The best house painters in Canberra


Canberra Trade Solutions, one of Canberra’s most recommended painters. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

There’s nothing like a fresh lick of paint to breathe new life into your home. And while painting is usually cheaper than renovating, the final result can be just as dramatic – especially when completed using the right colours, technique and creative flair. DIY can be a great option if you’re on a tight budget and know your way around drop sheets and paint rollers. But, if you’re serious about quality, or your job is on the tricky side (i.e. ceiling painting, exterior painting), a professional painter is worth the investment.

Hiring a professional house painter means an industry guarantee of a wonderful finished product. You will also save yourself the time of having to do it on your own, get a better looking finish, and even some professional advice on what colours are going to look the best for your space.

Whether you’re keen to update your home before putting it on the market, or think your living room needs a freshen up, here are some key factors to consider when choosing a painter to hire, as well as a list of some of Canberra’s best services.

What makes a great house painter?

If you’ve ever given DIY painting a go, chances are you’ll know that getting a paint job right isn’t as easy as it looks. Many DIY-ers end up spending more money and time than they originally planned, for less than optimal results.

Here are a few questions to ask before choosing a professional painter.

  • Years of experience. Painters with years of experience have seen it all. They know how to identify damage like rot and mould. They know when to use a brush instead of a roller, and how many coats of paint it will take to get your home looking its best.
  • Proper preparation. This is a particularly important question for exterior painting jobs. Good preparation (i.e. thoroughly cleaning surfaces, sanding, filling gaps) is the secret to a lasting paint job.
  • Time. Rushed painters may apply a second coat of paint when the first is not yet dry. Check that the contract will allow for the minimum drying time required when asking for an estimate of how long the entire job will take.
  • Brand options. Many professional painters have a preferred paint brand, but they should be equally happy to work with products you supply. If you decide to use the paint supplied by the painter, do your research to make sure it is a high quality product.
  • Post-job services. From small splatterings of paint to any dust that gets kicked up in the process, there’s bound to be a bit of a mess at the end of a day of painting. Hiring a professional painter shouldn’t mean extra clean-up for you, so make sure to check what they can do to mitigate this for you, such as drop-sheets, furniture covering, and thorough post-job cleaning services.

The best house painters in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Fluid Painting Solutions

Fluid Painting Solutions

Since first opening their doors in 2011, Fluid Painting Solutions have built a stellar reputation for their professional, yet personalised painting services. Proprietor Gabriel De Vries is a third generation, trade-qualified painter, who leads this award-winning team with pride.

Fluid Painting Solutions provides both residential and commercial painting services to Canberra and surrounds, with particular emphasis on low allergen and environmentally conscious green products.

Services include interior and exterior painting, colour and finish consulting, special effects and texturing, feature walls, spray painting, along with staining, varnishing, and epoxy applications.

Fluid Painting Solutions utilise only the best painting products; and believe that a quality finish begins well before a brush even touches a surface.

Their uncompromising standards have nurtured many close client relationships over the years, with thorough surface preparation and an eye for meticulous detail as hallmarks of their offering.

This fully insured team are also accredited Enviropainters and members of the Australian Master Painters Association. Not only do they nurture sustainable work practises; they also believe in treating your home with the utmost care and respect.

If you are looking for seamless house painting solutions with a focus on quality all the way through, this dependable and reputable team are certainly worth considering.

Stuart Maclean shared his experience with the team on Google, “I was absolutely thrilled with this job. Fluid solutions prep work was assiduous and resulted in a first class job – worth every cent. Punctual and professional, I highly recommend them – and will be using them.”

Simco Decorating

Simco Decorating

After first working alongside the capitals best painting companies, Simon Parancin took a leap of faith and opened his own painting enterprise. Fast forward over twenty-years, what is now known as Simco Decorating, have built an enviable reputation as one of Canberra’s finest house painters.

Simco Decorating offers an impressive list of painting, decorating, and restoration services. Catering to both private and commercial clients this includes internal and external painting; textured coatings; wallpapering; along with heritage conservation and restoration.

Simco Decorating boasts a team of trade qualified, licensed, accredited, and insured painters. As consummate professionals this award-winning team have received industry recognition from peak industry body Master Painters Australia.

