Few People Know The Real Reason Porch Ceilings In Arkansas Are Painted Haint Blue In Color
By Daniella DiRienzo|Published December 19, 2021
Though Daniella was born in New York and has lived in a couple of other states, Mississippi has been her home for more than 30 years. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, Daniella began to hone her writing skills through various internships. In the years since, she’s had the privilege of having her articles appear in several publications, such as the Mississippi-based Parents & Kids Magazine. She’s also had the honor of interviewing actress Sela Ward for The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience.
Centuries ago, it was common for southerners to paint porch overhangs haint blue. The remnants of this trend can still be seen today in homes throughout the South, including Arkansas. Despite the trend’s popularity, though, many don’t know the reason behind it. Some claim it keeps the porch cooler, others believe it repels bugs, and some say it extends daylight hours. However, as it turns out, the tradition was actually borne out of superstition.