Design Trivia- HAINT BLUE

November 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment

SW Pool BlueIf you are southern born, like me, you are probably familiar with the practice of painting porch ceilings the color “haint blue”. The ancient African tradition, brought to the south by the slaves, of painting window and door trim, shutters and porch ceilings a watery shade of blue to ward off haints or evil spirits, has become part of the cultural fiber of southern towns like Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans. It was believed that haints could not cross water so this water-like color tricked the spirits into believing that they couldn’t enter, therefore protecting the dwellers from misfortune. Visit the Sherwin Williams web site and see color SW6944 Pool Blue shown at right ;this is a haint blue tint. Haint blue can range from sky blue to aqua shades and graces many porch ceilings in the old south.

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