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How much does it cost to paint the interior of a house?

Interior house painting costs are calculated on a few key factors. Nationally, interior house painting projects range from $917 (for one room) to $4,893 (for eight rooms). The wide price range indicates how much square footage, paint selection and labor can affect cost. One pro uses a laser to measure each room, subtracting the size of the doors and windows, and then bases the quote on the square footage of the actual surfaces to be painted.

Painters may provide you with savings if you opt to paint your entire home rather than just having one room or an accent wall painted. For example, the average house painting cost for an 8x12 room with 8-foot ceilings is roughly $200, when contractor-grade paint is used. Painting ceilings, baseboards and frames can also affect cost. Pros may charge per linear foot to smooth and paint baseboards.

In one area, pros might charge 50 cents per linear foot to paint baseboards, while pros in another part of the country could charge $1.50 per linear foot for the same task. Painters may charge flat rates for painting door and window frames, with one charging $20-$25 and another $60 per door. Geography and regional costs to do business play a major role in the cost of interior painting. The same painter in a rural region has less to pay in taxes, transportation, insurance and overhead than they would in a major city like New York.

How much do interior painters charge per hour?

You can expect to pay $50 per hour for interior painting. This price will change depending on a number of factors and may range between $30 and $160 per hour. Some factors include the height of the rooms, the complexity of the painting and more.

For an accurate cost estimate, request quotes from local painters and contractors.

How much should interior painting cost per square foot?

You can expect a 12x12-foot average room with 8-foot ceilings to cost $100 to paint, while a 16x16-foot room with 9-foot ceilings could cost around $175. 

To calculate the cost of interior painting per square foot, measure the square footage of wall space and ceiling space of your room. From this, you can estimate the number of gallons of paint needed to cover the wall space and compare it to these figures. You can also ask interior painters near you to provide an estimate before you hire them.

How much do painters cost?

The national average cost to hire an interior painter ranges between $200-$2,700. Interior painters can tackle everything from complete color makeovers in each of your rooms to touching up an accent wall to painting pieces of furniture. The square footage and complexity of the project, along with the materials needed, are the main factors that will affect cost. Other factors include whether you supply the paint yourself or want the painter to do so, whether you move the furniture and do the prep work or ask them to do it, and whether any repair work is needed on the walls.

Painting the ceiling and the trim will also have an effect on cost. The type of paint you choose can also raise or lower your house painting cost. A gallon of paint may range from $20 to over $100, depending on quality and brand. Ask your painter if they charge per hour or per square foot, and how much you can save by doing prep work (moving furniture, etc.) yourself.

What should I look for when choosing a painter?

When choosing a painter, pay attention to online reviews and ratings. Reviews with pictures are especially valuable, as these showcase the painter’s work. It’s also important to check whether your state requires licenses for painters — if it’s required, your contractor should be able to present their license. 

Finally, compare estimates and quotes from multiple painters near you. Take into consideration what each one guarantees with the job, including factors like higher-quality paint, extensive preparation and a good warranty.

How often should you paint your walls?

You should repaint your home interior once every few years, depending on the condition of the current paint.

Paint on walls fades over time, regardless of the room — it could happen in a bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room or bathroom. However, paint that is exposed to more dirt, particularly flat or matte paint textures, may need repainting more frequently.

Areas of the bathroom or kitchen that routinely get touched may show signs of collecting dirt and grease over time. These would require more frequent painting.

If you're ready to repaint the walls in your home, get free estimates from the best painters near you.

How much value does painting add to a house?

Due to a lack of data available, it’s hard to say whether painting your home’s interior or exterior will increase its value. But there are some important things to keep in mind. 

If you're thinking about selling your home, you might want to repaint areas that look especially worn, dull or chipped so your house looks fresh and new to potential buyers. On the other hand, it’s possible some potential buyers will repaint the home upon moving in. So if you have a limited budget, your money (and time) might be better invested in other types of home projects, such as remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, installing new floors or fixing broken appliances

When in doubt, check with your realtor before making a final decision.

Does a painter need to enter my home?

If you’re hiring an exterior painter, the painter will likely not need to enter your home. But for interior paint jobs, the painter will need to enter your home.

