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How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Room Or Home Interior?
$300+/room ($1.50/sq. ft.)

The average cost to paint a 12’ x 12’ room is between $300–$800. When painting the whole interior of your home, most homeowners report paying between $2,100–$3,900. In general, the average cost to paint a house interior is $1.50 per sq. ft. Get free instant estimates from professional painters near you.

How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Room Or Home Interior?

Author: Daniel W.
Millions of people ask HomeGuide for cost estimates every year. We track the estimates they get from local companies, then we share those prices with you.

Painting is one of best and quickest ways to give the interior of your home a completely new look. Of all the remodeling jobs you can do on a home, painting the interior gives you the most cost effective returns on your resale value. We've asked homeowners on HomeGuide, as well as painting contractors to report their interior painting costs. Here are their answers:

This pricing guide covers:

Cost To Paint A Room

Painting a room is a great way to upgrade your home without spending thousands of dollars. The cost varies greatly, depending on several factors and who you choose to do the job. The average cost to a paint a 12x12 room is $300–$800 depending on any wall repairs, wall paper removal, or if moving furniture is necessary. Whereas, a DIY paint job will start at around $200 or more for a standard 12 x 12 room.

Cost To Paint Interior Of House

In general, the average cost to paint a house interior is around $1.50 per sq. ft., depending on many factors. The cost to paint the interior of a 1,500 sqft home will cost about $1,500–$2,400. For an average home of 2,500 sqft, costs range from $2,100–$3,900+ as reported by HomeGuide members.

Interior Home Size Average Cost
1,500-1,800 sq. ft. home $1,500–$2,400
1,800-2,500+ sq. ft. home $2,100–$3,900+

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Interior Painting Cost Factors

Depending on your budget, needs, and time frame, you may decide that hiring a professional to paint your home is the best way to go. Painting may sound like a simple and straightforward task, yet there is often much more to consider than most people think. To find an accurate cost per room and the amount of paint needed, you will need to factor in:

Interior Painting Factor Average Cost
Prep Work $20–$80 per room
Paint and Supplies $10–$50 per gallon
Trim and Molding $75–$200 per room
Windows and Doors $20–$40 each
Unique Textures $2–$4 per square foot
Labor $35–$45/hour

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  • Prep Work – Added into the basic cost of a paint job is repair of minor cracks and holes in trim and drywall, masking, priming, and cleanup. The average cost of prep work ranges from $20 to $80 per room, depending on what needs to be done.
  • Paint and Supplies – The cost of paint supplies can range from $10–$50 per gallon, depending on the quality of paint you choose. Experienced painting contractors will already have the main supplies needed. One gallon paints approx 400 sq. ft. and painting professionals recommend at least two coats of paint.
  • Trim and Molding – Add $75 to $200 more per room if you are also painting trim and molding.
  • Windows – Depending on the size of the window and the number of panes, you can expect to pay an average of $20 to $40 per window. To calculate the exact price for larger windows, add 1’ to each side of the window and then multiply width x length. Add 2 sqft for each window pane for painting the mullions, muntins, and sash and then multiply your total sqft by $0.84 cents per square foot. A 4’ x 4’ window with 4 panes will come to a total of 44 sqft x $0.84 = $37.
  • Doors – You can expect to add an extra $20 to $40 for each door.
  • Unique Textures – Painters may charge an additional $2–$4 per square foot for texture. This is because it takes more time and paint to ensure paint gets into all the grooves around the texture.
  • Labor Cost – On average is costs $35–$45/hour for professional painting labor. It takes around 8 hours to paint a 2,400 sqft home which will cost around $280–$360 to just paint the walls—trim, ceilings, prep work, and cleanup not included. The main bulk of time, though, is taken up by prep and cleanup work. Some painters charge per square foot while others will charge by the hour or even charge based on a combination of the two.
  • Number of Rooms or Whole House – Painters will usually give you a better price if you are painting the whole house vs. painting one or two rooms. They will also charge less if you stick to one or two colors rather than paint each room a different color.

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Cost To Paint Additional Interior Features

Interior Feature Average Cost
Ceiling Painting (brush-roll-spray) a tongue-and-groove ceiling will cost $4–$13/sq. ft.
Molding and trim $11/linear foot
Door frame and trim $53 per door
Interior flush door, frame and trim $10–28 per door based on spray vs. roll or brush
Interior French door, frame and trim $40 per door
Interior louver door, frame and trim $13–48 per door based on spray vs. roll or brush
Interior panel door, frame and trim $10–33 per door based on spray vs. roll or brush

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Interior Painting Cost Calculator

Costs vary depending on many factors, but it’s good to get an idea of how much paint and time it may take to complete one room.

