As serious interiors fans, we love to keep up to date with everything going on in home designs. From the biggest design events to the latest must-know trends to inspire you and spark your creative side, we want to know it all.
This even extends to our TV viewing choices but with so much on offer, which shows are worth your time? Here’s a selection of TV programmes for scratching that interior design itch…
Grand Designs, Channel 4
Dating back to 1999 and spanning 15 series, Grand Designs is a British staple in TV viewing. Here you see unusual and challenging architectural designs come to life over the space of an hour, getting to peek into someone’s dream home taking shape.
Although the building part is always drama-filled and tense, it’s the calming inside transformation that we like. At this point you can note down style tips and see how people with (usually) serious money choose to design the inside of their homes. Sometimes they get it right, and sometimes outlandish personal taste gets the best of them but presenter Kevin McCloud is not shy in letting them know.
The Great Interior Design Challenge, BBC 2
This show focuses on the search for Britain's best amateur interior designers. Now in its third series, it is an annual interior design competition presented by Tom Dyckhoff testing the designers with a series of challenges. Each episode is a new location with distinctive architecture to work with, re-designing rooms for clients as well as taking on an additional small task such as upcycling an old item.
The amateur designers get three days, a small team and £1000 to impress both the client and the show’s judges – Daniel Hopwood and Sophie Robinson – to stay in the competition.
There’s also several programmes that are fun to watch for the end transformation of a home – just imagine the before and after shots with some classic chill out music on in the background. Homes Under the Hammer on BBC 1 is a classic for this with people buying properties, sometimes blind, at auction with the hope of doing them up for a quick resale or for rental purposes.
Then there’s the dramatic American counterpart of Flip Men, which follows two property developers who also buy at auction to renovate and sell on for a quick profit. Not only entertaining with the hidden problems that await them, you get to see a complete turnaround from ‘unloved’ to ‘ready to move in’ properties. With some TV inspiration under your belt, why not try out some new ideas in your own home? We’ve got some great tips on top interior wall art trends as well as a look at this year’s Ideal Home Show.