What sets this family-owned and operated business apart is their wealth of knowledge, seasoned expertise, strong industry connections. Their steadfast focus on detail and quality at every turn is evident in the pride they have for their craft. In fact, Simco Decorating offer a compelling five-year painters workmanship warranty. This guarantee supports their ethos of quality workmanship, whilst providing valuable peace of mind for clients.

Indeed, the team are well versed in the individual needs of projects of any calibre and scale; and tailor their approach to deliver the highest standard of finish. Importantly, they believe in transparency and open communication at every project stage.

For painting mastery and professional services look to Simco Decorating.

Greg Peake shared his experience with the team on Google, “Simon and his team painted interior and exterior of our house. This was a big job and they were outstanding with a great result. Nothing was too much trouble and the back up service just great. Thoroughly recommended.”

13 Redshaw Street
Coombs ACT 2611
ACT Painting Services

ACT Painting Services

Scott and the team at ACT Painting Services focus on finesse and precision, with a high priority aimed at attention to detail. With many interesting designs and ideas, Scott will ensure the best feature wall within your house. They specialise in interior, exterior, roof and epoxy floor painting, for both your house or office.

Scott and the team pride themselves on proper prep work for the surfaces, and this contributes to the many masterpiece results they have produced. Scott is a pleasure to deal with from the moment he answers the phone and ensures ACT Painting Services offer great work for a fair price. He also stands by the no obligation free quote policy.

As Ben Thomson writes in their review for ACT Painting Services, “Scott took on our large job of painting a 4 bedroom house inside and out. (…) All through he helped with things like selecting low allergen paints and he also gap filled and tidied up cracks and small holes before painting. He dealt with everything in a friendly and professional manner and the finished product looks amazing. (…) Highly recommend Scott for any painting jobs around Canberra.”

CTS Painting

CTS Painting

Canberra Trade Solutions is a Canberra-based industry leader, offering a multi-disciplinary construction service. With their experience in servicing residential, commercial, industrial and government clients on major and minor projects across Canberra, CTS can guarantee you a high-quality paint job, be it for residential or commercial spaces, that is sure to be even, attractive, and long-lasting.

CTS also has a commitment to sustainable practices. With conventional paints often containing harmful chemicals – such as formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals – use of environmentally friendly paints is a great advantage. CTS have made sustainable construction practices an integral part of their business model, managing their projects so as to minimise any adverse effects on the environment around them, including the use of environmentally-friendly products.  Deciding to hire CTS for your construction and renovation means making the decision to support those environmentally-friendly practices in the construction industry.

CTS is dedicated to delivering a comprehensive, reliable, and professional service. Their primary commitment to customer satisfaction is reflected in their quality assurance policies, as they promise to comply strictly with all statutory and legislative requirements, standards and codes of practice.

9/121 Hawker Place
Hawker ACT 2614
Canberra Painting Service

Canberra Painting Service

In their own words, Canberra Painting Service “isn’t the cheapest, but we do the job right.” From humble beginnings as a one-man outfit 25 years ago, Canberra Painting Service now has a 12-person team, and a reputation for quality.

Managing director Brian Wilson prides himself on meeting customer needs without cutting corners. His team specialises in render repairs and residential painting, as well as commercial projects.

With a Dulux accreditation, Canberra Painting Service delivers on the promise of excellent finishes and all its staff ensure industry standards are met. Brian has been on the Master Painters Association of Canberra executive committee for more than a decade, so it’s safe to say he has sound knowledge of the local market and its unique paint requirements.

With an impressive portfolio and reputation for quality workmanship, Canberra Painting Service come highly recommended by satisfied customer Mark Graeme, who wrote in their review, “Did a great job. Went above and beyond to make sure the final result was high quality.”

67 Anthony Rolfe Avenue
Gungahlin ACT 2912

Canberra Painting Company

When it comes to trust, professionalism, experience and results, readers say it’s difficult to go past Canberra Painting Company.

Starting over 15 years ago, Canberra Painting Company’s 27 painters are fully licensed and insured. Teams take on jobs of all sizes for existing homes, new homes, commercial premises and industrial buildings.

As Gary Draper reviewed on Google, “Amir and his team painted our house. Amir is a true professional who is thorough and proud of his work. Nothing is too much trouble, he provided the best quote and he is a delight to do business with. I couldn’t recommend him more highly. Thank you for a great job Amir, Vince and Kearim.”

