How much does it cost to paint a room?
Ashburn, VA

How much does it cost to paint a room?

Ashburn, VA

How much does it cost to paint a room?

$1 – $3cost per square foot of surface area
$300 – $1,000average total cost per room (walls only)
$600 – $2,000average total cost per room (walls, trim, & ceilings)

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$1 – $3 cost per square foot of surface area

$300 – $1,000 average total cost per room (walls only)

$600 – $2,000 average total cost per room (walls, trim, & ceilings)


Get free estimates for your project or view our cost guide below:
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Cost to paint a room

The cost to paint a room is $300 to $1,000 on average, depending on the size, wall height, and whether including the ceiling and trim. The labor cost to paint a room is $1 to $3 per square foot. The cost to paint a room yourself is $150 to $300.

Room painting cost
Room Average cost*
Bathroom $150 – $400
Master bathroom $250 – $650
Kitchen $150 – $250
Bedroom $350 – $850
Master bedroom $650 – $1,400
Living room $600 – $2,000
Dining room / hallway $300 – $1,000
Open-plan basement $800 – $2,500

*Some painters charge a $250 to $500 minimum project fee.

Average cost to paint a room

The following table shows the average cost to paint the walls of a room.

Average cost to paint a room - Chart
Average cost to paint a room - Chart
Average cost to paint a room
National Average Cost $750
Minimum Cost $150
Maximum Cost $2,500
Average Range $300 to $1,000

*Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.

Cost to paint a bedroom by size

The cost to paint a bedroom is $320 to $2,400 for the walls alone, depending on the size and height. When including walls, ceiling, and trim, painting a bedroom costs $640 to $4,800.

Matte finishes are popular for low-traffic bedrooms. Choose a satin finish for a kids’ or higher-traffic bedroom.

Cost to paint bedroom by size
Bedroom size* Paint walls only Paint walls, trim, and ceiling
10'x10' $320 – $1,200 $640 – $2,400
10’x12’ $350 – $1,300 $700 – $2,600
12'x12' $380 – $1,400 $770 – $2,900
12'x16' $450 – $1,700  $900 – $3,400
14'x14' $450 – $1,700  $900 – $3,400
15'x15' $480 – $1,800  $960 – $3,600
16’x16’ $510 – $1,900 $1,000 – $3,800
18’x18’ $580 – $2,200 $1,200 – $4,300
20’x20’ $640 – $2,400 $1,300 – $4,800

*8’ to 10’ ceilings.

Average cost to paint one vs. multiple rooms

Painting one room costs $300 to $1,000 on average for the walls alone or $600 to $2,000 when including the ceiling and trim, depending on room size, ceiling height, and condition. The price per room is about the same when painting multiple rooms since labor accounts for most of the cost.

Professional painters’ charges per room

Cost to paint a living room

The cost to paint a living room is $600 to $2,000 on average, depending on the size, number of coats, and whether painting the walls only or the walls, ceiling, and trim. Painting rooms with ceilings greater than 10’ high costs more due to the increased wall surface, labor, and equipment required.

Cost to paint a living room
Size Average Cost
Small (200 SF) $450 – $1,700
Average (320 SF) $550 – $2,100
Large (450 SF) $650 – $2,600

A living room with a painted accent wall.
A living room with a painted accent wall.

Cost to paint a bathroom

Painting a bathroom costs $250 to $650 for the walls of an average-sized bathroom and $300 to $1,500 for a larger master bathroom. Bathrooms require washable, moisture- and mildew-resistant paint that holds up to cleaning, scrubbing, and higher humidity levels than the rest of the home.

Cost to paint a bathroom
Type Average Cost*
Small bathroom $150 – $400
Average bathroom / small master bath $250 – $650
Large master bathroom $300 – $1,500+

*Not including ceilings or trim.

Kitchen painting cost

Painting kitchen walls cost $150 to $250 on average, typically less than other rooms due to the appliances, cabinets, and backsplashes reducing the wall surface area. Eggshell or satin finishes work best for kitchen walls as they are durable and hide imperfections better than flat finishes.

