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.
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:
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.
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+|
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|
|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|
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.
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|
|Moving furniture back in||60–120 minutes|
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.
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.
For the paint itself, there are two main types to choose from. Here are the pros and cons of each:
|Oil-based Paint ($30 per gallon)||
|Latex-based paint ($10–50 per gallon)||
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First ask yourself what you want people to feel most in each room. Then base your painting choices on the following:
Soft grays, blues, and greens are the best choice for bedrooms. They are more restful to the eye and promote peace.
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.
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.
In general, the average cost to paint a house interior is around $1.50 per sq. ft., depending on many factors.
An average a 3-bedroom, 1,500 sqft home will cost about $1,500–$2,400 to paint.
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.
Find your painting contractor today, and we hope your house will soon look amazing.
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