In the neverending quest to actually get this joint in shape prior to ecobaby making an appearance, we've been anxiously comparing paint chips, wondering what the best colour is - and once we figured that out, we also had to decide on the right paint. Luckily, one google search brought us to Benjamin Moore Natura. This Award-winning product is one of the few "no-VOC" paints available on the market - not only looking at VOCs, but also at all volatile compounds in the paint that would affect indoor air quality. Both the paint and the tint emit lower total volatile compounds than any other national zero-VOC product in Canada.
What does this mean in a practical sense? Well, low- and no-VOC paint tends to dry a bit quicker than many other paints, so it's a consideration when you're applying it. But other than that it works just like "regular" latex paint, with one big difference: The smell is far lower. Even after just having applied two coats, a room painted with Natura has as much paint smell as a room painted a week ago with regular paint. Which is great when you've got paranoid pregnant people around!
In Primer, Flat, Eggshell and Semi-Gloss and able to be tinted to any colour in the Benjamin Moore Collection, Natura is an easy choice to make for eco-friendly home designers. Check out Benjamin Moore's Website for retailers.