How Often Should You Paint a Room

Certain rooms in the house are prone to more wear and tear than others. If you have kids then you will certainly know where they have been where they will kindly leave their handprints.

With this in mind, there are generally two main reasons to recoat the walls or ceilings of a room.

The first is to update the colour of a room, the second is to refresh the walls because of dirt, grime, and marks. In this guide, we will run through the different interior repainting projects and advise how often you should paint a room.

Frequency of Interior Painting

RoomPainting FrequencyPaint Recommendation
Hallway & Stairs3 YearsWashable Emulsion Paint
Bathroom3-4 YearsBathroom Emulsion Paint
Kitchen3-4 YearsKitchen Emulsion Paint
BedroomKids 2-3 years
Adults 4-5 years
Adults- Emulsion
Kids- Washable Emulsion
Living Rooms/ Lounge/ Dining Room5-6 YearsEmulsion
Ceilings9-10 Years but may want to carry out at same time as wall decoration.Emulsion

Entrance Hallways and Staircases

An area used a lot by all members of a house daily is the entrance. This area is prone to bumps, scrapes, and dirt as people rush to get out of the door in their hectic schedule.

Add in carrying items, kids, and pets to the equation and the chances or damage to paintwork increases.

The same is true of the staircase. Family members and other residents are constantly moving up and down the staircase over the course of a day. This increases the likelihood of wear and tear to the wall paintwork but also to handrails and other staircase sections.

staircase painting

A solution to keeping on top of minor bits of dirt and damage is to touch up certain areas perhaps once or twice a year.

A common time to apply paint is winter just before Christmas breaks when family and friends are due to visit.

Another time is in the spring when people have longer daylight and carry out their spring clean.

Our advice for a full refresh would be to look at repainting entrance hallways and staircase sections every 3-5 years.


kitchen painting frequency

These areas have a lot of visitors throughout the day. The areas are prone to moisture and heat so there specially designed paints for kitchens and bathrooms.

Kitchens- create a lot of stain and odors due to the fact that foods are cooked there.

There is also a lot of footfall so along with walls kitchen cupboards, skirting and trim will require recoating. We suggest that a full re-coat of kitchens happens every 4 to 5 years.


bathroom painting frequency

When we shower, bath, shave and wash we create a lot of moisture in a bathroom environment.

From the outset, the paint should be specially developed moisture tolerant paint. The area should also be well ventilated to outlet steam that bathroom tasks create.

Based on the environment we would suggest that bathrooms require painting every 3-4 years as the paint will eventually breakdown.


bedroom painting frequency

Kids Bedrooms especially younger kids are exposed to a lot more activity. The activities can include grubby and dirty handmarks and as a result, will need to be painted more frequently than older children and adults. Our recommendation is every 2-3 years.

Older Children & Adults– These tend to have less need than kid’s room to be re-coated, there is normally less grime and dirt so the recommendation is 4-5 years.

Living & Dining Rooms

living and dining room painting

Living and dining rooms are places where people of the house go to chill out so often they aren’t subject to the wear and tear of other rooms in the house.

These rooms also tend to have other items like sofa, chairs and coffee and dining tables that take space and protect walls from dirt and wear.

We recommend that these rooms are painted every 5-7 years


A fresh coat of paint can brighten up any room in the house. We’ve mentioned our recommendations for the frequencies we think based on the traffic that a typical family home receives.

These obviously a guide and there will be people who need to paint sooner and those who maintain their home who can leave it longer. If areas are looking a little grubby, try spot painting to see if you can cover the area.

If this doesnt work then a full coat of paint may be required. Whatever your painting programme we wish you well in your project.