Valspar’s Answer to the Battle of the Paint Lines

Color in design is one of those things we, decorators and design lovers can’t stop talking about. If you want to know more tips and tricks on infusing color into your space, read our  Color Design Rules. If you’re ready to have a specific color palette, check out these Perfect Room Color Combos. Of course, you have to know the basics, I made a presentation at Treehouse Austin about Color Theory.

Color is in everything we see and sets the tone for every room. And nothing infuses more color than paint of course! With a wide array of brand names, which one should you choose? It’s no secret that I’m quite partial to Sherwin Williams and I’ve used Benjamin-Moore and the Jeff-Lewis paint line before. But I’m very intrigued about the new line by Valspar called Reserve.  Reserve features HydroChroma Technology, a new colorant system developed by Valspar with super-strength pigments allowing for a broad range of deeper, more vibrant colors and more accurate color matching. I must admit, their commercial was very clever too. It’s that one where the Mom is doing a video chat with Dad & kids. The wall behind them is vibrant yet after zooming out, there’s clutter everywhere and mess on the walls. So, it looks like cleaning will be a breeze and taking out stains off the wall is super easy.

Chroma in Color Theory is the saturation of a color, how intense it is. Think of it as “pure, bright color”, compared to a color diluted with white, darkened by black or grey, or thinned by glaze. Reserve is Valspar’s top of the line paint that is low-odor and zero VOC, it’s fade resistant and with the saturation being so intense, one-coat coverage is greatly improved {a must for paint DIY’ers out there}.

blue room valspar reserve

purple red room vaslpar reserve

pink mudroom Images by Valspar

With their newest line 40%  more durable & 40% better stain blocking, Valspar’s new paint line and technology is something to check out.

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13 thoughts on “Valspar’s Answer to the Battle of the Paint Lines

  1. Crystal on said:


  2. I love the blue color of the living space. i want to know what color did you use on the last picture? I mean, the entryway paint color. it looks blended with bike and coat rack. love it!

  3. Roxanna on said:

    What color BLUE is that in the picture above???? I love VALSPAR paint and want a “cobalt blue” for the door on my house this looks perfect…….

  4. PatriCia chaney on said:

    Just painted our bathroom with the Valspar paint and primer with hydrochroma. How long should we waiT to use the shower after our painting it complete.

  5. S. Smith on said:

    Don’t waster your money or time with this stuff. it’s horrible. too thick. dries way to fast. peels off while you are painting. way to expensive especially for the disaster it created in my bathroom. it does not cover well the first time either.

    • If you say that “it does not cover well the first time either”, that means you do not have too much experience painting. You will only get perfect coverage in one coat if you are going over the same color. Always two coats with any paint if there is a change. I did read this product dries fast, it’s probably more for pros.

      • thanks Jim! Absolutely, for a great finish, 2 sometimes even 3 coats is needed. It also depends on the pre-existing color & the new color.

        Thanks for chiming in!

  6. Donna Loken on said:

    Thanks for the tips on Paint. Did you try out the vaspar reserve? I can’t believe how much less expensive it is than Benj. Moore and Sherwin Williams. Is it really that great?!

    • Hi Donna! I haven’t personally tried it as perhaps like you, I use Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore although this specific line from Valspar promises it can match the prcier brands. It may be worth a try. Perhaps get a color sample of the same hue from Benjamin Moore & Valspar reserve?

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