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After a long tiring day, your bedroom is the place for peace and relaxation. The color of your bedroom is vital to your mood and energy, that is why choosing the right color matters. The next thing to worry about is the cost to paint bedroom walls. If you’re wondering how much it is to paint a bedroom, the average labor cost per day ranges from $340 to $2480, depending on the size of your room. The paint and materials to be used will cost you around $60.

So exactly how much does it cost to paint a master bedroom compared to a studio? In this article, we’ll provide you with all the things you need to know about bedroom painting. 

Bedroom painting price list

pink bedroom

Painting your bedroom might cost you less, as you will only pay for the materials. The bulk of what you’re paying for when hiring a painter will go to their labor, and this usually depends if they charge you per hour or per day. Choosing to hire someone might seem more pricey, but it can save you more in the long run. Materials include primer, paint, undercoat and gloss. Walls are usually painted with two coats of emulsion.

So how much does it cost to get a bedroom painted? Painters will usually charge per square ft, per hour or per day, depending on your agreement. See the table below for a sample computation to know how much does it cost to get a bedroom painted. We provided the labour cost per hour and per day in each state, and the average cost of materials.


Per hour

Per day (8 hrs)


Total cost


$20 - $60

$160 - $480


$340 - $420


$20 - $40

$160 - $320


$340 - $420


$30 - $50

$240 - $400


$300 - $380

New York

$50 - $100

$400 - $800


$340 - $420


$20 - $60

$160 - $480


$300 - $380


$20 - $50

$160 - $400


$340 - $420

Some painters may charge you per square meter. Here is the approximate cost to paint bedroom walls in square meter per state, excluding materials involved:


Price per sq. ft.

130 sq. ft.

220 sq. ft.

310 sq. ft.


$3 - $5

$390 - $650

$660 - $1100

$930 - $1550


$2.25 - $5

$292.5 - $650

$495 - $1100

$697.50 - $1550


$1 - $6

$130 - $780

$220 - $1320

$310 - $1860

New York

$2.75 - $8

$357.50 - $1040

$605 - $1760

$852 - $2480


$2 - $5

$260 -$650

$440 - $1100

$620 - $1550


$4 - $7

$520 - $910

$880 - $1540

$1240 - $2170

A small room usually takes one to two days to finish, while medium rooms may extend as far as three days. Large bedrooms might take you three to five days, depending on how quick your tradesman is.

Factors that affect the cost of painting

blue bedroom

We identified a few factors that may raise or lower your total cost. As seen in the previous table, the bulk of your payment will go to labor costs to paint bedroom walls.


Labor costs in major cities are more expensive than those who live in the suburbs. You might also want to add to your total cost a possible additional fee in parking if you live in a place where there is no driveway for your painter to park their car, as they will have their equipment with them.

Type and quality of materials

A 5L can of paint can cover a large room. However, you must also note that two coats should be applied in painting your walls. Some painting products might require a different approach and might take longer than expected, which can add up to your labor days. The brand of paint you will choose will also affect your cost. The average cost of paint is around $25 to $60.

Condition of walls

If you would like to lower your total cost, you may consider already cleaning up your walls before asking your painter to paint them. Stripping off wallpapers and prepping the walls for new paint is time-consuming, and this will add around to the labor cost. If you or the previous owner smoke tobacco, know that this might cause stains in your walls and ceiling as well. 

Number of tradesmen

If you want to stay in your newly painted rooms right away, you want it done immediately. You may hire more painters to paint, especially if you have a large bedroom. This will lessen the days of work without costing you more.

Inclusion of other parts of the room

If you decide to include painting the interior of your house, there will be additional costs, but it may save you more in the long run, especially if you pay your painter per day. The cost to paint the bedroom ceiling and paint the wall is included in the computation of the interior of your house. However, you can have it done separately if you wish.

Tips in looking for a painter

woman holding roller to paint walls blue

If you think calculating how much to get a bedroom painted is the only problem, you will find out that looking for a painter is a difficult thing to do, too. Do not hesitate to ask for help, as although DIY is cheaper, it will take too much of your time and might not go as smoothly. Professionals know how to do the work from start to finish, and they also know how to do the prepping to ensure they get a smooth finish. Here are a few tips:

  • Ask for honest reviews from your friends and relatives regarding their painters. 
  • Ask for any portfolio of their work. The more experiences they have, the more likely they know their way around. However, if these are bedrooms that you intend to have rented, you may opt to choose a painter who hasn’t done much work yet. Less experienced painters can easily do basic painting jobs (that is why some opt to DIY paint their bedrooms, too!). 
  • Be clear and firm about the payment system. You will save more if labor cost is charged per day rather than per hour.
  • You may check your painter or contractor’s qualifications and licenses. This, however, varies from state to state. For example, if you are from California, a C-33 California License is needed for painting and decorating. Painters from New Jersey need to be registered with the Division of Consumer Affairs to legally operate. Other states require the passing of trade exams and must be able to present their experience to earn a license.
  • Contractors who are members ofPainting Contractors Association take care of their clients very well. Before joining the organization, their qualifications are checked and screened very well. If your chosen painter is a member, you will be more at ease with your finished product.

See also:How to remodel your bathroom

Getting ready to hire a painter

Skip the headache and hire a painter on Airtasker! Here are a few tips on how to write down your task post to help you find the right person for the job:

  • Location. Please specify where you live or where your project is going to be. 
  • Size of the bedroom. The cost of the labor will depend on the size of your bedroom. This is why you have to specify how big your room is, preferably in square meters.
  • Budget. We need to know how much you would like to spend on this project. It is easier for us to give you a more detailed quote.
  • If prepping is needed. Prepping before painting is vital in starting this project. Please let us know if your walls still need wallpaper removal, cleaning, or even wall replastering. 
  • Time. Kindly let us know if you require a specific number of days to complete the project. This matters as you might need more people to work in your bedroom. If your master’s bedroom is large and needs to be completed in just two days, more painters will be required to give you quality work in a short time.

Giving a more detailed list to Taskers will help get an accurate quote based on your needs and budget. Once you’ve chosen a Tasker, you can relax and wait for our confirmation once we find someone to do the project for you! 

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A 5L can of paint covers 60 m2 to 70 m2 rooms. However, you should note that a wall will need two coats of emulsion most of the time. For a more accurate result, you may ask your painter for their estimate, so you’ll know how many to buy.

Yes, you can! If you decide to save money and remove your own wallpapers, you can take out your old wallpaper yourself. On the other hand, if you prefer someone to do it, you can hire another Tasker to get it done for you.

Neutral colors are the most common choice since they blend in with any color you may choose for your linens. Pastel colors are softer and more relaxing, and it also offers an elegant touch to your room. You may choose bold and bright colors, especially if you prefer your room to be more lively! Express your creativity in choosing a color. You may also opt to have a different color for one of your walls for a less boxy look and better aesthetics.

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