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What Makes an Interior Painting Project Cost More?

December 21st, 2023 | 2 min read

By Kaylea Kuhlman

entryway and staircase with large white walls and windows.

While preparing for an Interior Painting project, you deserve to know how the cost can be affected. Many painting companies may try to give you an estimate without explaining the factors of the cost, but you should know what you are paying for.

In general, the cost includes the labor and materials for the project. You may have other plans for your project that will call for a higher cost.

At Brush & Roll Painting, we have been a trusted Interior Painting company in Omaha since 1996. We strive to go above and beyond industry standards to provide a great experience for our customers.

In this article, we will discuss 5 things that can make your Interior Painting quote higher than expected. By reading this article, you will be prepared for all the factors that influence the cost of your project.

  1. Accent Walls

An accent wall can drive the project cost up. This is due to the extra attention to detail needed. Instead of brushing corners with one color, painters have to tape off the lines to get a clean cut.

2. Removing Wallpaper

Brush & Roll Painting crew lead removing wallpaper.

Removing wallpaper is an extra cost to the Interior Painting process. Depending on the wallpaper, this process could take a few minutes to a few hours. While some wallpaper comes off seamlessly, other older wallpapers may come off in small pieces. 

3. Drywall Repairs

When needed, repairing drywall is an essential part of the Interior Painting process. Without these repairs, imperfections will be in plain sight. When they are completed, you will be left with a smooth solid surface and durable interior paint.

4. Painting Woodwork and Not Walls

Baseboards taped off in preparation to be painted.

Solely painting woodwork calls for extra prep work steps rather than painting the woodwork and the walls. This extra prep work protects the walls from any fresh paint marks to leave you with crisp, clean lines. 

5. Painting Ceilings and Not Walls

Along the same lines as painting woodwork and not the walls, just having the ceilings painted will require a lot of extra prep work to protect the surfaces below.

The walls need to be completely covered with plastic so that there are no unwanted paint splatters or drips.

6. Large Walls

Light blue colored wall paint on entryway with stairs.



Many entryways and staircases have large walls. These areas can be more difficult to paint and simply require more time. While there are tools and materials for these scenarios, they still pose their challenges.






7. Tight Spaces

Often, tight spaces can be difficult to paint. As the painters should ensure fresh, crisp lines, painting small spaces can take longer to do this precision.

8. Chair Railings AND Crown Molding

Office space with crown moldings freshly painted white and cabinets grey.

Chair railings and crown moldings elevate a room. While these details look great, repainting them or the walls around them, will take excess time and materials to be taped and cut around.

This is a key component to any interior painting job that will avoid sloppy lines and paint drips. 


A higher Interior Painting quote is typically due to choices you can control, but there are a few circumstances like drywall repairs and removing wallpaper that are necessary. No matter the price, it is important to discuss your project and its cost thoroughly with an estimator, so you can be confident in your interior paint transformation. 

Get started with Brush & Roll Painting to begin the steps toward the home of your dreams. Our process includes detailed prep work beyond rolling paint on a wall and high-quality paint that leaves durable results each time.


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Kaylea Kuhlman

Kaylea is the Brush & Roll Painting Content Manager.