Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on the surprising paint colour he is using again after 20 years

Lisa Walden
·2-min read
Photo credit: Steve Thorp
Photo credit: Steve Thorp

From Country Living

Changing Rooms star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen might have a Cotswold manor packed with playful pops of colour and bold accessories, but there's one surprising neutral paint shade that's back on his radar.

When working on colour schemes for the reboot of the iconic 90s show with Davina McCall, the interior designer explained that, much to his own surprise, he picked a paint shade he has hated for the past 20 years.

"I spotted a colour which I thought was perfect for what we need, so we put it up on the board," Laurence tells House Beautiful UK. "Someone turned it over and said 'oh my god it's magnolia!' Having spent most of the last 20 years hating magnolia, I find that I'm about to use it again."

Magnolia might be making a comeback on the show next year, but when it comes to home decor trends for 2021, Laurence explains that we should keep pattern in close reach. "Pattern tells so many stories for people," he tells us. "People are looking at the plainness of how they have been decorating and feel that they might have missed out on something.

"When you've got wallpaper, curtains and cushions that just undulate it's like living in a story book. We're all looking for a bit of comfort in our decorating. Comforting decorating is going to be incredibly important over the next few years."

Photo credit: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
Photo credit: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

While filming for the exciting new series of Changing Rooms has been paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's still plenty to look forward to. Speaking about the new series, Laurence explains his mission is to make "Britain bright again" by having those "wow moments" the show is so famous for.

"It is absolutely going to be about colour," he says, not giving too much away. "In fact, each of the programmes from my end is going to have a real colour theme. I have always felt the show works best when we take someone's taste to its absolute holistic end. If you want to just decorate your house yourself, then why have me do it? There is something a little bit iconic about Changing Rooms."

Changing Rooms will return to Channel 4 in 2021.

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