When talking to potential painters, discuss a strategy to make sure you and the painter(s) stay safe while they’re completing the job in your home. Or, you might want to discuss scheduling the paint job at a later date.

How many coats of paint does the exterior of a house need?

Your house’s exterior will likely need two coats of paint. With two coats, your house will look more even and solid in color and will be better protected from moisture and the elements. The painting should always occur over a primed and well-prepared surface.

Reviews for paint companies
Thumbtack Customer
Saints of Paint are hands down the best painters in Northern California. Look no further than this fantastic team for any paint job that you have. You'll be beyond thrilled at the quality, dedication, and trustworthiness that Derrick & his Saints of Paint team bring to their work. I can't say enough great things about Saints of Paint. They went above and beyond my expectations in every possible way. They painted the entire interior of my house and the work that they did was perfect, thorough, and very reasonably priced. Not one detail was missed. On top of that, each member of the team is very friendly, honest, and considerate. If you're in need of painting work, you've just found the best of the best. Don't hesitate to hire Saints of Paint. I highly recommend them for any painting needs!
Holly G.
Happy w painting:)
D&F Handyman ServicesD&F Handyman Services
Prerna M.
I hired Israel General Painting to paint the exterior of my house. He helped with color schemes and also getting samples to test. As we decided on the colors he washed and prepared the house then primed and painted. Did a great job. He was very flexible with color changes. He also did a different color around doors and windows with no extra charge. He also primed and painted the porch. He was quite punctual unless my experience with other contractors, which was really good. After the painting was done he also cleaned the roof and around the house and putting back the things in place. We ended up with him painting a room in the house as well (of course that’s with a new quote). I highly recommend Israel General Painting for your painting needs. I plan on hiring Israel again to paint the interior of the rest of my house next year!
The Other Guys PaintingThe Other Guys Painting
Caitlin D.
They did an amazing job! Showed up, painted exactly what needs to be painted and did it all in a timely manner!!! Would deff use them again!
Kendys Painting IncKendys Painting Inc
Jesse M.
They are very professional and responsive. Very considerate and responsible. The house looks great with the paint job. I plan on hiring them for some internal house painting. I would highly reccomend them!
Coeur D Alene Painting and DesignCoeur D Alene Painting and Design
Stacey K.
As I was stood up by another contractor, he was able to work on Saturday. Arrived on time, did a fantastic job with both patching and painting the wall, even painted a 1/4 wall that wasn’t in the original discussion.
OEB Painting and Decorating, Inc.OEB Painting and Decorating, Inc.
Kelly Z.
Diego and the entire team with Ulloas Painting are incredible! They were punctual, kind, hard working and flexible with our needs. They were able to paint almost all walls of our 11,000 square foot office and conference rooms over a long weekend and offered to come back if we saw the need for any touch ups. I would 100% re-hire Diego and his team for any future painting needs.
Ronnie B.
Rudy and his brother-in-law Mario did a great job on the exterior painting of my house. Highly recommended!
Gary C.
Armando at All Star painting is a true all star! He did our job in two days as promised. Quality of work was outstanding. Armando (and his assistant, Alex) were extremely professional. On time and on budget. We asked for a couple of additions while the job was in process, and Armando took them on for us at a VERY fair price. HIGHLY recommended!! I will hire again. In fact, he is already looking at another job for me. Armando and All Star Painting are now my "go to" crew for painting!! Thank you, Armando!!
All Star Painting and ConstructionAll Star Painting and Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Very responsive when first contacted. Arrived on time, was quick with the painting and did a fantastic job. Very happy and will hire again.
Lux PaintingLux Painting
Karishma B.
Big League Painting was so responsive and fast for our project. We started with just 2 rooms but will be getting our whole house done soon!
Big League PaintingBig League Painting
Kristin L.
Jhovany contacted us throughThumbtack about a job I had posted, and we arranged a time for him to come over to look at our condo. He gave us a very reasonable estimate, he was great to work with, and he did a fantastic job painting our condo. I love the way it looks with the new color! I would highly recommend him, and I would hire him again if I had more painting to do.
Jhovany PerezJhovany Perez
