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Last updated on March 29th, 2023

Cost to paint a 4 bedroom house

With the average detached house in the UK consisting of 4 bedrooms, we thought it was time to examine exactly how much it should cost to paint a 4 bedroom house.
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Painting the interior of your house is one of those unavoidable jobs that every homeowner will be familiar with.

Whether you’ve moved into a new home and are looking to make your mark with a splash of your signature colour, or it’s time to cover up those grubby fingerprints and scratches, it’s generally a good idea to repaint the interior of your house at least every five to seven years.

Average cost to paint a 4 bedroom house

The average 4 bedroom house will likely take around seven to ten days to paint. With the average painter decorator charging around £325 per day, the cost to paint a 4 bedroom house will be roughly between £2,000 – £4,000.

Cost provided itemCost+VAT
(Lower range)
(Higher range)
Average UK Cost
Painter decorator day rate£250£400£325
Painting a medium-sized room£345£455£400
Painting hallway, stairs and landing£650£850£750
Painting ceilings (per m2)£10£20£15
Window frames£150£200£175
Painting a door (both sides)£70£110£90
Painting woodwork (per m2)£10£20£15
Painting a radiator (each)£12£18£15
Exterior painting (per m2)£15£25£20
Exterior painting a 4-bed detached£1,500£2,500£2,000

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

Cost of painting a 4 bedroom house key considerations

Every house is different and how much it costs to paint a 4 bedroom house will depend on a number of factors:

  • Number of coats required
  • Type and quality of paint
  • Size of rooms
  • Condition of the walls
  • Parts of the room (e.g. do you need the window sills and skirting boards repainted or just the walls?)

Your quote is also likely to depend on how much experience your painter decorator has, as well as how much preparation work they’ll need to carry out. If you need them to remove the wallpaper or fill cracks, for instance, you can expect the job to take longer and therefore cost more.

professional painter using roller


Can I paint my 4 bedroom house myself?

Interior painting is one of the most popular DIY home improvement activities. However, to make sure that your paint job lasts, you’ll need to spend time properly preparing your walls. This might include sanding, scraping, filling and using primer.

Interior painting is likely to take you a lot longer than it would take an experienced professional and you’re unlikely to get the results that a professional can achieve. We recommend hiring a professional painter and decorator to get the best results.

How many coats of paint should I use?

The number of coats of paint you’ll need depends on whether you’re painting over a dark colour, whether you’re planning on using primer and whether you need to cover up any stains.

If you’re just freshening up rooms, one coat may well do the trick. However, if you’re changing the colour of a room, you’re likely to need at least two coats of paint, and up to six if you’re painting a light colour over a dark one. You can reduce the number of coats needed by using a primer. If you’re at all unsure, we recommend hiring a professional to do the job for you.

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