December 2nd, 2020 Have you ever wondered why so many porch ceilings are painted blue?
You go to your grandma’s house, your aunt’s house, and probably most of your friends’ houses, and it seems as if they all got together and unanimously decided upon a light blue for their porch ceilings. But have you ever wondered why?
Believe or not a few centuries ago, people painted their porch ceilings a light blue thinking that it would help keep evil spirits away. This was especially true for people who lived in the deep South. Yet light blue porch ceilings have never been exclusive to people in the South. Other parts of the country have been choosing light blues to paint porch ceilings for many, many decades as well.
Most of us no longer believe in evil spirits, or at least evil spirits that are easily scared off with blue paint. Yet light blue porch ceilings are just as popular today as they were hundreds of years ago. Tradition has played a big role in continuing this trend. It has been passed down for generations and it never gets old. After all, we are creatures of habit.
Another, and perhaps more pervasive, reason for such a tradition is the widely believed idea that painting your porch ceiling a light blue mimics the look of the sky. Therefore it tricks bugs and insects into thinking that your porch ceiling is actually the sky, thus preventing them from “hanging” around your outdoor space. Needless to say, this is incredibly beneficial if you don’t want to have unwanted guests disturbing your relaxing, outdoor space.
Whichever reason appeals to you, tradition or fear or simple practicality, blue porch ceilings continue to be popular.
Here are a few of our favorite light blues: