From the moment I purchased our house plans, I knew my porch ceilings would be haint blue. I found the perfect haint blue ceiling porch color and I’m in love!
At first, I was just going with haint blue for my front porch and the laundry room porch.
The side porch connects to the back lanai and I was going with a stain on those but at the last minute, I decided to go all-in with haint blue.
The porch ceilings are all yellow pine tongue and groove. Yellow Pine is known for developing a blotchy, uneven look when you stain it. Getting an even stain can be a challenge.
I definitely didn’t want the yellow coming through (my least favorite color) so I played it safe and had the painters paint all the porch ceilings.
The photo below shows part of my front porch ceiling.
What does Haint Blue even mean?
We have lived in South Carolina for 30 years. My husband and I were born and raised in Georgia so I’ve been knowing about haint blue ceilings forever.
I was surprised when my daughter-in-law (also born and raised in GA) asked what haint blue meant? I almost rolled my eyes and said, “Millennials.” But she may have rolled them right back and said, “Baby Boomers.” I love that girl and we get along so well! She’s got sass and I love me some sass.
Haint Blue is a pale blue/green tint and there are lots to choose from! Keep reading to see which haint blue color I chose for my porch ceilings.
Haint refers to a ghost or spirit. According to Gullah folklore, haints can’t cross water so the color is meant to mimic water and keep the haints (ghosts) out. To cover all the bases, windows, shutters, and doors were often painted that same haint blue.
I love reading about the Gullah people, but I’m not trying to ward off haints. I like haint blue because it’s a southern tradition that originated with the Gullah/Geechee people.
Plus, painting a ceiling blue (the color of the sky) is supposed to keep bugs and birds from nesting. (I’ll let you know if that really works. So far, so good!)
Below is a photo of part of my lanai (back porch).
Gullah Geechee Culture
In case you don’t know, Gullah people are descendants of West African slaves who worked on plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. They have preserved much of their unique culture. The creole language they speak is called Gullah in South Carolina and Geechee in Georgia.
My Favorite Haint Blue Ceiling Color
Lauren’s Surprise by Sherwin Wiliams is my favorite haint blue color. I’m so glad I went with that color.
For me, it’s the perfect blue/green. I love how my white and black house gives a subtle nod to the Gullah culture.
One of the best things about haint blue ceilings is that no matter the color of your house, you can paint your ceiling your favorite haint blue color.