Eco Paints: A Guide to Healthier Home Decorating

eco paint from little greene in a green dining room
(Image credit: Little Greene)

Eco paint is a subjective term rather than a fixed set of characteristics. While some brands will describe their paint as environmentally-friendly due to low levels of potentially harmful fumes, others will go further — ensuring natural ingredients, recyclable materials, low-waste processes and a low carbon footprint. 

However they’re categorised, for those looking to paint a room, eco paint not only offers an ethical choice but a healthier one for those living in the home. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.