Tamas M.
Mr.Juan is an excellent painter. Did a full internal 2BD house paint for me. Completed the job in 3.5 days. He was very communicative and hard-working. I'd hire him again anytime.
Juan maduenoJuan madueno
Norman C.
Recommend them highly to anyone. Gave me a quote and delivered in every way. The quote was lower so I was a little worried but they had a good score. Well don't worry they deliver a great professional paint job
Seung W.
Adan painted our two-bedroom house in a single day and he was very efficient and professional. The quality of the work is top notch and it was pure joy to watch him work. He left the house very clean. Highly recommend!
Adan Molina HandymanAdan Molina Handyman
Adam A.
Allan and his crew were absolutely amazing. Really professional and priced fairly. I got my 4 bedroom house painted (every corner and room) and could not be happier. Would recommend 10/10 - don't think twice ;)
Cruz paintingCruz painting
Thumbtack Customer
Juan Mora of Panda Painting and his crew were outstanding! The quality of their work far exceeded our expectations. My husband and I are so please with how the two bedrooms turned out. They clearly take pride in their work. They are efficient, reliable, and outstanding painters.
Pandas Painting Handyman ServicePandas Painting Handyman Service
Christine S.
Diego from JD & Son's painting was kind, professional, responsive, and his work is very high quality and precise! I had a very short window of 4 days to paint my newly purchased home before moving my furniture in and he was able to accommodate the tight schedule and finish the stair wells (of a three story home), the master bedroom and the living room accent wall. Diego quoted a very fair price and had a high attention to detail. He even noticed areas where the home builder missed some details and corrected them. My husband and I were very pleased with Diego's work.
JD & Son's PaintingJD & Son's Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Exceeded all my expectations. James did very thorough walk-thru and provided a detailed estimate of exactly what work he was going to do -- nothing was assumed: it was all put on paper (including some light repair work James agreed to do as part of prep). I appreciated that level of detail in the quote and thought it would carry through to the actual job -- I was correct about this. Top notch prep work (I had the opportunity to walk the property between prep and paint and got my all concerns addressed). James offered professional advice on color selection. Final walk-thru could not have gone better, and I love the result. Thanks Style Painting!
Style PaintingStyle Painting
Elaine C.
We had a wonderful experience working with Pedro and his team. He was meticulous in his work. We had our entire house painted (with cathedral walls), installed baseboards, and door frames. There was a lot of work that needed to be done. Pedro works with an incredible team that was able proved services that met all our needs — including drywall, and electricity.
PERAM PAINTING Interior & ExteriorPERAM PAINTING Interior & Exterior
Kenneth P.
Our project included a minor ceiling repair from some rain damage, caulking seams, and re-painting. The work quality is very high, and I’m super pleased with the results. Osorio was great. He contacted me quickly, showed up to give an estimate on time, quoted a fair price, and finished the work on time and on budget. Highly recommended!
Osorio paintingOsorio painting
Thumbtack Customer
Jose is absolutely delightful to work with. I wasn't able to be there when the job started but Jose took care of everything from getting the new paint to cleaning up. I would recommend him to anyone in a heart beat. He was so easy to communicate too. He usually texts back within seconds. I couldn't have picked a better person for the job.
Big Project PaintingBig Project Painting
Alexandra R.
Really nice job! They got it done in six hours and even ran out to buy more paint when I decided at the last minute I wanted another wall done (a request they took in stride.). It helps if you know Spanish (or like me, call a friend who speaks Spanish) when random questions come up, but that was a "nice to have"- they did everything perfectly regardless. Would definitely hire again!
Cruz paintingCruz painting
Thumbtack Customer
Very unprofessional. Joe came on a Saturday to paint accent walls and he did them pretty quickly before having to run off to another appointment. He did a decent job, but I found drip marks on the floor and trim. We scheduled for him to come back to retexture the wall since there was some damage from a removal of our logo. We scheduled for a Saturday, which he had to cancel because of personal reasons so we scheduled for Wednesday morning. He was a no show and I have not heard from him. Something that is supposedly really easy to do is now 2 weeks overdue. I'm not pleased.
Big League PaintingBig League Painting
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