When it comes to green building, indoor air quality is something you can’t neglect. One of ways to build and renovate with a focus on indoor air quality is to use a no- or low-VOC interior paint. Going with a VOC-free paint color (both the paint and the tint) is the only way to do things these days.
According to the EPA, a volatile organic compound is a gas that’s emitted from a solid or liquid, and, although there are many different VOCs, some of them can have short- or long-term adverse health effects.
Pretty much every paint manufacturer makes a no- or low-VOC option, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. The value spectrum includes various considerations, such as application, odor, maintenance, appearance, and texture.
New York Times columnist Stephen Treffinger recently tested 10 different brands of eco-friendly indoor paints and compared his top six choices in an article, “Finally, Good-Looking Non-Toxic Paint?” He said the following paints performed the best for these reasons:
Yolo Colorhouse Interior No-VOC
Chalky finish, easiest to clean, had a slight odor, $44.95 a gallon.
Safecoat Zero VOC Flat
Applied thickly and easily, had a pleasant smell, cleaned well, $49.95 a gallon.
Benjamin Moore Natura
Applied smoothly, easy to clean, and available in 3,000 shades, $49.99 a gallon.
Mythic Interior Flat Latex
Flat finish, easy to clean, mild ammonia smell, dynamic colors, $49.99 a gallon.
Stark Paint Velvet Emulsion
Smooth and creamy application, mild ammonia smell, $76.70 a gallon.
Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion
Applied easily, smelled like wet cement, didn’t clean well, $80 a gallon.
You’ve probably had the opportunity to use or test various different “green” paints … what do you think? What’s the best and greenest interior paint that you’ve found? Why?