How Much Does Interior Painting Cost in 2024?

Interior painting costs from $2 to $5 per square foot. Most homeowners pay $2,910 to $5,710 on average to paint the interior of their home.

Painting the interior of a home, apartment, or other space involves more than a few buckets of paint and brushes. It also requires planning, budgeting, and dedicated time. The cost of interior painting varies widely, with a typical range from $2,910 to $5,710 and a national average of about $4,185

Factors that affect the total cost include the size of the area being painted, labor, and wall condtions. Whether you’re trying to update your home or give the new apartment a brighter look, the average cost per square foot to paint your interior is $3, with a typical range of $2 to $5.

Average Interior Painting Costs

National Average Cost$4,185
Typical Price Range$2,910 – $5,710
Extreme Low-End Cost (one room)$450
Extreme High-End Cost (large house)$11,500

For a house in the U.S. of about 1,500 square feet, a homeowner can expect to pay between $2,910 and $5,710 for interior painting. The amount will vary depending on the size and complexity of your project.

Maybe you want to paint only one room, and you aren’t picky about getting the best paint brand. You could pay as low as $450 for a professional paint job. Or say you want to get the whole interior of the house painted by professionals with the best equipment. The high-end cost reaches up to about $11,500.

Cost Estimator by Area Size

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The size of the area you want to paint greatly affects the total cost. On average, interior painting  costs about $3 per square foot with a typical range of about $2 to $5 per square foot. Measuring your home’s interior is a great way to plan ahead and see what your budget can cover.

Area SizeAverage Overall Costs
800 sq. ft.$1,600 – $4,000
1000 sq. ft.$2,000 – $5,000
1200 sq. ft.$2,400 – $6,000
1500 sq. ft.$3,000 – $7,500
1800 sq. ft.$3,600 – $9,000
2000 sq. ft.$4,000 – $10,000
2500 sq. ft.$5,000 – $12,500
3000 sq. ft.$6,000 – $15,000

Worth noting is the wide range in prices for interior painting. Cost factors such as the quality and amount of paint, primer, and equipment used also add to the cost. Also, cost per square foot might not come into play for very small areas because some painting contractors have minimum prices for a job.

Cost Estimator for an Apartment

Apartment living can feel restricting when it comes to what you’re allowed to change. That said, some landlords are willing to let you paint the walls (with some restrictions). The cost to hire a pro to paint your apartment will depend on the room size and the restrictions that were given to you by your landlord. But a fresher, livelier living space might be worth the expense.

Apartment TypeAverage Cost
Studio$1,450
One Bedroom$2,075
Two Bedroom$2,600
Condominium (two bed)$2,775

Cost Estimator By Room

Have a room in mind that needs a fresh coat of paint? Characteristics such as wall height and the complexity of the room design can make the cost of painting one room higher than another. 

RoomAverage CostAverage Range
Bedroom$560$315-$800
Master bedroom$1,265$650-$1,450
Bathroom$210$115-$300
Master bathroom$475$300-$650
Living room$1,535$600-$2,000
Kitchen$540$320-$765
Dining room$835$535-$1,135

Bedroom

The average cost to paint a bedroom is about $560. Bedrooms typically have a lot of surface area and are therefore relatively easy to paint. For large bedrooms, such as a master bedroom, you can expect a high of up to $1,450.

Bathroom

Bathrooms are almost always small and contain appliances that cover up wall space. They may also contain tile on the walls, which lowers the square footage that must be painted. The typical cost to paint a bathroom is $210. With half-baths being an extreme low, and larger master bathrooms being an extreme high, prices can be as low as $115 or as high as $650.

If you’re looking to remodel the bathroom and want to save some cash by bundling, you can also install bathroom flooring for an average cost of $1,910. Certain contractors will give discounts for package deals.

