When to Paint?

How Often Does My Home Need Painting?

The question of how often to paint your home’s interior can be answered by identifying the reasons why we paint. Those reasons determine the frequency. This isn’t decorating advice, just experiential information based upon many years of professional painting. For detailed, expert, decorating advice we regularly partner with interior design companies who are very good at learning your tastes and creating beautiful spaces.


Reason #1

Wear and Tear – Aging

If you use a good, quality paint, such as we use (see “Choose the Right Paint, August, 2015”), and prepare the surface properly, you will find that the paint job can last a long time. However, as with everything else, the more you use a room and how it is used determines how long it will last, or in this case, how frequently it will need painting.Kitchens and bathrooms might be the most well used spaces in a home. Because of their use, they are frequently cleaned, possibly scrubbed. They are also subject to other environmental factors like heat and steam. Let’s also consider hallways and stairways in this category. They get the most traffic and probably get bumped and scraped often. Therefore, these well-used spaces will likely require more frequent painting and could use repainting every 3-4 years. Children’s bedrooms are also likely to be well-used, or you might even say abused. These might also need more frequent painting, 3-5 years. Living rooms, dining rooms  and adult age bedrooms are spaces that are more calm and relaxing, and therefore are more likely to be lightly used. These rooms can last much longer, possibly 5-10 years, or longer. Again, these are merely observations. Some clients wait longer, while in other cases we are repainting rooms that we painted 2 years ago, or less.

This brings us to reason #2.

Change – Updating

Living rooms, dining rooms and adult bedrooms will more likely be repainted because of styling changes and redecorating well before the paint begins to wear out. This can be influenced by color choices as well (see “Pantone Has Spoken: Rosy and Serene Are In for 2016”). Some colors, possibly bold or trendy, tend to become dated more quickly. This is where those interior decorators can be very useful.


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A few more reasons for painting include–

New Construction

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Paint Recycling


Do you have a room in your house that looks like this? It seems that I can never get rid of old paint. Granted, I do have a reason for keeping the old cans of paint…at least for a while. At first I save it and use it for touch ups here and there, like when somebody moves a piece of furniture and bangs up the wall. But that doesn’t mean I should keep it forever. I think I still have blue paint from my dining room, but it’s from two color changes ago. It hasn’t been blue for many years. Multiply this by the number of rooms in my house, and the cans start to add up quickly.

Ask About Our Recycling Program.

After a while for most people, another reason that they keep so many old paint cans around is that they don’t know what to do with them. We all try to be environmentally conscious, and you’re not supposed to discard them by throwing them in the garbage with the rest of your trash. And frankly, it’s a pain in the neck to follow the recommended procedures for drying out the paint so that it is safe to throw away.


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We offer to take care of the old cans for our clients and recycle them properly. Give us a call and we can take your old paint too. In most cases we’ll do it free of charge, but sometimes if you have something that is particularly unfriendly to the environment and costly for us to recycle we may have to charge a small fee. But just imagine what you can do with that extra storage space.

Welcome Your Guests


Click here for pictures and the story behind this whole-house interior repaint.

Some people are excellent at entertaining guests, and do it frequently. Others are occasional hosts. We can help make your dining room beautiful…the rest is up to you.


If your house is anything like ours, regardless of how inviting we may make our dining room, we seem to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. There are larger rooms in our home, but we find ourselves standing around the island quite often. It’s not unusual that we forget about the living room completely. Whether you’re entertaining, or traveling to friends or family this year, please have a Happy Thanksgiving!

For some good dining room tips to make sure that you’re ready for Thanksgiving, you may find the following Houzz story helpful, or at least entertaining.


Now is the Time to Schedule Interior Painting.

Most painting companies are busy working on exterior projects during the spring, summer and fall months. Prana Design Painting is no exception. We have limited time and weather in which we complete many outdoor jobs. As fall approaches, we continue with exterior projects, large and small, but once the temperature drops below acceptable levels we have to move inside.


Of course we paint inside during the summer months too, but the winter months offer a great opportunity to get your interior work done. Perhaps you are a seasonal resident in the region, and your home is not used frequently in the winter. That would be a great time for us to do some maintenance, and freshen it up for next year. However, even if you are a full-time resident and living in your home, we will work around your schedule to limit any disruption to your normal routine.


Our crews enjoy their work. Interiors can be most rewarding, because clients are in these spaces daily and have a close-up view of the finish. Our employees are true, craftsmen who apply exquisite interior coatings with extreme care. They take a great deal of pride in assuring that each home is completed with the finest finish possible.


With experience gained from working on many spectacular homes, each of our interior specialists has a keen sense regarding what looks great. And with a friendly attitude, they are happy to answer questions and give suggestions when asked. Call us as soon as possible to get on the schedule for these immensely talented individuals this interior season.

Prana Design Painting Launches a New Barge.

How do you get to those hard to reach places? By using the right equipment. Introducing, the Prana Painting Work Barge.

Quite often we work on boat houses along the shores of Lake Sunapee, and some of them offer unique access challenges. If there isn’t an adjacent dock from which we can work, then we have to work from the water. It isn’t easy setting ladders and platforms in the water. It takes time, and for safety reasons cannot be left in place over night or for multiple days. Even if we can use a ladder, somebody is bound to get wet.


Our work barge offers a moveable, flat work surface that we can maneuver around the lake wherever it may be needed. From the barge we can set up the necessary equipment for a difficult, open water job. It’s a unique, but very practical method of access to those beautiful, waterfront structures that are abundant on the shores of many New Hampshire lakes.


Water isn’t our only obstacle. Even with solid ground under our feet sometimes it isn’t possible to use a ladder. You can’t always assume that you can lean a ladder on all structures.

On these projects we use articulated lifts.lumber1

A lift offers convenient mobility and additional access to structures that ladders should not touch. It enables you to move around very quickly to tackle a project from just the right angle. Thankfully, we have personnel who are adept at both operating these machines and painting. And it helps that they are not afraid of heights.