When you ask how often you should paint your house, it’s complicated. The answers will vary based primarily on what room you’re looking to paint. Below, we’ll discuss the painting needs of different rooms within your home.
In a general sense, living room paint tends to last longer than paint in other rooms. This has a lot to do with the fact that living rooms are typically free of strenuous activity.
In most cases, time spent in a living room is laid-back and relaxed. Because of this, living room paint jobs experience very little abuse.
It also helps that living rooms are filled with so many possessions. Coffee tables, television stands, and furniture typically prevent paint from being touched on a regular basis.
Taking all things into account, you’ll usually only have to paint your living room every five to seven years.
When it comes to painting, dining rooms are very similar to living rooms. Because they don’t typically contain strenuous or aggressive activities, their paint jobs generally don’t experience any abuse.
Also, like living rooms, they contain a number of large furniture pieces which act as a barrier between their paint jobs and any potential irritants. Tables, chairs, and wall ornaments essentially serve as a buffer between paint and everything else.
Just like living rooms, dining rooms will typically only need to be painted every five to seven years.
Kitchens are vastly different from living rooms and dining rooms. Whereas those rooms see very little strenuous activity, kitchens see nothing but strenuous activity.
Everything from pots to pans to extreme heat come into contact with the paint on your kitchen walls, wearing it down much faster than dining rooms or living rooms. In addition, because kitchen walls typically necessitate more cleaning than living room walls, the paint which adorns them doesn’t tend to last as long.
In most cases, kitchens need to be repainted every three to four years.
As far as repainting goes bathroom walls are in the same category as kitchen walls. This is to say that they experience a great deal of abuse, necessitating painting more much frequently than dining room walls or living room walls.
Because bathroom walls are in close contact with so much moisture, they are almost constantly getting wet. Over time, water eats away at their walls until the paint has no choice but to wear down.
While strong and durable paints are typically used in bathrooms, bathrooms still need to be repainted every three to four years.
Internal painting for bedrooms is a bit of a dicey subject. Whereas some bedrooms will need to be painted every two to three years, other bedrooms will only need to be painted every five to seven years. This is dependent on what type of activity is happening within the bedroom.
Kids’ bedrooms typically contain more strenuous activity, necessitating paint jobs more frequently than adults’ bedrooms. If someone is constantly making a mess of walls, the paint on those walls will wear down fairly quickly.
Like kids’ bedroom walls, hallway walls are almost always subject to a great deal of abuse. This is, quite simply, because they contain so much physical activity.
As people make their way down hallways, they frequently come into contact with hallway walls. Sometimes, they will even bump possessions into said walls, creating dents and chipping away at the paint.
Generally, the paint on hallway walls will thrive for around two or three years. However, if you can cut down on collisions with your hallway walls, you might be able to stretch this figure to around five years.
Some laundry rooms don’t even have paint on their walls. For the ones that do, however, moisture is typically a problem.
Just like with bathrooms, because laundry rooms contain so much moisture, their walls are almost constantly in contact with water. Over time, as this water inundates laundry room walls, their paint starts to peel away.
Generally, you can expect paint on laundry room walls to thrive for around three or four years. However, if you can keep moisture contained, you might be able to stretch this figure out to around five years.
If you’re going to paint the interior of your house, your ceilings will need to be painted as well. While this task is a little more challenging than the painting of vertical walls, it doesn’t have to be completed as often.
Though ceilings will receive a fair amount of abuse in the ways of sun exposure and water seepage, this abuse will typically not visually present itself for quite a while.
Generally, ceiling paint thrives for about twice as long as vertical wall paint. This means that you will typically only have to paint your ceilings every eight years or so.
No part of your home’s interior withstands more abuse than its baseboards. Baseboards are constantly met with physical trauma, slowly causing their paint to peel off and chip away. There is very little you can do to get around this fact.
Because baseboards meet so much physical trauma, their paint starts to wear away after just a few years. In most cases, you’ll have to repaint your baseboards every two to three years.