Non-color us surprised!

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
February 15, 2019
White Farmhouse
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Believe it or not, before there was Joanna Gaines, there were still white farmhouses sprinkled all across the South and the rest of the country. But have you ever paused and thought, "Gee, why are so many farmhouses white?"

Well, we're here to tell you there's a reason farmhouses classically get a shiny white coat to spruce up their exterior. According to Wide Open Country, there are actually several. The popular Austin-based country music and lifestyle website recently dove into the phenomenon, revealing three key reasons farmhouses are typically white.

First, they claim it's economical and puts self-sufficient inclinations to use as it's cheaper than paint and can be made at home from the basic ingredients of lime, water, and salt.

Another factor explaining why farmhouses are so often white? "Whitewash is also much safer for animals than traditional paint, as it has zero toxins," says the piece's author Jonathan Frahm of so-called lime paint's qualities. "If you have animals near your farmhouse, whitewashing your exterior helps keep them happy and healthy."

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Thirdly, farmhouses get a white shellac since whitewash can serve as a "natural disinfectant for wood," says Frahm. Bonus: If your farmhouse is showing signs of wear and tear, it's also much easier to clean up a few chipped areas without having to hunt down a specific color that may not blend in perfectly.

So there you have it, practical and pretty — a match made in Fixer Upper heaven, even though it originated long before JoJo broke out her paint brushes.