Sunday, March 8, 2009

Blue Monday - 3/9 - Haint Blue and other Blueness

Happy Blue Monday! Cruise on over to Smiling Sally's to soak up the Blueness of today.

I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but I don't do a lot of blue. I do have a few things around that I'll make pics of but we'll save them for later.

Let's talk about Haint Blue. Have you heard of Haint Blue? Here's a teaser!

You will find Haint Blue mostly in the southern states. It has spiritual and cultural ties. We first noticed the blue ceilings on our 2000 trip to Charleston, SC. So many of the older homes and mansions have this lovely shade on blue on their porch ceiling. Some even use the shade on doors and shutters.

Why you ask? Well, it gets interesting. It is believed the blue reminds flies, bees, wasps, etc. of the sky. Supposedly, they won't build a nest on a blue ceiling.

Some believe Haint Blue will keep away evil spirits. Hmmm. How about some pictures of not only Haint Blue but some lovely blue homes?

While in Charleston, we were intrigued with Rainbow Row. What lovely "painted ladies". Built in the 1700's, they were an ugly gray color for years and years. They were painted these lovely colors including BLUE during a restoration project in the 1940's.

Here's a Thomas Kinkade rendition of Rainbow Row.

Tasty Tuesday is tomorrow!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm not much of a blue person, but I do really love that soft shade of sort of blue green that I think they call Haint Blue. It is just lovely. The beautiful older homes are like looking at such a wonderful time gone by. Thanks for the tour. Hugs, Marty

Olde Dame Penniwig said... Best Blogger Tips

I love Haint Blue! What a great "tour" of those pretty homes.

Loretta said... Best Blogger Tips

Living in Canada, I must confess that I've never heard of Haint Blue. What a very interesting and unusual post! Cool.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

You can find blue -- and just about every other color - in this area of South Carolina, can't you? Yes, there are quite a flue Haint Blue porch ceilings.

The Quintessential Magpie said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy Bug, I've heard of haint blue, and growing up our porch celings were always blue. Loved all of your pictures, and this makes me want to paint a porch ceiling blue... I've been trying to pick out a shade for my foyer ceiling, but I can't settle on something I like. It looks like Jacob's coat of many colors right now. LOL!

Happy Blue Monday...


Sheila :-)

jlshall said... Best Blogger Tips

We used to live in Shreveport, Louisiana, and I always wondered why there were so many blue houses there. Maybe they were just trying to keep the evil spirits away! Great post. Happy Blue Monday!

SmilingSally said... Best Blogger Tips

Soft blue is such a perfect color for a porch roof because it does mimic the sky. Thanks for sharing all the blues. Happy Blue Monday.

Shayla said... Best Blogger Tips

loved seeing the ceilings painted that blue. It's really pretty. I may have to do that some day.

ellen b. said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great Blue Monday Post filled with pretty blue and great information! I like it...

Beth at Aunties said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun Blue post:)
I learned something. I ahd no idea that is why so many paint their homes or porch ceilings blue!
We are hoping to go to Charleston in a few depends on the wants of our kids. It looks like such a charming place to visit.
Thanks for sharing and for the fun education lesson!


susan said... Best Blogger Tips

what gorgeous pictures!! My husbands family calls ghosts "haints" and it is a joke around my house. Thanks for the beautiful pictures for this "blue" person!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi JudyBug,
I have never heard of Haint Blue but it is a lovely colour. I love the idea of putting blue on the ceiling of rooms and porches! I decorated with blue for many years but after my sons moved out, I have girled up my home with more pinks. Your photos were really nice and I thank you for sharing them with us. Have a lovely day.


Jen @ said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful color of blue. I wish I had an outdoor porch like that to paint the ceiling. So lovely!

Thanks for sharing them!


Baba said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi JudyBug, I love all of the shots of the great homes from Charleston, S.C. I live two hours away from Charleston in Savannah, Ga. I have visited there before with family...

My favorite color is blue , and I would like to paint my front door would blend in with the gray color on my house..

