So, my favorite part of painting my house this summer is the porch ceiling. It's sky blue. It really brightens up my porch space!
I had heard this is popular in Southern American culture. In fact, I've seen it. And then my friend, Heather did it and inspired me to do it, too. There is an episode on NPR's All Things Considered in 2006 that covers it further, but basically the blue is believed to ward off evil spirits, extend the light at dusk and helps to keep bugs away. I may want to believe, but I can report that life is good around here, the light from my porch is gorgeous especially at dusk and I don't see many bugs hanging out there as much as I did. I didn't find any science to prove it, but at the very least, it looks really cool (literally and aesthetically) and I figure I've got nothing to lose.
Everyone should do it!