How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Room

How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Room

We’ve all been there.

You catch yourself staring at your room with a cringed look on your face.

You just know that if your walls could talk, they’d be screaming ‘PAINT ME’!

If that sounds like you, you’re probably wondering how much it costs to paint a room. It’s a common question.

As a professional painter and decorator, I’ve provided thousands of quotes to paint rooms – no kidding!

So I know a thing or two about the average costs to paint a room in the UK. That’s why I put this blog post together. I’ll tell you all about the costs to paint a room. I’ll discuss whether it’s cheaper to paint a room yourself. I’ll even share some of my biggest secrets that you can use to paint your room flawlessly without breaking the bank.

Newly painted bedroom in the UK

What’s The Price To Paint A Room In The UK?

It costs around £450 – £1,000 to paint a room in the UK.

However, the cost to paint a room in the UK can vary significantly based on several factors, including:

  • Room size
  • Paint type
  • Condition of the room
  • Whereabouts you live in the UK
  • How many colours do you paint the room with
  • What parts of the room need painting

As a result, the price you will pay to paint a room will depend on all the above factors. I’ll cover all of these in more detail later in the article.

With that in mind, it’s a good idea to take the estimate provided with a pinch of salt as it could be more expensive than you expect if a decorator determines more work is involved.

For example, the costs to paint a room could increase dramatically if your room is in poor condition compared with a room that requires very little preparation work.

However, if a painter and decorator quotes less than £400 to paint your room, I’d urge you to consider whether you can trust the painters you are hiring. Because, typically when costs are very low for painting and decorating, the quality ends up being just as low.

How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Room in London?

The price to paint a room is typically higher in London than elsewhere in the UK.

That’s because how much painters and decorators earn is typically higher in London. Therefore, when you hire a painting and decorating company, this is factored into the cost.

On average, it will cost you between £500 – £1,000 for a professional painter to paint your room in London. This cost is on the assumption that all the walls, ceiling, and skirting boards need painting. For this price, you can expect your decorator to complete all the preparation and painting required to transform your room.

To calculate this average, I compared the actual costs from quotes I provided to paint a single room in London.

Factors That Affect How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Room

As you can see, the average cost to paint a room can vary greatly. That’s because various factors will affect how much it costs to paint a bedroom.

Let’s take a look at each of these factors:

The Room Size

As you can imagine, the size of the room will impact the costs for a professional to paint the room.

The average size of a bedroom in the UK is 3.4m by 3m. That’s around 110 square foot.

So, if you grab the nearest tape measure and size up your room, you’ll get a better idea of the average costs to paint your room. If your room is larger than average, you can expect to receive a quote at the higher end of the average cost.  

Paint Type

I always recommend customers use the best paint they can afford. That’s because better quality paints will always tump inexpensive ones when it comes to the quality of the finish – regardless of how good the tradesmen are.

However, quality comes with a price. So, you can expect the average costs for painting a room to be if you decide to use paint from designer paint brands, such as Farrow & Ball.

That’s because these paints are simply more expensive. So, the material cost for the painting job will be higher.

Also, when you use designer paints, they usually require you to use a specific primer and undercoat to be used with it. All of this increases the cost of painting a bedroom.

However, here’s where hiring a professional to complete your painting jobs can work in your favour. Typically, tradespeople will have trade accounts directly with paint suppliers and can get the paint at a discount price. I personally always pass these discounts on to my customers. However, that won’t be the case with every decorating company you work with.

Condition Of The Room

The average painting cost for a room can vary based on the condition of the room.

The reason the condition of the room affects how costly it will be is that the worse the condition of the room, the more time the decorator will have to spend prepping the surfaces before painting.

To prepare the surfaces, the decorator will fill and sand any imperfections so he can get a smooth finish.

For example, if your room has several cracks in the wall, more preparation work will be needed before any new paint is applied to the surface.

The more time a decorator spends completing such work, the higher the cost of painting the interior room.

What Parts Of The Room Need Painting

When I calculate how much is the cost to paint a room, one of the main factors the affect the price is what parts of the room need painting.

As I’m sure you could guess, the more parts of the room getting a fresh coat of paint, the higher the cost.

For example, if you are painting a kitchen, you might want the kitchen cabinets painted, which will naturally result in higher costs.

Similarly, if you are redecorating bedroom inside a listed building, you might have intricate cornicing and sash windows. Painting these parts of a room require more attention to detail, so the costs are higher.

So it’s important to consider what painting and decorating work needs doing in the room before you start comparing it to the average I provided earlier.

