Blue Doors and Windows

Amorgos Door

Windows and doors are an essential part of the historic and architectural character of any building and I find them interesting because for me they represent the transition between the public and the private world. In ancient Rome the holes in the sides of the buildings were appropriately called ‘wind eyes’.

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8 responses to “Blue Doors and Windows

  1. Just yesterday I did some surfing to learn about blue porch ceilings. There is not agreement as to the reason for blue porch ceilings, but the two man streams are pest repellent properties and ghost repellent beliefs. Some ceilings I’ve seen are sky blue or robin’s egg blue, but there is a group of grayish blues that are referred to as “Haint Blue” for warding off ghosts. Maybe witches too?? I look forward to reading through the material I collected. I got started on that trail because of the Whaley House in San Diego, Cal., reportedly one of the top recognized haunted houses in the USA. I have Whaley in my genealogy research (my mother’s maiden name), so that was of great interest to me. Several websites claim that the Whaley House is government certified as haunted but I didn’t find anyone backing up that statement.


  2. Found your blog by accident as I was looking up BLUE DOORS-your photographs are gorgeous and the article super interesting ! My homes always have blue doors as I simply love all hues of this peaceful, harmonious color-I am facinated to have now learned that this folk tradition and custom maintains that a blue door is an effective barrier against witches and the like, hence evil-amazing !!!!-another wonderful place for “door spotting” is right across the river from here (Buenos Aires) over to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay-If you haven’t been there,I highly recomend it,one of my favorite places-dates back to the Portugese settlers in the 1600’s-really worthwhile-


  3. I came to know about various doors and windows found in different areas. Thanks for informative article.


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    Very interesting history behind the almost “artificial” blue of windows and doors,revived by the sun’s aureate light, hand in hand with the Natural Blue nuances of the Aegean Seas and Skies.


  6. Hadn’t made the connection to Turkey with turquoise, but it’s obvious really, isn’t it? I’m going out (in the rain!) to paint my door blue right now


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