Allergic Living’s Safe Paint Picks

in Healthy Home, Indoor Allergies
Published: June 2, 2015

Originally published in Allergic Living magazine.

People spend hours choosing the perfect paint color; but how to choose the perfect paint? Allergic Living turned to the eco-pros, including California architect Eric Corey Freed of organicARCHITECT and Health Product Delaration Collaborative technical director Eden Brukman, for their faves.

Synthetic No-VOC

Pros: Low-odor; widely available; huge range of colors; applies easily; dries fast; low maintenance; walls are easy to wash.

Cons: Tints and other additives may contain VOCs that trigger symptoms; may contain other problematic chemicals; must be carefully stored and disposed of.

YOLO Colorhouse
Farrow & Ball
American Pride
Benjamin Moore’s Pristine Eco Spec
AFM’s Safecoat Zero VOC
Chem-Safe Products Company’s Envirosafe
BioShield Paint

Natural Milk Paints

Pros: All-natural non-toxic formula made from casein* (milk protein), clay, limestone and natural pigments; dries quicldy; durable once sealed; breathable; naturally inhibits mildew; safe disposal; lovely soft look.

Cons: Only works on unfinished porous materials such as wood or plaster, not drywall; finish is chalky until sealed (usually with beeswax or other natural oils); only washable once sealed.


Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company*
Homestead House
Antique Drapery Rod Co.

Clay Wall Colorings

Pros: Beautiful natural hues; safe; durable; breathable; naturally anti-microbial; performs like a conventional paint; safe storage and disposal.

Cons: Harder to get a perfectly even finish; not as washable as conventional paints; limited colors.

American Clay
Unearthed Paints

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*Casein-based paints are not recommended for those with milk allergy.