AREA: Green Paint

Taking a break from poison paints.

Category: Green Living


Summertime is painting time, both indoors and out. Lead paint may be a thing of the 1970s past, but that doesn’t mean that today’s paint isn’t poisonous. Open up a can of standard paint and VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, come fuming out; inhaled, VOCs can really do a number on your central nervous system. Instead, pick a VOC-free paint; look for the Green Seal certifying no or low VOCs in the paint. As well as many more high-quality national brand options, such as Benjamin Moore, Dutch Boy, Olympic and Sherwin-Williams, there are a number of great Northwest-based green lines. Oregon-based Rodda ( has its own brand of low-VOC paint, Horizon, and makes the Yolo Colorhouse’s (877.493.8275; premium zero-VOC paint. Miller Paint (, with stores throughout Washington and Oregon, makes the VOC-free Acro Pure and produces the Devine ( color lines. Yolo and Devine’s products, search their Web sites for local retailers, as well as Authentic Home’s (4151 California Ave SW, Seattle; 206.937.3070; fabulous zero-VOC paint, also offer a wide range of rich earth tones. Finally, here’s your chance to paint the town not just red, but green.