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5 washable paint brands perfect for keeping kitchen walls clean and beautiful

Keeping kitchen walls clean can be challenging; between food spatters from cooking or spilling, food can wind up everywhere. If you’re looking to refresh your kitchen walls, or want an excuse to try out a new color, washable paint is a great way to update your kitchen. We’ve put together a list of our favorite washable paint brands and colors that will not only make your kitchen walls easier to clean, they will give the room the update it deserves.



  • Hides dark colors
  • Resists water streaking
  • Contains anti-microbial agents to prevent mold and mildew

Sherwin-Williams is a household name for a reason. Their Emerald Paint and Primer is one of the most washable, durable paint colors on the market. The formula is specifically designed to hide dark colors and resist stain and water damage, and the paint is formulated with anti-microbial agents that inhibit mold and mildew growth.

  • Great for busy spaces
  • Contains anti-microbial agents to prevent mold and mildew
  • New stains can be wiped off with just water

For high-traffic kitchens, we love Sherwin-Williams’s Duration Home paint and primer. In addition to containing anti-microbial agents to fend off mold and mildew, any stains can be cleaned off just with water. You can kiss spaghetti night messes goodbye!

Benjamin Moore


  • Has a mildew-resistant coating
  • Features proprietary Color Lock Technology for richer colors
  • Durable finish that can stand up to repeated washing

If you’re looking for paint designed to survive anything, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s Aura line. There are a variety of paint finishes and colors to choose from, and the paint is designed to survive the humidity and wear of a bathroom – it shouldn’t have any trouble handling the kitchen.



  • Offered in a wide range of colors
  • Has an antimicrobial mildew-resistant finish
  • Features a stain-blocking formula

Rubbing scuffs out of the walls is a time-consuming chore and, let’s be real, there’s a whole host of things you’d rather be doing in your kitchen beyond cleaning the walls. Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra Scuff Defense paint delivers a beautiful semi-gloss sheen that’s durable, scuff-resistant, and full-coverage on almost any surface. We also love the wide range of colors — this paint line comes in everything from eggshell white to mint green.

Kitchen with a green tile backsplash



  • Greenguard Gold-certified
  • Protects walls against scrubs, marks, and wear
  • Available in four sheens

Valspar Ultra Stain Resistant Paint + Primer is a great washable paint for the family who values safety and style. In addition to being formulated to resist stains and scuffs, this paint is Greenguard Gold certified, meaning the paint emits fewer chemical odors into the air when used indoors. It’s available in eggshell, satin, flat, and semi-gloss, and makes a beautiful and safe addition to any kitchen space.



  • Available in four sheens
  • Easy to clean
  • Stain-resistant

Finding an eggshell paint that is stain-resistant and washable can be challenging. Kelly-Moore ‘s AcryPlex Interior Eggshell Enamel is our favorite; it’s durable and easy to clean, and doesn’t fade or dull over time, even in high-traffic kitchens that require plenty of maintenance. The AcryPlex line offers a variety of finishes and sheens — we love the eggshell enamel, and Kelly-Moore also offers flat, semi-gloss, and satin finishes.

Cleaning your kitchen walls is no easy task, and it’s certainly not the way you should be spending your time in one of the most high-traffic areas of your home. If you’ve been considering a coat of paint or a series of touch-ups, consider our five favorite washable paint brands for color that lasts, looks beautiful, and is easy to clean no matter what life — or you— throw at your kitchen walls.

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