Painting and Decorating Individual Rooms: Your Price Guide For 2022

If your home is starting to look a bit tired, painting and decorating is a home improvement project that’ll be one of your first ports of call. Some of the things you could do include repainting a room, adding wallpaper, painting the doors, skirting boards or coving, or even painting a feature wall or redecorating with furniture. These are all guaranteed ways to freshen up a space that’s starting to get a bit rough around the edges.

But, if you’re looking to give your home a bit of love with some decorating projects, it’s important to understand the costs involved before you get started. That’s why we’ve written this handy price guide that covers how much it costs to get a room painted, decorated or wallpapered, as well as explaining some of the factors that go into how much you’ll pay, so you can make the best decision.

How much does painting and decorating a room cost?

Firstly, let’s look at the actual costs involved in painting and decorating a room. You can see our table to the right showing the costs across the country, adjusted for the changes in tradespeople’s rates in different areas.

When calculating these costs, we’ve assumed a medium sized room of around 30m2. The size of the room will of course affect how much you’re likely to pay to get it painted and decorated. For a small room, you could pay as little as £250, but for a large room, expect to pay as much as £1000 for painting and decorating. To understand the pricing of painting a room, it helps to understand all that is involved with decorating a room.

How much does wallpapering a room cost?

Hanging wallpaper is another common painting and decorating job. For wallpapering, the biggest thing that will affect the price is the condition of the surfaces of the walls – so the quotes you get can vary depending on this. For a medium sized room, with old wallpaper that needs to be removed but walls that are in good condition otherwise, you should expect to pay around £400 for wallpapering. For smaller or larger rooms, expect the price to change similarly to painting and decorating; with prices ranging from £200 for a small room up to £1000 for a very large one.

If your room doesn’t already have wallpaper, and the walls are in good condition ready for the new wallpaper to be hung, you could save yourself up to half on the prices mentioned above. However, if the walls are in bad condition with a lot of sanding and preparation required, you could end up paying at least 20-40% more.

Does the type of room to decorate matter?

As we’ve just mentioned, the size of the room being decorated will have a huge effect on the cost. However, another variable that you might not factor in or consider is the type of the room being decorated. For example, rooms with large, empty walls like living rooms or bedrooms will cost more to decorate than rooms like kitchens or bathrooms, where some of the wall space is covered with tiles. It stands to reason – there’s simply more wall space to be painted.

Of course, if you’re replacing the tiles as well, then you’ll need to factor this into the cost of painting and decorating the room. But if you’re just getting a room repainted, then it’s important to think about exactly how much area is actually being painted, rather than simply the size of the room.

How much will the materials cost affect the price?

With painting and decorating projects, the majority of the cost is in the time and effort of the labour, rather than in the materials used on the job. However, the kind of paint and wallpaper that you choose will of course affect the overall cost of painting and decorating your room. The price difference between cheap and expensive paint is more than you might think, and with expensive paint offering significantly more protection against the elements and other hardwearing benefits, you may want to splash out for this on your next project.

Similarly, with wallpaper projects, the materials themselves make up a relatively small proportion of the overall cost, but choosing more expensive wallpaper can have benefits in terms of how hardwearing the walls will be. In addition, the kinds of colours and patterns that are available will often depend on how expensive the wallpaper is – so if you’re looking for a specific kind of pattern, be prepared that you may have to pay more for it.

Can I make my project cheaper by preparing things myself?

Another key factor when it comes to how much it will cost to get your room painted and decorated is the amount of preparation that’s required. This covers the condition of any walls that are being painted, or anything else like skirting boards, doors or coving. So, if you want to reduce the cost, consider doing some preparation work yourself – but be warned, if it’s not up to the right standard, you could end up making things worse for all of your effort.

Preparing these materials could involve sanding them down to a nice smooth surface ready for painting or wallpapering, or even plastering over or sealing cracks and holes in the wall. You could also consider removing wallpaper yourself before getting a painter and decorator in.

What other things should I consider when decorating a room?

Just as every room is different, so too is every painting and decorating project. Because of this, there are a variety of extra things you might want to take into consideration that could affect the cost. This includes things like how much furniture is in the room that needs either covering or taking out or any extra work like painting light switches, skirting boards or doors. Painting and decorating your room could also include other things like hanging curtains, changing light fixtures, or other small decorating tasks. Be sure to speak to the tradespeople you choose about these jobs before they start work.


