Changing Rooms reboot sees contestants disappointed by paint choices

Changing Rooms is back… and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is at his garish best! Contestants are stunned by designer’s paint colour choice of ‘peacock blue’ and ‘flamingo pink’ for the same room as the series returns

  • Florist Claire, from Swansea, South Wales, wants beige living room transformed 
  • Neighbour, postwoman Lisa, and daughter Kirsty, are shocked by paint choice
  • Revamped series ‘Changing Rooms with Dulux’ airs on Channel 4 at 8pm tonight 

It may have been 25 years since it first aired, but in true Changing Rooms fashion, the new series kicks off with a makeover that doesn’t quite go to plan. 

The first episode of the revamped series ‘Changing Rooms with Dulux’, which airs on Channel 4 at 8pm, features two sets of neighbours, from Swansea, South Wales, who makeover each other’s rooms with the help of designer and maximalist Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Florist Claire is hoping her neighbour, postwoman Lisa, with the help of daughter Kirsty, is going to transform her beige living room into something more ostentatious. 

But when presenter and interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, 57, reveals his choice of paint colours to Lisa and Kirsty, their reactions are far more muted than the bright colours on offer.

In tonight’s revamped series of Changing Room, which airs on Channel 4 at 8pm, florist Claire is hoping her neighbour, postwoman Lisa, with the help of daughter Kirsty, is going to transform her beige living room into something more ostentatious. Pictured, the bold choice of colours Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen chooses

TV newcomers Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe (pictured, right) bring their brand of joyful minimalist to our screens and hope to help  Claire get the wild room she’s after

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‘Before I open it, how much do you trust me?’ Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen asks, to which Lisa replies: ‘I trust you 100%’

As the interior designer removes the lid of the ‘flamingo pink’ paint, he says: ‘That’s good, because guess what?’ 

But rather than the enthusiastic response he was hoping for, he is met with disappointed sighs from the shocked women who muster up no other words than: ‘Oh…pink.’

He then reveals a ‘peacock’ shade of blue and a bold turquoise shade, to which a relieved Lisa replies: ‘Oh that’s lovely.’ 

Changing Rooms is presented by Anna Richardson (pictured right, with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen) and the series’ new carpenter and joiner is Tibby Singh

The new Changing Rooms team. Pictured, left to right: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Anna Richardson, Jordan Cluroe, Russell Whitehead and Tibby Singh

Pointing to both colours except the pink, Kirsty adds: ‘I really do like them two…’

But slowly coming around to the idea, a reluctant Lisa chimes in: ‘No, I think the three go lovely together.’ 

Describing his vision, Laurence explains: ‘There’s this big thing happening in design at the moment called maximalism, so it’s anti-minmalism and it’s about being really crazy and party orientated, quite feminine…and I just thought that’s got Claire written all over it. 

So, with the help of TV newcomers Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe, who bring their brand of joyful minimalist to our screens, will Claire get the wild room she’s after?

In turn Claire, with help from best friend Jo, is tasked with transforming Lisa’s cluttered neutral bedroom into the unique and contemporary space she dreams of.

There’s this big thing happening in design at the moment called maximalism, so it’s anti-minmalism and it’s about being really crazy and party orientated, quite feminine…and I just thought that’s got Claire written all over it.

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Elsewhere in the episode, Changing Rooms’ new designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead attempt to hang a chain made of the clay in Lisa’s bedroom, which they’re making over with Claire and her friend Jo. 

‘I don’t know if they’re going to reach…what do we think?’ asks Jordan. 

But in true Changing Rooms style, before he’s finished his sentence, the chain comes crashing down.

Trying to justify the disaster, he adds: ‘I think the big ones, they’re just a little bit thicker so they didn’t dry as much as the thin ones. Ever the optimist!’ 

Changing Rooms is presented by Anna Richardson and the series’ new carpenter and joiner is Tibby Singh.

Changing Rooms with Dulux begins tonight at 8pm on Channel 4 and All 4

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