How Not to Decorate turns the traditional makeover show on its head. Presented by interior designers and journalists Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, the program’s mission statement is to save the worst decorated houses from design disaster.
Whatever the problem – textured wall-coverings, floral carpets and horrible paint effects – the How Not to Decorate design team, led by Colin and Justin, will put them right. But working under this kind of pressure isn’t always easy and Colin and Justin are very tough taskmasters – so expect frayed tempers!
Each episode starts with Colin and Justin visiting the offending house for the very first time. The cameras catch their shocked reactions to the terrible décor. It could be that the house is stuck in a time-warp and hasn’t been decorated for decades; perhaps children have run havoc and wrecked a family home; sometimes it’s all down to really bad taste. Whatever the case, Colin and Justin are never short of words to describe the disaster sites they come across.
Next, Colin and Justin interrogate the homeowners and ask them what they were thinking decorating the house this way. Then, armed with all the information they need to completely redesign the property, Colin and Justin return to their design office at their home in Glasgow to get to work. Once Colin and Justin have created their design they return to present it to the homeowners. Will they manage to convince them that their new plans for the home will improve it? Colin and Justin’s designs whilst always stylish and practical are often radical and the boys need all their strength of character to convince the homeowners to make the change.
With the homeowners convinced there’s now only the simple matter of getting the work done – in under a week. Over the next seven days we see the real story behind getting all the work done. Colin and Justin’s demands are often over the top, either due to lack of budget or man power – or both. After the hard work is done, it’s time to reveal the transformed house to the homeowners. But it doesn’t end there…
Around a month later the cameras return to see how the homeowners have adapted to their new home – is it still as neat and tidy as the day Colin and Justin left it? Have they moved the furniture or worse still, painted the walls? The homeowners tour their house pointing out the things they love, the things they hate and the things they’ve changed… needless to say this doesn’t always go down well with the boys!... Read more.