If you’re looking for more of Canberra’s construction contractors to help you build or renovate your space, check out our articles on the best tilers, the best flooring specialists, the best plasterers and the best carpenters in Canberra. Or, if you’re after a more specific service for your area, check out our recently updated articles on the best kitchen renovators and the best bathroom renovators our region has to offer.

Your experience with house painters in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the house painters listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire a professional painter?
Taking on a paint job can be a daunting task and require far more materials and skill than you might have considered, from adequate surface preparation to even application. Hiring a professional painter ensures a high-quality, durable, good looking and long lasting finish to your space.
Are there environmentally-friendly paint products available?
There are numerous paint products that are designed to be environmentally-friendly, free of heavy metals, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds. These environmentally-friendly paints are made with completely natural products, free of the harmful chemicals that, when freshly applied, make you feel dizzy or nauseous. A professional painter should have a range of products that are environmentally-friendly, and if they don't then you can supply them with your own purchases.
How long does a paint job normally take?
This depends entirely on how much space you're looking to get painted, but on average to apply a coat of paint to a standard 3-bedroom house takes around 5 hours. Remember though, painting always requires a second coat of paint that cannot be applied until the first is completely dry, so no matter what, you're probably looking at a couple of days until the job will be completely finished.
Will house painters clean up after themselves?
As well as using plastic covering and drop sheets to protect surfaces and furniture, most house painting services include a post-job cleanup to take care of any missed sprays of paint on uncovered surfaces or dust that was kicked up in the process. Ask your painter what clean-up services they offer before engaging their services, to give you peace of mind.
How do I decide what colour to paint my house?
The colour you choose to paint your home can have a huge impact on how the space feels - darker colours tend to make rooms feel smaller, while light and neutral colours can have the effect of making small rooms feel more spacious, and colourful feature walls can add personality to an otherwise bland room. Consider the particular space that you are looking to repaint, think about what aesthetic you want to achieve, and talk it over with your painters and see what they advise.

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thecorrs thecorrs 3:46 pm 23 May 21

Thanks to Micky and Adry at Canberra Trades Solutions ( for overseeing the facelift of my townhouse. They helped me through the stress of renovating and the result is a beautiful smart home!

wagons wagons 9:12 am 06 May 21

We just hired Patrick from Pete the Painter to sand and repaint all our 70’s cupboard doors and actual doors. He did such a great job, on time and on budget and delivered beyond our expectations. This is the 3rd time we have used him and his team and they are always on time and totally professional. I can’t rate them enough

awebster awebster 3:52 pm 02 May 21

One big thing to look for when choosing a painter is reviews! See what other people have to say about them before you hire them, it can really help you dodge a bullet potentially. We avoided a few dodgy companies but ended up going with to repaint our 2 bedroom investment property, really good guys and did a great job.

jwinston jwinston 10:28 am 15 Mar 21

Avoid Faber Finishes at all costs. He recently did not complete my friends house and, what he did finish, was poor (paint runs, paint splatters on the floor and carpets which are all new).

When asked politely to repaint some areas he walked away from the job and took the money and refuses to pay them back.

They’ve had another painter come in who has said he has to redo all the work that has been done by Faber Finishes because the job was done so poorly.

bjrjs bjrjs 12:53 pm 11 Mar 21

I’ll add an emphatic vote for Scott McKey at ACT Painting Services. Hiring Scott was the best decision we made when we moved into our apartment. He entirely transformed our 90s beige horror – it was a big, fiddly job – lots of doors, a staircase banister, two feature walls of bold colour; every room and ceiling redone. Now it feels brand new.
We had a limited window to get our painting work done, and Scott kept every promise he made. He’s efficient, exacting and consultative, and he cares about the quality of the finish on every surface. Nothing is slap dash with Scott. He’ll be our go-to guy from now on.

mutz67 mutz67 10:29 am 18 Jan 21

ACT Painting Services for me! Scott took on the inside and out of my aging 1970’s home. Lots of repairs from previous tradies that did less than a stellar job. The place looks amazing and I would not hesitate at all to recommend Scott for your painting job, he’ll be back when we do some reno’s in the coming months.

