Buying guide: Paint
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.
Web site: beauti-tone.ca
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
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
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
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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All-Canadian General Paint was one of the first to design software that lets you scan a room photo and preview it in a paint shade. General's Z-Coat is one of the most environmentally friendly latex paints on the market.
Web site: generalpaint.com
Martha Stewart Everyday Colors
You can't beat Martha's taste, and the paint chips show potential colour combos, making it easy to capture the decor guru's knack for coordination. Midpriced and widely available.
Available at: canadiantire.ca
Another venerable Canadian company, Para is known for such innovations as durable and scrubbable Elite eggshells and flats, and their Group of Seven line, which incorporates colours inspired by the canvases of Canada's legendary art movement.
Web site: para.com
Ralph Lauren Paint
Ralph Lauren Paint has the same designer cachet as Martha Stewart Everyday Colors and is similar in quality. Along with the basic finishes, there are textured paint treatments such as Suede and River Rock, which require specialized application methods.
One of the oldest Canadian companies, Sico is known for its super-washable flat paint, Cashmere, and for accuracy in nailing reds, often a difficult pigment for many companies to formulate.
Web site: sico.ca
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