Estimates for common painter & decorator jobs;

JobEstimate
Cost to wallpaper a room £550 per room
Cost to paint and decorate a house interior £3700
Cost to paint house exterior £1600
Cost to paint the hallway, stairs and landing £800
Cost to paint and decorate a room £450

Rates for other trades

Paint and decorate a room cost in the UK
Paint and decorate a room cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKPaint and decorate a room cost
Paint and decorate a room near Aberdeen£325
Paint and decorate a room near Amber Valley£313
Paint and decorate a room near Arun£361
Paint and decorate a room near Ashfield£320
Paint and decorate a room near Aylesbury Vale£348
Paint and decorate a room near Barnsley£309
Paint and decorate a room near Basildon£335
Paint and decorate a room near Basingstoke & Deane£344
Paint and decorate a room near Bassetlaw£309
Paint and decorate a room near Bath & North East Somerset£327
Paint and decorate a room near Bedford£378
Paint and decorate a room near Belfast£294
Paint and decorate a room near Birmingham£308
Paint and decorate a room near Blackburn£299
Paint and decorate a room near Blackpool£303
Paint and decorate a room near Bolton£308
Paint and decorate a room near Bournemouth£320
Paint and decorate a room near Bracknell Forest£345
Paint and decorate a room near Bradford£304
Paint and decorate a room near Braintree£323
Paint and decorate a room near Breckland£303
Paint and decorate a room near Bridgend£318
Paint and decorate a room near Brighton£356
Paint and decorate a room near Bristol£328
Paint and decorate a room near Broadland£300
Paint and decorate a room near Broxtowe£314
Paint and decorate a room near Bury£309
Paint and decorate a room near Caerphilly£321
Paint and decorate a room near Calderdale£299
Paint and decorate a room near Cambridge£340
Paint and decorate a room near Canterbury£301
Paint and decorate a room near Cardiff£321
Paint and decorate a room near Carmarthenshire£274
Paint and decorate a room near Charnwood£316
Paint and decorate a room near Chelmsford£326
Paint and decorate a room near Cheltenham£339
Paint and decorate a room near Cherwell£363
Paint and decorate a room near Chester£289
Paint and decorate a room near Colchester£306
Paint and decorate a room near Conway£286
Paint and decorate a room near Coventry£305
Paint and decorate a room near Crewe & Nantwich£303
Paint and decorate a room near Dacorum£348
Paint and decorate a room near Derby£312
Paint and decorate a room near Doncaster£310
Paint and decorate a room near Dover£300
Paint and decorate a room near Dudley£306
Paint and decorate a room near Dundee£287
Paint and decorate a room near East Ayrshire£319
Paint and decorate a room near East Devon£297
Paint and decorate a room near East Dunbartonshire£313
Paint and decorate a room near East Hampshire£323
Paint and decorate a room near East Hertfordshire£342
Paint and decorate a room near East Lindsey£300
Paint and decorate a room near East Riding£353
Paint and decorate a room near Eastleigh£327
Paint and decorate a room near Edinburgh£332
Paint and decorate a room near Elmbridge£347
Paint and decorate a room near Epping Forest£347
Paint and decorate a room near Erewash£311
Paint and decorate a room near Exeter£318
Paint and decorate a room near Falkirk£303
Paint and decorate a room near Fife£327
Paint and decorate a room near Flintshire£295
Paint and decorate a room near Gateshead£311
Paint and decorate a room near Gedling£323
Paint and decorate a room near Glasgow£313
Paint and decorate a room near Gloucester£337
Paint and decorate a room near Guildford£340
Paint and decorate a room near Gwynedd£320
Paint and decorate a room near Halton£297
Paint and decorate a room near Harrogate£307
Paint and decorate a room near Havant & Waterloo£320
Paint and decorate a room near Highland£310
Paint and decorate a room near Horsham£329
Paint and decorate a room near Huntingdonshire£336
Paint and decorate a room near Ipswich£296
Paint and decorate a room near Isle of Wight£319
Paint and decorate a room near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£329
Paint and decorate a room near Kingston-upon-Hull£336
Paint and decorate a room near Kirklees£305
Paint and decorate a room near Knowsley£301
Paint and decorate a room near Lancaster£306
Paint and decorate a room near Leeds£308
Paint and decorate a room near Leicester£314
Paint and decorate a room near Lisburn£298
Paint and decorate a room near Liverpool£302
Paint and decorate a room near London£346
Paint and decorate a room near Luton£347
Paint and decorate a room near Macclesfield£314
Paint and decorate a room near Maidstone£324
Paint and decorate a room near Manchester£314
Paint and decorate a room near Mid Bedfordshire£355
Paint and decorate a room near Mid Sussex£335
Paint and decorate a room near Middlesbrough£312
