Written by Sara D'Souza

Changing Rooms is back with new designers

Changing Rooms first hit our screens in 1996, pioneering home improvements on the TV and paving the way for all the interior design shows to come. The programme returned to our screens in 2021 with a similar format, where two sets of homeowners worked against the clock to renovate a room in each other’s houses. And now the popular show is back for 2022, again in partnership with Dulux, with new Changing Rooms designers…

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What happened in the last series?

The last series saw colour return to homes across the UK with a variety of designs to inspire home decorators to be bold with their interior design choices. Among many things, the series featured a flamingo-themed party lounge, a cool Californian-inspired living room and a Bohemian-style, boutique bedroom.

‘Changing Rooms brought so much fun and colour into people’s living rooms last year, and we can’t wait to see what our brilliant designers will come up with for summer 2022,’ adds Jon Swain, Managing Director, Shine TV added. ‘It’s the ultimate feel-good home show: funny, inspiring and always down to earth.’

Read more: Changing Rooms 2021’s best makeovers

What should we expect?

Of course, the legendary Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is running the show, returning with Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of London-based interior design studio 2LG Studio. Plus, two new exciting interior designers will be joining the Changing Rooms family: Micaela Sharp and Whinnie Williams, who will be joined by the new ‘handy Andy’; Tibby Singh (BBC’s carpenter of the year).

Of the show’s return, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen says: ‘Like Arnie in The Terminator and Jack in The Shining, Changing Rooms is back smashing down the doors of the nation’s most ‘mneh’ interiors to let the colour and excitement of full-fat decorating in.

‘Having loved every minute of last year’s revival that coincided with The Changing Rooms Silver Jubilee, I’ve got some spectacular – nay, superhuman – transformations planned. This season, the world’s most iconic home show returns to its ensemble roots with Whinnie Williams and Micaela Sharp adding their own particular design DNA to the established aesthetic gene pool of myself and Russell and Jordan, which will guarantee that, in every episode, viewers will be able to always expect the unexpected…’

 

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Who are the new Changing Rooms designers?

Micaela Sharp, who runs her own business Micaela Sharp Design focusing on residential and commercial design, is an upholsterer passionate about upcycling and sustainability. She’s ‘super creative, layering bold colours and textiles in a sophisticated way’, and is no stranger to the screen, having appeared on series two of the BBC’s Interior Design Masters, Money for Nothing, Junk Rescue, Love Your Weekend and King of the Wood.

Whinnie Williams is co-founder and creative director of retro-inspired interiors brand, Poodle & Blonde, which specialises in wallpaper, fabric and lifestyle accessories. She hand draws and paints each design to create unique luxury prints. She has renovated properties ranging from a 1970s house in the style of Only Fools and Horses to a Palm Springs-themed caravan. Her own Victorian Margate house is a ‘70s masterpiece’ and she ‘loves to create interiors that make people feel like they are living in a movie set’. She also presented Flat Out Fabulous on BBC Three.

 

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When is Changing Rooms 2022 on?

Changing Rooms will return to our TV screens from 8pm on Wednesday 10 August 2022 on Channel 4. Miss it, miss out!


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