How to Choose Interior Paint

Freshen up your home with interior paint. Refresh the look of the inside of your home or transform and revitalize the look and feel of any room with a fresh coat of interior paint. Whether you choose a deep, dramatic shade or something from a subtler palette, painting is a simple and affordable way to make a big impact in your home.

Get Inspired

Find inspiration by choosing the perfect paint finish to really bring your room together. Different finishes have different qualities including easier cleaning and better durability. We’ll help you find the right finish that works for your room so you get long-lasting, beautiful colour coverage for years to come.

Interior Paint Colours

How to Select the Perfect Sheen

Flat/Matte

Flat/Matte

This sheen provides a low-lustre appearance that’s great for low- to moderate-traffic areas. With our scrubbable formulas, you can now use matte/flat paint in any room for a sophisticated designer look. It’s also the best at hiding surface imperfections and is easy to touch-up.

Ideal for : Family/Living Rooms, Bedrooms and Ceilings

Eggshell

Eggshell

With a soft and velvety appearance, this popular sheen offers mould and mildew resistance that makes it great for use in a non-traditional room like a bathroom or kitchen. It gives you a more subtle finish that suits popular farmhouse or mid-century modern design trends.

Ideal for : Kid’s Bedrooms, Family Rooms & Hallways.

Satin

Satin

If you’re seeking a pearl-like appearance, satin is the finish for you. It offers stain and fingerprint resistance and easy clean-up, making it best for areas regularly exposed to moisture like washrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. Use satin on your trim for a more subdued finish. Our paints offer the market leading scrubbability and washability to keep your trim looking fresh for years.

Ideal for : Kitchen, Bath & Laundry Rooms.

Semi-Gloss

Semi-Gloss

A radiant sheen with superior scrubbability, durability and moisture resistance. Ideal for trim, interior shutters, cabinets and moulding, as well as high-moisture areas.

Ideal for : Kitchen, Bath, Trim, Windows & High-Traffic Areas.

Hi-Gloss

Hi-Gloss

This sheen creates a glass-like finish for trim, moulding, cabinets and doors. Higher-gloss finishes are durable and easy to clean, but they highlight surface imperfections – this is important to consider when painting walls. Gloss paint is also great for transforming old furniture into statement pieces.

Ideal for : High-Use Surfaces, Cabinets &
Interior Furniture.

Primer

Primer

Use before painting to ensure better adhesion of paint to surfaces, increase paint durability and provide additional protection for the material being painted.

Ideal for : Base-coat. Used to prime your surface before painting.

How To Choose A Paint Colour

How to Choose Paint Colour

Picking a paint colour depends on several factors including in: lighting, furniture, flooring and personal taste. Here are some questions to ask when making your decision:

  1. What colour family do I want?
  2. Do I want a shade that’s dark and dramatic, light and airy, or something in between?
  3. Do I want a bright colour with pop and energy, or a soft, muted shade?
  4. Will there be an accent wall or contrast trim?
Paint sample

Try a Paint Sample for $4.97

The best way to confidently select your paint colour is to try before you buy. Test colours in your home under different lighting conditions by applying an 8 oz. paint sample. Samples are available at The Home Depot stores for $4.97 each.

Tip: How to Find the Perfect Grey Paint

How to Find the Perfect Grey Paint

Greys are a basic core colour. Behr’s Loft Space N500-2 - shown here in the nursery - goes great with pastels and bright accent pieces.

Asphalt Gray N520-6 (in the bedroom), Cool Ashes N520-4 (living room wall) or Graphic Charcoal N500-6 (shown on the fireplace) can create a bolder look and act as a great background colour, which you can then pair bright colours with to really make them pop.

Choosing the Right Interior Paint for Your Space

Getting your painting project done right starts with using Canada’s Best PaintTM, available only at The Home Depot.

All of our paints are formulated to provide superior durability with quick and easy application. They have been tested and proven to deliver better results and last longer, with options to fit every budget.

We offer the widest range of low and zero VOC paints, even after adding colour. Our industry leading no-VOC colourants ensure virtually no odour.

Our Behr water-based paint can even be used to cover existing surfaces painted with oil, with just a quick clean and a light sanding as preparation. No need to prime!

Canada's Best Paint

Interior Paint Behr Marquee
Behr Premium Plus Ultra
Glidden EPIC
Behr Premium Plus
Glidden Premium
Glidden Essentials
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*Based on results from independent laboratory studies of major Canadian Interior Paint brands.
**With the Exclusive BEHR MARQUEE® Colour Collection, and a selected number of colours from other BEHR® palettes.

Zero VOC And Low VOC Paints

The Home Depot is committed to reducing VOCs in paint products and offers low and zero VOC paint options. Low and Zero VOC paints provide the lowest indoor air impact during paint projects and fewer odours. Our paint colourants are industry leading no-VOC formulas specifically engineered to improve the performance of our paints without adding harmful VOCs.

Ceiling Paint

How does ceiling paint differ from wall paint? It's formulated in an ultra-flat finish to minimize glare around the ceiling surfaces. Formulated primarily for hide and coverage, you’ll hide imperfections better but it’s less washable overall.

To add some drama to your space, use a different sheen or colour on your ceiling.

Painting a stucco ceiling? Make sure to test your stucco to see if it’s sealed. Here’s how: in a discreet corner of the room, use a damp cloth or spray bottle to wet the stucco. If the stucco begins to soften or crumble, you're going to need prime your ceiling with an oil-based ceiling paint. If the stucco remains intact, you are ready to paint with any ceiling paint.

Ceiling paint

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