SO excited to chat with you all about the best natural paint! This post has been a long time coming. We moved into our new house in mid-November. This is our first home we’ve owned and we couldn’t be more excited to make it our own! We knew the first thing we wanted to do was paint it. Paint makes such a difference. We weren’t too fond of the color it was and wanted it to feel brighter and bigger. However, wanting a non-toxic home is at the top of my list and I didn’t want to compromise. Fortunately, after researching out natural paint alternatives I didn’t have too. I found Natura Paint by Benjamin Moore and was sold!
*This post is sponsored by Benjamin Moore, however, opinions and thoughts are my own.
If you’re unsure of what makes conventional paint so toxic, let me explain. Most paints contain VOC’s(Volatile Organic Compounds) gasses emitted from liquids or solids. They are known to cause a host of problems from irritation to throat, nose, eyes, headaches, nausea, damage to liver, kidneys and nervous system, some of the organic compounds have even been found to cause cancer in humans.
The largest factor is indoor air quality, which according to the EPA.gov is worst inside then outside-
Studies have found that levels of several organics average 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. During and for several hours immediately after certain activities, such as paint stripping, levels may be 1,000 times background outdoor levels.
There are a number of other chemicals found in paint too besides VOC’s. Just a few are:
- Crystalline silica
Thankfully, there are waterborne paints now, instead of solvents. Waterborne paints are such a great option for so many reasons.
- Low odor
- Low VOC
- Quick dry time
- Great durability
- Less hazards and easy and safe clean up
- They’ve been proven to perform in both residential and industrial buildings.
I must note that there is no perfect paint out there. Only better options. It’s similar to nail polish- even the best natural ones still contain chemicals. They have to in order to truly perform. Paint is in the same wheel house. There are a lot more “green” options out there now, but they also don’t perform or the colors are not aesthetically pleasing. When choosing the paint for our house, look, feel and overall performance was a huge factor. You may get a natural paint but if it doesn’t perform, then what’s it good for?
My friend Steph from @stephdufordlifestyle used Natura paint from Benjamin Moore and loved it. She is very choosy in what she uses in her home too- even more so. Her son has multiple food allergies and multiple environmental allergies. She also has severe MCS(multiple chemical sensitivities) and has to be extremely careful. She has painted two houses now with the Natura line and has loved the outcome in both! She also shared this tidbit I want to pass on to you as well. She told me they recommend those who suffer from MCS to first test out a small area on a piece of wood and see how you react or possibly take it in the car with you before doing a whole room or house. This way you know if you tolerate it first.
Here is a quote from her:
As someone who has a child who suffers from multiple food allergies and environmental allergies, plus having MCS myself I was extremely happy with the Benjamin Moore Natura product both times we’ve used it in our homes. It not only went on just like you would want paint too but it held up, and did not cause us any adverse reactions.
I love that the Natura line has zero emissions after 4 hours. It also has zero VOC’s, is 100% acrylic and is a primer in one. Plus, it has a quick dry time. Everything felt dry after a couple hours. What’s even more exciting is it’s asthma and allergy friendly too! Here is a quote on the asthma and allergy certification on Benjamin Moore’s website:
We created a paint that is scientifically proven to have a reduced level of allergens. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program independently tests and identifies consumer products that are more suitable for those living with asthma and allergies. Natura earned the certification based on its odor, emission and VOC performance.
I love that it’s not hard to find or source Natura paint. Just head to any Benjamin Moore paint store and it’s there. Check out Benjamin Moore’s store finder here. They also have thousands of colors to choose from as well- another huge draw.
We chose the color Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65, Natura, Flat– a crisp clean white, similar to soft linen. We did our whole whole house in Chantilly Lace, except my daughter’s bedroom we did in Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52, Natura, Flat. We also didn’t paint the master bath or the kid’s bath yet- still deciding, but we did paint the 1/2 bath on the main floor(I forgot to take a before photo but it was all mint green to give you an idea). We had all the walls in the house painted in the Chantilly Lace and then my daughter’s room painted in Gray Owl and then the baseboards and trim were painted with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65, Natura, Semi-Gloss. I couldn’t be more pleased with the overall outcome! The paint looks just as you would imagine paint to look and brightened up our whole house. As you can see below, the before and after photos show the difference paint can make!
What the painters thought-
We hired painters to paint for us. With little kids, we knew we just wouldn’t have the time or space to do the whole house ourselves. Plus, our house has some really high vaulted ceiling areas and it would be hard to try and get them. The painters were excited that the paint was from Benjamin Moore. They said it was a quality paint and good choice. They had yet to use the Natura line from them. I asked for their feedback after painting and they said it was a great paint! They did go over some areas three times where it was a little darker from the previous paint but other than that they were happy with it as well.
The best part? I could hardly smell it at all! We stayed at my parents for a week while they painted and I would come check on it everyday and was always amazed at how little it smelled. Even when my mom came over she kept saying she could hardly smell anything! My nanny said the same thing. I was excited since the biggest concern going into a paint job for me is always the smell.
I really can’t recommend this paint enough! The quality of the paint, to the zero VOC’s, zero emissions after 4 hours, and asthma and allergy certification make this paint the best in my opinion. Check out all of Benjamin Moore Colors here.
Of course I couldn’t write this blog post without some before and after photos. The change is amazing! This is just the first part of my Detox Your Home Series. I’ll be sharing everything we do to our house as we do it, from products we get, etc. So many of you have asked how to do it, excited to finally share the process and tips with you. Plus, once were done I’ll be sharing the final photos of the house. We are still in the decorating phase and haven’t put anything up or gotten new furniture yet- it all takes time. Bottom line- I have so much more planned and can’t wait to share it with you!
*Note- I live in Washington where there are more gray days then sun, so the color doesn’t quite pop as much in my opinion. However, the before pics give you a good idea of how much brighter it looks! Also, I had the light on in some after photos and some I didn’t, so you could really see what the color looks like in both lightings. I did notice in the photos with the light on the Chantilly Lace color looks a little more yellow tinted.
Living Room Before-
Living Room After-
Girl’s Room Before-
Girl’s Room After-
Master Bedroom Before-
Master Bedroom After-
Bathroom After- (Didn’t have a before photo of this bathroom but it was all mint to give you an idea)
So what did you think? Leave me a comment below! Have you used Benjamin Moore Natura before?