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Written By Callie Marsalisi|Last Updated: February 05, 2024

A fresh coat of paint can improve how a home looks, whether you're getting ready to sell or simply want a change. However, painting requires a lot of time and energy. We put together a list of the top painting contractors in Indianapolis to help you find a specialist who can get the job done.

5 Best Painters in Indianapolis, IN

ONiT Painting Indianapolis Logo

ONiT Painting Indianapolis

Based on 488 customer reviews.

Services Offered

CabinetsInterior PaintingDecksPower WashingExterior Painting


  • Prompt service delivery
  • Clear pricing policy
  • Free quote
8345 Clearvista Pl Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 317-483-0846 onitpainting.com
M. Carlson Painting Indianapolis Inc. Logo

M. Carlson Painting Indianapolis

Based on 15 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Power WashingExterior PaintingWallpaperInterior PaintingDrywallCabinets


  • Accessible customer support team
  • Informative resources
  • Clear pricing policy
140 E 14th St Suite 6, Indianapolis, IN 833-857-2468 mcarlsonpainting.com
Circle City Painting Logo

Circle City Painting

Based on 41 customer reviews.

Services Offered

Interior Painting


    55 State St, Indianapolis, IN 317-281-8820 circlecitypaintingin.com
    Elite Pro Painting Logo

    Elite Pro Painting

    Based on 56 customer reviews.

    Services Offered

    Interior PaintingCabinetsPower WashingExterior Painting


    • Informative resources
    • Clear pricing policy
    • Free quote
    6151 Central Ave, Indianapolis, IN 463-241-6330 elitepropainting.com

    More Local Painting Companies

    HBC Painting & Remodeling

    User Reviews: 4.6/5 

    7342 E 46th St
    Indianapolis, IN 46226


    User Reviews: 4.7/5 

    860 Beatty Ct
    Indianapolis, IN 46234

    Vision Painting

    User Reviews: 4.5/5 

    8035 Craig St Suite A
    Indianapolis, IN 46250

    Light Look Painting LLC

    User Reviews: 4.5/5 

    512 N Gladstone Ave
    Indianapolis, IN 46201

    All Pro Painting Company

    User Reviews: 4.6/5 

    4444 Hunters Crossing Cir
    Indianapolis, IN 46239

    Walla Painting

    User Reviews: 4.6/5 

    7275 Whitehall Dr
    Indianapolis, IN 46256

    Flora Brothers Painting

    User Reviews: 4.6/5 

    1834 S County Rd 1050 E
    Indianapolis, IN 46231

    Emmons Painting Service

    User Reviews: 4.0/5 

    6345 W Thompson Rd
    Indianapolis, IN 46221

    Two Coats Painting

    User Reviews: 4.7/5 

    10087 Allisonville Rd Suite C
    Fishers, IN 46038

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    Facts about Indianapolis
    Average Max Temp:61°F
    Average Min Temp:45°F
    Average Daily Sunlight:53%
    Average Painting Cost Per Foot:$0.85
    Median Year Houses Built:1978

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    Services Offered by Professional Painters

    Most professional painters provide interior and exterior painting, plus additional services.

    Interior Painting

    Interior painting pros will talk you through the different interior paint types, finishes, and maintenance needs to assist you in deciding what’s best for each room. Services may include prepping, priming, and painting trim, moldings, cabinets, windows, and door frames. Optional pre-painting groundwork such as stripping wallpaper or textured coatings may lead to additional charges.

    Exterior Painting

    Exterior work starts with pros mending weather damaged areas, stripping paint, plugging leaks with caulk, and cleaning. They then apply paint to siding, window frames, decks, doors, fences, trim, and other outdoor features.

    Additional Services

    Painters may also offer the following extra services, depending on their qualifications and experience:
    • Concrete staining
    • Crown molding installation and repair
    • Drywall and plaster repair
    • Popcorn ceiling removal
    • Pressure washing
    • Wallpaper hanging or removal

    How To Choose a Painter in Indianapolis

    When searching for a residential painting contractor, consider these key factors.
    • Cost: Contact a few companies to get price estimates. Be wary of exceptionally cheap prices compared to the average.
    • Guarantees: Make sure you get a written contract outlining any guarantees and that you understand the scope and duration of coverage.
    • Paint types: Have your contractor walk you through paint options and related benefits and drawbacks to ensure you choose the right kind for your project. Some paints, for example, resist weather damage better than others or are more eco-friendly.
    • Qualifications: Make sure your painter is properly licensed to work in Indianapolis and in the state of Indiana. All painters should be properly bonded and insured, especially if they’re working on a ladder or using power equipment. If your home was built prior to 1978, and you're worried about the possible presence of lead, you may want to look for a contractor who is licensed by the EPA to work with lead-based paint.
    • Reputation and reviews: Get family, friends, and neighbors to provide references, or use the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website to browse painters you’re considering. You can also browse customer ratings on sites such as Google Reviews or Trustpilot.

    How Much Does Painting Cost in Indianapolis?

    Home painting costs vary depending on your home's surface area, your paint selections, and seasonal demand changes, with the busy summer months being the most expensive. In Indianapolis, painting projects for both interiors and exteriors typically cost $0.85 to $3.39 per square foot. Most homes have more interior square footage, which leads to higher paint costs indoors versus outdoors. To paint a 2,000-square-foot house’s exterior runs approximately $4,241, while the interior will cost about $1,696 to $6,786. Indianapolis' local painters may offer alternative rates from $17.97 to $29.96 per hour. Bundling interior and exterior painting services together may mean paying less overall than you would if you split them into separate projects.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Painting in Indianapolis

    How long does painting a room/house take?

    It typically takes four to six hours to paint a 12-foot-by-12-foot room, which includes prep work, priming, painting, and cleaning. To estimate how long it would take to paint your house, multiply this figure by the number of rooms.

    Should you tip house painters?

    You're not normally expected to tip painters, but it's considered polite to offer a small tip or a positive review for good service. You can also offer snacks and drinks while the crew is working.

    Can you negotiate with painters?

    You can sometimes negotiate with professional painters, particularly if you have a flexible timeline or have gotten multiple quotes to compare. If you plan to negotiate, remember to be polite and friendly.

    Is hiring a professional painter worth it?

    Yes, it's worth it to get a professional painter. DIY painting jobs are straightforward, but you’ll get better results faster if you hire a professional.

    What should a painting quote include?

    Painting quotes should list all areas that need to be prepped and painted, the approximate dimensions of those surfaces, and the expected cost of labor and materials.

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