Paint and decorate a room near Milton Keynes£367
Paint and decorate a room near Neath Port Talbot£310
Paint and decorate a room near New Forest£320
Paint and decorate a room near Newbury£338
Paint and decorate a room near Newcastle-under-Lyme£308
Paint and decorate a room near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£313
Paint and decorate a room near Newport£321
Paint and decorate a room near North Ayrshire£324
Paint and decorate a room near North East Lincolnshire£300
Paint and decorate a room near North Hertfordshire£342
Paint and decorate a room near North Lanarkshire£301
Paint and decorate a room near North Lincolnshire£307
Paint and decorate a room near North Somerset£326
Paint and decorate a room near North Tyneside£314
Paint and decorate a room near North Wiltshire£309
Paint and decorate a room near Northampton£372
Paint and decorate a room near Norwich£304
Paint and decorate a room near Nottingham£318
Paint and decorate a room near Nuneaton & Bedworth£310
Paint and decorate a room near Oldham£312
Paint and decorate a room near Oxford£358
Paint and decorate a room near Perth & Kinross£550
Paint and decorate a room near Peterborough£323
Paint and decorate a room near Plymouth£332
Paint and decorate a room near Poole£320
Paint and decorate a room near Portsmouth£319
Paint and decorate a room near Powys£270
Paint and decorate a room near Preston£298
Paint and decorate a room near Reading£346
Paint and decorate a room near Redcar & Cleveland£298
Paint and decorate a room near Reigate & Banstead£344
Paint and decorate a room near Renfrewshire£331
Paint and decorate a room near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£307
Paint and decorate a room near Rochdale£310
Paint and decorate a room near Rotherham£307
Paint and decorate a room near Salford£312
Paint and decorate a room near Salisbury£322
Paint and decorate a room near Sandwell£306
Paint and decorate a room near Scarborough£320
Paint and decorate a room near Scottish Borders£310
Paint and decorate a room near Sefton£304
Paint and decorate a room near Sevenoaks£335
Paint and decorate a room near Sheffield£306
Paint and decorate a room near Slough£345
Paint and decorate a room near Solihull£308
Paint and decorate a room near South Ayrshire£324
Paint and decorate a room near South Bedfordshire£378
Paint and decorate a room near South Cambridgeshire£338
Paint and decorate a room near South Gloucestershire£327
Paint and decorate a room near South Kesteven£318
Paint and decorate a room near South Lanarkshire£307
Paint and decorate a room near South Oxfordshire£355
Paint and decorate a room near South Somerset£300
Paint and decorate a room near South Tyneside£313
Paint and decorate a room near Southampton£324
Paint and decorate a room near Southend-on-Sea£327
Paint and decorate a room near St Albans£346
Paint and decorate a room near St Helens£301
Paint and decorate a room near Stafford£304
Paint and decorate a room near Stockport£316
Paint and decorate a room near Stockton-on-Tees£308
Paint and decorate a room near Stoke-on-Trent£310
Paint and decorate a room near Stratford-on-Avon£309
Paint and decorate a room near Stroud£334
Paint and decorate a room near Suffolk Coastal£296
Paint and decorate a room near Sunderland£308
Paint and decorate a room near Swale£323
Paint and decorate a room near Swansea£300
Paint and decorate a room near Tameside£314
Paint and decorate a room near Teignbridge£314
Paint and decorate a room near Tendring£305
Paint and decorate a room near Test Valley£326
Paint and decorate a room near Thamesdown£312
Paint and decorate a room near Thanet£299
Paint and decorate a room near The Wrekin£298
Paint and decorate a room near Thurrock£335
Paint and decorate a room near Torbay£320
Paint and decorate a room near Trafford£312
Paint and decorate a room near Vale of Glamorgan£330
Paint and decorate a room near Vale of White Horse£342
Paint and decorate a room near Vale Royal£293
Paint and decorate a room near Wakefield£306
Paint and decorate a room near Walsall£308
Paint and decorate a room near Warrington£310
Paint and decorate a room near Warwick£304
Paint and decorate a room near Waveney£305
Paint and decorate a room near Waverley£343
Paint and decorate a room near Wealden£337
Paint and decorate a room near West Lancashire£308
Paint and decorate a room near West Lothian£325
Paint and decorate a room near West Wiltshire£309
Paint and decorate a room near Wigan£299
Paint and decorate a room near Windsor & Maidenhead£344
Paint and decorate a room near Wirral£301
Paint and decorate a room near Wokingham£346
Paint and decorate a room near Wolverhampton£305
Paint and decorate a room near Wrexham Maelor£294
Paint and decorate a room near Wychavon£302
Paint and decorate a room near Wycombe£351
Paint and decorate a room near York£313