Thanks for sharing this great post!!!
Hugs, Baba

Mojo said... Best Blogger Tips

I'd never heard it called "Haint Blue", but I've heard the story that it keeps the pests off the porch if the ceiling is painted that color. I don't remember if my own observations supported the claim or not frankly. But if you thought you could repel mosquitoes with a paint job, wouldn't you take the chance?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Haint blue? I certainly learned a lot from you today and enjoyed the visit.

Kathy b

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great blue post. Educational too. I love the pink post below as well.

Debra Kaye said... Best Blogger Tips

JudyBug...I have to say those were some beautiful shades of blue!! Just beautiful!

Blessings to you...Happy Blue Monday!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said... Best Blogger Tips

Running late this week visiting blogs....Hope you had a great Blue Monday!Those are some pretty shades of blue!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said... Best Blogger Tips

I've always loved blue porch ceilings, and being from the South, I've always known it was supposed to keep birds from coming on to the porch, but I didn't know about the spirits! Very interesting! laurie

Cottage Contessa said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my! Judy Bug, I love this post. These homes are absolutely gorgeous. Simply stunning! Wishing you a Happy Blue Monday!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)
Jacaranda Cottage.

PAT said... Best Blogger Tips

We loved our visit to Charleston a few years ago. There is a print of Rainbow Row, in our kitchen.

My southwest Missouri grandparents' porch ceiling was blue.

Becky said... Best Blogger Tips

Intersting bit of culture. It is a pretty blue. Beautiful houses. And I like hoe you showed the artists rendering.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Judyness! Oh, I know all about the blue on the ceilings of porches - folks do it here too in the historic homes! And the word 'haint'. I hadn't thought of this word in ages. My little granny was a country woman who lived in Alabama and that is what she called ghosts and spooks - haints! You brought back a sweet memory to me.
Oh, now those blue houses. I picked out a couple I could live in!
Thanks for popping in to see me, Dear One,
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Fifi Flowers said... Best Blogger Tips

Those are some nice shades of blue... love the houses!

joyh82 said... Best Blogger Tips

I love blue and really like Thomas Kinkaid too.

imjacobsmom said... Best Blogger Tips

I've never heard of this - I guess we learn something new everyday! It sure is a pretty ceiling. I'd love to live in one of those mansions, wouldn't you? ~ Robyn

The Summer Kitchen Girls said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy Judy, Judy! Love your blogs name....and then the transferware popped up - ahhhhh ya! We love it!
Love your blue post today too - just so happens I was telling our painter {who is painting in April} that I wanted a blue I have a couple picked out - but I was curious if those two blue paint swatches had names..?? Let me know!
Great post!
Karla & Karrie too

Gie's Tidbits said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, those houses are gorgeous!!!

playsdolls said... Best Blogger Tips

My husband and I were just a few weeks ago talking about the blue porch ceilings.He wants to paint ours blue,I had never heard of it ,but he did from his grandparents.But I do not think a blue porch ceiling would work with my Burgundy house.
Wonderful Blue Monday post.

Sweetie said... Best Blogger Tips

The Haint Blue is wonderful. The houses are gorgeous. Happy Blue Monday!

Heidi Pocketbook said... Best Blogger Tips

Very interesting post. I'd never heard of Haint Blue--and if it keeps the bees and wasps at bay, that would be well worth it.

Thanks for the bday wishes, hope your Blue Monday was well☺

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great post! I loved it. I didn't know that about the blue paint in the south. The homes are beautiful aren't they....

Blondie's Journal said... Best Blogger Tips


I always consider it a great day blogging when I learn something new~and now I know about Haint blue! I'll have to impress the hubster with that one.

Love all your blues!! We are visiting Charleston in a few weeks. I will have nothing to post since all you gals have been there!!

Happy Blue Monday! :-)


myroseretreat said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the Haint Blue. My grandmas front porch was that color. My aunt owns the home now and is going to be repainting soon. I will have to tell her the name of this blue!!!

Blogger said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, that porch with the blue ceiling is gorgeous!

Nanna said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy belated blue Monday Judy, thanks for stopping by the other day, enjoyed your post , it was very refreshing, I've never noticed if I've seen any cecilings painted blue before but if that really works I might would give it a try lol!