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Painting Prices & Costs: Cost To Hire A Painter UK 2020

The idea of re-painting and re-decorating a house can be very exciting for anyone. This kind of refreshment not only gives you a chance to turn boring interiors into eye-catching ones but also provides you opportunities to design each of your rooms according to the purpose of use.

The way we think or feel has a lot to do with colors and patterns that are around us; and so, when a chance to make use of your favorite fabrics and paints arrives, you should do your best in order to bring the best out of your house, which requires to have a knowledge of involved costs on your part. Therefore, this article will give you a rough idea regarding the costs of hiring painters or decorators.

How much do painters and decorators charge?

Painters charge around £14 per m2 to paint the interior of a house. The average cost to paint a room is £150 and £500, and the cost to paint a home interior is £1,000 to £6,000. Labor costs alone account for 70% to 85% of your total paint job.

Day£115 – £400

Cost to paint inside of the house by bedrooms

The cost to paint inside a house can be estimated by the number of bedrooms. Painting all the walls inside a house costs on average between £800 and £4,200, depending on the size of the house, your location and the size of the company you will hire.

Painting JobEstimateCompletion Time
1 Bedroom£800- £1,5001 day
2 Bedroom£1,500-2,1001-2 days
3 Bedroom£2,100-£3,1002 days
4 Bedroom£2,600-£3,6002-3 days
5 Bedroom£3,600-£4,2003-4 days

Cost of hiring a decorator or a painter

The cost to hire a painter comes between £15-£54 per hour and £115- £400 per day. On average homeowners in the UK spend £24 per hour and £164 per day to hire a painter/decorator.  

Truth to be told, it is always tempting to open the paint can and start coloring your dreams at once; but you know, there must be a good plan in your mind before you start doing anything at all. You should have a basic idea regarding what you want to achieve and how much money you are willing to spend.

Choosing the right colors and decorating materials is important of course, however, the most important factor, without a doubt, is the budget. You need to have a clear budget in mind when you plan things, and you should spend accordingly. The fixed budget comes handy when choosing the materials and paints. Moreover, in case you plan to hire interior designers or painters, budget is one of the most important aspects that come into play.

Generally, the budget depends mainly on two aspects:

1. The kind of paint you decide to use

The subject of selecting the right paint is not just limited to the final look and feel of your house. In fact, the paint you use is one of the top factors how-much-paint-costhaving an impact on your budget. Under normal circumstances, matt emulsions, which are pretty basic, come for a cheap price. However, if you decide to go for gloss or silk emulsion, you may have to stretch your budget to a certain extent.

Also, note that bolder colors tend to cost more than colors like white or magnolia. Moreover, if you want personalized paints, you may have to spend a lot more than average. Please note that when you buy paints, you need to be sure to keep your eyes open for offers and deals. Sometimes, you may get really great discounts when you buy paints in bulk. Besides, be sure to compare the paint prices of different shops before deciding to spend your money.

2. The contractors or designers you choose

The cost of hiring a painter or a decorator can vary a lot depending on the type of project. The height of your room, the type of color you want to use, the extent of technical skills needed for the work, room shapes, etc. are just a few of the factors which determine the final cost. In order to minimize your expenses, contact different paint and design agencies to pick the best deal you can. You should not hesitate to ask for a portfolio or references either. Interviewing the people you are about to hire is a great way to solidify your decision too.

The above price estimates are only online predictions. Hence, keep in mind that although the exact prices should be close enough, the prices may vary a bit in some cases. So contact a few good painting companies as well as contractors as soon as you can, and they will tell you what to expect in exact figures based on your measurements of rooms and paint ideas. And who knows, you may even get a few offers or budget recommendations from them regarding your upcoming projects such as exterior painting or rebuilding!

Painting and Decorating Prices in the UK

Paint and Wallpaper

Whether you’re looking for a simple, one-colour paint job or fancy trying out some more fancy, bolder patterns, shades or borders, you need to look at all the paint and wallpaper options available before making a final decision.

    • An average tin of paint will cost around £3 to £10 per litre, although for heavier, oil-based paints (great for additional varnish or harder surfaces) tins will usually cost around £30 a litre.
    • The wallpaper varies depending on the amount you need and the density and/or pattern you go with, but generally, you shouldn’t pay any more than £5 to £20 per roll; or for specialist wall coverings (made of alternative materials for firmer application), up to £150 per roll.


Only really necessary if you’re doing a full makeover for your room redesign, fittings might include anything from light shades and switches or door handles to new radiator models or even fireplace reconstruction. Prices will obviously vary considerably depending on how extensively you want to refit the chosen room:

    • Aim to set a budget somewhere between £500 and £1,500 for fitting redecoration.


Although it takes less time to ‘install’ than other fittings, new furniture can prove a pretty expensive investment – so make sure new sofas and cushions, dining tables, coffee tables, chairs and cupboards and cabinets cover all your necessary requirements before merely picking them out for aesthetic value. Again prices will vary depending on the size of the room and the extent of your purchases:

    • A standard interior design of a single living room you should set a budget of around £1,000 to £3,000.


The final cost of painting and decorating will ultimately depend on whether you hire a professional painter/contractor to carry out the re-design for you, or if you fancy giving it a go yourself. DIY is usually the cheaper option:

  • A simple painting and decorating interior redecoration can take as little as one to three days – and cost as little as £150 to £1,000

Don’t forget that these prices are just estimates, and for the most accurate costs you should compare a number of different products and/or contractors that are specifically tailored to the specifications of your home and interior decorating project. If you plan on helping out or doing a bit of painting and decorating yourself then you will also need to account for a few days off work (unless it is taken as a holiday) – be really intricate with your budget for painting and decorating costs just to be sure you don’t start spending what you can’t afford. That way you’re property can have a brand new look for as cheap as possible – which in these harsh economic times is just what you need!

Exterior Wall Rendering Costs

Rendering is essential for sealing and weatherproofing the exterior of any property. The cost of rendering an exterior wall will vary depending on its
size and the extent of the work needed. According to Wall Rendering Solutions:

    • It costs £25 per metre squared to have a pro-clear render coating applied to exterior walls
    • It costs £85 per metre squared to have an eco-wall render coating applied to exterior walls

Interior Plastering Prices

The cost of plastering will vary depending on what type of plaster you use, whether you hire a professional plasterer and how big the room is. To give aplastering-services rough idea, here are some example plastering costs from WhatPrice:

    • It costs on average  £214 to have a ceiling plastered
    • It costs on average £333 to have a room plastered

Cost to Paint Different Areas of Your Room

Area of RoomAverage Cost
Windows (Window Frames)£150 – £200
Bedroom£190 – £300
Hallway, Landing, and Stairs£500 – £700
Skirting Boards£100 – £200
Ceilings£250 – £400

Exterior House Painting Costs

Exterior house painting cost can be slightly more than interior painting prices. This is usually because of accessibility; it’s likely that you’ll need to hire a professional to carry out external painting safely and efficiently. Depending on the size of your property, they will likely use ladders or even scaffolding to complete your external painting project.  Consult a professional painter for the cost of painting outside of the house.

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