It is easy to admire the aesthetics of the White House pub and ponder, “are there any practical reasons to paint my farmhouse white?” Just as barns generally have a distinctive red paint, farmhouses are usually painted white. The truth behind the latter goes as far back as the early modern era.
History of White Farm Houses
Over 200 years ago, whitewash, commonly referred to as lime paint, was used to prevent mildew formation on houses. It was particularly effective in humid and hot regions. Lime, the main ingredient in whitewash, also served as a disinfectant, odour remover, and insect repellent. Limewash’s anti-bacterial properties increased in popularity during colonial times.
Whitewash was also relatively cheap, easy to apply on walls, and dried quickly. Touching up stained walls with it required no expertise, and the material is so easy to use that you can trust a youngster with it. Beyond the practical nature of lime paint, white symbolised purity, innocence, and cleanliness.
White Farm Houses Today
Today the average white farm house is not painted with lime wash as was done hundreds of years ago. However, the intent remains the same: to create a look of elegance, simplicity, purity, and cleanliness that no other colour can provide. This colour remains an excellent attraction for many rural dwellers across Europe.