Painting kitchen cabinets costs $900 to $3,800 or $3 to $10 per square foot, depending on the material and layout.

Kitchen painting cost
Area Average Cost
Walls $150 – $250
Cabinets $900 – $3,800

Basement painting cost

Painting a basement costs $800 to $2,500 on average for an open floor plan. Painting a multi-room basement costs more due to the increased wall surface area. Professionals typically use latex primer and acrylic latex paint on finished basement walls. Choose a glossy finish for ideal moisture and stain resistance.

Consider waterproofing for unfinished concrete basement walls. Interior basement waterproofing costs $3.53 to $5.25 per square foot on average.

Cost to paint all rooms in a house

Painting a whole house interior costs $1,300 to $6,300 on average, depending on the size, ceiling height, and complexity. The cost to paint the walls alone falls at the lower end of the price range. The high end of the range includes the baseboards, trim, and ceilings.

Whole house painting cost
Area Average Cost
1,500 SF House $1,300 – $4,400
2,000 SF House $1,600 – $5,600
2,500 SF House $1,800 – $6,300

Labor cost to paint a room

The labor cost to paint a room is $1 to $3 per square foot on average. Labor typically accounts for 70% to 85% of the total room painting cost. Many painting contractors charge a $250 to $500+ minimum project fee.

Labor cost to paint a room
Charge Average cost
Per Square Foot $1 – $3
Per Room $400 – $1,100
Per Hour $20 – $50

An elegant living room with a wall painted in a contrasting color.
An elegant living room with a wall painted in a contrasting color.

Factors affecting the cost of painting a room include:

  • Geographical location – Painting contractors’ rates are higher in major metropolitan areas with a higher cost of living.

  • Time of year – Interior painting rates are often more competitive during the fall and winter.

  • Room size & wall height – The larger the room, the more paint and labor are required to cover it. Ceilings higher than 10’ increase the painting cost by 10% to 50%+. Higher ceilings increase the wall surface area and require additional equipment and safety measures to paint.

  • Room layout and difficulty – A standard square or rectangular room costs less than an irregularly shaped room with multiple corners, intricate molding, and areas requiring additional masking and cutting in.

  • Primer – Primer costs $15 to $30 per gallon. Priming porous surfaces like new drywall and stained, glossy, dark, or odorous surfaces ensures the best paint adhesion and longevity. Some paints come formulated with a primer, which saves on labor and material costs.

  • Color – Changing from light to dark or dark to light may require additional paint coats, increasing materials and labor. Bright or deep colors often require more coats.

  • Paint type, finish, & quality

    • Oil-based paints take longer to dry and are more difficult to clean up, adding to the total project time.

    • Higher sheen paint finishes cost more but are more durable than flat or matte finishes.

    • High-quality paints cost more but look better and last longer.

  • Customizations / textures / accents – Accent walls cost 20% to 30% more than other walls. Changing colors between rooms increases the cost.

  • Prep work – A room filled with furniture and wall hangings takes more time to prep than an empty room. Removing items and cleaning surfaces before the project begins reduces the labor time.

  • Repairs – Major drywall repairs cost $100 to $400 per crack. Most painters factor minor drywall repair from wall hangings or small punctures into a painting estimate.

  • TrimPainting baseboards and trim costs $1 to $4 per linear foot.

  • Ceiling Painting a ceiling costs $1 to $2 per square foot.

  • MoldMold removal costs $15 to $30 per square foot.

  • Lead or Asbestos Testing Asbestos testing costs $250 to $750 and is recommended for homes built before 1986.

Handyman charges to paint a room

A handyman charges $50 to $80 per hour to paint a room, depending on the location. Other handyperson services and costs include:

Room paint cost

Paint costs $15 to $50 per gallon on average. Latex- or water-based paint is most common for walls and ceilings. Oil-based paint is popular for trim due to its higher durability, but it takes longer to dry, is more difficult to clean up, and requires more off-gassing safety precautions.

One paint gallon covers 300 to 400 square feet with one coat.

