The interior walls in your home are one of the most defining aspects of your space. They set the tone for the style of your home and give it the welcoming, comfortable vibe you desire. However, no matter how great your paint job is, they don’t last forever. Styles change, your walls face wear and tear, and the sun can fade your bright, crisp interior walls. Over the years, you’ll likely need to re-paint your walls. Read on as we answer the question of how often you should paint your walls and share some signs to look for that indicate your walls are ready for a fresh paint job.
How Often Should You Paint Your Interior Walls?
The answer to the question of how often you should paint your walls depends on several factors. However, in general, you’ll likely want to re-paint your walls every 5-10 years. If you have children, pets, or a lot of traffic in your home, this may be closer to every 5 years. If your home does not have as much traffic and wear and tear, you may be able to wait until closer to the 10-year mark.
Painting your interior walls is an easy and cost-effective way to refresh your home and give your space a new look. Read on for a few factors that determine how often you should paint your interior walls.
Factors to Consider When Determining How Often You Should Paint Your Walls
Type of Paint Product
The type of paint product used on your interior walls is a major factor in determining how often you should paint your walls. Latex paint products are typically more durable than oil-based paints, so they’ll last longer and may only require a new coat of paint every few years. Oil-based paints, on the other hand, may need to be painted more often. Additionally, high-gloss paints are more durable than flat or satin finishes, so they’ll last longer.
Level of Traffic
The level of traffic your walls are exposed to is also important to consider when thinking about painting your walls. High-traffic areas such as hallways or kids’ rooms may need to be painted more often as they are exposed to more dirt, grime, scuffs, and peeling. This can make the wall look dingy, dull, and worn.
The environment that your interior walls are in also plays a role in determining how often you should paint them. Walls that are exposed to direct sunlight (such as living rooms or sunrooms) or high levels of moisture (such as bathrooms), will likely need more frequent paint refreshes. Sunlight can cause paint to fade and look less crisp and bright, while moisture can cause paint to peel, bubble, and hold mildew and mold.
Signs Your Walls Are Ready for a Paint Job
Now that you know some of the key factors that play into how often you should paint your interior walls, let’s discuss some of the signs to look out for that indicate your walls are ready for a fresh paint job.
Changes in Styles and Trends
As styles and trends change, you may want to paint your interior walls to achieve your new design goal. This is also the case if you want to revamp your interior decor and update your home’s flooring, furniture, etc.
For example, if you currently have darker walls and want to update your flooring to darker wood flooring, you may want to lighten the space with a brighter interior wall paint color.
Wear and Tear
Signs of wear and tear, such as dirty-looking walls, handprints (kids with Cheeto-hands, perhaps!), stains, scuffs, scratches, cracks, peeling paint, or damaged walls are all signs that it may be time for a new paint job.
Fading or discoloration from sunlight and general wear and tear may cause your paint to look dull and lifeless, which are also signs that your walls are ready for some TLC.
Buying or Selling
Whether you are purchasing a new home or preparing to sell your home, these are both perfect opportunities to refresh the paint on your walls. A new paint job can help make your new home feel more like your own and reflect your unique style.
If you’re looking to sell your home, a fresh paint job can increase the eye-appeal and even the value of your home.
If your interior walls are showing signs that they’re ready for a paint job, we’d love to hear more about your goals for your paint project and create a custom interior paint estimate for your home.