One of the best ways to achieve excellence in results is to take a logical approach by creating a painting order for your rooms. If you do not take the time to plan a large project, you will most likely find it will take twice as long, and you won’t end up with the results you hoped for.

To get the job done right, it pays to take the advice of qualified and experienced painters who have tackled countless large projects. When professional painters set out to cover an entire property, they work in a specific painting order. The majority of experts agree that doing so is much more conducive to a happy home. In this guide, we will go through the most effective painting order and explain the reasoning behind the theory.

Painting Order Starts with the Bedroom and Bathroom

Bedrooms and bathrooms are the most frequently used rooms in any household. It makes sense for these to be the start of your painting order, providing everyone with a safe haven to retreat to when the real work begins in the rest of the house. Try to start early, when painting bedrooms, so there is plenty of time to air the space out before you retire for the night.

You can start the bathroom as soon as the entire family is ready for work and school in the morning, leaving the paint to dry during the day. Avoid running baths or showers while the paint is drying in the bathroom, as the steam could end up destroying the finish.


Much like with bedrooms and bathrooms, you will want to get the kitchen out of the way early on, in the painting order. With an inaccessible kitchen, the temptation to order in or eat out may prove too much to resist. There is also the risk of your fresh food spoiling if the kitchen is left half-finished, and you are not able to cook.

As a side note, try to avoid using the kitchen to store furniture from other rooms during your project. While it may feel like the quickest fix, you are effectively losing access to two rooms at a time. Make life much easier on yourself by investing in drop cloths to protect the furniture in each room as you paint.

Living Rooms

The living room is one of the largest in a home, so make it next in the painting order after the kitchen. Once the living room is completed, you can really start to relax, with the end in sight. Remember to protect your furniture with drop cloths and to store paintings and mirrors somewhere safe to avoid damage.

If you have gaming rooms or a lounge in your home, these are next in the painting order, to get them out of the way. You only have a few small rooms left to go, so make sure to give yourself a pat on the back for making it this far without pulling your hair out.

Laundry/Wet Rooms

Always leave your laundry room until last in the painting order. You will want to ensure you have washed any laundry needed, and do not leave clothes in the laundry room while painting. You shouldn’t wash any additional clothes while the paint is drying, either, so make sure to plan ahead for the next week.

Avoid washing dishes in a freshly painted room, as the splash back from water, steam, and condensation can all affect the quality of the finish. Make sure to finish up any chores you need to complete, in any room, before you start painting, otherwise, you will end up working across yourself, and the project will take twice as long as necessary.

It is incredibly easy to miss spots due to sheer fatigue when painting an entire home, so always ensure each room is well illuminated, and double check your work as you go. Never leave paint cans or lids on the floor, to avoid stepping in paint. The larger the space that needs to be painted, the more likely you are to run into problems. If you are worried about damaging your clothes, furniture or surfaces, it is worth considering hiring professional painters to complete the project cleanly and professionally.

Hiring Professionals

At the Nashville Painting Company, we take great pride in the quality of service we deliver to our customers. Our team respects your privacy and will work quickly and respectfully to complete your home painting project. We welcome your input throughout the process, ensuring you remain the driving force at all times.

For more on the exceptional level of service offered by the Nashville Painting Company, reach out to one of our representatives today. We look forward to helping you complete your home painting project to the highest standard possible.