Paint prices
Paint type or finish Average price
Latex $15 – $50
Oil-based $20 – $70
Flat finish $15 – $50
Eggshell finish $15 – $50
Semi-gloss / gloss finish $20 – $60

Cost to paint a room yourself

Painting a room yourself costs $150 to $300 on average for the paint and supplies for a typical 12’ x 12’ room. Labor accounts for a large part of a painting estimate, so painting a room DIY is a budget-friendly alternative, especially if you already have some supplies on hand.

Cost to paint a room DIY
Item Average cost
Paint (per room)* $30 – $150
Scraper $6 – $20
Sandpaper $5 – $15
Patching Compound $10 – $20
Painters Tape $3 – $10
Brushes $2 – $15
Paint Roller Kit $10 – $25
Paint Tray $2 – $5
Drop Cloth $5 – $30
Respirator mask $5 – $30
Ladder $80 – $300
Paint Sprayer Rental $30 – $50 per day

*Based on a 12’ x 12’ room with 8’ ceilings.

Room painting FAQs

How long does it take to paint a room?

Painting an average room takes 6 to 10 hours, including prep work, cutting in, painting, and cleanup. Several factors impact the painting time, including the room size, wall height, crew size and experience, application method, number of coats, and whether including the trim and ceiling or just the walls.

Most paints require 2 hours of dry time between coats. Painters recommend waiting 24 to 48 hours once the paint is dry to the touch before moving furniture back and rehanging wall fixtures.

  • Cleaning and prep work takes 30 minutes to 2 hours.

  • Cutting in—painting the areas not reachable with a roller or sprayer—takes 1 to 2 hours.

  • Painting trim takes 1 to 2 hours per coat.

  • Painting walls takes 30 to 60 minutes per coat.

  • Painting a ceiling takes 1 to 2 hours per coat.

How to measure a room for painting

Follow these steps to measure a room for painting:

  1. Measure the perimeter of the room in feet.

  2. Measure the ceiling height in feet.

  3. Multiply the room perimeter by the ceiling height to get the room’s total wall area square footage.

  4. Subtract 21 square feet per door and 16 square feet per window to get the most accurate square footage for the paintable wall surface.

Example – For a 10’ x 12’ room with 8’ ceilings:

  1. 10’ + 10’ + 12’ + 12’ = 44’ perimeter

  2. 44’ x 8’ = 352 square feet of wall space.

One gallon of paint covers 300 to 400 square feet with one coat.

Do painters remove and replace furniture?

Some painters remove and replace furniture, while others request the homeowners remove it. Painters who move the furniture include the added labor in the estimate or charge hourly for the service. Request a walkthrough before the work begins and confirm the details with your painting contractor.

  • Painters need at least 2 to 3 feet between the walls and furniture.

  • Furniture that cannot be removed is moved to the room’s center and covered.

  • Most painters advise the homeowner to remove all wall hangings, valuables, and small obstacles.

Getting estimates from room painters

Before hiring an interior painter to paint a room, remember to:

  • Get at least three in-person estimates to compare.

  • Check their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.

  • Hire a company that is licensed, bonded, and insured.

  • Look for members of the Painting Contractors Association (PCA).

  • Choose businesses that have been established for at least five years.

  • Get a detailed estimate, contract, and warranty in writing before the work starts.

  • Avoid going with the lowest quote as quality may suffer.

  • Never pay in full before the work begins. Follow a payment plan instead.

Questions to ask

  • How long have you been in business?

  • Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?

  • Can you provide references with contact details?

  • Which paint type and finish do you recommend for my room, and why?

  • How long will the project take?

  • Do you charge extra to move the furniture? If yes, how much?

  • What do I need to do to prepare the space for the project?

  • Do I need to do any repairs before you start painting?

  • Does the estimate include prepping the room?

  • Does the estimate include cleanup costs?

  • What additional costs should I expect?

  • What happens if you get paint on the floor or furniture?

  • Do you do the painting, or do you use subcontractors?

  • Is there a warranty for the paint job?