The explanation behind 6 popular design elements on buildings

August 13, 2019

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Some design elements you see on buildings and homes have some superstitions and histories behind them.
You won’t find the number 13 in some building elevators in the US because of superstitions that the number is unlucky.
In Charleston, South Carolina, you might see porch ceilings painted a certain shade of blue to ward of spirits and extend the illusion of daylight.
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In addition to being practical or aesthetically pleasing, some decorative items and architectural features have superstitions and little-known histories behind them.

Here are some explanations behind common design elements on houses and buildings.

In the Southern US, some paint their porch ceilings a specific shade of blue to help repel spirits.

Said to have origins in Charleston, South Carolina, in the late 1800s, “haint blue” is the color used to paint the ceilings of front porches in order to repel spirits.

The belief is that spirits are unable to cross water, so the blue color would trick them into thinking the porch ceiling was actually a body of water.

Generally, “haint blue” is quite light and it has come to be just about any blue-green color. It’s also a popular porch-ceiling color throughout the US, likely because it looks a bit like the sky and helps create the illusion that daylight lasts longer.

Popular in New England, angled “witch windows” supposedly help keep witches away.

Popular in New England, particularly in Vermont, “witch windows” are angled windows that are often found between roofs on the upper levels of a home.

As Devin Colman, who works for Vermont’s Division for Historic Preservation, told Vermont Public Radio, “The story is that a witch on a broomstick can’t fly through a crooked window opening, which I guess physically is true.”

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