Best No-VOC Paints
Best Colors for Kids’ Rooms
Pat-a-Cake (shown) and Dumbo’s Ears (lilac) are two of the sweetly named shades in the extensive kids’ collections from Land of Nod and designer David Bromstad.
To buy: From $46 a gallon, mythicpaint.com.
Best For Furniture
Milk Paint SafePaint
Made from milk protein, this paint starts as a powder that you mix with water and leaves behind a textured, chalky finish that beautifies boring wood. Shown: Tavern Green mixed with Snow White.
To buy: $46 a gallon, milkpaint.com
This covered walls more opaquely than other brands. Cool fact: It’s made from the collagen of eggs. Shown: Honey Dew.
To buy: From $36 a gallon, naturalinteriorpaint.com for stores.
Easiest to Apply
Benjamin Moore Natura
You can let the kids help, since this paint rolls on smooth with few streaks. Shown: Abingdon Putty.
To buy: $50 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com.
No-VOC paints have a far less toxic odor than regular paints, but this one is extra mild. (In fact, it smells a little like Play-Doh.) Shown: Cambridge.
To buy: From $40 a gallon, bioshieldpaint.com.
More No-VOC Paints
Sherwin Williams Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex
Fun shades for kids’ rooms: Romance, Sleepy Blue.
To buy: $39 a gallon, sherwin-williams.com for stores.
Ecos Paints Nursery Paint
Fun shades for kids’ rooms: Warwick Green, Lilac.
To buy: From $60 a liter, ecospaints.net.
Yolo Colorhouse Interior Eggshell No-VOC Paint
Fun shades for kids’ rooms: Petal 07, Water 06.
To buy: $39 a gallon, eco-trendz.com
Earth Safe Finishes Generation Green Baby Safe Paint
Fun shades for kids’ rooms: Mint Parfait, Berry Smoothie.
To buy: $50 a gallon, earthsafefinishes.com.
Olympic Premium Interior Paint
Fun shades for kids’ rooms: Green Grapes, Fresh Lavender.
To buy: From $17.50 a gallon, lowes.com.
What Happened to low-VOC?
The Environmental Protection Agency has found concentrations of VOCs in indoor air to be up to 10 times greater than in outdoor air due to paint and other products. While some consider low-VOC paints to be a greener, healthier alternative to traditional paints, consumer concern about air quality has led manufacturers to produce enough no-VOC choices to merit an entire category.