The examples below are for a 12’ x 12’ room with an 8’ ceiling, 1 door and 1 window.

  1. Measure the perimeter of the room
    (12’ + 12’ x 2 = 48 feet)
  2. Calculate the wall area by multiplying the perimeter with the ceiling height
    (48’ x 8’ = 384 square feet)
  3. Subtract approx. 42 sq. ft. for each door and 30 sq. ft. for each window
    (384 - 42 - 30 = 312 sq. ft.)
  4. This room needs 312 sq. ft. of painting.
  5. At 400 sqft per gallon, you will need 2 gallons of paint for two coats on this room’s walls.

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Interior Painting Labor Estimates

On average, painters will charge between $35–$45 per hour. It’s important to ask about all of the fees up front when you are getting an estimate, because some painters will charge by the hour and some by how much space is involved, not to mention the cost of supplies.

At 18 minutes per 100 sq. ft. of painting it will take approx. 2 hours to paint a 12' x 12' room, or around 1 hour per coat. If you're painting the ceiling add 144 sq ft. (12' x 12') to your estimates, and about half a gallon of paint. Also factor in the time for the first coat of paint or primer to dry.

When calculating painting time per room, include:

Interior Painting Task Labor Estimate
Prep work and masking 30–120 minutes per room
Moving furniture 60–120 minutes
Painting ceiling and trim 60–120 minutes per coat
Painting walls 30–60 minutes per coat
Painting windows 30 minutes per window
Cleanup 30–60 minutes
Moving furniture back in 60–120 minutes

Interior Painting Teal Living Room

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How Much Does Paint Primer Cost?

To start, most painting jobs may require some type of primer, especially if the wall has been painted over, is badly stained, the walls previously had wallpaper or other patched/textured surfaces, the area is moisture prone, or if you’re going for a more drastic color change. The primer will ensure that the paint sticks to the surface well and looks more even.

There are three types of primers (oil-based, latex-based, and shellac), which can range anywhere from $10–$50 per gallon, depending on the condition of your current walls, the level of durability needed, and also if you’re looking for a more eco-friendly primer that doesn’t have as many harsh fumes.

  • Oil-based primers – $15–$35 per gallon
  • Latex-based primers – $10–$30 per gallon
  • Shellac primers – $35–$50 per gallon

If you’ve moved into a home with walls giving off persistent pet, food and smoke odors, an excellent primer that blocks in the odor is KILZ at $37/gallon.

Types of Paint

For the paint itself, there are two main types to choose from. Here are the pros and cons of each:

Paint Type Pros Cons
Oil-based Paint ($30 per gallon)
  • Adheres to surfaces well
  • Very durable
  • Good stain resistance
  • Better coverage in one coat
  • Contains more fumes than latex-based paint
  • A pricier option
  • Not as resistant to fading if expose to sun
  • Takes longer to dry than latex paints
Latex-based paint ($10–50 per gallon)
  • Safer than oil-based paint
  • Easy to use and dries fast
  • Less fumes and odors
  • Easy cleaning with soap and water
  • Long-lasting finish, and resists fading
  • Causes wood grains to swell, which requires sanding between coats
  • Hard to use on a surface that was previously painting with oil-based paint

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How Much Does Paint Cost?

It’s important to have a wall finish that seals in the color and helps with imperfections in the paint job. The average cost of the paint itself costs around $15–$50 per gallon, and for a standard bedroom, at least two gallons will likely be necessary to get the job done. Here are the average costs of popular brands and styles to choose from:

Paint Brand Flat Eggshell Satin Semi-gloss
Valspar $16–$51 $18–$42 $24–$50 $17–$50
Glidden $9–$22 $14–$21 $21–$22 $15–$23
Behr $24–$38 $18–$22 $29–$35 $20–$46
Benjamin Moore $14–$46 $40–$100 $40–$50 $40–$50
Sherwin Williams $34–$77 $33–$81 $34–$95 $33–$95

Generally, the more sheen that is in the finisher, the easier it is to see imperfections. It’s best to choose something in the middle, like an eggshell or satin.

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High-gloss paints cost more, but they resist smudges and usual dirt better and are easier to wash clean. High gloss is best for kitchens and bathrooms. However, high-gloss paint doesn’t hide flaws as well as flat paint. Use flat paint in bedrooms, halls, and living rooms.

To add a decorative finish to your walls, or to make an already textured wall look better, consider a sand stucco look. Buy it either ready mixed at $30/gallon or buy the sand texture to mix with your paint at $5/per 6 oz.

