Costs of an inside painter

Costs of an inside painter

Do your ceiling or walls need a new colour, or a new, fresh layer of paint? Do you not want to do this yourself, because it’s quite a lot of work? In that case, it’s a good idea to contact a professional inside painter. We’ve listed the different options here, along with the average price you must take into account.


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What does an inside painter cost?

An inside painter may charge for his labour per hour, but also per m². The average hourly rate for an inside painter is 34-39 GBP. Per m², the price will be 30-34 GBP. The below table will give you a better idea of the costs involved.

Type of paint job Average price
Painting ceiling 194-1380 GBP
Painting doors 775-900 GBP
Painting stairs 300-645 GBP
Painting window frames 387-1765 GBP

If you simply want to have the walls of your home painted, the below table can help:

Wall painting Average price
Wall painting: 15 m² 200-250 GBP
Wall painting: 30 m² 400-500 GBP
Wall painting: 60 m² 766-1025 GBP


Factors impacting the cost of inside painting

If you want to use an inside painter for paint jobs in your home, it’s important to consider the different factors which impact the price. We have listed a few for you here.

Factor 1: Combining paint jobs

It is likely that multiple parts of your home will need to be painted. This includes ceiling, doors and stairs, but also window frames and walls! By combining these paint jobs, you can ensure a better price for identical quality!

Factor 2: Paint

Different parts of your home will require different types of paint, with the quality of the paint the deciding factor. This quality will ensure the result remains optimal even in the long term. You must take into account the fact that the type of paint to be used always depends on the surface. An inside painter will know how to advise you on the best type of paint.

Type of paint Average price per litre
Latex for inside 5-9 GBP
Covering paint 21-38 GBP
Undercoat 25-47 GBP
Stain and varnish 25-56 GBP

It’s always a good idea to use an undercoat or primer, which will ensure optimal coverage. If you would like a nice magnetic wall, or would like your children to be able to draw with crayons on the wall of a bedroom, you will need special paint. There are multiple options.

Type of special paint Average price
Magnetic paint 34-47 GBP incl. VAT
Metallic or glitter paint 21-34 GBP incl. VAT
Blackboard paint 34-56 GBP incl. VAT

Factor 3: Combining inside and outside painting

It can always happen that during the painting work inside your home, you’ll realise that certain parts of the outside of your home need painting too. It is then important to check if the inside painter you’re using also does outside painting or not. You should also take into account the fact that outside painting is always more expensive than inside painting. The hourly rate of an outside painter will be 38-47 GBP. The price per m² will be about 34-38 GBP.

Interesting savings tips

Having the inside of your home painted is never cheap, but there are multiple options to save on these costs, such as the following tips!

Saving through a low VAT rate. If your home is more than 2 years old, you can have painting work carried out at a VAT-rate of, not 21, but only 6 percent! This means a savings of 15%.

Winter painter. It’s generally known that the period during which the painting work is carried out can impact the price. If you want to reduce the price, it’s a good idea to use a winter painter. This will potentially save you a lot of money!

Volume discount. Finally, if you hear your neighbour also needs an inside painter, it might be interesting to use the same painter for both jobs, which may ensure you a volume discount of more than 10%!