87 out of 100, from 10 reviews

Amazing customer service that saved my small condo from looking like a nursery!

I stumbled into Colorhouse because it was only a few blocks away from my condo. What I found inside was a passionate company that has created an amazingly environmentally friendly product. To top it all off they had one of the most customer friendly teams I've ever met. I am not an experienced painter nor was I attempting to do a very large project but the Colorhouse team was truly amazing in helping me through the process. Lynn Morgan in customer service was my panting angel and if she hadn't guided me through the process my entire place would have looked like a kids nursery! I'm so please with how the project turned out and I couldn't be more thankful for Lynn and the Colorhouse team! I definitely will pass you details to anyone in need of an amazing project and great customer service. Thanks again! Oliver

Colorhouse is the best!

What's not to like about Colorhouse Paints. They are eco friendly, come in an amazing array of colors for any palette.They are a dream to work with.Their customer service is top notch and are more than happy to help. I really can't say enough good things about the product and the company. These are the best paints on the market and we are proud to use them on our products.

Great quality paint!!!

I'm a one coat paint snob. So I like good quality paint. Wasn't sure at first if this was going to be it, since I was going with a lighter paint over a mid-blue color. But it dried beautifully and only had to do a few touch ups over some of the brush strokes. The quality is really outstanding. Will definitely be using again.

Great Paints and Great Service

I've really enjoyed working with Colorhouse paints in my apartment. I also appreciate their "color nerds" steering me in the right direction!

Great coverage and no smell!

By far the best paint I've purchased. I recently purchased Aspire .01 (a very light yellow) for a wall in our bedroom. The walls are a dark brown and I was concerned I needed primer as well before putting on the Colorhouse paint. After talking with their Color Help team, they said primer wouldn't be necessary but I would need a couple coats. Skeptical but trusting, I painted the wall without primer. I was excited to see two coats covered the wall easily and covered the dark brown without issue. A bonus was that there was hardly any smell while painting, and when it dried you couldn't tell the room had been painted at all! I've painted many rooms with other brands in the past and have always needed to air out the room for days to get the fumes out. Not with Colorhouse! I definitely recommend Colorhouse paint to anyone.


All our answers to all your questions.

Where can I buy Colorhouse paint?

Find a retail location near you, or you can order online.

What sheens does Colorhouse have and where do I use them?

Inspired Flat: Wipeable, high hiding matte finish. Ideal for uneven surfaces maximizing color on ceilings and wall surfaces. Not recommended for high traffic areas. Available in Quarts, Gallons, and Fives.

Inspired Eggshell: Excellent durability, stain resistance, and moisture resistance. Recommended for all wall and room types including kitchen and baths. Ideal for high traffic areas. Available in Quarts, Gallons, and Fives.

Inspired Semi-Gloss: Ideal for trim and doors. Available in Quarts, Gallons and Fives. Not recommended for floors, furniture or cabinets.

Do you have a primer?

Yes. Colorhouse Inspired Multi-Purpose primer is a stain-blocking primer that can be used on unpainted drywall, raw wood, cured masonry or concrete, aluminum, galvanized metal, and glossy surfaces previously painted with water-based or oil-based paint.  Use as a transitional primer when painting a lighter color over a darker color. As a stain blocker, some stains may require two coats.

How can I sample your colors?

We have multiple ways you can sample our colors:

Colorspot samples – $6.00: 8oz of real Colorhouse Inspired paint, in our eggshell finish.  Paint out a sample on your wall or a piece of poster board and see how our paint and colors work for you.  Unlike other paint samples that are low quality, contractor grade and test for color only, our Colorspot samples let you see, smell, and experience our actual product that you get when you order our paint.

Color Chips – $0.50 each: 5″x5″ color swatch

Fan Deck – $49.99:  5″x5″ color chip of all of Colorhouse 128 interior hues

Options for ordering color samples are available on each color page. Start shopping here.

What makes your paint environmentally-friendly?

Colorhouse products have third party recognition for environmental, health and performance attributes.

Green Wise certification
LEED Compliant
Master Painter’s Institute (MPI) X-Green Certified
SCAQMD Super Compliant

Paint for the People and the Planet: Our Green Promise



Recycled content containers
100% PCW chlorine-free labels
100% PCW brochures


LEED® Gold manufacturing facility
Member EPA SmartWay transportation
Renewable energy at HQ


LEED® compliant
Green Wise® Gold certified
South Coast Air Quality Management District – Super Compliant
MPI Extreme Green certified

What are your VOC Content and Emissions Statements?

Maximum VOC content for untinted base paint and primer: 3 g/L (as determined by ASTM Test Method D 6886). The VOC content may increase after tinting.

Our untinted base paints and primers have zero VOC emissions 14 days after application in a non-residential setting, based on California CDPH Standard Method Section 01350, the most popular US standard for evaluating and restricting VOC emissions for indoor air. VOC emissions may increase after tinting.

