How often should you paint your interior walls?

March 14, 2023

What do you think? How often should certain rooms in the home be painted? There is no precise answer to this question, as there are many factors and things to consider. For example, you will hear that it would be good to refresh the kitchen every year, but why should you do it if your paint is still clean and in place?

Each room in the home has a recommended period, after which repainting may be necessary. However, it should be remembered that the nature of painting can affect how soon a specific room should be painted. Personal preferences (for example, changing the color) can also affect the frequency of interior painting.

Generally speaking, whether you paint/repaint the interior or not depends on how the color you've chosen specifically for that room looks. Here are some tips worth listening to for those still needing more detailed insight into the home renovation project.


Formal living and dining rooms do not require frequent painting. No matter how much it seems to you that you should paint the living room every year, the fact is that this part of the home is most often equipped with furniture from head to toe, and this prevents people from leaning against the walls and, therefore, things stay cleaner. However, most homeowners are willing to paint their living and dining rooms to enhance the look of the interior. In general, living and dining rooms should be repainted every five to seven years unless the situation on the ground is such that something needs to be done urgently.


The kitchen is the heart of every home and where most of us stay for a long time during the day. At the same time, this is the only space where you will spend the most time preparing a meal and socializing with family and friends. Because of everything that goes on in the kitchen, these areas often get worn out - think of the oil and grease splattered all over your kitchen walls. That is why you will need to paint the kitchen more often than other rooms in your home. According to professionals like Calgary painters, a kitchen should be repainted every year or so on average.


As for painting the bedrooms, it all depends on whose bedroom it is. Bedrooms for adults do not require frequent painting because they are not busy; therefore, the probability of touching the walls is low. For this reason, the paint can last more than five years in an average used bedroom for adults. When it comes to children's bedrooms, the story is entirely different. These rooms are high-traffic areas, increasing the likelihood of parents and children touching the walls. In addition to dirtying the walls, children play with objects that can scratch the walls, which affects the painting and plastering, which would have to be repeated at least every three years.


Bathrooms and laundry rooms fall into the same category. These are the rooms we use the most, automatically increasing the chance of touching the walls and getting them dirty. This kind of scenario is usually reserved for small bathrooms where (in addition to dirt) the owners also have to worry about moisture (especially if the bathroom has no windows). So, the primary culprit for painting in these rooms is high humidity. Since humidity affects the longevity of the painting, the bathroom should be painted after three to five years to maintain its normal appearance.


The hall or corridor is the place of entry into the home and, therefore, one of the busiest areas throughout the day. This is part of the home where you will first notice dirt, dents, scratches, or all other wall irregularities. Fortunately, since these are primarily small rooms, it will be fine for you to repaint or repaint them at least once every two to three years.


Once you have decided it's time to paint your walls, you can either do it yourself (DIY) or find a professional to do the painting for you. We have also recently published an article about the best way to find and hire a professional painter, right here.

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