Santa Ana, CA
Otho Behr, Jr.
Santa Ana, CA
Otho Behr, Jr. began the company in 1947 out of his garage. The next year, he opened a warehouse and headquarters in Pasadena. In 1999, Behr was purchased by the Michigan-based Masco corporation. Behr paints are sold through HomeDepot stores in the US, China, and throughout the world.
Behr paint doesn't have the cachet of Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball, or other decorator's paints, but in our experience it's a good budget brand that consistently receives high marks from Consumer Reports.
Their "premium plus" line was a top pick for Consumer Reports in 2009, based on how well it covers a contrasting color, the smoothness of the surface, and how well it resists staining (Source: Consumer Reports Interior Paint Ratings). Many Behr paints are water-based acrylic, which means they're generally not too noxious, but we do feel that they're behind the curve in terms of low-VOC and no-VOC paints. Their one low rating from CR came from VOCs per grams/liter.
2009 Color Contest winner Beth used Behr paint in her "Kind of Blue Living Room." (She can't remember the exact color name.) We've used Irish Mist, a silvery gray/off-white in our old living room, Jamaican Sea for a couple of painted furniture projects, and Chocolate Froth, a light latte-colored brown, in our old bedroom.
Since 1978, Behr's paints have been sold through HomeDepot. For more information about colors and finishes, click here.