When you paint and decorate a room, it’s important not to leave out the ceilings. If you don't paint the ceiling when you decorate, you'll soon notice – especially if it's white. While everything else will look fresh and clean, the ceiling will look dull and grubby.
Lots of people leave ceilings because they're more difficult to paint. So how much does it cost to get a decorator to paint a ceiling for you?
How much it costs to paint a ceiling in the UK depends on how big it is, how high it is and your location in the country, but here are the average costs:
Painting a ceiling
£7-£10 per square metre
Painting a ceiling in an average living room
Paint for ceiling, coving and ceiling rose
£5-£8 per litre
Painting and decorating day rate
HaMuch has a large database of hourly and daily rates for painters and decorators across the country, but these costs are taken from averages across the UK. Take a look at the table further down the page for a more specific estimate for labour in your area.
There are a few things that will affect the cost to paint a ceiling:
If you have high ceilings, the cost to paint a room may be slightly more than if you had standard-height ceilings, but normally it won't add any extra. A decorator will use the appropriate ladder and telescopic poles to reach your ceilings and get a good finish.
The average cost to paint a room and the ceilings is £450.
The cost to paint a room with vaulted ceilings is a tricky one to put a price on. Vaulted ceilings are high and a decorator generally won't be able to reach the top with a normal ladder safely.
That means that a decorator will have use special indoor scaffolding to reach the apex of your vaulted ceiling.
We'd expect this to add at least £100 onto the cost of painting a room, but it could be more.
Normally, a painter will roll painting a ceiling rose into the cost of painting your ceiling, unless it's very large or has lots of intricate crevices. They may charge more if it will add significant time onto the project, but it's unlikely for most standard ceiling roses.
Ceiling roses can generally be treated the same as coving, so the decorator will paint them at the same time.
No – ceiling paint isn't more expensive than wall paint. Most brands of paint can be used across walls and ceilings, which is handy if you want to paint your room the same colour as your ceiling.
It's always best to go with a trusted brand of paint for your ceilings. Brands like Dulux, Leyland or Armstead don't have to cost much – you can pick them up for £5-£8 per litre. If you want a premium brand like Farrow & Ball or Lick, that will cost £20-£25 per litre.
How long it takes a painter to paint a ceiling will obviously depend on how big it is, but for an average UK living room expect the ceiling to take 1-2 hours to complete.
You might find that it's more cost-effective to have more than one ceiling in your home painted, as then the decorator can move onto that one while the first one dries.
It's certainly not easy to repaint a ceiling! You'll need to use a ladder and telescopic poles, and you won't be able to move around the room as easily as you can if you're painting the walls, which is why lots of people get decorators to paint ceilings.
It's easy to miss spots when you're painting a ceiling yourself, especially if you're painting white over white. Try to paint in natural light to get the best result, but hiring a decorator will ensure you get the best finish.
Yes, most decorators will always recommend that you have two coats of paint applied to your ceiling. It's easy to miss patches on the first coat, so going over it with a second coat ensures you get the best finish.
A painter and decorator will always say that you should paint the ceiling first. The general rule is to work from the top down, so paint your ceiling, coving and ceiling roses first. Then move onto the walls, followed by the skirting boards, window frames, picture rails or dado rails.
Working from top to bottom ensures that you don't drip ceiling paint on freshly painted walls or woodwork.
If you're ready to get comparison quotes to paint your ceilings, post your job on HaMuch. We'll put you in touch with trusted painters and decorators in your area.
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