The Number Of Colours You Use

The more paint colours you use in your room, the more you’ll need to pay to paint the room.

That’s because when there is more than one colour in the room, a painter will need to spend extra time cutting in the edges of each wall where it meets the skirting and ceilings.

That means it will take much longer to finish the room painting. As a result, the cost involved would go up too.

Woman painting a room herself

Is It Cheaper To Paint A Room Yourself?

Did the above costs come as a surprise to you? Then you’re probably wondering whether painting a room yourself would be cheaper than hiring painters and decorators.

The answer is yes, the costs of painting a room would be cheaper if you did it yourself. But it’s not always that simple! In fact, by painting a room yourself, the price to paint might end up being even more than hiring a professional painter and decorator in the first place.

Why?

Well, painting is not as simple as it looks. You’ll need to protect all your furniture and flooring and complete lots of prep work before you even start painting and decorating. 

If you don’t properly prepare the walls and woodwork or use an improper painting technique, it could cost more to paint your room because you’ll need to hire a painter to come and fix the job. They will have to scrape back the paint on the walls before repainting – all of which takes more time and incurs additional costs.

And these types of situations aren’t as rare as you might think. 

Just last month, I had a call from a customer who attempted to paint their bedroom themselves but ran into some trouble. She told me that after watching a few tutorials online, she thought painting the room wouldn’t be too challenging.

However, she encountered several problems soon after the first coat was on the walls. The walls looked patchy, and there were brushstrokes everywhere. She tried to fix things by applying more paint, but that just made things worse. 

Now, the walls had tiny bumps and imperfections – caused by not removing the old wallpaper on the walls before painting. At this point, she gave us a call to decorate the room. We had to redo the paintwork, which made this DIY paint job more expensive than it needed to be. 

It just goes to show that while it’s certainly possible to reduce the cost of painting a room by painting it yourself. It can end up costing a lot more too!

Painter and decorator painting a room with a brush

How To Reduce Costs To Paint A Room

If you need to paint a room on a budget, don’t get freaked out by the average costs earlier.

I have a few secret tips you can use to reduce the price of painting a room while still hiring professional decorators to do the job.

Let’s get to it:

Use One Colour

Painting your entire room in the same colour will keep the total cost of painting at a minimum.

That’s because when you paint the walls, ceilings, and skirting boards in the same colour, a lot of time is saved by not having to cut in the edges. As a result, the cost will be reduced.

Empty The Rooms

You can cut the painting costs by emptying your rooms before the painters get to work.

Removing any furniture from your room will save your painter and decorator the time it takes to protect your furniture before they start painting. Also, they’ll save time having to move it back when they finish decorating the room.

Since time means money, the less time spent handling your furniture, the less it will cost to paint the room.

Brand Of Paint

Instead of using designer paint brands, you can choose good brands that are substantially cheaper.

For example, paint brands like Farrow & Ball are known for being expensive. Farrow & Ball is great, but you could purchase your paint from Tikkurilla or Dulux to save money. These brands offer the same excellent quality but at a lower price.

By purchasing less premium paint brands, you will reduce the material cost for painting your bedroom.

How Often Should You Repaint A Room?

As a general rule of thumb you should consider painting your rooms every 5-10 years.

You’re probably wondering why there’s a wide range in that time frame.

Well, that’s because how often you should paint your interior rooms boils down to many factors. These factors include:

The use of the room
If the room is a high-traffic area of your home, the condition of the room will likely be worse than rooms you don’t use as much. For example, hallways and living rooms typically end up in worse conditions than a bedroom does, because it’s used more.

How well do you maintain the walls
The better you maintain a new paint job, the later you can leave repainting it. So, if you are regularly cleaning and touching-up as and when you need to, you can probably hold off repainting the room for a longer time.

How often should you repaint each room in your house or flat?

Bedroom: A bedroom tends to be a low-traffic area in the home, so wear and tear will be less than in other rooms. You can repaint your bedroom every 5-7 years on average.

Living room: A living room is typically one of the most used areas of the house, so painting every 4-5 years is a good idea. But your living room might need regular touch-ups to keep it looking fresh.

Kitchen: Your kitchen is in regular contact with moisture, grease, and cooking fumes. All of these can destroy paint over time. So I’d recommend painting your kitchen every 3-5 years.

Bathroom: Your bathroom is typically low-traffic. So you can paint every 5-7 years. But, touch up the areas prone to moisture, such as around the shower or bath, every 2-3 years.

Hallways: Hallways are one of the highest traffic areas of your house, so you’ll likely want to paint them every 3-5 years.