How often should you/do you need to Paint the Interior of a House?



There’s no hard rule when it comes to how often you should paint the interior of your home because it depends on so many factors. For many, it will be a color change, such as if your current colors look dated or if you just moved in and the previous owners had a different look they were going for. A new coat of paint in a new color or even in the same color is the best and easiest way to freshen up a room, and it can make a huge difference on how you interact with your home. Here are some general guidelines from paint stores in Edmonton to help in repainting your house:


These walls are going to see a lot of wear and tear: scuff marks, fingerprints, dents and cracks below the surface, and chipped paint. If the paint used was high-quality and washable, then the walls may only need to be washed occasionally, and with the right paint the scuffs come right off. Most repairs that happen in hallways and corridors are small touch-ups here and there, however keep in mind that touch ups will show as brighter cleaner patches depending on how old the walls are.  Hallways are areas of the home that get painted the most, usually as often as every two to three years.

Living Rooms and Dining Rooms

Paint in these rooms tends to last longer, even if they are used quite often. That is because most of the activities in these rooms tend to be more formal. In most cases, higher quality paint is used in these areas since they are often the focal point of the home and you want a smooth clean finish.  Generally, you find that draperies, furniture, plants and artwork prevent people from touching these walls. The primary urge behind the decision to paint these rooms is to change the overall décor and style of the area, maybe update the color to better reflect the furniture in the room.  These rooms typically only need repainting every five to seven years and only sooner for a style update or a move out.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Since these areas usually are the busiest, it is recommended that you only use the most durable types of paints for these walls. Kitchens require paints that are designed to withstand frequent washing and contact with aggressive cleaning compounds. The amount of cooking and food preparation that leads to staining and splattering no matter how careful you are mean a stronger product is needed. For bathrooms and laundry rooms, which must stand up to high degrees of humidity and moisture, moisture tolerant or resistant paints are required here. With proper ventilation in place, repainting these rooms should be done every three to four years.


Bedrooms are generally a low impact/traffic area, paint can generally last quite a long time, simply because these walls are unlikely to see much contact as higher traffic areas in the home. Although this may be the opposite for children’s bedrooms since they are also used as playrooms, so something that has good wear and tear is helpful. Children’s rooms will inevitably see more abuse, and therefore, be repainted as often as every two to three years while adult bedrooms can last 5 or more.


A final piece of advice when repainting anything in your home, is to make sure to keep good airflow, especially during winter.  The common mistake that people make during the summer is to shut the doors and windows when painting to keep the smell in.  And while you can’t (or shouldn’t) open your windows in winter, keeping the doors open and setting a fan running is a great idea.  Because all but a few of our paints are zero VOC, you don’t need to worry about the strong smell of paint in your house.  The point of the airflow is to aid in the drying and curing of the paint, to ensure that it lasts along time and can withstand the wear and tear of life.


For any further help or advice with your painting needs, contact Edmonton paint stores at Pinnacle Decorating South. Our team is not only knowledgeable when it comes to painting, but we can also make sure you choose the right color to achieve your home decor dreams.

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