How Often Should You Paint Your Walls To Keep Them Looking Fresh And Beautiful

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A good paint job enhances the aesthetics of your house. It also plays a role in maintaining the cleanliness and lifespan of your walls. However, a very common mistake many homeowners make is assuming the coat of paint applied during the initial renovation will last forever. 

Paints may become dull and dirty due to a variety of reasons such as dust, sunlight, and humidity. Generally, it’s recommended to refresh the paint on your walls every 5 to 7 years, but this varies according to the room and layout. Read on to find out whether your rooms are due for a new coat of paint!


Factors Influencing Repainting Frequency

Understanding the key factors that influence the lifespan of your paint job helps you determine when a fresh coat of paint is necessary.


Quality of previous paint job

The quality of the previous paint job determines how often you need to repaint your walls. Here are some signs which suggest that your previous painting works wasn’t up to par and you might need a fresh coat of paint sooner:

  • Paint sags: Paint sags occur when excess paint flows down the wall and accumulates, causing a lumpy, irregular excess. It can be the result of painting on a surface that wasn’t properly prepared or using a paint of poor quality. 
  • Uneven paint lines: They are a sign of poor workmanship which indicate a lack of proper preparation before painting, resulting in a sub-standard paint job.


Types of paint

Another important factor is the type of paint used. For example, paints can be water-based or oil-based. Water-based paints are much easier to clean compared to oil-based paint. 


Heat and Humidity

Constant exposure to high temperatures or direct sunlight can cause paint to dry quickly. This can make the paint brittle, leading to cracking and peeling. You’ll need to fix paint peeling off the walls and freshen up your walls more frequently to keep them looking good.

Moisture in the atmosphere can condense on walls, leading to the growth of mildew. This not only looks unappealing but also exposes the underlying materials to potential water damage, necessitating a new paint job.


Room usage

Another important factor to consider is how often your room is used. Rooms with high traffic such as kitchens and living rooms are more prone to spills and stains. You may need to repaint them more often, especially if they are used by children or pets.


Personal preferences

Your personal preferences play a part too. Enjoy keeping up with the latest interior design trends? You might find yourself repainting more frequently. If your preference for a certain vibe or mood changes, you might choose to repaint to reflect those changes.


Painting Frequency for Different Rooms

Each room in your house experiences varying levels of wear and tear. Understanding the optimal repainting frequency for each room can give you a better idea of when it’s time to refresh the paint. 




Recommended painting frequency: 2 to 3 years

Because hallways are the most trafficked space in your house, you need to repaint them more often to keep them looking fresh and well-maintained.

We recommend repainting hallways every 2 to 3 years with durable, stain-resistant paints to reduce visible wear and tear.


Living Room

living room

Recommended painting frequency: 5 to 7 years (for living rooms with low traffic), 3 to 5 years (for living rooms with high traffic)

If your living room is primarily used for dining, it’s recommended to repaint it every 5 to 7 years. However, if you also use the space for entertaining guests, children’s play, or everyday family activities, you might want to consider refreshing the coat of paint every 3 to 5 years.

Another thing to keep in mind is the room orientation. If your living room faces the west, you may end up having a lot of midday heat and direct sunlight on your walls. This can cause your walls to discolour or deteriorate faster. It’s time to start planning for a repainting job when you spot signs of discolouration.




In general, adults use their bedrooms much less when compared to kids and may not require repainting as frequently. This is because adults typically only use their bedroom for resting while kids tend to use their bedroom for various activities like studying and playing.

Adult bedroom

Recommended painting frequency: Every 10 years

Typically, adult bedrooms don’t need to be repainted as frequently as other parts of the house. They are often less trafficked and subjected to less wear and tear. Until you notice significant fading or you desire a change of colours, there’s no need to repaint them as often.

Kids’ bedroom

Recommended painting frequency: 3 to 4 years

Children often transform their bedrooms into multi-functional spaces, using them for studying, playing and other activities. They also have a knack for turning the walls into a canvas for their vivid imaginations. As such, the walls can quickly start to show signs of deterioration.

We recommend repainting your kids’ bedroom every 3 to 4 years with washable paints such as Odour-less EasyWash. This makes getting rid of the scribbles and doodles on the walls easier. Furthermore, they emit low odour and are less likely to bother children who may be sensitive to strong smells.

In addition, your child’s preferences also change rapidly as they grow up. What once was the perfect princess pink or dinosaur green may no longer fit their evolving sense of style. They may request for a change of colours as they mature and develop new interests. 




Recommended painting frequency: 3 to 4 years

Not only are bathrooms used very frequently, but they also contain high levels of moisture and humidity due to the presence of showers and bathtubs. This promotes the growth of mould and mildew which can damage your walls.

To prevent water damage in your bathroom walls, we recommend utilising mould-resistant paints and repainting every 3 to 4 years.



Recommended painting frequency: 4 to 5 years

Given its high usage, the kitchen often requires more frequent repainting. Smoke, spillage and grease can accumulate over time, resulting in unhygienic cooking conditions. Hence, we recommend cleaning once a week and repainting every 4 to 5 years to keep your kitchen looking fresh.



A clean surface ensures that the paint bonds better to the wall. Remember to clean the walls of your kitchen to remove grease and other residues before repainting. An effective cleaning solution such as Selleys Liquid Sugar Soap can help you complete the job quickly.


Painting Frequency for Ceilings


Recommended painting frequency: Not required unless there’s mould or water damage

Ceilings don’t usually require frequent repainting unless you spot the following problems:

  • Water damage
  • Mould or mildew growth
  • Cracks or peeling paint

If none of these issues are present and your ceiling is in good condition, there’s generally no urgent need to repaint it. Regular maintenance and cleaning can also extend the life of the existing paint.


Achieve A Long-Lasting Paint Job With Professional Painting Services

A high quality paint job involves detailed preparation, knowledge about materials and precision in application. Enlisting a professional painting service can make the difference between a paint job that looks good for a few years and one that continues to look great in the long run.

At Nippon Paint, our painting experts ensure that your repainting job is both visually appealing and durable. From selecting the best interior paints for your house to ensuring a meticulous cleanup after the job is done, you can have peace of mind that your house is in experienced hands.


FAQs About Repainting Your Walls


What is the best time of day to paint?

The mornings of a sunny, dry day is usually the best time to paint. This is because at the start of the day there’s plenty of sunlight, increasing visibility and minimising the chances of mishaps. It’s usually also cooler in the morning compared to in the afternoon. This means you can more comfortably open your windows to ventilate the paint odour.

You should avoid painting your house on wet, rainy days. The presence of moisture can prevent the paint from adhering properly to the substrate. This can lead to problems like peeling or bubbling later on.


How long does it take to repaint my house?

Repainting can range from a few hours to weeks depending on a variety of factors such as the size of your house and whether professional painters are hired. 

For smaller houses, the job can usually be completed within a few days to a week. You’ll need a longer time frame to finish the repainting works of a bigger house but professional painting services can help you expedite the process. 


How long does an interior paint job last?

An interior paint job generally lasts between 5 to 7 years, but this depends factors such as:

  • How well the paintwork is maintained
  • Preparation of the surface
  • Quality of paint used


How many times can I repaint a wall?

There’s no limit to how many times you can repaint a wall. You can do it as many times as you like depending on aesthetic preferences and maintenance needs.

The walls in your kitchen and bathroom often need to be repainted more frequently as they are prone to water damage. Other areas such as living rooms and adult bedrooms don’t require a repaint as often as they typically experience less wear and tear.

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