The front and side porch have recently been painted here. It is lovely to us as we both enjoy time on the porch. Coffee seems to taste better on the porch for some reason. I have seen shades of blue and green used on porches all of my life. I remember “Miss” Ida Mae used a similar color on her porch ceiling, as did others in this community. The color brings back childhood memories of a precious lady that I enjoyed being around.
The porch ceiling on our home was painted Haint Blue which is not a particular color, but a range of colors. The hues range from the darker blues, to sky blues and blue greens. There are of course the myths associated with these colors. Some believe that it keeps the “haints” away. We haven’t had a problem with haints. My beliefs provide the foundation that keeps my imagination from running wild.
There is the idea that a blue ceiling fools insects into believing that it is the sky and the offensive little pests will not make a nest or web on the ceiling. I liked that idea, but would it work? There would have to be some research on this subject. It turns out that it was the type of paint and not the color that repelled insects. A milk paint would have been used that contained lime or lye in days past. This kept the insects away. Those stinging creatures will not be afraid to build their homes on our porch now.
The most important reason to use blue for the ceiling was that it made us smile. It is a peaceful color and is associated with happy memories. The place that you call home should welcome you when you come back to it and make you smile while you’re there. It is the place where you will create the daily events that will eventually become memories. You may never know it, but the things that you do affect someone else positively or negatively.
The ceiling isn’t blue to keep the imaginary haints away or the very real stinging insects. The color makes both of us smile, it is calming, and it brings happy memories to mind. A can of paint contains more than we realize. It could be the background for a child’s happy memory. Our daily decisions unintentionally affect others and will have a lasting impact on someone.Linked to
the nester for 31 Days 2013