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How much does it cost to paint interior of a house

Last updated: 7th Jun 2019

A lick of paint is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to breathe new life into your home – whether you’re looking to sell or just want to freshen up and modernise its look. The average cost and quoted rate of a standard house painting job is $40/hr, generally excluding the cost of paint and materials. For simpler work, painters charge around $35/hr. Meanwhile, more complex jobs are priced at approximately $45/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Painters on the site from July 2016 to July 2017.

Hear from an expert
Daniel of Nova Renovations Painting says that an interior painting job for a three-bedroom house can cost $6,500. This price includes materials, and the service covers ceilings and doors as well.

Typical painting jobs

A typical painting company will offer the following services:

  • Interiors – painting on fresh surfaces or repainting over existing paint is the most common service.
  • Exteriors – Every 5-7 years the exteriors of the house should be repainted. This requires special equipment and paint. Professional help is strongly recommended.
  • Roof painting – specialised job that requires safety protocols and the correct equipment.
  • Wallpapering – another specialised service that many painters offer. Some painting companies will provide wallpaper while others will only do labour only.
  • Fence painting – outdoor areas require special paint and expertise.
  • Timber maintenance – timber is unique to other surfaces in that it needs specific preparation techniques to ensure its longevity.

Cost of interior house painting per room

Based on quotes submitted to, the average price paid for house painting per room ranges between $250 – $400 including the cost of paint and materials. In general, the per room cost decreases the more rooms requiring painting in a single job. For example, a 5 bedroom house requiring painting in all rooms will have a lower per room cost than a job to paint only 2 rooms. 

Is painting a good investment?

An exterior paint job could lost as little as $3000, with the potential to reach up to $15 000 + for larger, more complex houses. The most important factor to consider is the return on investment that a quality paint job can produce. For example, if your home value sits at $600 000, you can make $30 000 to $60 000 (around 5-10%) more when you sell. The increased value only goes up with the value of your home.

Consider this: buyers want to invest in a home that they can see themselves in. If your walls are faded and peeling, this will only attract investors who want to renovate and make a quick profit. If your home’s interior and exterior paint job is immaculate, this will attract buyers who want to actually live in your house.

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Photo from: Simplicity Painting

Planning decisions

There’s a few important decisions you need to make before you start comparing quotes:

  • What type of finish do you want? Matte, low sheen and gloss are available and each offer a unique look and character. 
  • What colour do you want? Pinterest and other home interior blogs are a great source of inspiration if you are still deciding on colour. Often, the aim is to make your home look as bright, airy and spacious as possible so pale colours are always a safe option. If you require professional help, colour consultation services are usually offered by painting companies.
  • Are you painting doors, windows and skirting boards? These areas require special attention and will add to the price of your quote. Depending on the style of your home, using a contrast colour for these details can be an attractive aesthetic choice.

Painting prices from real customers

 Jenny from QLD: Interior House Painting Job
Area size: Approximate 60m2 unit
Materials & labour included
TOTAL COST: $1,350
 Dan from WA: Interior House Painting Job
Area size: Small townhouse; open plan kitchen, dining & lounge; small laundry; bedroom
Materials & labour included
TOTAL COST: $1,300
 Holly from SA: Exterior House Painting Job
Area size: Second storey guttering & large garage door
Materials & labour included
TOTAL COST: $1,321.90
 Louise from NSW: Exterior House Painting Job
Area size: Rendered brick fence, 2m high
Materials & labour included
TOTAL COST: $1,300

Costs of Common Painting Jobs

 Painting Task  Typical Quoted Prices
 Materials  $14 per litre
 Interior flush doors  $144
 Interior wash, sand and seal varnished surfaces with adhesion primer  $8.00 per m2
 Stripping wall paper  $12.00 per m2
 Prepare, fill, and sand walls  $4.80 per m2
 Prepare and repaint cabinet shelving  $22

What all residential painting jobs have in common

Painters consider several things when quoting, one of which is the size of the place. How big or small your house is can greatly affect the overall cost of your job as it influences other factors as well — the quantity of paint required, the other materials needed, and the time it takes to finish the job.

Aside from quantity, you’ll also need to take the quality of the paint into account. High-quality paints are more expensive, but they’ll surely last for years.

The difficulty of the task is a key element too. Included in this area are accessibility, texture of the wall, and complexity of the paint design.

Cost of house painting by australian state infographic

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Victoria is the Cheapest State to Hire a House Painter

Now is a good time for Victoria residents to give their home a fresh coat of paint as painters in the state only charge $39.27/hr on average. This is the lowest hourly house painting cost across Australia.

Queensland homeowners can expect to pay $40.43/hr to have their home painted. It’s a bit higher than the average rate in Victoria but is still more affordable than the average painting rates of $43.04/hr in Western Australia, $44.07/hr in New South Wales, and $44.11/hr in South Australia.

The Australian Capital Territory has the highest average residential painting rate at $45.94/hr — only slightly higher than the $45.11/hr rate in Tasmania.

To get the best value for your money, hire a qualified and reliable tradesman for your job. has many local painters who are ready to provide you with top-notch services.

Pricing information correct as at March 2018.

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