Painter and Decorator Cost Guide

If you want to start a decorating project, it’s worth finding out how much you’re probably going to spend. That way you can make sure that you’ve got the money available and that your project is affordable. We’ve put together a useful decorating price guide for 2022 to help you work this out.

General advice

Research thoroughly

Do you want painting, wallpapering work or both? Which areas of your home need decorating? Do you have a colour scheme in mind? It’s worth thinking carefully about what your project will involve so you know which costs you need to calculate.

Set a budget

After you’ve worked out the specifics of your project, you should think about how much money you have to spend on it. You budget should be realistic so you don’t run into cost problems halfway through the work.


Decorating costs can vary significantly depending on the work you want done. You should make sure that you get several quotes so you get an accurate idea of how much your project will cost. But in the meantime, here’s a decorating price guide to give you a general idea:

Type of decorating work Painter and Decorator Cost (Approx.)
Interior painting Cost £150-£350 (for the walls and ceiling of an average room)
Wallpapering Cost £1.50-£6 per square metre (not including hanging)
Exterior wood painting and decorating Cost £7-£35 per litre (not including labour)
Exterior property painting Cost £800-£1600

To get a fair price for your decorating project, make sure you ask several professionals for a quote. Remember that the size of the area that you want decorating can make a big difference to the price, so be sure to get this included in the price.

This decorating cost guide should leave you with a rough idea of how much your project will probably cost. To find professional decorators to give you a quote, complete our online form. We’ll put you in touch with up to 4 local pros.