Skip To Content
    Updated on Feb 19, 2019. Posted on Jul 13, 2017

    13 "Changing Rooms" Designs That Really Haven't Aged That Well

    Open your eyes.

    Remember Changing Rooms? It was a BBC show in the late '90s and early '00s where neighbours swapped houses and redecorated a room, aided by designers.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    As you can tell, some of the rooms haven't aged that well.

    I did a bit of research, and here are some of the most WTF ones.

    1. This "Out of This World" sexy room.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Designer's review: "This is a sensual, sexy room."

    Owner's review: "I don't like the bed." "The colour is horrible."

    My review: To be honest, isn't this the set of a porn film? Also, WTF is with those nails? Look at those champagne buckets. And the fur. THE FUR!

    And don't get me started on this arse sculpture.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Every single thing in this room makes absolutely no sense.

    2. This "Very Strong Black and White Themed" room.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Designer's review: "I think it is very classy."

    Owner's review: "Bloody hell."

    My review: I'm absolutely speechless. Meanwhile my colleague Cassie thought it looked like a rather glam prison.

    I think the weirdest thing in this room is the floor, which is black and covered in strips of silver tape.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    3. The "Tenthouse Penthouse".

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Designer's review: "They love being I went along with that."

    Owner's review: "Not what I expected."


    I'll pass on this room, thanks.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    4. This "Romanto Panto".

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Designer's review: "They needed somewhere to escape from their three children."

    Owner's review: "What a change. Crikey."

    My review: I wouldn't sleep in this room. In fact, I'm not sure I can sleep again.

    5. This "Tribute to All Things Circular" in Doncaster.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Designer's review: "I absolutely love it. I like circles."

    Owner's review: "Am I in the same room? This is amazing."

    My review: A dentist's waiting room from hell. Why would you replace a heater with a glass bowl with a few pebbles in it?

    I quite like the fact that they added two silver rubber rings in there because everything else was circular.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    I bet they were like: "fuck it."

    6. This "Funky Family" room.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Designer's review: "We have to see how it looks at the end."

    Owner's review: "Oh no, it's horrible."

    My review: This looks like a half-arsed, unfinished game of Tetris. Covered in litter.

    7. This "Touch of Art" bedroom.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Designer's review: "It's quite a statement."

    Owner's review: "Good grief."

    My review: Fucking hell.

    These things at the bottom of the bed are made out of MDF by the way. Marble was too expensive.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    8. This "Love Nest" bedroom.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Designer's review: "They like spending a lot of time in the bedroom."

    Owner's review: "It is red, isn't it?"

    My review: NEEDS MORE RED.

    9. This boudoir of "Hot Purple Passion".

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Designer's review: "It's very passionate."

    Owner's review: "This is absolutely brilliant."

    My review: Due to space issues, the pillows are not where you lay your head. No: That's the side. You have to sleep sideways. This is a disgrace.

    10. This "Art Gallery–Inspired" living room.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Designer's review: "It's Tate Modern mixed with '70s chic."

    Owner's review: "Barbara, it's gorgeous." "Look at the wall."

    My review: This looks like the set of an ITV daytime chat show that has just been cancelled. I also love that there are 10 beers on the table, as if you need to now drink them.

    11. This "New York Gallery Sitting Room".

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Designer's reaction: "It's very serene, isn't it?"

    Owner's reaction: "There is nothing I would change. This is fabulous."

    My reaction: It looks like it's covered in paint samples and the coffee table is actually made out of paving slabs. Actual paving slabs. Fucking hell. Just buy a table.

    12. And where would we be without the disastrous free-standing shelves episode? They put up antique teapots, which were priceless, in the middle of the room.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    The whole thing then collapsed minutes later because they put too many books on the shelves. Nothing was saved.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    It was especially awkward as the neighbours did not want to put their teapots on a free-standing shelf in the first place.

    Linda was like: "This is my fault entirely and I will take responsibility for that."

    BBC / Endemol UK

    And Handy Andy was like this.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    This is some of the greatest TV you will ever watch:

    View this video on YouTube

    BBC / Endemol UK / Via

    And then Carol Smillie said: "It was time for Linda to deliver the bad news to Clauda."

    BBC / Endemol UK

    13. BONUS: I've redesigned this room in your house.

    BBC / Endemol UK

    Hope that's OK.

    Please, please, PLEASE bring back Changing Rooms or at least repeat episodes on a digital channel.

    There are hundreds of channels WE NEED THIS.

    TV and Movies

    Get all the best moments in pop culture & entertainment delivered to your inbox.

    Newsletter signup form