Impressive Paints

Over the past two years, 77 million people painted a room in their home.

When you tackle such a project you want to make sure you've picked the right color.

Consumer Reports just tested paint and found there are plenty of quality paints available.

The particular paint store we spoke with had a color specialist on hand to help people pick the perfect color.

Consumer Reports says paint manufacturers are trying to make the process easier. Some now sell samples that you try out in your home. Whatever color you choose, you need paint that will stand the test of time.

Consumer Reports testers just evaluated nearly 60 different paints in three different finishes.

Testers put two coats over contrasting stripes to judge how well the paint covers. To see how well the paint resists tough stains, testers applied a greasy mixture to the samples.

And this simple test assesses whether the paint dries to a hard finish. A sticky finish is no good.

What you'll see is when it is humid or warm, books will stick to the bookshelf. Windows will stick closed. Sometimes doors will stick.

In the end, testers found some great paints. If you need a flat paint, try Behr Premium Plus Enamel, best for living rooms and dining rooms.

A second paint from Behr, the Premium Plus Satin is excellent for high traffic areas like hallways.

And Valspar American Tradition Signature came out on top if you need a semi gloss paint, good for kitchens and bathrooms. As for picking the perfect color, well that's a matter of personal preference.

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