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Learn Which Wall Paints are Nursery Safe

If your nursery decorating plans involve painting walls, consider low VOC, zero VOC, or natural paints.  Low VOC stands for volatile organic compounds.  In paint, VOCs manifest themselves in the form of odor and vapors that can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation. Significant exposure can lead to problems with kidneys, liver, or the central nervous system.

Luckily, recent advancements in technology have enabled the production of low VOC, zero VOC, or natural wall paints. These paints are ideal for those moms seeking a green nursery or those seeking unnecessary chemical exposure. They can also be easier to clean, to dispose of, and tend to produce less odor.

To be considered low VOC, the paint may only contain 250 grams of VOC per liter. Zero VOC paints may still contain VOCs, but have less than 5 grams of VOC per liter. Natural paints use water instead of petroleum and are made from natural ingredients such as water, clay, chalk, plant dyes, natural latex and even milk and beeswax.

There are many wall paint options in the market but here is a list of some of our favorites that are particularly good for kid’s rooms and nurseries.

Low VOC Paints

Benjamin Moore Aura
Serena & Lily

Zero VOC Paints

Olympic Premium Paint
Harmony by Sherwin-Williams
Devine Color

Natural Paints Marston & Langinger
Bioshield (The Kinder line is made especially for kids)
Green Planet Paints
The Old-Fashioned Milk Paint Company


7 Responses to “Learn Which Wall Paints are Nursery Safe”

  1. Lee says:

    Do any of these paints come in quantities smaller than 1 gallon? We need a smaller quantity of 5 colors for our mural, but so far I have only been able to find the gallon size.

  2. WeeDECOR says:

    Unfortunately, we are not aware of any smaller sizes of the wall paints we have listed above Your best bet would be to try Home Depot, Lowe’s, or a comparable home improvement or home decorating store. We have seen stores like these sell smaller sizes of paint and and we believe they can do color matching for you. They carry other low VOC and no-VOC brands of wall paint. Best of luck with your nursery mural!


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