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Interior Painting Supplies Cost

Unless you already have your own painting supplies, some companies may charge an extra $100–$200 for a complete interior painting for any additional paint supplies that are necessary—scraping, sanding, and stripping tools and supplies; patching compound; primer; caulk; masking supplies; painters’ tape; ladders and scaffolding; paint pans; brushes, sprayers, and roller brushes.

Consider all of those tools and equipment sitting in your garage for the rest of your life vs. paying an experienced painter to do it all for you at a price that saves you weeks of time. Expect to pay $5–$6 per 100 sqft for supplies and materials.

Unexpected Interior Painting Costs

In the process of hiring a professional painter, there are sometimes other expenses that are forgotten or not top of mind before inquiring about an estimate.

  • Wall Repairs – Many people may miss wall damage like holes, dings, or things like unfinished drywall that will need extra prep before it is ready to paint. Wall sanding, wall paper removal, mold removal, stain removal, and painting trim will also cost extra and will add extra labor to the job. For any of these extra services, expect to pay an additional $100–$200 per service, depending on what is necessary to prep the walls before painting. Another often overlooked item is textured walls, which may require an extra layer of paint and extra time, depending on the complexity of the job.
  • Cleanup & Ventilation – Cleanup costs, including disposal of paint, primers, and finishers, as well as disposal of any debris, may also add an extra $50–$100. Make sure that you will have adequate ventilation (windows, fans) so that paint fumes do not cause issues in your home. If you have small children or pets, make sure that the painters know this so that proper ventilation is taken into consideration. Make sure that children and animals stay far away from painting supplies.
  • Lead-based Paint – If you live in a home that is more than 30 years old, it may require lead testing. This can cost anywhere from $65–$240, the lowest price being for a home test you send to a lab.
  • Furniture Moving – If you are able to move furniture out on your own, this is your best bet, because some painters will charge $100 just to move furniture.
  • Mold Removal – Mold can be a serious and expensive problem to fix, but it should be addressed before painting. If you suspect mold, have a mold inspection done. You can also opt do use a home test kit, but it won’t be as thorough. The removal process can add an additional $500+ to the cost before painting.
    • An air test will test the concentration of mold spores in the home’s air.
    • Surface testing will test for mold growth and spores in sample areas by swabbing or tape lifting.
    • Bulk testing will send pieces of material from your home for testing.

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DIY Cost of Painting a Room

Maybe you’re on a budget or just enjoy the process of painting a room on your own, in which case, the DIY painting route may be your best bet. Expect to spend an average of $200–300 for your painting project if you do all the work yourself.

Interior Painting Contractor

If you do choose to paint a room yourself, it’s still important to do a cost estimate for the size of the room and factor in any furniture moving costs. Doing the painting yourself can save you quite a bit of money, as long as you know what you’re doing and are willing to put in the time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best interior paint colors?

Paint has a light reflectance value (LRV) of how much light is reflected off the surface. Light colors have an LRV of 50 or more and are a good choice for interiors. Most homeowners avoid loud or dark “angry” colors, and if they choose a dark color, they use it for an accent color rather than for the whole room.

What room colors affect your mood?

First ask yourself what you want people to feel most in each room. Then base your painting choices on the following:

  • Green represents nature, life, and growth.
  • Blue helps people relax and recuperate.
  • Yellow promotes happiness and hope.
  • Orange is warm and energetic.
  • White and pale gray give rooms a feeling of cleanliness.

What are the best bedroom paint colors?

Soft grays, blues, and greens are the best choice for bedrooms. They are more restful to the eye and promote peace.

How much does it cost to paint a room?

The average cost to a paint a 12x12 room is $300–$800 depending on any wall repairs, wall paper removal, or if moving furniture is necessary.

How much do decorators charge per room?

Decorators charge about $300–$800 per room, and this price includes the selection of color story, paint, furniture, accessory, lighting, floor coverings, and window coverings.

What’s the average cost per square foot to paint interior walls?

In general, the average cost to paint a house interior is around $1.50 per sq. ft., depending on many factors.

How much does it cost to paint a 3-bedroom house interior?

An average a 3-bedroom, 1,500 sqft home will cost about $1,500–$2,400 to paint.

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Selecting Your Painting Contractor

When selecting your painting contractor, make sure the contractor fulfills as many of the following requirements as possible. Then ask for a detailed proposal in writing from your top three picks.

  • Licensed contractors
  • Have a great portfolio
  • Offer a warranty on labor and materials
  • Are bonded and insured
  • Have an A or A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau
  • Have excellent ratings on HomeGuide & Google
  • Don’t ask for a large downpayment
  • Include setup and complete cleanup costs in the quote
  • Provide excellent communication from your first phone call or e-mail

Find your painting contractor today, and we hope your house will soon look amazing.

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