The Top 5 Best Interior Paint Brands in Canada

Choosing the best interior paint brands

One of the biggest choices – and commitments – you make when you buy or update a building is the interior paint. Whether you are setting up a home, an office, a store, a restaurant, or some other interior space, choosing the best interior paint is the fastest way to get the feel and style you want in a space. You may want to follow current trends, or perhaps create a space that is just for you; no matter what you are after, there is a paint for the job. The right preparation, the right finish, the right colour palette and, above all, quality is what makes the difference between an interior design success and a failure.

Where to find the best interior paint to cover all your needs

It may seem simple, but then you get to the colour wall in your local hardware store and realise just how seemingly endless the choices are. Add to that aspects like satin or eggshell and you may feel out of your depth. To make the choice easier, we have put together this explanation of the different paint finishes, the colour combinations that are always winners, and a list of the best interior paint brands in Canada. Head straight to the guide or continue scrolling for some of the top products.

Benjamin Moore Aura

Benjamin Moore – High quality and premium colour

Benjamin Moore are committed to producing the highest-quality paints with superior performance properties. But what they are really known for is colour. They revamped their colour technology about 10 years ago and haven’t looked back. Their colours are known the world over for their vibrancy and longevity.

Benjamin Moore Aura (left) is a waterborne interior paint with incredible hide qualities and fade and rub-off resistance. It is low odour, zero VOC, self priming, and easy to apply.

Devine Color by Valspar

Devine Color by Valspar – Creamy, luscious colour

Now owned by the Sherwin-Williams company, Valspar began over two hundred years ago and is still protecting and colouring homes around the world. They produce interior coatings in their  Signature, Simplicity, and Ultra ranges.

Devine Color by Valspar is a collection of paints – wall, furniture, and spray paints – designed to infuse a home with colour and radiance. The wall coatings are creamy and luxurious and perfect for a small room or feature wall.

How to choose the best colour scheme for every room

Choosing a colour scheme you like and liking it when it’s done are two different things. The key is choosing a colour that won’t fight your furnishings, fixtures, and flooring, and not a trend that will make you regret ever watching the Property Brothers. Some good tips to follow are:

The best interior paint brands will give you the best results.

Dark and enveloping colours are popular for creating a dramatic look.

  • Think about the use and light of the room – The paint colour you choose will set the mood of the room. Dramatic, subtle, cosy, stylish – it is important to choose the mood based on how you use the room. For example, a bedroom with a bright and insistent colour will not create the calming space you need to relax.
  • Always use the test pot – Colours do not look the same in the tin as they do on the wall. Always check that the light and the substrate colours do not alter the paint beyond recognition – this is also true for exterior paints.
  • Do not make rash decisions – So you’ve painted the test patch and you like it, now what? Now you wait. Sleep on it. Do not just get stuck in and wake up with a paint hangover. Light changes in a space and you may wake up feeling differently.
  • Choose for what you have not want you wish you had – Though the internet is a wonderful tool it can also lead to mistakes. Seeing a colour work amazingly in one space does not mean it will work amazingly in all spaces. Light, ceiling height, furnishing, and fixtures all play a role.

The biggest interior paint colour trends right now

One of the biggest trends in interior design right now is JOMO – the Joy Of Missing Out. People are embracing the need for cosiness in our interiors, and paint manufacturers are producing interior paint colour schemes that help create these spaces. Muted tones that inspire comfort and relaxation are popular, from grey hues to beiges, pale pinks and faded green tones, these colours promote rest. And of course if you want a space to clear and empty the mind, there is always all those whites.

As well as the JOMO palette, the trend for pairing bold colours with a simple monochrome is still going strong. Bold, dark wall colours like Sherwin-Williams ‘Heartthrob’ or PPG’s ‘Night Watch’ regularly make most popular lists. Though Millennial Pink may be on the way out, arsenic greens are still making their mark.

Finishing first – what flat, eggshell, and gloss really mean

While ‘gloss’ and ‘flat’ may be self explanatory, things get a bit hazier when the eggshells and satins start appearing. Not only that, but there are ways in which these finishes are used and ways in which they are not – unless you want to be unconventional it helps to understand which surfaces normally use which paint. These conventions also apply for outdoor paints. The different sheens and uses of these paints are:

  • Flat and Matte – These paints have the lowest levels of glossiness of all the finishes available, at roughly 0-10% sheen. They are non-reflective and will hide surface blemishes and inconsistencies, effectively smoothing the surfaces on which they are painted. These are mostly used for walls, and have a smooth and velvety appearance.
  • Eggshell and satin – These are the “mid-sheen” finishes. They have some reflectivity (satin is slightly glossier than eggshell, which looks like its namesake), and are more durable than the flat and matte finishes. Because of this, they are often used in more demanding spaces like kitchens and bathrooms, and satin is often used for doors and trim.
  • Semi- and high gloss – The most reflective of the decorative paints, these are traditionally used for skirting boards, doors, mouldings, window, and other trim. It is also the toughest finish. Due to their high levels of sheen, gloss finishes show up imperfections, so it is important to prepare the substrate beforehand.

The Top 5 Best Interior Paint Brands in Canada

Ultimately, the best interior paint is the one that gives you the colour, finish, and quality that you want. What qualifies as “the best” comes down to the paint that provides the best finish, value for money, range, and overall satisfaction. The Canadian home improvement market includes a range of products from the best paint manufacturers from around the world. Below we have listed the best interior paint brands in Canada. Once you have picked your paint scheme, head over to our painting tools guide to get started!

Interior Paint BrandBrand DescriptionProduct Example
BehrManufacturer of interior and exterior house paints, as well as stains and primers.Behr Premium Marquee – a stain-blocking paint and primer interior paint
Benjamin MooreAn upmarket American paint company known for their luxurious colours. Interior and exterior paints, as well as stains and specialty paints.Aura Interior Paint – a premium, self-priming paint available in the full range of sheens
Cloverdale PaintA homegrown Canadian paint manufacturer, Cloverdale Paint has a range of interior paints, exterior paint, stains, and specialty coatings for every room and surface.Super Acrylic II – a premium washable finish with an eggshell sheen.
DuluxOwned by PPG, this Canadian paint line includes the Dulux, Glidden, and Flood brands.Glidden Ultra Interior Latex – scrubbable interior paint for a range of surfaces.
Sherwin WilliamsThat Sherwin Williams. With over 1,500 paint colours and products for every surface, you will find what you are looking for.Emerald – stain-blocking paint and primer premium interior paint
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