Best washable paint: 5 picks for hallways, kitchens, playrooms and more

Our selection of the best washable paints are ideal for high-traffic areas that are prone to muddy paws and sticky fingers

Best washable paint
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If you didn't even know washable paint existed, get ready for your world to be rocked because it's paint but... it's washable. Yep, that means you can rub off muddy paw marks, wipe away sticky finger smudges and if you are quick enough, clean away hair dye splashes that you swear were not you...

So, here we have rounded up the best washable paints available for all those high-traffic areas at risk of splashes, spills, scuffs and stains.

For more advice and inspiration head to our paint hub page and once you've chosen your paint type, check out our hallway paint ideas for colour inspiration and advice.

Best washable paint you can buy: Dulux Easycare Matt Emulsion Paint

1. Dulux Easycare Matt Emulsion Paint

Best washable paint you can buy: the ideal paint for hectic households

Specifications
Best for : Walls and ceilings
Finish : Matt
Drying time: 12 hours
Coverage: Up to 13m2/litre
Colours available: 65
Reasons to buy
+Stain repellent +Scrubbable 
Reasons to avoid
-Long drying time 

While the colour pigmentation of Dulux Easycare Matt Emulsion Paint may not match up to more expensive brands like Farrow & Ball, for its durability and resistance to stains, we have to place this paint from Dulux at the top of the list. It's 20 times tougher than standard Dulux Matt Emulsion so, whether its sticky fingerprints or mud stains, you’ll be able to scrub your wall clean without taking off any of the paint with it. We think this is the best washable paint you can buy, especially if you're re-painting your hallway.

  • Shop Dulux Easycare Matt Emulsion Paint here

Best washable paint for kitchens

2. Colours Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint

The best washable paint for kitchens: now you can admit that those splashes aren't part of your kitchen design

Specifications
Best for: Kitchen walls
Finish: Matt
Drying time: 4 hours
Coverage: Up to 14m² per litre
Colours available: 84
Reasons to buy
+ Huge range of shades to choose from + Non-reflective finish 
Reasons to avoid
-True colour may not match how your monitor displays it online so be sure to pick up a sample pot

Suitable for use on walls and ceilings, the Colours Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint is the best washable paint that's been designed for kitchens. It's available in 84 shades, so whether you are into soft pastels or bright hues you will find something to suit your style. The matt finish is very trendy at the moment and doesn't reflect light so will look good in any room, no matter what the natural light situation. It's moisture resistant so is a great washable paint for bathrooms too and it's grease and stain-resistant. 

  • Shop Colours Kitchen Matt Emulsion Paint here

Best washable paint for colour range: Farrow & Ball Matt Estate Emulsion Paint

3. Farrow & Ball Matt Estate Emulsion Paint

Best washable paint for colour range: It may be expensive but you’ll probably find their colour quality hard to beat

Specifications
Finish: Matt
Drying time: 2 hours
Colours available: 132
Reasons to buy
+ Deep, rich colours 
Reasons to avoid
-Bit more pricey

If quality of colour is key to you, Farrow & Ball’s Matt Estate Emulsion Paint is the best washable paint you're going to get. With the brand boasting that their paint contains more colour pigments than other emulsions, those looking for depth and richness shouldn’t be disappointed. It has a chalky, matt finish and as it’s wipeable, you can able remove dirty fingerprints fairly easily. As a bonus, the formulation is eco-friendly with a low odour, while the two hour drying time means a fresher looking home in no time at all. 

  • Shop Farrow & Ball’s Matt Estate Emulsion Paint here

The best washable paint for furniture and cupboards

4. Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood Paint

The best washable paint for furniture and cupboards: for easy room updates

Specifications
Best for: Cupboards and furniture
Finish: Satin
Drying time: Up to 6 hours
Coverage: 16m² per litre
Colours available: 19
Reasons to buy
+ Self-undercoating and wipeable formula + Low VOC content 

Looking to paint furniture or your kitchen cupboards but still want to pick a washable paint? The Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood Paint is your best bet. Its low VOC content makes it a little friendlier to work  in small spaces than some more potent paints, and it has a user-friendly formula too: self-undercoating, non-yellowing and wipeable, so no need to worry about grease stains or scuff marks. 

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  • Shop Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood Paint here

Best washable paint for high traffic areas:Sandtex Matt Masonry Paint

5. Sandtex Matt Masonry Paint

Best washable paint for high traffic areas: If you have exposed stone or brick to paint this masonry paint is dirt resistant

Specifications
Best for: High traffic areas
Finish: Matt
Drying time: 3-4 hours
Coverage: Up to 16 m2 per litre
Colours available: 27
Reasons to buy
+ Breathable and waterproof 

If you require a washable paint suitable for masonry, this one from Sandtex is probably one of the best you can choose. Thanks to its microseal technology, the paint provides a dirt resistant, waterproof and breathable cover, making it more than up to the job. With up to 27 colours to choose from, you’re not limited when it comes to choosing the right colour for your hallway masonry. The best washable paint for busy rooms in your home, we think.

  • Shop more Sandtex Matt Masonry Paint here

How to buy the best washable paint

There are three things to bear in mind when choosing the best washable paint:

Finish

Depending on personal preference, washable paints come in lots of different finishes including matt and silk. Silk has a soft sheen and reflects light differently to matt so choose a finish that matches your style. 

Drying time

A quicker drying time is more ideal for those who live in a busy household, but again, this is down to personal preference as some quick-drying paints may be more expensive.

Colours available

The majority of washable paints are available in several different colours, so there's no need to settle for brilliant white – unless you want to of course.

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