Water-based paint typically has a milder odor compared to oil-based paint. Water-based paints, also known as latex or acrylic paints, have lower levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which contribute to the paint smell. Oil- based paints, on the other hand, often have a stronger smell due to higher levels of VOCs. Proper ventilation and using low VOC or zero VOC paint options can help minimize the impact of the paint smell regardless of the type of paint used.