries. “Porch ceilings have always been blue in the South,” says Lori Sawaya, an independent Principal Color Strategist. “People continue to paint their porch ceiling blue because that's what their grandmother did, and that's what her grandmother did.”

    But many Southerners suggest that blue porch ceilings originated out of the fear of haints. Southerners, especially in the area of South Carolina, have a name for the ceiling paint used on porches – the soft blue-green is referred to as “Haint Blue.”

    “Haints are restless spirits of the dead who, for whatever reason, have not moved on from their physical world,” says Sawaya.

    Haint blue, which can also be found on door and window frames as well as porch ceilings, is intended to protect the homeowner from being “taken” or influenced by haints. It is said to protect the house and the occupants of the house from evil.

  • Linda Young
    5 years ago
    last modified: 5 years ago

    This is the reason I was always given for why our ceilings are blue. :)

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