Living Room

Living rooms differ from house to house. If you have an open area to cover, specify where the boundaries lie. The average cost to paint a living room is roughly $1,535. This base average may change depending on the conditions of your room as well as wall height. Some contractors charge more for higher ceilings.

Kitchen

Despite the fact that kitchens can be large and sometimes difficult to paint, they generally cost less due to the appliances and countertops covering up wall space. Kitchens cost anywhere from $320 to $765 to paint with an average price of about $540.

If you’re in the market to replace your kitchen floor, this is another good time to consider bundling two projects in one. The average cost to replace your kitchen floor is $3,115.

Dining Room

Dining rooms are generally easy to paint with lots of wall space to cover. On average, the cost to paint a dining room is $835, with a typical range from about $535 to $1,135.

Other Factors That Affect the Cost of Interior Painting

Additional costs for materials and labor are the second-most important price factor for interior painting after the size of the space. What kind of paint is being used? How many gallons? Certain contractors will charge more per hour, and the texture of your walls can influence how much paint will be needed.

All of these can affect the total cost of your interior painting project. We’ll go over the most significant factors to help you understand where your money is going and how to save more of it.

Labor Costs

Most contractors will give an estimate for interior painting based on supplies and labor costs, but it can’t hurt to know what you’ll be looking at to help with budgeting. The average hourly cost for labor for interior painting ranges from $25 to $75.

Remember that this cost is per person. So the cost for two painters for one hour at a rate of $25 per hour will be $50. The more painters, the higher the cost. But with more hands to work, less time is needed to complete the interior painting job.

Type of Paint

The cost of paint per gallon averages around $20 to $55, another wide price range. Everything from the quality to the color to what brand it is will affect the overall cost. Not to mention the addition of a primer if included. Keep this in mind when comparing contractors’ estimates.

Ceilings

Before considering your total cost for interior painting, remember that ceilings factor into the overall price. What this means: Wall height affects ceiling height, and taller walls or ceilings can increase your total cost.

This is important to consider, especially if you want to paint your ceilings, too. The average cost to paint your ceilings is about $460 per room, with a typical range of $200 to $715.

Wall Condition

The condition of your walls is another thing that contractors will look at when giving estimates. For example, your cost will be higher if there are cracks on your walls or if the walls are textured. Here’s why: Textured walls, like popcorn or swirl patterns, can be harder to paint and often require more coats of paint. Textured walls cost an additional $3 to $6 per square foot to paint.

Related Services

When hiring professional painters to paint your home’s interior, you might want to make other improvements to your house. Bundling services is a smart way to get more done for less money. This is a great time to consider your home’s curb appeal (Why not have the team paint the front door, too?) and make other (interior) investments toward your home.

Exterior Painting

If you want to paint the interior, this is the perfect chance to check out the home’s exterior, too. Painting your home’s exterior is a relatively simple project that can help to boost your home’s curb appeal and overall appearance. The cost to paint the exterior of your house will be around $3,348, with a typical range of $2,191 to $4,505

Think of the cost of exterior painting as an investment, but what about something less extensive? When you consider the increased resale value that comes with something as simple as a newly painted front door (up to 2.9%), you might decide it’s worth a few extra bucks to keep the painters around for another hour or two.

Wallpaper Removal

On average, wallpaper removal costs about $670 per room. If you’re having professional painters come in to remove the wallpaper before painting, this cost will be added to the overall price for your project and could potentially save you from having to hire separate people.

That said, if you wanted to, you could remove the wallpaper yourself as prep work and knock off a good chunk from your total bill.

Trim and Baseboards

If you have someone coming in to paint your walls, this would be a great time to have your trim or baseboards cleaned and/or painted. To include the trim or baseboards in with your interior painting cost, you’ll spend an additional $3 per linear foot.

Trim is a broad term that refers to the added millwork that covers the space where walls meet flooring. Baseboards specifically refer to a type of board trim (often wood) that covers these gaps. They can be used for practical and decorative purposes.

