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How much does an interior painter cost?

Average cost in 20149: $505 See National


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The average cost for an interior painter is $505. You are likely to spend between $190 and $1,350 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated September 1st, 2017

Next Step: Find out exactly how much your project will cost.

Interior painters prep, prime and paint the walls, ceilings, window frames, doors and trim in private homes, offices, multiunit buildings and commercial spaces. A variety of factors affect the total cost of interior painting.

Square footage

The square footage of the wallspace to be painted affects cost more than anything else. This number indicates how many gallons of paint are needed and the approximate amount of time a project will take. Bishop Painting of Westchester uses a laser to measure each room, subtracting out the size of the doors and windows, and then bases the quote on the square footage of the actual surfaces to be painted.

Number of rooms

Typically, the more rooms to be painted, the higher the overall cost. However, some painters will lower the overall cost per room as the number of rooms to be painted increases. So completely repainting a home’s interior may be more affordable than repainting rooms one at a time over a longer period of time.

Pricing system

For the most part, interior painters calculate costs based on square footage to be painted. Ceiling height also plays a role in cost. Here’s an example of approximate costs, provided by Macon Painting:

  • 12x12 room with a 9-foot ceiling: ~$125

  • 12x12 room with an 8-foot ceiling: ~$100

  • 14x16 master bedroom with a 9-foot ceiling: ~ $150

  • 14x16 master bedroom with an 8-foot ceiling: ~ $125

  • 16x16 living room with a 9-foot ceiling: ~ $175

  • 16x16 living room with a 20-foot ceiling: starting at $225

Amount of paint

Higher quality paint, luxury brand paint, paint with more pigmentation and eco-friendly paint may all cost more to the painter and will affect the total cost of an interior paint job. Gallons of paint average between $20 and $50, with a standard-size room requiring two gallons of paint and a smaller (bathroom-size) room often sufficient with one.

Wall Texture

Textured walls require more paint for adequate coverage. Texturing may be pre-existing raised texture formed with joint compound. Clients can also request new texture to be applied by the painter through specialized painting techniques.

Detail work

Baseboards, casings, crown moldings, wainscotting and rails all require extra time, which in turn will increase interior painting costs. Additional tape, contrast or matching paint, and materials are all needed to paint trim. Steve Macon of Macon Painting approximates detail costs:

  • Baseboard and trim: 50 cents per linear foot

  • Doors: $20–$25

  • Door jambs: $15

Repair work

Many interior painters offer small drywall and baseboard repair services in addition to painting. Any additional labor and materials used will increase the overall cost.


Travel time, cost of gas and other factors will all affect the cost of interior painting.

Cost-saving strategies

You can take care of some details beforehand so everything is ready when the painters arrive. If painters have to remove electrical outlet covers and light fixtures, that extra time gets billed to you. Move large furniture to the center of the room, and cover everything you don’t want paint-splattered.

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Recent reviews

Karl's Construction, LLC

This reviews is long overdue since the work Karl did for me was almost a year ago. Karl came to give me a quote on painting, but after learning more about him and his skills, I ended up hiring him for a master bathroom and master bedroom remodel job. He was thorough in his analysis of what I was looking for and provided an itemized quote for the job. The price was fair for the work to be completed. After deciding to go forward, Karl had a detailed contract for us to sign which made me feel comfortable that both of us would hold our end of the deal and was professionally what I was expecting from a contractor. If anyone has worked with contractors before, you know that the jobs usually never go according to plan and the cost and time involved increase. Yes, the cost increased some and time increased some but it was all because of add-ons I wanted and changes made from original quote. The time was only 2-3 weeks longer than originally anticipated because of these changes and add-ons I had. Someone was there just about every day and I could see the progress being made. Communication was great. If he was unsure about my preference on something, he would ask. He would update me on where he was at on a regular basis. I was anxious about the job being completed on time because I was pregnant and close to my due date and I felt he was very cognizant of that fact. We worked during the day and let him and his crew use a lockbox to come in while we were gone. I felt comfortable leaving him and his team in the house while we were gone and there were no issues with privacy or things being out of place or missing. Soon after the job was complete, there was a leak in the mainfloor bathroom from the master bath upstairs. I was worried that there was some faulty work and having to call him about it, but he came over the next day and we figured out that there was an issue with the plumbing on the shower handle that his plumber was able to fix right away. We haven't had an issue since. I appreciated his quick reaction time and attentiveness to resolve the issue. We love our master bedroom, new walk in closet, and new master bath that Karl worked on. Very happy with the result.

Family Home Maintenance & Painting

Im a general contractor who lives out of state. Had a project in Detroit and was trying to find good contractors which was no easy task to say the least. Long story short, used Thumbtack and got quotes from 2 contractors for painting. Went with Family Home Maintenance to do painting of entire interior of home. They were more expensive compared to first quote, but being in the business I knew what the project should cost and they were more realistic in there pricing. Darrin Scott is the owner/painter and along with his help did an excellent job. They completed the job way before expectations and it was done with quality. Must say i will be using Family Home Maintenance for future projects.

Vector Services LLC Painting Division

On the up side: We love our colors. The crew was very friendly, professional and clean at our initial estimate. When we asked for special attention, it was provided when they were on site. They were timely from estimate to scheduling to completion, with no unforeseen cost or delays. Their estimate was much lower than other estimates with a shorter time frame for completion. On the down side: we had to ask them to paint behind toilets and further down behind washing machine due to visibility of old paint color, and then only one coat was applied. we found multiple areas that could benefit from 2nd coat of edging for full coverage. the old paint color was very visible along the ceiling in 4/10 rooms. We wished they had quality checked their work before ending the job to have found these things.