How To Prioritize Rooms For Painting: Which Room Should You Paint First?

How To Prioritize Rooms For Painting: Which Room Should You Paint First?

When you’re planning to paint your home’s interior, there’s really no one-size-fits-all roadmap for where to start and where to end.  A lot will depend on you and your family.


Quality painting contractors should be able to walk through your home with you and make a plan that considers the parameters of the job at hand while also meeting your personal needs.  


That being said, there are definitely some ground rules to keep in mind when deciding which rooms to prioritize for painting.  Get a jump start on thinking about your upcoming paint project by considering the following:


Where Will Your Refuge Be?

It may sound dramatic, but when your house is being painted, you will definitely need at least a small space to retreat to—especially if you plan to live and sleep at home throughout the entire process.  


Often, people choose to keep a bedroom and bathroom separate from the chaos to meet their basic needs.  These rooms might be the very first ones painted or the very last.  Either way, they should be prioritized together.  If you have a spare bedroom and bathroom in your basement, this might be a great time to take advantage of it!


What Are Your Highest Traffic Areas?

High traffic areas, such as hallways, staircases, and entrances, should usually be painted last.  With furniture being moved and contractors navigating through the house, these types of settings can easily get dinged or scratched if they’re painted early on in the process.


Which Rooms Do You Use Most?

Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be biggies in this category.  If you can plan to eat out all day or even spend a night or two away from home, that’s the perfect time to get those high-priority spaces finished.  


Rooms adjacent to the kitchen, such as the living room and dining room, often also get high priority since they are also well used and may involve a shared colour scheme.


Where’s the Most Stuff?

If you have rooms, such as offices or libraries, with tons of shelves, knick-knacks, wall hangings, storage, or crowded furniture, these are often good to prioritize first thing.  

You can remove everything for painting and then set the room back up before high-traffic areas are painted.  This is a great way to avoid excessive moving of furniture that can damage newly painted walls and trim.  


Where Are the Least Used Zones?

Got a spare bathroom in the basement?  A sun porch that doesn’t get much use in winter?  Or maybe a sewing room that you haven’t used in a while?  These types of underused spaces are usually the lowest priority for painting projects.  They can easily be completed last without causing too much disruption to the flow of your daily routine.


Winnipeg Painting Pros

If you’re considering a full interior paint job for your Winnipeg home, Pinnacle Painting is up to the task.  We are highly qualified house painters in Winnipeg, and we can help you make a painting plan that won’t disrupt your schedule too much while still getting the job done right.  Call Pinnacle Painting and Decorating today!