Read more about VOCs here.

What is Green Wise Certification?

Colorhouse paints are Green Wise certified.

Products bearing the Green Wise label have been tested and certified by Coatings Research Group, Incorporated to meet environmentally determined performance standards established by CRGI’s ISO-accredited facility for specific product types and to meet or exceed the VOC requirements of LEED® for most applications. Green Wise certified products do not contain certain chemicals which have been determined to be harmful to humans or our environment.

The following chemical compounds are not used as ingredients in the manufacture of the listed product: methylene chloride, 1,2 dichlorobenzene, phthalates, isophorone, formaldehyde, methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, and the following heavy metals: antimony, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, and mercury.

Coatings Research Group, Incorporated is an international organization of paint manufacturers, staffed with degreed chemists, and recognized the world over for its high quality technical work and scientific reporting. The CRGI laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited by Laboratory Accreditation Bureau.

What is a VOC? Why are they bad?

VOC is short for volatile organic compound. In plain terms, these are chemical liquids that evaporate at room temperature, and have measurable negative effects on human health.   Examples of these include solvents used in low VOC or traditional paints (such as ethylene glycol and paint thinner/turpentine). The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has identified paints to be a major contributor to VOCs inside our homes and in the environment. Walls and ceilings are roughly 70% of your interior. For more information on indoor air quality go to www.epa.gov/iaq

Read more about VOCs here.

What is LEED? Does Colorhouse paint qualify for LEED Green Building points?

LEED is short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is a rating system developed by the US Green Building Council system that measures how ‘green’ a building/remodel/new construction is. For more specific information on LEED go to www.usgbc.org/leed/

Colorhouse products are LEED Compliant.

Does Colorhouse paint work for chemically sensitive people?

For chemically-sensitive customers we recommend consulting a licensed physician and testing our product before using. All chemical sensitivities are unique and affect individuals differently. Our paint is not a natural paint, it is an acrylic product made with chemical compounds. It is our customers’ responsibility to determine if they are sensitive to our formulation. Please note that Colorhouse is not liable for any product reimbursement due to chemically sensitive scenarios.

Is Colorhouse a natural paint?

Colorhouse is not a natural paint. It is a water-based, 100% acrylic paint.

Is Colorhouse tested on animals/animal ingredients?

Colorhouse untinted base paints are not tested on animals and they do not contain animal ingredients.  However, raw materials suppliers are required by law to determine the potential toxicity of chemical substances. Unfortunately, as a result, some of the raw materials used in making paint have been tested on animals. There is no latex-based paint product available on the market where the components are not tested on animals prior to the manufacturing process.

What ingredients are in Colorhouse?

The primary ingredients in Colorhouse paint are: water, acrylic polymer, titanium dioxide, kaolin clay, amorphous silica, and limestone (ingredient amounts vary from base to base).

How do I store or dispose of my leftover paint?

Keep from Freezing!  Store at room temperature, in a cool, dark place.   Check www.earth911.org for recycling and disposal information in your area.  If you’re in Portland, OR we are a PaintCare Recycling Center.  Bring your leftover paint to our facility for recycling – 519 NE Hancock #B, Portland, OR 97212.

Is Colorhouse primer a stain-blocking primer?

YES! Colorhouse Multi-Purpose primer is a stain blocking primer. Some stains may require 2 coats.  Allow primer to dry for 24 hours before painting when using as a stain blocker.

I am pregnant — can I paint?

If you have specific health concerns, we always recommend speaking with your doctor.

Can I paint with Colorhouse on the following surfaces: drywall, wood, concrete, furniture, floors, cabinetry and metal?

Colorhouse products can be used on a variety of properly prepared and primed surfaces. Our Multi-Purpose primer is stain-blocking with great adhesion for glossy surfaces and can be used to prime new drywall (wallboard), new wood, concrete (cured masonry), plaster and spackled areas, aluminum and galvanized metal.  For new wallboard, thoroughly vacuum fine dust from walls. Colorhouse is not intended for use on furniture, floors or cabinetry.

Do colorants add VOCs?

The colorant systems used to tint Colorhouse paint vary from retailer to retailer, however, all are labeled as low VOC from their manufacturers. As Colorhouse does not manufacture colorants, we are unable to answer specific VOC and emissions questions regarding colorants. However, we can supply you with contact information and SDS sheets for the colorants used by your retailer. Please contact us if you would like this information.

Can another company’s colors be mixed in Colorhouse?

Yes, Colorhouse can match most other paint brand’s colors. See your local retailer for details.

Does Colorhouse offer color-choosing help?

Yes, we offer Color Help online here.  Our Color Nerds are standing by to help you find that perfect color for your home!

What is your Shipping/Return policy?

View our shipping/return page here.