Changing Rooms: all you need to know about episode 4

Changing Rooms is no stranger to colour controversy and this week’s episode cast another hue into the (flush-mount, warm-white, LED) spotlight. Read on to see how the designs conceived by Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and Russell & Jordan made a convincing case for painting a room… in brown. We’ve also gathered the episode’s best banter, upcycling projects and innovative paint techniques, so dive in!

Room 1: Baha Boho

 

The room: Sarah’s bedroom, revamped by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen into an ultra-feminine space with stencilled wall panelling, upcycled furniture and a sumptuous headboard. But for us, the most swoon-worthy part was the dressing room Laurence carved out in Sarah’s favourite colour: pink.

Laurence’s inspiration: Sarah’s love for the Caribbean, sparked by her work on cruise liners (though he had us atRum ‘n Coke”).

The colour scheme: So far, so neutral with a splash of Simply Refresh Nutmeg White and White Cotton, but Laurence also added rich butterscotch tones for the wall panels using Saddle Brown, Bay Horse and Spiced Honey, and stencilled them with 80’s favourite Magnolia and Nutmeg White. The dressing area came to life with a lick of Cherry Plum while the chest of drawers got a chic refresh with Nordic Sky and Glacial Spring.

What we learned: Just as Coca Cola makes an excellent mixer, so does the colour brown. We loved how Laurence dropped in shades of dusky pink and icy pale blue with the syrupy tones on the wall.

Biggest surprise: The two-tone paint effect that re-energised the look of a tired dresser in just a few hours. Visit our how-to feature where Dulux Select decorator and Changing Rooms crew member Steph Howles shares her expert tips on getting a great result.

Best quote: LLB’s confident proclamation that “The Brownaissance starts here!”

Made by Marianne: We asked Dulux Creative Director Marianne Shillingford for her take on brown: “Brown always gets a bad rap, but if used well it really can be a sultry and sophisticated backdrop to any room scheme. We think deep, chocolate browns can be a softer alternative to the harshness of cooler blacks and dark greys often used to add depth. If you aren’t totally convinced by the ‘brown-naissance’ happening in Sarah’s bedroom, you could use similarly warmer toned, deep shades to create the same cosy, luxury feel. We love Decadent Damson in the Simply Refresh Feature Wall collection.

Room 1: Baha Boho

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Room 2: Back to the Futurism


The room:
Tom and Richard’s living room, transformed by Russell and Jordan into a brilliant party pad that fizzes with golden colour – and a Jackson Pollock-esque splattered paint effect.

Jordan and Russell’s inspiration: Design with "one foot in the past and one foot in the future" – in other words, combining period influences (like the room's earthy, heritage colour) with edgier, contemporary elements (glossy surfaces and urban paint effects).

The colour scheme: Walls coated in Brass Buckle, with a confident splash of Honest Indigo to add a bit of edge to this lively space. Looking for some expert tips in choosing a colour palette in your home? Dulux Select decorator Steph can talk you through the best way to choose the perfect shade for your space here.

What we learned: Taking a single colour across every surface, wrapping it around walls, the ceiling, door and woodwork, will create a super-modern, immersive space. Also: getting creative can be a messy business – one of the designers ended up donning a bin bag to protect himself from paint flicks.

The project we’ll leave to the professionals: Anything involving paint effects! If you lack Russell and Jordan’s confidence - and a Changing Rooms crew - for a complex paint job, the our Dulux Select Decorators website can recommend a specialist professional decorator in your area.

Best quote: When Russell describes the blue feature wall as a “portal to the future”, Anna responds:  “Where you see the future Russ, I see an alcove.”

Made by Marianne: “Brass Buckle, used in Tom and Richard’s home, has a wonderful, heritage quality to it, making it perfect for this retro-inspired brief. However, it is a strong choice that might not suit everyone’s tastes so perhaps consider using a similar ‘mid-tone’ shade on the walls and ceiling to create a super modern, yet cosy feeling. Mid-tone colours are neither dark and moody nor pale pastel ­– on our Dulux colour cards, you can pinpoint mid-range shades as they sit in the middle of each column of colour. Elegant, neutral colours like Soft Stone, Soft Truffle and Perfectly Taupe would work well or perhaps something a tad more colourful such as Dusted Fondant, Overtly Olive or Nordic Sky as ‘wrap-around’ colours to be used on walls and ceilings. Just remember to lighten and brighten things up with accessories that will create some contrast.” 

Room 2: Back to the Futurism

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Don’t miss the next episode on Channel 4 on Wednesday at 8pm - or stream this week’s show here.

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