Newer interior paint formulas are designed to provide easier application, better coverage – and safer impacts on people, animals and the environment. For example, you can buy paint that combines the formulation of a primer with the qualities of a finishing paint. Though not all are “one-coat” paints, they may eliminate the need for an extra application. You can also buy latex paint that is recycled – actually made from unused paint – yet claimed to perform like new. Said to have properties much in demand, such as being fast-drying, moisture-resistant, washable, and offering protection from UV-fading, it is also described as having low emission levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Other contemporary paint promises include paint that kills germs, bacteria and/or mold. There’s even a paint that’s claimed to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) by absorbing toxins – truly an evolution from decades ago when indoor paint contained poisonous lead. Finally, if you’ve ever had to repaint a white ceiling, you’ll appreciate a new paint that goes on pink before it dries white, so you’ll see if you’ve missed a spot before you’ve finished and cleaned up.