How much do painters & decorators charge in 2021?
How much does painting and decorating cost? Well, how much a painter and decorator charges, as with most tradespeople, varies from job to job based on a number of factors.
These can include:
- Where you live
- How quickly you need a job doing
- Whether any specialist equipment is required
But for painter and decorators specifically, one of the biggest factors is quite simply room size. If you need a small room painted it’s obviously going to be a lot cheaper than a large room. And likewise, to paint a single room will cost less than multiple rooms.
Having a rough idea of how large the room or rooms you want to have decorated can be a great way of quickly getting a cost estimate from a tradesperson. Our guide to measuring a room is an easy way of providing a reasonably accurate estimate.
Of course, with painting and decorating it’s possible to have a pretty good go yourself, although there are always risks involved – especially when you have tins of paint lying around. No one wants to see a stain on their new sofa. But if you are up for giving it a go, be sure to be careful with furniture, wall fixtures and the amount of paint you're using.
If you’d prefer to leave it in the hands of the professionals to ensure you get the job done properly, then have a look at some of the costs we’ve put together below.
These show the average prices and price ranges of some of the more common painting and decorating jobs you can book through Local Heroes.
Average Local Heroes Painting and Decorating prices
Updated December 2020
Painting a medium-sized room
While "medium-sized room" is not very clear - how do you know if your room is medium? - remember that it is only meant as a guide, no tradesperson should provide a final quote without first seeing the room(s). As a guide though, a room about 3.5m by 5m or one that can comfortably sit six to eight people can be considered medium.Check out our guide to measuring a room
Price range: £244 - £406
Average (most common) price: £325
Wallpapering a medium-sized room
While the same logic to painting a middle-sized room applies to wallpapering a middle-sized room but the cost of materials will differ and this can affect the price.
Price range: £204 - £420
Average (most common) price: £350
Painting an entire property
Painting an entire home or other property is a large task no matter the size. It's unlikely the same colour and type of paint will be used throughout and if there is furniture to be stored, it may be that only one room at a time can be tackled. Such logistical considerations can certainly affect the price.
Price range: £444 - £1653
Average (most common) price: £615
Painting a large ceiling
Ceiling painting is similar to just painting a wall, but trickier and will usually take longer than just painting the wall or walls.
Price range: £286 - £5476
Average (most common) price: £381
Small ceiling painting
Price range: £203 - £338
Average (most common) price: £270
Skirting board painting
Skirting boards are easy to scuff up or dirty, applying a new coat of paint is a great way of freshening up the entire room, especially if the rest of the room is still in good condition. The cost will depend on the size of the room and the condition of the skirting.
Price range: £180 - £350
Average (most common) price: £265
For more prices, view the painting and decorating pricing data sheet.
If you do choose to book a Local Heroes painter and decorator, you can rest assured that they’ll be of the highest quality. We vet everyone listed on our website to ensure they’re professional, competent and willing to sign up to our code of conduct.