How much will your interior painting cost?

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Interior Painters on Thumbtack cost$600 - $1010

Average fixed price

  • Lowest price:$200
  • Most common low price:$600
  • Most common high price:$1010
  • Highest price:$3230

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

The national average cost to paint a 1,000-square-foot surface area of interior walls and ceilings is $545-$1,668. Painting an entire home interior costs $5,401-$24,282, on average, in the U.S.

Interior house painting cost:

Area

Home size

National average cost range

Average cost per square foot

Entire home

1,400 sq. ft.

$5,401-$9,026

$3.86-$6.45

Entire home

1,600 sq. ft. 

$6,679-$11,162

$4.17-$6.98

Entire home

2,000 sq. ft. 

$9,019-$15,071

$4.51-$7.53

Entire home

2,800 sq. ft. 

$14,530-$24,282

$5.19-$8.67

*Market price fluctuations are also included in the total cost. Costs to paint the entire home include sealing and priming, two coats of paint and two paint colors.

Several variables may affect the total cost of an interior house painting project. For example, a bigger home has a larger surface area and sometimes more rooms to paint. This can drive up your costs. 

The state of your walls may also affect the cost. A poorly maintained wall will likely require more prep work — patching any fissures in the drywall, cleaning the surface, etc. — which can increase the labor cost. 

Read on for a detailed look at the variables that can alter the cost of painting your home’s interior. And if you want to get a more accurate rate for your area, contact interior painting professionals on Thumbtack for free estimates. 

Material and labor costs to paint the interior of a house. 

On average, the labor cost to paint the interior of a house ranges from $4,420-$19,891, depending on how high your ceilings are and your home's square footage. Material costs range from $972-$4,351, on average.

Ceiling height

Home square footage

Labor cost range

Materials cost range

12 ft.

2,800

$11,902-$19,891

$2,604-$4,351

10 ft.

2,000

$7,385-$12,341

$1,619-$2,706

9 ft

1,600

$5,467-$9,137

$1,201-$2,007

8 ft

1,400

$4,420-$7,386

$972-$1,625

*Interior house painting costs above reflect national average pricing for an entire home’s interior of average condition. Costs include sealing and priming, two coats of paint and two paint colors. Market price fluctuations are NOT included in labor or materials costs.

Thinking about painting your entire home? As you can see in the table above, you will likely pay more for labor and materials if you have high ceilings and a lot of square footage.

Painting only a wall and ceiling involves less work than painting the entire interior, which includes other elements like doors, windowsills, trim, baseboards and more. However, if you decide to apply multiple coats and colors, material and labor costs will likely increase:

Description

Material costs

Labor costs

Total costs

Total cost per sq. ft.

One coat, one color

$120-$200

$425-$711

$545-$911

$0.55-$0.91

Two coats, one color

$218-$365

$589-$985

$807-$1,350

$0.81-$1.35

Two coats, two colors

$218-$365

$780-$1,303

$998-$1,668

$1.00-$1.69

*Total costs above reflect national average cost range estimates to seal, prime and paint 1,000 sq. ft. of walls and ceilings.

When requesting quotes from interior painters near you, compare their labor and material costs before deciding on who to hire for your project to help ensure you’re paying a fair price.

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Cost to paint a room:

Sq. ft. of surface area in room

Estimated national average cost

400

$324-$540

600

$486-$810

800

$648-$1,080

1,000

$810-$1,350

1,200

$972-$1,620

*All figures above reflect national average cost range estimates to seal, prime and paint walls and ceiling in one color with two coats, which is $0.81-$1.35 per sq. ft.

The national average cost to paint a room is $324-$1,620, assuming you're paying $0.81-$1.35 per square foot and your room ranges anywhere from 400-1,200 square feet in size.

How do I estimate the cost of painting the interior of a house?

Measure the interior surface areas as accurately as possible. This includes walls, ceilings, doors, trim and baseboards. Then, use the average cost per square foot as a starting point to calculate your estimated total cost. 

That said, it's crucial that you obtain quotes from interior painters in your area for better accuracy. Many factors (including labor rates in your area) can influence how much you end up paying for interior painting services. 

