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The explanation behind 6 popular design elements on buildings

INSIDER Logo By Allie Lembo of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 7: 
  
    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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    stories.
  

  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.

  • 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.
  • Visit INSIDER's homepage for more stories.

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.

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