As a consumer, contractor or business owner it is a daunting task to choose paint and paint colours. I'd like to focus on paint in this post.
The best paint based on 'consumer' response is Benjamin Moore Aura and Behr Premium Plus a close second. Surprised? You shouldn't be! Benjamin Moore's reputation and colour palette is unmatched in the industry and big box stores have higher traffic, bigger dollars and a greater marketing capacity then most local paint stores. Note: this is based on a 'consumer' based resource, not a professional painter's resource. My top picks are either Sherwin Williams Opulence or Benjamin Moore Regal - these are my go to paints for performance, coverage and durability.
• Benjamin Moore Aura Matt is a very good product. It covers remarkably well but does require a different application technique as it dries very quickly and is self levelling. Backrolling is not recommended. BM recommends a microfibre roller - it's not my preferred method, but it does work.
• I've only used Behr Premium Paint a few times, and each time coverage was poor and I found it sprayed too much off the roller. After one wall, I had to mask off the baseboard to keep the over spray off my work. Also, I don't frequent Big Box stores for paint purchases simply because I don't have the time.
My paint suppliers have my paint mixed, colour matched and ready for me when I arrive. I have a business account with them and can call ahead, you can't do this with the big box stores.
Here are my top picks: (These are the paints I use most because they work)
Trim Paint: Sherwin Williams Pro Classic or Benjamin Moore Advance (latex/oil hybrid)
Zero VOC Paint: Sherwin Williams Emerald/Harmony or Benjamin Moore Natura
Bathroom Paint: Sherwin Williams Harmony or Benjamin Moore Aura Bath & Spa
Best Exterior Paint: Sherwin William's Emerald Exterior Paint or Aura Exterior Paint
Within every paint company there are numerous product lines. Ask about the various options and price points available to you. Aura is one of Benjamin Moore's top brands as Emerald is Sherwin William's top brand.
Feel free to comment or add your two cents. Thanks for reading.