Treating every room in your home to a fresh coat of eco-friendly paint could be one of the best décor decisions you make.
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When it comes to what you bring inside your home, we know you care about making decisions that are good for the health of your family and the planet. To that end, you may already be seeking out chemical-free skincare products and using all-natural cleaning products, but what about the rest of your house? If you haven't already, it might be time to consider the benefits of using eco-friendly paint for your next paint refresh or home décor project.
What exactly is eco-friendly paint? First, you'll need to get a baseline understanding of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Found in paint and many other household items—like air fresheners and even your dry cleaning—these chemical compounds can cause a variety of adverse health irritations including headaches and skin irritations once they are released into the air. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, some of these VOCs may even contain carcinogens or cancer-causing agents. Allowing VOCs to permeate the air in your home can therefore be harmful to both the overall air quality and your health.
To keep more of these pesky chemicals out of your life, many paint brands are making an effort to offer low to no-VOC paint selections. The best part? You don't have to sacrifice style in order to make healthy, sustainable choices. Because readily-available brands like Benjamin Moore, BEHR, and Farrow & Ball all offer eco-friendly paint options, you can still find your ideal color for any DIY project. No matter what hue or finish you're looking for, you'll soon realize that you can get it without subjecting your family to the harmful additives and VOC levels found in many conventional paints.
To help inspire you to make your next project a little greener, we're sharing a few of our favorite eco-friendly paint collections.
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This line from Sherwin-Williams features a full spectrum of the colors and finishes you'll love, all with a GREENGUARD® certification. This means each paint is made with a zero-VOC formula which helps reduce indoor odors and improve your home's air quality. And, it's durable and washable to boot.
Sherwin-Williams "Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex" Line, starting at $58.99/gallon, sherwin-williams.com
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Loved for over 30 years, this made-in-America paint can be spotted on the walls of the Louvre, Westminister Abbey, the Getty Museum, and Etsy (pictured)—and for a good reason. Completely fume-free, organic, and non-toxic (read: perfect for allergy-sufferers!), every can of ECOS Paint is also free of fungicides, polyurethane, and any VOCs.
ECOS Paints, starting at $65.35 per gallon, ecospaints.net.
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Paint-and-primer in one? Durable? GREENGUARD® Gold Certified? Yes, please. Not only is this BEHR line available in five finishes and a full range of colors, but each paint also promises low chemical emissions to improve the air quality in your home while still helping to resist moisture and mildew.
BEHR Premium Plus Paints, starting at $27.98 per gallon, behr.com.
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Portola Paints & Glazes
One of our American Made design winners, this family-owned paint company crafts each of their color batches with care, using natural pigments and little to no VOCs. You'll fall in love with their specialty finishes, from Roman Clay's plaster finish to Lime Wash's traditional brush-stroked coatings.
Portola Paints & Glazes, prices vary, portolapaints.com.
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Natura Interior Paint
If you've got allergen-sensitive family members, you'll love Benjamin Moore's Natura paints, which are not only certified allergen-friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Friendly Foundation of America, but also contain zero VOCs. Plus, they're hyper-durable and spatter-resistant making them perfect for use in any room in the house.
Benjamin Moore "Natura Interior Paint," starting at $72.99 per gallon, benjaminmoore.com.
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Farrow & Ball
As one of the first brands in the paint world to move to a completely water-based formula, Farrow & Ball's entire line of paints (including the spring-ready Sulking Room Pink, pictured) is low-VOC and safe to use around the home. Plus, they're never tested on animals.
Farrow & Ball, starting at $110 per gallon, farrow-ball.com.
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Having worked with physicians and allergists to create their formula, this award-winning paint line prides itself on being designed for anyone with sensitivities (gentle on you and the planet!). You won't find any ammonia, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, or other paint additives that often trigger reactions here. Even its primers, clear coats, and selection of home cleaners are non-toxic.
AFM Safecoat, prices vary, afmsafecoat.com.
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Colorhouse Interior Paints
Not only do we love this brand's selection of soothing nature-inspired shades (like the calming WATER .04, pictured), but all of their paints are also all Greenwise certified, meaning they never use chemicals found in many other conventional paints such as formaldehyde, and heavy metals like lead, mercury, and cadmium. All paints are also low-odor, 100 percent acrylic, and available in three finishes.
Colorhouse Interior Paints, $45 per gallon, colorhousepaint.com
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