How Often Should You Paint Your House Interior
Painting your home’s interior can be a big job, especially if you decide to do it all at once. Naturally, people have lots of questions about it. Namely, how often should you repaint your home?
Well, there isn’t one official answer. There are many factors to consider, such as wear and tear, how often the rooms are used, and what they’re used for. Each room is a little different—high traffic areas will probably need to be painted more often, while others can go for years before they need to be redone. Of course, sometimes it will be entirely driven by decor choices—you might want to update certain rooms more often than others.
How often should you paint interior rooms?
It varies from room to room, but when done with the proper paint and prep work, a paint job can often last from 5 to 10 years. However, the most “lived in” spaces will require more frequent paint updates.
Most adult bedrooms won’t need to be painted as often since they aren’t typically the most used rooms in the home. They aren’t high-traffic areas, which means people aren’t regularly touching the walls or bumping into them every day. Because of this, paint jobs can typically last 5 years or more in the average bedroom.
Children’s rooms are a different story. They face a lot more action since they often function as playrooms for more than just one child. With all the activity going on, the walls are more likely to get dirty or damaged during playtime. In a kids room, you’ll want to go with a highly durable finish to ensure the paint lasts as long as possible, such as eggshell or even a pearl/satin sheen finish. Even with a durable paint, the walls will need to be washed more frequently, which means you may need to paint again in 3-4 years or possibly sooner.
Living Room and Dining Room
A formal living room or dining room doesn’t usually get used very often, so the paint tends to last a little longer than in other rooms. These rooms also tend to have more furniture, which naturally acts as a buffer and stops people from touching the walls. For these spaces, it’s more likely that you’ll be repainting because you feel like it’s time to change up the look of your space, as opposed to repainting to combat wear and tear. On average, these spaces can go anywhere from 5-7 years, or possibly longer.
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They say the kitchen is the heart of a home and as such, they tend to be very busy spaces. Because of everything that goes on in a kitchen, they face lots of wear and tear. There are always people hanging out in the kitchen, which means they’re likely bumping into and touching the walls more often than in other rooms.
Kitchen walls also tend to get dirty more easily—cooking splatters, grease, and food prep often mean you have to wash the walls more often, which can have an effect on how long your paint lasts. Even if you use the most durable paint finishes available, kitchens will need to be painted more often than other rooms in your home. On average, they should be repainted every 3-4 years.
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Bathrooms are also rooms that are used quite frequently. Again, you’re likely to have people touching the walls a little more often, especially in a smaller bathroom or powder room. However, the main issue in bathrooms is humidity and moisture, which can impact the longevity of your paint. You’ll usually need to repaint every 3-4 years in bathrooms and other high-humidity areas like laundry rooms.
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