Here’s How Much It Costs to Paint a Hallway or Foyer

Amy Pawlukiewicz
Written by Amy Pawlukiewicz
Reviewed by Robert Tschudi
Updated September 28, 2022
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Highlights

  • A hallway or foyer painting job usually costs $400–$600.

  • Painting a hallway or foyer costs between $2–$6 per square foot.

  • The size of your space and the type of paint will impact the price.

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If you’re thinking about sprucing up your house, your front hallway or foyer might be the perfect place to start. You’ll pay $500 on average to paint your hallway or foyer, but you could pay as little as $350 or as much as $1,125, depending on the square footage and overall scope of the project.

How Much Does It Cost to Paint a Hallway or Foyer?

National Average CostMinimum CostMaximum Cost
$500$350$1,125

Without considering paint type and assuming hallway measurements of 12-feet-by-12-feet, or 144 square feet, here are some examples of different project specifications and the costs associated with them.

  • A 144-square-foot hallway with two doorways and one archway will cost around $350.

  • A 144-square-foot hallway with two doorways and painting only walls and ceiling will cost around $600.

  • A 144-square-foot hallway with two openings, two double archways, textured ceiling, two-toned walls, trim, and baseboards will cost around $1,125.

Cost to Paint a Hallway or Foyer by Paint Type

When reimagining your hallway or foyer, think about your hallway paint colors and the type of paint you want. You have several options to choose from, and each has a different cost.

Type of PaintAverage Cost
Latex or water-based paint$25 – $30 per gallon
Acrylic latex paint$40 – $60 per gallon
Oil-based paint$50 – $60 per gallon
Urethane-based paint$50 – $65 per gallon

Latex- or Water-Based Paint

Latex or water-based paint usually costs between $25 and $30 pergallon. Latex paint is sometimes referred to as water-based paint because it has a water base, meaning it’s non-toxic, dries quickly, and is easier to clean than other options. You can get it in matte or high gloss sheens, and this is a good option if you think your foyer or hallway will be a magnet for dirt. But there is a drawback; latex paint is not as durable as oil-based varieties.

Acrylic Latex Paint

Acrylic latex paint costs around $40 to $60 per gallon and is resistant to peeling, flaking, and cracking. It’s also temperature-resistant and easy to clean, so it’s a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Acrylic paints tend to have a brighter pigment than some other paint types, so this is a good choice if you’re looking for a color pop.

Oil-Based Paint

At $50 to $60 per gallon, oil-based paints are durable and smooth, making them an ideal option if you’re going for a high-gloss finish. Oil-based paint is super resistant to scuffs and dings, so it’s suitable for homes with kids who might knock toys and other things against the walls. Some people shy away from oil-based paints because they have a strong odor and will crack and peel more quickly than others.

Urethane-Based Paint

You can expect to pay between $50 and $60 for a gallon of urethane-based paint at most local hardware stores. Urethane-based paints are usually used on cars, but they’re being used more frequently in homes because they are durable and easy to clean. Urethane-based paint goes well on wood or metal and is best for trim and molding work.

Cost to Paint a Hallway or Foyer by Finish

Do you want your walls to shine or have a matte look? Or perhaps you’d like something in between? The paint finish you choose will determine the sheen of your walls.

Paint FinishAverage Cost
Flat$20 – $35 per gallon
Eggshell$20 – $40 per gallon
Semi-gloss$35 – $40 per gallon
High-gloss$30 – $40 per gallon
Satin$40 – $50 per gallon

Flat Paint

Flat paint usually costs between $20 and $35 per gallon and will give you the most matte look. While this type of paint offers a lot of bang for your buck—a gallon can go a long way—it is tough to clean and often comes off when wiped. 

Eggshell Paint

You can expect to spend between $20 and $40 per gallon for eggshell finish paint. This is the next step up from matte in the gloss department, offering a slightly shinier surface, kind of like an eggshell. It’s easier to clean than flat paint but is still a better option for areas with little traffic.

Semi-Gloss Paint

A gallon of semi-gloss paint usually costs between $35 and $40 per gallon. This easy-to-clean paint does well with being wiped off, but it can lose its sheen if scrubbed too hard. 

High-Gloss Paint

High-gloss paint generally runs between $30 and $40 per gallon. As the name indicates, high-gloss has a gleaming look and is also easy to clean, fingerprint-resistant, and has a hard finish. It does, however, show nicks and scuffs easily.

Satin Paint

Satin finish paints typically cost between $40 and $50 per gallon. This finish is often described as looking like velvet and appears matte from some angles and shiny from others. It’s easy to clean, but it will rub off easily if scrubbed too hard, like flat paint. However, it’s reflective and durable, so it shouldn’t require vigorous scrubbing to remove marks.

Cost to Paint a Hallway or Foyer per Square Foot

In general, the average cost to paint a room per square foot is between $2 and $6, according to HomeAdvisor. Your home’s hallways are likely between 8-by-12 feet and 14-by-12 feet, depending on the size of the rest of your home.

Hallway SizeSquare FootageAverage Cost
8 feet by 12 feet96 sq. ft.$190 – $600
10 feet by 12 feet120 sq. ft.$240 – $720
12 feet by 12 feet144 sq. ft.$290 – $860
12 feet by 14 feet168 sq. ft.$340 – $1,010

Painting a Hallway or Foyer Cost Breakdown

When thinking about the cost to paint your hallway or foyer, you need to consider the paint cost and the cost of materials and labor. 

Materials

Painting supplies usually run between $10 and $100, depending on the item. If you hire a local painting contractor, they will usually supply their own materials and include that in their cost estimate.

7 items needed to paint a hallway or foyer, including rollers, tape, primer, and brushes

Labor

If you hire a professional painter to paint your hallway or foyer, expect to pay between $2 and $6 per square foot or $20 to $50 per hour. If you provide paint and materials, the labor alone will cost between $1.50 and $4 per square foot. The labor costs will vary based on the difficulty of the project, the size, and the time it will take.

Cost to Paint a Hallway or Foyer Yourself

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Hallway or foyer painting is a perfect candidate for a DIY project. All in, you can usually get your paint and equipment for $200 to $300. Because hallways and foyers are smaller rooms in your home, you shouldn’t have to spend hours and hours painting, so the most time-consuming part will be waiting for the paint to dry if you’re applying multiple coats. Follow the steps of taping off molding, laying drop cloths, and waiting for layers to dry, and you’ll be able to paint your room like a pro.

You might spend more on equipment if you invest in a paint sprayer. “Many of the painters we work with are choosing to spray the paint, which involves a lot of prep work, but the results are very smooth,” says Bob Tschudi, Angi Expert Review Board member and general contractor in Raleigh, NC. “The overall goal is the same—a great paint job—so we’re always open to new approaches.”

Frequently Asked Questions

It will usually take a professional painter between three and four hours to paint a hallway; if you’re DIY-ing, plan to spend between four and six hours, depending on the difficulty of your project and the size of your hallway or foyer.

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