How much does a painter and decorator cost in 2023?


The prices listed in this guide are correct as of 2023. *

Hiring an interior decorator and painter is a great way to breathe new life into your home. It is much cheaper to paint your house than do other decorating projects. This house painting guide can help you estimate the cost of getting your home painted. The prices listed in this guide represent a range of costs. Request a quote today to find a skilled painter and decorator in your local area. Request a quote today to find a skilled painter and decorator in your local area.

How much does a painter and decorator cost?

Below, we break down how much it costs to hire a professional painter and decorator in the UK, with prices based on hourly and day rates, as well as a range of room and property sizes.

  • They do not include VAT or any prep work that might raise costs, but do include both the cost of labour and the cost of paint and supplies.
  • It’s important that you understand fully what your project involves before you get started, including how much you’ll have to spend on priming, patching or repair work to prep your walls for a new layer of paint. You can ask your tradesperson for a breakdown of the project and how long it is expected to take. This will help you to understand the scope and cost. Ask the painter or decorator you are hiring for an estimate of the number of hours they will need to finish your project. This way, you can see how much money you’ll spend.
  • How much is a painter and decorator per day?
  • Hiring your painter on a daily basis offers you flexibility in terms of the number of days your painter will work, based on your schedule and needs.

Day rates for a painter and decorator in the UK range from


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a day. Not including the cost of paint and materials, daily rates are typically between




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Speak to a painter today to get a more accurate quote for your project:FIND A PAINTER AND DECORATORClose section |How much do painters charge per room?How much you might pay for a painter and decorator will depend largely on the size of the room you want painted:A small room, such as a bathroom (up to 100 square feet) could cost anywhere from PS250 to PS450


A medium-sized room, such as a bedroom (around 100-200 square feet) could cost anywhere from

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to PS750.A large room, such as a living room (over 200 square feet) could cost anywhere from PS650 to upwards of PS1,200.This does not include the cost of preparation work that can raise the overall quote considerably. For instance, a 3m x 5m room could cost you about


to paint (including ceilings) if you include the cost of preparing existing surfaces and paint internal walls, architraves, skirting boards and door linings. A slightly smaller room (3m x 4m) with the same prep work, might cost you


It all depends on the specific requirements of your project.

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Make sure you check your painter’s credentials and experience before you hire them, as well as reviews from previous clients.

  • Close section |Cost to paint a house These quotes include all internal painting of walls and hallways, but exclude VAT:Size of propertyAverage cost
  • 2-bedroom homePS2,500-PS5,0003-bedroom homePS3,500-PS7,5004-bedroom home
  • PS4,500-PS9,5005-bedroom homePS5,500-PS13,000How much you’ll spend will really depend on the quality of paint you want, and what condition your walls are in. The cost of labour will vary depending on where you are in the UK. For a more accurate sense of painter and decorator prices in 2023, speak to a local painter and decorator in your area today.FIND A PAINTER AND DECORATOR

Close section |How much does it cost to wallpaper a room? The price of wallpaper rolls will determine how much you spend to wallpaper a space. For a small bathroom, for example, you may need 2 to 3 rolls. A large room might require up to 8. You will need 5 rolls for a medium sized room. This could cost you anywhere from PS150 to PS350

or more, depending on the size of your room and where you live in the UK.

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Exterior painting costs

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You might also want to get the outside of your home painted. How much you’ll spend on external painting depends on where you live, how easy the walls being painted are to access and the condition of your outside walls.

As a general guide, here are a range of average prices for external painting according to property size: Size of property
Average cost 2-bedroom house
PS3,000-PS6,000 3-bedroom house
PS4,000-PS8,000 4-bedroom house
PS5,000-PS10,000 5-bedroom house


For a more accurate quote, speak to a skilled painter and decorator today.


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Is it worth getting a professional painter? It is worth hiring a professional painter? It is difficult to paint and decorate large areas, or your entire house. A professional painter can save you time, effort and ensure that the job is done to a high quality. You won’t have to purchase brushes, dust sheets, or other tools that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get. Lastly, they’ll know how to prep your walls and surfaces to ensure the best results, and will also clean up afterwards.Painting your home gives it a fresh new look, but only if the work is carried out properly and to a high standard! Give yourself peace of mind by hiring a skilled painter to paint your home for you.FIND A PAINTER AND DECORATORClose section |How to choose the right paint colour for a room

Need help choosing paint colours? Have a think about…

Matching colour with mood. Paint colours should be chosen according to the room’s purpose. If you’re painting your living room, for example, you may want to choose a vibrant colour (like orange or bright green). Consider whether there is a piece of furniture or decor that dominates the room in a certain colour. You may want to complement this with your paint choice. It will make sure that your newly painted walls are in harmony with the rest of your decor, including your flooring. Lighting can affect the appearance of colours. When you choose your paints, consider the lighting in the room. Test colours using paint samples. Testing samples will help you find the right shade before you make a commitment. You can test them out on a wall to see how they look at different times and in different lighting. Darker colours add depth and cosiness to big rooms whilst lighter shades can make a small space seem bigger.Lastly, we recommend you look for inspiration online, focusing on the colour palettes of rooms with a similar style and size to yours. How to save money on painting your house Hoping to paint your home on a budget? Here are some tips on how to save money and cut costs:Ask for multiple quotes, so that you can compare the prices and select an option which fits your budget without compromising on quality. Here you can find skilled decorators and painters. You can paint the less important rooms later. This will save you money. You can save money by painting yourself if you are confident using a brush. You can save money by doing a partial DIY. This could include removing old wallpaper, sanding or filling minor cracks. This could include removing old wallpaper, sanding, or filling minor cracks.

Buy paint during sales, or consider paint reuse schemes that allow you to buy used paint for as little as PS2 a litre.

Avoid buying more paint than you actually need by using an online paint calculator that predicts how much paint you’ll need for your project.

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And always hire top quality tradespeople, as this will avoid you spending more money on costly repairs further down the line.


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How much painting or wallpapering your home will cost really depends on the size of the space, your choice of materials and where you live in the UK, with cost of labour rising in London and the South East by as much as 20% on average. Let us know your ideas and talk to a professional decorator or painter today for a more accurate estimate. It’s time to give your home a makeover! FIND A PAINTER AND DECORATOR
*The Rated People cost guides are produced in collaboration with the quote-building platform PriceBuilder, and a range of tradespeople across the 30+ trades on our platform were consulted. The prices listed are only for reference. Your final cost will depend on your specific project requirements.