Eco-Friendly Low VOC Paint


In essence, paint is a spreadable liquid material that air cures. Traditionally, a vast array of ingredients have been added to paint to maximize coverage and durability. Some of these ingredients contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and these contribute to air pollution, as well as presenting a serious hazard to the painter – throat irritation, headaches, and nervous-system damage with overexposure.

Paint formulations have improved greatly over the years with all manufacturers now answering the call for “greener” products. Today’s paints are healthier for all concerned — our crew, your family, and the environment. Because “green” paints do not off-gas VOCs, it is no longer necessary to throw open every window and door or vacate the premises! In fact, contemporary low odor paints make interior painting hassle free year ‘round. When cold weather grips New England in mid November, the Catchlight crew heads indoors to focus our full attention on repairing, revitalizing and enhancing interior spaces.

As professional painters, we study paint and frequently spend time educating homeowners, interior designers and builders about the characteristics of contemporary ‘latex’ formulations. Latex is actually a misnomer as there hasn’t been latex rubber in water based paint for decades. As one might expect, not all paints perform to the same quality standard and while high performance formulas may cost a little extra, price reflects not only how well a coating will apply, adhere and endure, but ultimately its appearance and beauty.

Catchlight wholeheartedly endorses the Benjamin Moore Aura and Sherwin Williams Emerald paint products, outstanding in many respects. Their finish and texture is exceptional – even the “flat” finish feels dense and solid to the touch, rather than porous and textured. When complemented by a “satin” finish, the contrasting sheens work together beautifully. It is our pleasure to help you select paint types, colors, and textures best suited to your taste and home.