If you’re refreshing your interior for spring, it’s time to be a little kinder to your health and the environment with eco-friendly paint. These 10 options offer the coverage, colors and durability of premium conventional paints but without any of the harsh chemicals and residues.
Hailing from an eco-mecca in the Northwest, this Portland, Oregon-based brand delivers premium, no-VOC (volatile organic compound), water-based paints with low odor, no harmful chemicals and no added solvents. YOLO also offers helpful palettes to make the color-choosing process easier. We particularly love its Earth’s color collection for a modern take on naturally occurring hues.
Natura by Benjamin Moore
This paint powerhouse is now offering a virtually odorless, self-priming product, which delivers zero emissions and is both durable and washable. Available in thousands of colors with an eggshell or semigloss finish, this paint is perfect for any project you can dream up.
Marston & Langinger
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UK-based Marston & Langinger developed these water-based, nontoxic, nonflammable and practically odorless paints after they found that most on the market were too toxic to use in the greenhouses their company is famous for. With 72 shades available in matte and eggshell for interiors and furniture, this paint is the ideal pick-me-up for a sunroom or porch.
To help home owners tackle smaller DIY decorating projects with style and ease, Devine Color has created a new collection of 12 interior paint colors, offered alongside a selection of six coordinated, self-adhesive wallpaper patterns. The line also features “smart” sizes, including 8-ounce samples and a 2.5-liter can, which makes purchasing the right paint quantities for small jobs, like accent walls, trim and craft projects, economical and stress-free.
Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball’s water-based formula offers low-VOC paint made from natural pigments and ingredients, including china clay, lime putty and linseed oil. Used in historic houses and museums across the UK, these rich and sumptuous colors are ideal for more artistic projects, like painting patterns on your floors or stairs.
The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company
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Not sure what to do with that fabulous flea market find? Refinish it with milk paint, which uses casein, or milk protein, as a binder, making this product both organic and biodegradable, as well as offering an old-world, historic look.
Old Fashioned Milk Paint, from $46 per gallon, MilkPaint.com
This self-priming, zero-VOC, nontoxic, low-odor paint is offered in over 1,000 colors, and in matte, satin and semigloss finishes. Mythic performs like premium paint, but it’s slightly less expensive than other eco-friendly versions. Consider this for big jobs, like a multiple-room makeover.
ECO by Fine Paints of Europe
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If you’re painting interior or exterior woodwork like windows, doors, trim, siding, cabinets or shutters, we suggest ECO. This waterborne alkyd paint is easy to apply and weather-resistant, but also provides enhanced adhesion, opacity and the beautiful finish associated with traditional oil-based paints.
Green Planet Paints
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Formulated using plant-based raw materials and mineral pigments, Green Planet Paints claims its product is so safe and natural you could bathe in it. The result is a zero-VOC, sustainable paint that is tough, durable, long-lasting and easy to apply.
Stark Paint Interior Waterborne Zero VOC Paint
Stark’s interior paint is a water-based, zero-VOC paint, offered in colors by British designer David Oliver. All colors are available in three finishes: velvet emulsion (flat), porcelain shell (eggshell), and lacquer gloss (semigloss). If you love Stark’s sophisticated and stylish carpets, fabrics and wallcoverings, we suggest this elegant paint.