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.

Well priced and carried nationally at Home Hardware, Beauti-Tone has a great website that covers project ideas, tips and trends.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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