When choosing a porch ceiling color, most people probably would select a light blue. Everyone thinks that all old homes had light blue porch ceilings. True many did but when looking at archived paint brochures none of the recommended ceiling colors are light blue or anything you would expect. If you are a part of our house paint rendering service, you can view these archived paint brochures.
Late 19th century Victorian and Colonial Revival homes can have porch ceilings that are painted a light blue with a greenish tint. There are many reasons for this: blue is a soothing color; an insect repellent; protection from evil spirits.
However all porch ceilings were not painted light blue. In an 1898 paint catalog none of the recommended ceiling colors were blue. Some were actually pink and other colors coordinating with the trim and body color of the house. My 1910 house originally did not have a stained ceiling. An old ceiling color I found was Sherwin Williams Relish 6443.
Many porch ceilings are composed of bead-board. This bead-board was most likely originally varnished and later painted.
If your porch ceiling is varnished, keep it that way. If not, paint it a light blue. However there are a few shades of blue you can use for your porch ceiling color.
Historic New England states the following on a porch ceiling color:
Paint curators have found evidence for use of a strong turquoise blue on late-nineteenth-century Queen Anne-style porch ceilings and the California Historic Colors of America shade called “Veranda Blue” is a good match for that “Victorian” blue. On Colonial Revival-style houses, a blue related to the typical Prussian blue pigment might be more suitable: California Paints’ “Seaside” (DE5765) is typical and somewhat less turquoise. For a lighter blue ceiling, “Skyscraper,” one of California Paints’ 20th Century Colors of America, is a good option. If you aren’t prepared to go blue on your porch ceiling, a safe bet is to paint the porch ceiling to match the rest of the trim on the house.
Seaside is similar to Benjamin Moore Mystical Blue 792 or Sherwin Williams Soar 6799
Seaside is similar to Benjamin Moore Passion Blue 2053-50 or Sherwin Williams Ebbtide 6493
The bead board porch ceiling in my 1910 home in New Jersey was originally stained and varnished. Sometime after that it was painted various shades of blue and turquoise. I was advised and now have Sherwin Williams – Blue Sky #0063 for a porch ceiling color.
Not all porch ceilings were painted blue however as shown in this 1898 paint catalog.
Why are Porch Ceilings Blue?
Read this article: The Why’s Behind the Porch Blue Ceiling
If Your House is From the 1920’s or Later
If you do not have a Victorian home or just do not care for a blue porch roof, I suggest you then paint the ceiling a brown to match a stained wood color. If you are not happy with just a brown paint you can try a faux finish to make the ceiling look like varnished wood. I do not recommend removing the ceiling paint for your guests will only glance up at the roof and paint removal is a lot of work for a minimal result. Another good option for your ceiling is to use the trim color.
Paint Color Placement for your Porch Ceiling
Color placement for the porch ceiling sounds like a no-brainer however many people have questioned what to do.
The quarter-round trim can be painted either the trim color or the ceiling color.