Just in time for summer renos.

When it comes to design, there's no denying: Southerners love a classic. And haint blue? Well it's definitely one.

The tradition of painting your porch ceiling this cool, green-tinted shade of blue can be traced all the way back to the Gullah Geechee communities of coastal South Carolina and Georgia, who used the color on windows, shutters, and porches to keep away "haints" or spirits. In additions to folklore of its ghost-busting abilities, the color is also rumored to trick wasps and insects into thinking the ceiling is in fact, the sky, and therefore luring them up away from porch loungers. No matter its origins or bug-zapping abilities, it's gorgeous hue, and a staple for Southern porches.

Like white paint, or blush pink, or gray, it can be hard to pick the one that's juuuust right. Luckily, we see quite a few blue porches every day, and have even tapped the South's experts on their favorites too. But there's one blue that just takes the cake.

Sherwin-Williams Waterscape (SW 6470) is a dynamic, perfectly soft-but-bright blue infused with hints of green. Haint blue in general can be tricky because it will depend on several factors, like the natural light on your porch, the other colors present, and the amount of greenery surrounding your house. But this one blends seamlessly and brings out the blues and greens around it.

This blue has just enough green in it to pickup accent surrounding greenery (which hopefully your porch has, even if just a little!) but retains an undeniable watery blue-ness. And don't just take it from me, see it in action (below); One of my favorite houses, a sweet 800-square-foot cottage outside Tallahasee, Florida, has porch ceilings washed in the cool blue.

Brandon Ingram Florida Cottage
In keeping with Southern traditions, Ingram opted for a "haint blue" ceiling. He used Waterscape by Sherwin-Williams there and complemented it with a soft gray (Samovar Silver by Sherwin-Williams) on the floor. He left the porch unscreened to allow for maximum sunlight. "No matter how good the screen is, it will always cast at least a little bit of shade. Here, I wanted the shadows and the sunlight to play on the front," he says.
| Credit: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Notice how the paint's various hues play up the blue in the hydrangeas and the otherwise gray floor, and feels crisp, but not blunt or overwhelming. A few other favorites? Palladian Blue, by Benjamin Moore; Tropical Mist, by Valspar; or Borrowed Light, by Farrow and Ball. Click here for a full list.