How Much Does It Cost To Paint A 2,500 Sq Ft House Interior


One of the quickest ways to give your home an interior facelift is by applying a new coat of paint. With current innovation and technology, the process has overly been simplified. So, how much does it cost to paint a 2,500 Sq. ft. house interior?

Painting the interior of a room costs $2 to $6 per square foot and most jobs will average about $3.50 per square foot. So, to paint a 2,500 square foot house will set you apart about $2,000 to $9,000 depending on the colors you choose, paint brand, painter, and style of painting.

To paint a 10×12 room, the average cost comes to about $200 to $800 when done by a professional and $100 to $300 if you choose to do it yourself.

It is important to pick the right color that complements the natural light and other elements like furniture in your house. You can select and take with you some samples from home improvement stores that you can try on your walls o practically see what the end result will look like.

Labor costs to paint a room professionally 

There are many ways that painters get to the costs they charge to paint your space.

The more dominant method is to charge per square foot of the coverage area. When it is inclusive of materials, the cost stands at $2 to $6 but if the homeowner provides his own supplies, the professional could ask for $1.50 to $4 just for the labor.

This calculation is believed to be more reliable and justifiable.

Another system used by professionals is the per square foot off floor space where they can charge anywhere between $5 and $10. While rarely used, it is a quick method of estimation for houses without special architectural features.

The last pricing system that is not so common with the professionals is the hourly rate. 85% of this rate accounts for the labor and you can expect to see a bill of anywhere between $20 to as high as $70 per hour. If you have floor-to-ceiling windows, this is the best rate for you.

However, hourly rates are not accurate at all because it is difficult to estimate time. While on a flat smooth surface a painter will take about an hour to go over 100 to 120 square feet, if the surface is rough, the motion will be slowed down to between 80 to 100 feet within the same time.

Table showing the cost of painting various rooms in your house

Average Cost
$150 – $400
$150 – $250
$350 – $850
Living room
$600 – $2000
Dining room
$300 – $1000
Open-plan basement
$800 – $2500
$150 – $300

Factors considered painting the interior of an entire 2,500 sq. foot house

The quality of paint you chose to settle on could cost you between $20 all the way over to $100 for the designer brands. On average, you will need 6 gallons of paint for every coat and since you need two coats for a long-lasting appeal, the paint may cost you no less than $1000.

Remember that if you want your paint to be glossy, add an extra $2 to the cost of any gallon of paint that is your favorite color. If this is non-negotiable for you, at least it’s not that much of a big change in price from the matte paint.

In all matters paint, consider letting the professional buy it himself because he has the networks to grant him up to 50% discounts on the paint per gallon.

It is good to keep in mind the region in which your house is located. If it is in an upscale state, city, town, or neighborhood which is known for higher property rates, be sure that you will need to pay handsomely for your painting job.

To keep costs down, choose a similar color to go in all the rooms as opposed to mixing color options. This lowers the cost of materials and minimizes waste of valuable products.

Whether you chose to call a professional for the job or apply yourself creatively in your spare time, do not forget to prime your surfaces. It only costs $10 to $20 per can and it will help keep your paint intact for longer.

Besides, if you have a dark wall you want to turn bright, primer sets the tone to help the paint do just that. You could also shop for paint from brands that offer a combination of paint plus primer in their catalog.

Lastly to save yourself money on the equipment needed to start and complete a paint job, aim to buy your own supplies that should cost you just over $100. These items include paint brushes, tape, rollers, drop cloths, ladder, and trays.

How to paint the interior of your house (DIY)

After selecting and matching your color of choice with the rest of the elements in the house and gathering your tools or equipment, now you can get into the real work.

First, you need to move any items away from the wall and then clean it with water and detergent before you start painting.  Try as best you can to rid the surface of any stain by using trisodium phosphate.

Turn off electricity and be sure to put tape on the edges, baseboards, and trims to prevent yourself from accidental shocks and drips. 

Apply the first coat and wait for it to dry before going ahead to apply the second layer. 


Painting your 2,500 sq ft house may cost a pretty penny but it is sure worth it in the end. If you want to save a few bucks and you really feel up to the man-hours required, you could do it yourself. However, for a stress-free and possibly more appealing result, pay the experts to do it for you.


How much do painters charge per square foot?

Depending on the job complexity, painters will charge $2- $5. Prepare yourself with at least $3 per square foot.

How else can I minimize the budget on house painting?

By doing a few things yourself like the prep work, cleanup and by carefully timing the paint job to combine with other projects are some ways you can shake off the extra charge.


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