Wondering how often you should paint the interior of your home and the reasons for doing so? The decision will depend on several factors and could be influenced by a change in decor. If you find the colours looking dated or maybe you recently moved in and want to change things you may be considering painting. For the purposes of this blog we will be focusing instead on the durability of paints and how often it’s necessary to paint the interior walls.
Changes in the manufacture of paints in the last 20 years or so have produced paints and coatings that are much more durable. With that here are some tips on when to think about painting individual rooms in the home.
Halls and Corriders
High traffic areas mean they experience a lot of wear and tear on a daily basis. Using a more expensive, high quality washable paint will save money over time as it allows the repair of dents and touch ups will not be as noticeable. Plan on more frequent painting as often as every 2 to 3 years.
Adult bedroom walls do not usually require frequent painting while children’s bedrooms that double as playrooms will need painting sooner. Choosing a top quality paint with an eggshell or satin sheen will provide the durability needed.
Living and Dining Rooms
Although these rooms are used daily they tend to be more formal. Furniture, lamps and drapes deter people from touching the walls as much. Often a change in decor will be the reason for painting otherwise count on every 5 to 7 years.
Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Rooms
These rooms see the most activity and choosing a washable paint with the right sheen is advised. alkyd semi gloss products were used however water based paints have proven to last longer. Rooms with such humid conditions will need painting every 3 to 4 years.