Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen believes 'Changing Rooms' will help to reboot the economy.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

The 55-year-old presenter thinks more people will tune into the upcoming home improvement show as the nation has spent months in their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, and they will be looking to redecorate.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “We went into lockdown obsessed with our beige, cookie cutter rooms that were going to look great in an estate agent window. We came out of it thinking, ‘I don’t want to see another beige room for as long as I can live’.

"If you put yourself up a nice wallpaper with plenty of swirling birds and monkeys, palm trees, and tropical flowers, you are in the middle of a storybook.”

Channel 4 are set to bring back the popular home makeover show - which originally aired on the BBC from 1996 to 2004 - with Laurence and Davina McCall.

And Laurence recently confessed the show felt "a bit like panto" back in the day. 

Looking back on his time on the programme, he explained: "I was a real designer with a proper practice and it was a bit like panto for me. Having spent all week doing Lady Fra Fra's curtains, I was being let loose in a council flat with a ton of brightly coloured emulsion and a staple gun.

"I got that rep for being the rat king in the panto, but in more than 100 programmes there were only three where the people didn't like it. Until that point interior design was an incredibly snobby and upmarket discipline. Suddenly it was something people were watching at home after 'EastEnders', and trying out for themselves. I didn't last long in the American version. The designers were deliberately being produced to get things wrong."


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