Written by Freya Millard

7 of the best interior design TV shows

One of the best places to find design inspiration is on TV. There are so many interior design shows on the box nowadays – from Grand Designs to interiors makeovers and even estate agent reality TV – that you’re certainly not short on choice. But where to start? Here are seven of our favourite interior design TV shows to binge watch…

1. Queer Eye, Netflix

Queer Eye – the Netflix reboot – is a feel-good interiors show that offers some amazing interiors inspiration. Interior designer, Bobby Berk, is a master at revamping spaces without losing those important personalised touches. In each episode, one lucky individual is nominated by loved ones to have their whole world – including their home – transformed. Although less focus is placed solely on the design process compared to other shows, Queer Eye never fails to amaze with the home transformation reveal at the end. 

Available now on Netflix

Best interior design shows on TV: Queer Eye on Netflix has some great reveals

Queer Eye (photo: Ryan Collerd/Netflix © 2020)

2. Kirsty and Phil’s Love It or List It, Channel 4

Property know-it-all’s Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp compete against each other on Channel 4’s Love It or List It as they try to change the way families feel about their home. Kirsty uses her interior design charms to transform the current home, while Phil opts for a more cutthroat approach of encouraging them to just move house. It’s a close call in most episodes as both competitors bring their A-games to impress, but all we have to do is sit back and soak up the top notch decor and property advice. 

Available now on Channel 4

Best interior design shows on TV: Love It or List It with Kirstie and Phil on Channel 4

Love It or List It (photo: Channel 4)

3. Grand Designs, Channel 4

The OG of homes shows, Grand Designs – fronted by Kevin McCloud since the programme was first broadcast in 1999 – follows some of the most ambitious self-build projects in the country as homebuilders pursue their dream property. The programme focuses more on the architecture, but once the building is complete, viewers get to take an armchair tour of the property both inside and out, revealing some glorious interior design. This is a great watch for learning how interior design and architecture can work to complement each other.

Available now on All4

4. Dream Home Makeover, Netflix

Dream Home Makeover on Netflix not only lets you ogle luxurious mansions and flawless interior design concepts, it also opens the door to the wholesome lives of married couple Shea and Syd McGee. The cameras capture the couple’s most heartwarming moments with their family, as well as the day-to-day of running their own design studio. With a wide range of clients – and budgets – there’s plenty of variety to the projects. Plus, you’ll gain a real appreciation for where many of those current Pinterest trends are circulating from.

Available now on Netflix

Best interior design shows: Dream Home Makeover on Netflix

Dream Home Makeover (photo: Netflix/Netflix © 2020)

5. Tiny House Nation, Netflix 

For many of us, the concept of living in a smaller space seems like a step backwards, but Tiny House Nation will soon change that mindset – especially if you binge watch all five seasons! Host’s John Weisbarth and Zach Giffin set off on a mission across America to help an array of people downsize in style. With the spread of ideas like minimalism, environmentalism and balanced living coming to the fore, the show definitely makes you think about how big our homes need to be to give us what we really want from them.

Available now on Netflix

6. Interior Design Masters, BBC iPlayer

Interior Design Masters has all the makings of a binge-worthy show: impressive competition, real-life drama and some jaw-dropping results. The popular interior design show highlights the creative process behind these unique design concepts as a group of aspiring designers compete for the chance to win a life-changing contract. Acclaimed presenter Fearne Cotton hosted the first season, while equally beloved comedian Alan Carr and interiors guru Michelle Ogundehin have taken the second season in their stride.

Available now on BBC iPlayer

Best interior design shows on TV: Interior Design Masters on BBC iPlayer

Interior Design Masters (photo: BBC)

7. Escape to the Chateau, Channel 4

Dick and Angel Strawbridge have won the hearts of millions as they renovate the 19th-century Château de la Motte-Husson in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, France, while running their events and wedding business. The show has grown from the initial concept to other variations including Escape to the Chateau DIY, where the Strawbridge’s give help and advice to other immigrants trying to run a business from a chateaux similar to their own. It’s feel-good TV at it’s finest, and definitely one to add to your summer viewing schedule.

Available now on All4

Dick and Angel Strawbridge in front of their French Chateau

Escape to the Chateau (Channel 4)

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