How Often We Recommend Painting Your House Interior To Keep It Nice

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How often you should paint your house depends on the area

It’s a great idea to look up how often the interior of a house should be painted. Then you can save up for it and have a less stressful time!

In this post, you can find out how often we recommend painting certain areas of your house’s interior. You can also find out why areas have different time ranges between painting.

How Long Has It Been?

“How long has it been since what?” asks Michelle.

“Since we’ve had any part of our house’s interior painted,” says David. Michelle nods, a frown forming rows on her forehead.

“It’s probably about time to paint our house interior then. At least certain areas of it,” she finally says. “You can tell certain parts need it.”

David frowns to match Michelle’s. “Well if some parts need it then others may too, or aren’t far behind. How often do we need to paint the interior of our house? I’m sure it’s different for kitchens, living rooms, and other areas.”

“Let’s look it up on Google, along with the cost to paint a room,” Michelle suggests. David nods as Michelle gets her phone out and starts looking.

Here’s what the couple discovers:

How Often The Interior Of A House Should Be Painted

Painting a house interior

How often a house interior should be painted depends on the room. Kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways are 2 to 4 years. Living and dining rooms are 5 to 7 years. Bedrooms are 2 to 8 years. Exteriors are 5 to 10 years. The time depends on how much traffic your house has and the climate you live in.

Kitchens, Bathrooms, And Hallways

Kitchens need painting often

We recommend painting these parts of your house interior every 2 to 4 years.

These areas see a lot of action. Kitchens are the most popular room to hang out in (just see where you and your friends go next time). All this foot traffic makes it more likely something will happen to your wall paint.

Kitchens and bathrooms see a lot of moisture and heat, both of which wear paint away. Food stains can also pop up on your walls.

Hallways see a lot of foot traffic. Furniture scrapes walls, hands often touch the walls, and the list goes on. You can usually get away with just touching them up instead of repainting them entirely.

Living Rooms And Dining Rooms

Painting a wall

We recommend painting these parts of your house interior every 5 to 7 years.

Living rooms also see a lot of foot traffic. It’s a fun place to hang out and spend time together. The difference is furniture and decor keep people away from the walls. This furniture can scrape against walls and damage the paint.

Formal dining rooms don’t usually see much use and thus need painting less often.


Bedroom with recently painted walls

We recommend painting this part of your house interior every 2 to 8 years.

It depends on whose bedroom it is. Kid bedrooms usually need painting more often because they are messier. As they grow their tastes will change and their bedroom decor will too.

Adults are better with their rooms and thus need to paint them less often.

How Often To Paint Other Areas In Your House

How to paint kitchen cabinets beautifully

Trim and baseboards. These areas usually need repainting every 3 years. Baseboards see a lot of bumps and kicks over the years, along with the occasional spill.

Ceilings. Unless you’re dancing on the ceiling like Lionel Richie you can wait about 10 years to paint your ceilings. It’s pretty simple too seeing as you can paint a ceiling in 4 steps.

What Can Change How Often To Paint The Interior Of A House

How to paint kitchen cabinets beautifully

The space. Areas that see more activity like hallways and kitchens need repainting more often because they get worn down more quickly. Ceilings and dining rooms tend to see less activity.

Paint and primer quality. Good paint and primer can add years to your walls. Primer helps the paint stick to the walls. The better it is the stronger the paint sticks.

Quality of the paint job. Painters who do quality work create looks that last. You can trust the paint to look good for longer than painters who take shortcuts.

Hosting. The more times you have people over the more likely it is something will happen to your walls- scuff marks from shoes, oils from hands, nicks from furniture, and more. If you host less often then these are less likely to build up as quickly.

Trying to clean a kids drawing off of a wall

Kids. We love them, even when they cause messes. Kids are more likely to spill, touch things, throw things, and do all the kid things they love doing that mess up wall paint.

Sunlight. Sunlight causes paint to fade. The rooms and areas the sun hits most cause the paint to fade more quickly. Paint in darker areas tends not to fade as fast.

Trendiness. If you like keeping up with trends you may end up painting your home more often. Trends tend to change more quickly than paint needing a refresher.

You May Also Like To Know

“So, yeah, we’re pretty close on more than one area,” points out Michelle. “Well, then let’s start with what we know,” suggests David. “We can also look around this blog and see what else we can find out.”