But how do these healthier paints stack up? We asked Kelly LaPlante, principal designer and president of Los Angeles–based Kelly LaPlante Organic Interior Design Inc., to pick up her roller and report back on the top options.
Benjamin Moore Aura
$57 per gallon
Type: Low VOC
Coverage: Excellent. Aura provided rich, even color in just one coat. And it’s truly self-priming, so it’s a time-saver.
Odor: Very low
Dry time: 1 hour
Bottom line: This paint offers amazing coverage: “In some instances, you wouldn’t even need to use two coats,” LaPlante says. But it’s also the most expensive one we tested.