Compare prices from interior painters near you.

Factors that impact interior house painting costs. 

The following is a list of aspects and project details that can affect the cost of painting the interior of your house. Be prepared to discuss these details with your contractor so that they can give you a realistic estimate:

1. The size of the total surface area.

Larger homes (with more rooms), higher ceilings and bigger walls will typically cost more to paint. That’s because the contractor will need to supply additional paint to cover the additional surfaces. 

Plus, more surfaces — such as doors, windowsills, trim and molding, etc. — require the contractor to spend extra time and effort (and possibly hire more help) to paint all of those additional areas in your home.

2. The condition of the interior surface.

The surface you're painting may need a considerable amount of preparation before the contractor can begin working. 

For instance, you may need to remove wallpaper first. Uneven wall surfaces should be leveled with sandpaper. Cracks and holes should be patched, and any dirty walls should be cleaned. All of this additional preparation often requires extra labor and materials — which can increase the total cost.

3. The type of paint you choose. 

If you’re painting your entire home, you'll likely need different paint finishes for different surfaces and rooms. Flat/matte paints tend to be the least expensive option, while high-gloss paints can be the most expensive. And, of course, different paint brands may have different price points.

Chat with your contractor to find out how much different finishes and brands will cost. Let them help you decide which option can fit within your budget and still provide the desired results.

4. The time of year.

The season in which you paint may also affect your interior painting costs. If you're hiring a professional interior painter, chances are your costs might be lower in the winter when there’s less demand.

Tips to save money when painting your home's interior.

Interior painting costs can add up, but there are ways to save. You may be able to cut back on costs by following a few important tips:

  • Paint in the offseason. As mentioned previously, you’ll likely see more competitive pricing if you schedule your project in the winter instead of the spring or summer. 
  • DIY some of the painting. If hiring a professional to paint your entire home is out of your budget, consider painting a few walls or rooms yourself and have your pro finish the rest. 
  • DIY the prep work, too. If you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, dust, clean and repair your walls before your painter arrives. However, don’t attempt to do the prep work if you’re not comfortable — you don’t want to risk causing more damage to your interior walls.
  • Decrease the scope of the project. You don’t necessarily need to repaint an entire room to give it a fresh look. Consider just painting an accent wall, a bookcase or a few cabinets for a quick upgrade.
  • Choose good paint brands. If the paint is high quality, you can likely cover a surface with a single coat of paint and save money. Plus, higher-quality paint tends to last longer than cheap paint. Consult your contractor when picking out paints.
  • Measure accurately to avoid overspending on paint. But be sure you have some leftover paint for touch-ups.
  • Stay on top of maintenance. Save money in the future by cleaning your walls regularly so you won't need to paint them as often.
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Is it cheaper to paint your house's interior? 

When it comes to painting your house, doing it yourself isn't always the best option — even though it may be the cheapest. Consider these DIY pros and cons before you decide:

DIY painting pros

DIY painting cons

You can avoid high labor costs.

Painting high surfaces can be a safety risk.

You can buy your own materials and paint, which may result in savings.

Painting incorrectly can result in pricey repairs.

You’ll have more control over the project’s timeline.

It can consume too much of your time.

You may enjoy the process and feel proud of your workmanship. 

You may need to spend more money to pay for materials, tools and equipment you don’t already own.

You’ll build your painting skills and build your confidence to do more DIY tasks in the future.

You won’t be eligible for a workmanship warranty.

If you make mistakes or damages occur, your insurance likely won’t cover the cost to fix it.

Get free cost estimates from interior painters near you. 

Ready to explore professional painting options in your area? Download the Thumbtack app to see a list of top-rated interior painting professionals near you. Start requesting free cost estimates for your project today.

*The project cost estimates included in this article were provided by Xactware’s pricing data (unless otherwise noted). For more information, visit Xactware’s pricing methodology page.

How do we know these prices?

Millions of people ask Thumbtack for help with their projects every year. We track the estimates they get from local professionals, conduct our own research and then we share those prices with you. The prices reflected in the article above are for informational purposes only and are subject to change at any time. Contact a professional near you to receive a personalized cost estimate for your project.

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