The paint color is the first consideration when updating your home, but choosing a durable and safe wall paint is the next step. We suggest a high-quality semi-gloss finish that is washable for the durability factor but don’t forget to make sure it is a low-VOC paint as well.
What Are VOCs In Paint?
Typical household paint has a lot of chemicals, a number of which are known toxins. Some have even been linked to cancer as well as kidney and liver damage, breathing problems, and nausea.
This post provides an explanation of what volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are:
VOCs are solvents that get released into the air as the paint dries. (Other products emit solvents, including adhesives, cleaning supplies, and even some home furnishings.) VOCs can cause acute symptoms, including headaches and dizziness. The long-term effects are less certain, but according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, some VOCs are suspected carcinogens.
See more here: What Are VOCs In Paint, And Is More Or Less Of Them Better?
Low VOC paint means that there are reduced amounts of these volatile compounds, offering less harmful chemicals. There isn’t an exact definition of what low VOC means, so seeing that on a label can be a little misleading.
If you really want to be sure, look for paints that say No VOC. Both options have very little odor and tend to dry quickly.
This video talks more about choosing low VOC paints to kid-proof your walls:
There are some considerations with using low or no VOC paint. It takes quite a bit of new technology to create these safe formulas, so they are a little higher priced.
The fact that it will dry fast due to containing fewer solvents can make applying the paint different from what you are used to. Instead of cutting in and then immediately painting the rest of the area to keep a wet edge, you need to let the cutting in paint completely dry.
Here is a list of some high-quality, kid-friendly paints:
1. Behr Premium Plus Enamel Low Luster
Behr, the Home Depot house brand, comes in more than 4, 000 different colors, with zero-VOC versions of semi-gloss, flat interior, eggshell, and base finishes.
Use the color finder at Behr.com to pick the shade that’s right for your room or look at photos of finished spaces for new inspiration.
2. Benajmin Moore Natura/Aura
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Benjamin Moore has been making paint since 1883 — but the company’s modern-day innovations include the line of Natura Waterborne paint, a zero-VOC-qualifying product that comes in the company’s full line of colors and, on most surfaces, doesn’t need a primer.
3. Milk Paint
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Organic paint from Old-Fashioned Milk Paint bills itself as “The Greenest Paint There Is, ” boasting that the “ingredients in the base paint are used in the food and pharmaceutical industries and are all completely biodegradable” (these include milk protein and minerals).
You don’t have as many colors to choose from — just 20 that you can mix with white for varying shades — but the traditional look is appropriate for antiques and other classic pieces.
See the other low VOC options here: 5 Zero-VOC Interior Paints for a Freshly-Renovated, Healthy Home
It is getting easier to find and purchase non-toxic formulas made from natural raw ingredients. Plant oils, milk casein, and natural latex are helping to make safeguarding your family more straightforward.
If you aren’t sure what paint is right for you, consult your local home improvement store or a Denver painting contractor to learn more.