Interior Design

While you spruce up the walls of your home with fresh paint, you might want to add to your home’s decor to complete the look. Adding style and panache to your interior can increase its value and also provide an aesthetic that you can be proud of. 

If you want to hire a professional interior designer, the average cost is around $6,260. If you just want to redecorate or rearrange, there are ample design ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Your options are limited only by your bank account.

Pro Cost vs. DIY Cost

Painting your home’s interior can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right equipment and preparation, it can save you from having to hire a pro. It can also be a fun project to work on with family and friends.

So what exactly do you need, and more importantly, is it cheaper than hiring a professional? First things first — you’ll need paint. The average cost for paint is about $30 per gallon, but with the many different paint colors and kinds of paint, the prices range widely.

Type of PaintAverage Cost
Flat$35 – $65
Eggshell$35 – $85
Satin$40 – $90
Semi-Gloss$45 – $90
High-Gloss$50 – $80

Once you have paint, you’ll want the brushes, rollers, scraper, sandpaper, and maybe even a ladder. It’s important to factor in and take stock of the materials you’ll need before deciding whether this is a project you want to tackle yourself.

DIY EquipmentAverage Cost
Brushes$5 – $15
Rollers$10 – $20
Painters Tape$5 – $15
Paint Tray$3 – $5
Scraper$5 – $20
Sandpaper$5 – $20
Drop Cloth $5 – $30
Ladder$125
Total cost$163 – $250
Total cost plus 4 gallons of paint$283 – $370

The total cost for your DIY project will come down to the size of the area you want to paint. One gallon of paint can cover about 400 square feet. For a professional to paint the interior of a roughly 1,500-square-foot house, it will cost about $4,185. The cost to paint the interior of a 1,500-square-foot house DIY style will cost an average of $330.

The cost of DIY interior painting is very attractive to a lot of people. However, there are others who would rather leave the interior paint job to professionals who know what they’re doing and have years or decades of experience.

Cost of Interior Painting by Location

The cost of paint and supplies will likely stay consistent no matter where you live. But the cost of labor and estimates from a painting company are likely to be different.

People in big cities with higher populations and those in coastal regions may pay more for a paint job than homeowners in rural areas. Generally, this is due to the cost of living and increased demand for painting services.

FAQ About Interior Painting Costs

How Much Does it Cost to Paint the Interior of a 2,000-Square-Foot House?

The average cost to paint the interior of a 2,000-square-foot house is $6,000. The typical price range for this size is about $4,000 to $10,000. The range of costs takes into account different locations, equipment costs, and labor fees. If you think you might have more or less space than that, the national average cost to paint the interior of a house is about $3 per square foot.

How Much Should I Pay for a Pro to Paint the Interior of my House?

The average price per square foot to paint the interior of a house ranges between $2 and $5. With this, you can get an estimate of how much it would cost to paint a home’s interior by finding the square footage and multiplying. For example, the cost to paint the interior of an 800-square-foot room would be about $2,400 on average.

Can You Paint Over Existing Interior Paint?

Most wall paint is latex (water-based), so it’s typically not a concern to paint over it with another few coats of latex paint.

However, if you want to put a different kind of paint on top of existing paint, be careful. If the paint types are different (one is oil and the other is latex), take off the old coat before you repaint. You can do this by sanding and using a scraper. Also, apply a primer before you add the new coat of paint.

DIY or Hire a Pro for Interior Painting?

Interior house painting can add new life to your home. It can change the mood from dim to bright with the swipe of a paintbrush. However, painting the interior of a house can be time-consuming, messy, and frustrating at times.

To ensure the interior of your home gets the update it needs without paint landing on the carpet, hire a professional painting company near you. You’ll get to enjoy the new colors without the hassle of painting it yourself.

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Abigail Evans

Abigail Evans is a writer and outdoor enthusiast. When not nose-deep in a book, she can be found kayaking down the winding rivers of Pennsylvania.