Post # 1
This may seem like a silly issue but I am completely overwhelmed with the paint options for our new house. We pretty much want to paint every room and I have a decent idea on what colors I want for each but when it comes to quality and brand I feel over my head.
I hear great things about Benjamin Moore but with such a hefty price tag is it really THAT much better than say Behr paint? I’m pregnant as well so I want to make sure we pick either low or no VOC’s but will that effect quality? Would it be better to just have DH paint and me not go in the house for a week?
And what about finishes? I thought I’d want a matte or semi-gloss but the lady at the store was really pushing the egg-shell for high traffic areas.
I know it probably seems like I’m putting too much into this but I don’t want to make the wrong choice so I’d appreciate any advice!
Post # 3
We just finished painting our entire home and chose Valspar from Lowes but used Behr from HD in our other home. Both are very good quality paints. I always choose a satin finish, which wipes clean easily. Valspar also has a special paint for kitchens/bathrooms. It’s a little more expensive that the regular but it seems worth it.
To choose colors I picked up tons of paint chips and taped them to the walls. I would move them around to catch different light and as we decided which ones we didn’t like we took them down. I left them up for a few weeks while we were deciding and finally we had 2-3/room to choose from. 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I prefer Benjamin Moore to any other brand. I used to think it didn’t matter, but then we helped friends paint their place and they used BM paint. I was a convert. It covered better, applied smoother with less drips, and the colors seemed more nuianced.
Finish is up to you. Semi gloss is good for light colored trim because it’s the easiest to clean. Eggshell or matte work for walls. Matte will show less wall imperfections, so if your walls are older and maybe a bit dinged up, matte is a bit more forgiving. But matte is also more difficult to clean, so it’s not a great option for high traffic areas like a mudroom or areas where kids will be spending time (and making kid messes).
I am a perfectionist. I painted 20+ color samples and hung them on my walls for weeks while making my decisions. For me it was very stressful. You have my sympathies.
Post # 5
@OctBride-2012: thanks for the input, having used both would you say you prefer one over the other?
@lovekiss: I used BM to paint a small piece of furniture and didn’t notice much of a difference with the drips and color so thank you for that feedback, I imagine painting a bunch of walls would be a little different which is why I wanted to know!
Post # 6
I use the Behr Paint and Primer in one paint… I would say that it is definitely worth the money for interior paint… For exterior we were told to buy the most expensive paint we could afford because its too tedious to be cheap and have to redo… and I absolutely will not by Walmart paint – it has peeled in plastic sheets for me before yikes!!
Post # 7
I second everything lovekiss said. I used Behr paint in the first room I painted and it was fine, but I’ve used Ben Moore and Sherwin Williams in every room since and I like those a lot better! They need fewer coats for good coverage and don’t seem to splatter as much as Behr. I assume this probably holds true for low/no-VOC paints, though I’ve never used them myself. My other advice is to use Frogtape (green) instead of the regular blue painters’ tape for less bleedthrough.
To pick a color, don’t depend entirely on the little swatches you can get for free b/c color can look much different in larger swatches. I usually get a $3 sample pot from Home Depot or Lowes (they have formulas for most BM and SW colors in their systems) and paint a piece of poster board I can move around the room.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
My husband used to own a house painting business and they always used Sherwin Williams…
We get those little sample pots and paint big swatches on the wall to help decide on colors. Just remember it always dries lighter than it looks right away.
Post # 9
The Valspar and Behr paints are comparable both in quality and price. I had a professional painter paint the upstairs of the other house and he used McCormick paint. They all looked the same to me. 🙂
Post # 10
I’ve always used Behr paint and I love it. I recently used many colors of Valspar at a volunteer event, and every color didn’t seem as nice as the Behr. I think if you can afford it go with Bejamin Moore or Sherwin Williams paint….but I don’t know if I could tell a difference.
Post # 11
We use Behr and love it. We just painted the nursery using two colors from Behr and even though they are no VOC the paint went on beautifully and there were no issues with it. We have painted other rooms using it as well and always get compliments on it.
Post # 12
@cora_123: I’ve got so many sample swatches on my walls its not funny.
We’re using Mythic paint. I heard about it on YoungHouseLove, and its a no VOC product. Its a lot more expensive, but it’s been a great product for us. The trouble is finding a store that carries it. There are only 2 in our area, so we have to make sure we plan ahead when we need it.