Why Is the Porch Ceiling Blue?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Crescent City Living LLC Licensed LA RE Commission

Painting porch ceilings blue is a New Orleans tradition

Have you noticed that many New Orleans porch ceilings are painted blue?

There are several reasons why an owner might choose blue:

  • Some just like the feeling of extending the blue sky onto their porch
  • Some believe that birds and wasps won't build nests because blue tricks them into believing the ceiling is the sky
  • Some subscribe to the old African belief that blue ceilings and doors keep ghosts away

No matter what you believe, I love seeing the old traditions kept alive.

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Originally published at Crescent City Living


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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Lisa, I'd be happy with the keeping the wasps and bees from building nests part.  We removed all our shutters a few years ago because of the problem with wasps building nests behind them.

Aug 25, 2012 12:07 AM #1
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Bill, there's no science behind the color that I'm aware of, but I've never seen a blue porch celiing with a wasp's nest!

Aug 25, 2012 12:12 AM #2
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

I do like the idea of extending the sky into your living area, and if it keeps the wasps away, that would be an added bonus.  Ghosts are welcome, so long as they are friendly.

Aug 25, 2012 01:49 AM #3
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