DrDrevina DrDrevina 3:01 am 01 Nov 20

J.A Master Painting were quick, punctual and did quality interior painting for my home and were best priced too. They’re at

Bronwyn Leitner Bronwyn Leitner 2:11 pm 21 Oct 20

Platinum Painter did a great job for me, I used them a while ago for my office and just recently my home.

davidjohn davidjohn 2:54 pm 02 Sep 20

In my experience i would recommend . They are really professional and have an experienced team.

Wendy Dawes Wendy Dawes 1:06 pm 27 Aug 20

We’ve used Simco Decorating several times now and can’t rate them highly enough. Quality of work, professionalism, and owner Simon Parancin’s sense of humour make them great to deal with. We’ve used them for internal, external and patch up work and are very competitively priced too. Highly recommended!

samanthat samanthat 2:35 pm 24 Jan 20

My husband and I went with Excellence Painting ( and were very glad we did. They were recommended to us by a friend who also had their house repainted prior to sale and were pleased with the result and professionalism. The service and finish provided was amazing and i was highly satisfied with the final product. I would recommend contacting them for a quote as the entire experience was very easy, something i typically dread when dealing with contractors/trades.

tash66 tash66 6:54 pm 27 Oct 19

I contacted several painting companies in Canberra about painting a nursery but didn’t have much luck. I ended up hearing from Scott from APS I was really happy with the work he did. Scott was prompt when communicating and really easy to deal with. He was on time and did a great job. The room looks amazing and I’m so happy with how it turned out. I can highly recommend!

n4t4sh4 n4t4sh4 10:45 am 03 Sep 19

I have also had the team at Excellence Painting repaint the interior and external eaves and fascia and was very happy with the result! Quote process was easy, it was explained to me in simple terms and the quote was reasonable. I also had some other small repairs done at the same time and was great they could do these as well (some grouting and carpet cleaning). If you are looking to have your house done i would highly recommend them, you can contact them via their website

erinhughes erinhughes 9:12 pm 18 Aug 19

I had Scott from ACT Painting Services repaint the whole exterior of my house and couldn’t be happier! He showed up when he said he would, quoted a fair price, did a great job and cleaned up after himself. He’s also a really a nice guy who my whole family got along with! Call him on 0450420100

wagons wagons 11:36 am 08 Aug 19

Pete the Painter is excellent – we have used them twice and they are always so easy to deal with. They give thorough quotes, schedule quickly and take the time to fix issues along the way. The last time they painted our house they worked through the weekend to make sure we hit our deadline (carpet being laid) without us even asking. Just an absolute pleasure.

Tara_king23 Tara_king23 2:58 pm 22 Jul 19

We used Riotact recommended Ali from Kingdom painting services for our Interior repainting work we needed done before the sale of our property in Nicholls.
They are such great people to work with, they covered everything with plastic drop sheets and drop sheets on the floor even vacuumed up when they finished.
Really professional in arriving on time and explaining how the work is going to be done.

Thanks Riotact for the recommendation was absolutely happy with the work.
Call Ali from Kingdom Painting Services on 0416944655 if you need any type of painting work done.

Maddie Mish Maddie Mish 7:28 pm 26 Mar 19

Same happened to me. Can you contact me?

J D J D 10:18 am 13 Mar 19

Recently had our interior repainted by Excellence Painting and I would highly recommend. We received three quotes and found them to be the most prompt and reasonably priced. The overall result was fantastic and the team were all very friendly and professional. I had a tight timeframe and they were able to get it done within that time.

derekj derekj 12:57 pm 16 Feb 19

Having just had our interior repainted, I highly recommend Simon from Simco Decorating Painting & Finishes.

Simon is an excellent communicator (unlike some tradies), was very professional, friendly, provided us with useful advice and did a stunning job, including correcting small errors made by other tradies.

We will definitely use his services again in the future.

jakeanthony jakeanthony 11:02 am 19 Jan 19

Hi guys, I used Luke to paint the interior and exterior of my rendered home in Woden, he did a professional and amazing job, at an affordable price, going above and beyond what I expected.
Luke was helpful, clean and tidy, I have no hesertation in recommending Luke if you are looking for an experienced painter, call 0408 970 229

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