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key we blue By Sharon Kurtz

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lue painted porch ceilings are a common and aesthetically pleasing sight in Key West.

If you’ve visited the Island before, you’ve no doubt seen the historical color on the ceilings of restaurants, homes, and everywhere The light cerulean blue is often called "Key West Blue" or "Haint Blue." One reason for the color of the porch ceilings is a tradition passed down for centuries on the Island. Architectural historians agree that this custom dates back to African descendants from the West Indies. Another theory about blue porch ceilings is that the color repels insects and will help keep your porch bug-free. Many people believe this is because the bugs are tricked into thinking that the blue color is the sky, so they don't attempt to nest there. Regardless of how you feel about ghosts or bugs, the blue-painted porch ceiling is an iconic sight in Key West. The quaint outdoor porch, often with cozy, comfy wicker chairs, is a big part of what de nes the charm of the Key West old-town neighborhoods. Enchanting and restful, it encourages visitors to slow down and stay awhile. Next time you're on the Island, be sure to look up as you walk around. Regardless of the house's color, the pale blue ceiling is the icing on the cake and always reminds me of Key West.

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