Andrea Maaseide Design

Haint blue

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We had lunch yesterday out at the Ocean Course Clubhouse Ryder Cup Bar on Kiawah Island.  While we were there - in spite of the AMAZING views - I couldn't help but notice the blue ceiling out on the porch. 

See that beautiful blue?

See that beautiful blue?

A few years ago, I went with the kids and my mother-in-law on a horse and carriage ride while we were in Charleston for the day. The kids were dying from the heat, so there was a lot of tugging and whining that day, but I vaguely remember that the tour guide said something about blue porch ceilings being some kind of tradition. So I had to google it.

Turns out that many people painted their porch ceilings a specific shade of "Haint Blue" - a soft blue green - to ward off evil spirits called "haints."  While modern-day homeowners may not be as worried about ghosts, the tradition has survived in the South and even in other parts of the country.  I think it's rather charming.  Plus it also supposedly wards off insects.  For that reason alone, I'd totally paint my porch ceiling blue!

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Here a few lovely blues that would be perfect for that "Haint" blue effect on your porch ceiling.

From top left, clockwise: For a truer blue-green, try (1) Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue; or (2) Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue; If you want to go with more blue, (3) Benjamin Moore Sweet Bluette; or (4)  Benjamin Moore Polar Sky.

Have a great weekend!