From nursery paint to the painting that you’ll use for painting a porch to the pain necessary for priming walls, there are many different types of pain available here and all throughout the United States. Choosing a paint such as nursery paint can seem overwhelming – after all, there are truly a wide variety of colors and styles out there, from odorless paint to matte paint and the like. More important than anything, however, is ensuring that any paint you buy is low in volatile organic compounds, which are also known as VOCs.
These volatile organic compounds should be avoided at all costs, but especially in paints such as nursery paint and the paint that will go in the bedrooms of any children who might live in the home. This is due to the fact that volatile organic compounds – and therefore paint that has volatile organic compounds in it – is likely to have a considerable detriment on the health of those who are around it on a regular (if not daily) basis.
For instance, children who live in a room with nursery paint or other such paint that contains volatile organic compounds are particularly likely to suffer some of the detrimental impacts of this paint, something that can actually be seen in a whole one fourth of children living with such nursery paint (or other type of paint, as a matter of fact), as their bedrooms were found to have the highest concentrations of these harmful volatile organic compounds. For such children, asthma rates and eczema rates were both raised by more than 100%. In addition to this, the rates of rhinitis for such a population of children actually skyrocketed by more than 300%, a truly astronomical amount by just about any standards, here in the United States as well as outside of it too.
And though children and those who are susceptible to allergies are most likely to feel the effects of paints like nursery paint that contain a high concentration of volatile organic compounds, but otherwise healthy adults can also feel the more detrimental side effects as well. For instance, adults working in a space that has a high concentration of volatile organic compounds (likely thanks to the paint that has been used) experience quite the dip in overall cognitive function.
This was first discovered to be a fact in a study that was conducted by The Syracuse Center for Excellence here in the United States. In this study, when a group of office workers were removed from their office and into and environmentally controlled one, it was found that, in the short course of time that they worked in the environmentally controlled space, their overall cognitive abilities improved by more than 100%, a truly incredible amount by just about any standards, to say the least.
But if you’ve bought a preexisting home and aren’t sure if volatile organic compounds can be found in the nursery paint, porch paint, or any other type of paint found throughout the home, don’t worry about it too much. This is due to the fact that paint that is over a full year old will likely have lost much of the potency of any volatile organic compounds in it. However, repainting or any new paint – such as, in the example of a family soon to bring a new baby home, nursery paint – should be low in volatile organic compounds, if not totally free of them to begin with.
But once you’ve picked a brand of nursery paint or other such paints that are definitely low in these volatile organic compounds, you’ll still need to decide on colors and textures and all of that. For a baby’s room, for instance, you might choose a nursery paint in a much more muted color, so as to provide a soothing and nurturing environment for the new baby in question. In addition to this, you might need to decide on a bathroom color as well. From bathroom to bedroom, each and every room should be considered.