How-To - Painting

Buying guide: Paint

The home improvement market offers lots of choice. Find out what your options are and which supplier is best for you.

There's a paint for every painter. Whether you value colour range, ease of application or designer credibility, you're sure to find your ideal match here.

Beauti-Tone
Well priced and carried nationally at Home Hardware, Beauti-Tone has a great website that covers project ideas, tips and trends.
Web site: beauti-tone.ca

Behr
Widely available through Home Depot, Behr is one of the best of the mid-priced brands. Features like large-size paint chips and in-store colour-matching computers make it popular among home painters.
Web site: behr.com

Benjamin Moore
A favourite brand with designers as well as consumers, both of whom like the paint line's vast range of colours, it offers excellent coverage and wear. Widely available.
Web site: benjaminmoore.ca

CIL Paints
One of the best-kept industry secrets, CIL is an excellent mid- to premium-priced paint with a beautiful colour palette. Its parent company, ICI, makes several fine house brands, such as Color Your World.
Web site: cilpaint.com

Devine Color
Boutique line Devine Color is the brainchild of Oregon artist Gretchen Schauffler. Sample cards feature real paint smears from the 115-shade palette. Sample pouches (about $5 each), which cover roughly four square feet, let you test the shades.
Web site: devinecolor.com

Farrow & Ball
One of the last traditional-style British paint manufacturers, Farrow & Ball boasts a small palette of can't-miss colours, many of them historically accurate and bearing quirky names like Pointing, String and Mouse's Back. Sample pots (about $8 each), which cover roughly 10 square feet, let you test colours.
Web site: farrow-ball.com

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