Cost to hire a Interior Painter on Bidvine

£275 - £1000

National average price

£275 - £1000  National average range
£275 - £1000



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How much does interior painting cost?

Mar 20, 2018

The general rate that interior painters and decorators charge is around £16 per hour. An interior paint can help you paint a room, from ceilings to walls. The median total cost for a painting and decorating project is then around £500. However, depending on the factors below the average price for how much it costs to paint a room, or tackle other interior painting projects could run higher.

Considerations When Budgeting For The Cost to Paint a Room

Type of Paint

You should ask your painter about the type of paint and materials they will use. High-quality primers and paints will give you better results and last longer. When you choose a high-quality paint, you won’t need to repaint as frequently. While it might seem expensive at first, it’s durability will prove cost-effective in the long run.

Repairs and preparation

One of the biggest factors that can influence the cost of an interior painting project is the condition of your surfaces. If you are working with uneven, cracked, or damaged walls and ceilings, they will need to be prepared before they can be painted.

Often, painters will be able to make minor repairs to your plasterwork if necessary. However, these repairs can add extra charges as they will require more materials. You can save yourself some money by completing these repairs yourself.

Even if your surfaces are in a good condition, you can still speed up the process and save money by removing furniture ahead of time. If you don’t remove the furniture from the room yourself, your painters will need to do so. This will then be added to the cost of the project.

So to reduce costs remove any furniture and cover anything you can’t move like a piano, with a drop cloth.

Always focus on quality

Painting and decorating is an investment in your home. A skilled painter can transform a room with ease. So, when you are looking to hire a painter, you should always prioritise quality over price. An experienced painter with great reviews and references will be able to provide you with a top quality service.


Number of Rooms

The time it takes to complete a painting and decorating project typically depends on the size of the job. A single room will, of course, be much faster to paint than an entire house. As a result, hiring a painter for a more extensive project will also be more costly.

Price Comparison of The Cost to Paint a Room

Are you curious about how much it costs to paint a room? Then look no further! Below we have a handy chart that compares the cost to paint a room for varying project sizes.

Keep in mind that these are estimates only. The cost to paint multiple rooms can vary depending on the size of the rooms as well. If you plan to paint multiple rooms your painter may also be able to offer you a custom pricing plan. The best way to find the exact cost for your painting project is always to contact your professional directly.

Number of Medium Sized Rooms
Average Cost to Paint a Room
£190 - £300
£380 - £600
£570 - £900

Number of Coats of Paint

Even for basic painting and decorating jobs, such as painting a small room, you need to factor in the cost of preparation, including the number of paint coats you'll need to apply when budgeting for the overall cost to paint a room. For the best results, most painters recommend applying two coats of your desired colour.

The first coat needs time to dry before the painter can apply a second coat. The drying time will depend on what type of paint has been applied, and how well ventilated the room is. Under optimum conditions, latex paint should be ready for a second coat after four hours.

However, oil-based paints will take at least 24 hours to be ready. So, bare this in mind when you are calculating your budget for this project. Often you will need to schedule a minimum of two visits.


The location will also influence rates which your painter and decorator charges. The rates that your interior painter charges will be understandably influenced by the cost of living, the price of transportation and the rates of their competitors. If you live in an area with a higher cost of living then you should reasonably expect that your painter’s rates will be higher as well.


As with any other profession, the experience level of your interior painter will influence their rates. The cost that an interior painter who has been working in the home improvement industry for several years charges to paint a room will differ from a new interior painter who has just begun taking on clients.

A painter and decorator who has been in the industry for years will have extensively proven their skills and expertise. This will be reflected in the ratings and reviews on their profile.  On the other hand, a new painter who is seeking experience to make a name for themselves will likely charge less.

Whether you choose to hire a seasoned professional or a budding expert be sure to ask for references. No matter who you hire it is a good idea to look at their previous work to see if they are a good fit for your project.

The Details

Last but certainly not least a factor which will inevitably affect the cost to paint a room, and as well as the cost complete all the painting and decorating aspects of your project, is the details you need to tend to.

When you go to paint a room, there is more involved than just painting the walls. Depending on when you last painted the ceiling, this may also need to be done. Otherwise, the fresh paint on your walls will highlight the age of your ceiling paint in an unfavourable light.

Then, there is also the trim or skirting boards to tend to. If they are in good shape then they can be painted straight away. However, if they are a tad on the rough side the cost of repairs will add to the total project cost. 

Once they are in top-shape then they will need to be painted as well. Oftentimes, you will need to purchase a separate accent paint to cover these effectively. Yet, in the end, paying attention to details like this will be worth it. A fresh coat of paint along your skirting boards can add a polished touch to any room.


A painting and decorating project is a top way to refresh your home and update the atmosphere. When you choose a durable paint that will last for several years, it is also an investment.  Investing a bit in the cost to paint a room will help you out in the long run. Down the line, if you choose to sell your home, buyers will appreciate the care you took to keep it in top shape.

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Tom is the best, came on time for the quotes. Very good value for money. He is the best builder I have ever worked with, did painting, electrics, fixed a whole new bathroom, put in an AC. He was always punctual, kept the place tidy, no job was too small and the ultimate perfectionist. With Tom I now have my dream house. Thank you so much. I highly recommend him.


David Connor

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David is excellent. Great standard of work, really professional, trustworthy, clear communication. Would certainly hire him again. Highly recommended!


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The price was much better than other prices I received. However the work was completed to a very high standard and on time without any issue. Soliamun even did some extra work for me without increasing the price. I would recommend him and he is now doing some bathroom work for me because I was very happy with his price and work

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