Learning from the Amateur Designers on Your Home In Their Hands


It’s been an exciting week at Celia Sawyer HQ as Your Home in Their Hands debuted on Thursday 25th September on BBC one. A lot of hard work went into the show from everyone involved and it was great to see home make-over shows back with a bang I have to say! If you missed it and want to catch up, expect colour, chaos and tears!   As an interior designer myself I think there’s a lot to be learnt from the amateur designers who took part in the show. They are still very much learning different methods and rules of the interior design world, and a show like Your Home in Their Hands allows them to put these to the test and into practice in a real life situation. This is something very few are able to do. It’s a big responsibility to take over someone’s home so I believe the amateur designers involved will have learnt a lot throughout the process, which can only be a positive thing.   Reeling from the first episode, one amateur designer’s interpretation of the bedroom could be deemed a little too confusing and juxtaposed. Bedrooms should be a sanctuary to sleep and relax in, so with so much colour everywhere, this would be hard to do. I normally design bedrooms so that they feel very calm, and I focus on neutral colours and influences, steering away from the over-colourful. I recently designed this bedroom in a large family home, which has a splash of oxblood on the cushions and chairs, but is pretty neutral elsewhere and it works well for a relaxing but still  glamorous and exciting bedroom. celia1 Kitchens can have lots of colour, but need to be carefully thought-out so that they don’t date too quickly. It’s all very well to add bold colours when you fit out your units, but what is trendy today, may not be in a year or two. I do advise that bright colours are introduced via accessories instead, as you can so easily and inexpensively change these should you need. On the show, another designer chose some very strong mixtures of colours and designs, such as a stripy floor in various colours, wall tiles which were equally as colourful but very different in style. I think it’s a brave choice however you need to be aware that flooring like this can be difficult to live with, and also not to everyone’s taste! As a refer to on the show time and time again it’s about listening to the client’s brief and working to this; despite your own desires. In this recent project of mine accessories are used to bring in some colour, as oppose to picking units and flooring to do this, which are much more costly things to change later down the line.


The bathroom was very well thought out I have to say. The amateur designer chose to use a runner with a contrasting colour to give the room the feeling of more space and a higher ceiling. He used a wall-hung loo to keep the floor clear and to give the impression of a larger expanse of floor. The colours were bright, but worked together well, as there weren’t too many at play. He also created spaces for bottles to be stored by building boxes into the wall. All in all a clever design, brave on colour, but it worked! This bathroom below is more muted tones, but lighting and finer details are apparent creating a luxurious style and one that is incredibly inviting.


I do hope you tune in this week to Your Home in Their Hands, Thursdays, BBC One 8pm. There’s a lot to see and learn, especially if you are interested in the up’s and downs of interior design!

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