Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr 2022: everything you need to know
Interior Design Masters is back! Discover everything you need to know about the new series with our handy TV guide
Interior Design Masters is back with a brand new BBC series and we can't wait to see what's in store for the new batch of contestants! The interior design show first launched in 2020 and has grown in popularity over the last couple of years, so we're pleased to see it back on our screens in a primetime slot.
If you're a creative person who loves to watch home renovation shows, then you're guaranteed to enjoy Interior Design Masters – it's the perfect mix of crafting, DIY and interior design. And, of course, it's a competition with a prestigious prize in store for the winner.
Each week the contestants are asked to make over a new venue and past series have included restaurant makeovers, shop interiors and even beach hut redesigns. For some challenges, the contestants are split off into small teams and for others they must work separately.
It's often a real test of their team working and communication skills, which are essential for anyone who wants to be a professional interior designer. It's a competitive show, but often the best designs are the result of a successful collaboration between the contestants.
The show is hosted by comedian Alan Carr, who brings a real warmth to the show and is very supportive towards the contestants.
The show is judged by industry expert Michelle Ogundehin, the former editor-in-chief of Elle Decoration. with occasional appearance from guest judges such as Mary Portas and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
Read on to meet this year's contestants, find out when you can tune in to watch your new favourite TV show and much more. Warning: there may be spoilers!
Looking for more creative TV shows to watch? Check out our craft TV guides to the Great Pottery Throwdown, the Great British Sewing Bee, All That Glitters, The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge and The Repair Shop.
Featured image by BBC/Darlow Smithson Productions.
What channel is Interior Design Masters on?
The show originally launched on BBC Two in 2019, but because it's so popular it has now moved on to BBC One.
What time is Interior Design Masters 2022 on TV?
Interior Design Masters 2022 began on Wednesday 9th March at 9pm on BBC One. We don't know when it will be on in 2023, but watch this space!
Where to watch Interior Design Masters online?
You can watch Interior Design Masters on BBC iPlayer after the show has aired on BBC One.
Where can I watch past episodes of Interior Design Masters?
Series one is currently available on Netflix, but we have no information on when series two will be added. Series two is still available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Where is Interior Design Masters filmed?
The challenges are filmed in a variety of locations around the UK, but the show is based in a beautiful brand-new design hub in Brighton.
Who won Interior Design Masters 2021?
Lynsey Ford won Interior Design Masters 2021 and Siobhan Murphy was the runner-up. In 2020, Cassie Nicholas won the first series and Frank Newbold came second.
Interior Design Masters series 3: what to expect
The brand new batch of aspiring designers will be put to the test in a series of challenges, from show homes to shops and luxury holiday cottages. They'll visit different destinations around the country and will need to impress the Michelle Ogundehin and the guest judges with their creative skills each week.
Those on the losing team will have to sit on the couch and explain their design decisions to the judges – with one contestant being sent home each week.
This year's prize is truly jaw-dropping: the winner will be given a contract to redesign a luxury hotel in Cornwall. This is a prestigious project which could launch the lucky winner's interior design career, so things are bound to get competitive. We can't wait to see their transformations!
So what else can we look forward to in this series? "It's bigger, bolder and more dynamic and I think with the move from BBC TWO to BBC ONE, it's acquired an added confidence," says presenter Alan Carr. "The challenges in this series are tough from the outset so the designers have to really think on their feet, even from episode one. There is no mucking about, Interior Design Masters this series means business."
According to Alan, there are lots of crazy design ideas to look out for in the new series. "We’ve had suspended boats, boob cushions, AstroTurf walls, terrifying taxidermy - you name it, I’ve seen it," he says.
"There was one moment where the designer literally demolished the space because she wanted a total transformation. I mean, it was literally a pile of rubble and dust and she only had two days to complete it. There were a few anxious looks from the producers that day, but that’s what makes great viewing, people taking chances and creative risks. Does it pay off? You’ll just have to wait and see."
Interior Design Masters 2022 judge Michelle Ogundehin
The main judge on the show is Michelle Ogundehin, who is the former editor-in-chief of Elle Decoration. She's both a judge and mentor to the contestants and loves to see their skills develop as the series progresses. She describes her judging style as "firm but fair".
Michelle is delighted that the show has now moved to BBC One: "It's fantastic! So exciting to be able to share this brilliant programme with more people. I love how engaged the audience gets as they follow our ten trainee designers. I really care about them, and the viewers begin to as well. I see it as the stories of the people played out through their design journey. You can’t help but get hooked."
So, what can we expect from the new series? "Another line up of fantastic characters, each with their own view of what makes an Interior Design Master," Michelle says. "I love how they start with all their preconceptions, then go through the mill of realising that this is actually pretty difficult, and then how they start to consider different ways to do things!
"They all have real talent though, so they learn as much off each other as they do me if they're open to that. Some are more open than others, despite me always trying to hammer it home that teamwork makes the dream work! The tricky bit is that they want to shine as individuals too, and therein lies the challenge."
What is Michelle hoping to see from the contestants? "Passion and perseverance. Someone who's eager to learn and keen to get stuck in," she says. "I make them jump through all sorts of hoops so they can begin to see what it takes to become a professional interior designer. It's not easy. But the ones that win through are the ones who go all in with energy and enthusiasm.
"Of course, there's also the important details like getting each project finished, understanding the brief, and creating something magical! Like I say, it's not easy."
In this series, Michelle Ogundehin will be joined by several guest judges from the interior design industry including Matthew Williamson, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Mary Portas, Guy Oliver, Sophie Robinson, Ross Bailey, Abigail Ahern and Sarah Willingham.
Find out more about Michelle Ogundehin by reading her interview with YourHomeStyle.
Interior Design Masters 2022 presenter Alan Carr
Comedian and TV presenter Alan Carr took over as the host of Interior Design Masters in series two. The show was previously presented by Fearne Cotton. Alan is best known for hosting Alan Carr: Chatty Man, but has also made appearances on comedy shows such as Ru Paul's Drag Race UK and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
Alan's bond with the contestants is one of our favourite parts of the show, but he admits that saying goodbye can be hard: "It’s so tough especially towards the end of the series because like you say, you do end up spending literally days with them and you can’t help getting to know them, and what’s going on in their home life.
"At least with the Covid rules being loosened this series, I can hug them or pat them on the back when they get sent home. Last series I felt awful just giving a little wave from six foot away."
With two series under his belt, how has Alan's approach to interior design changed? "I think I’m finally getting it. Half the battle is learning and understanding the lingo. Does my house have a story? Is there a flow? Does my front room need a ‘pop’ of colour? Once you understand this, I think you’re halfway there;" he says.
"Interior design for me is like the dark arts, it’s all subliminal messages and leading your eyes to certain aspects of the room. You probably don’t realise it, but your favourite pub, cafe or shop, is luring you in because of some really clever design tricks. It's all smoke and mirrors. I’ve made it sound like Michelle Ogundehin is a member of the Illuminati!"
Interior Design Masters 2022 contestants
It's time to meet the brilliant aspiring designers from series 3! Read on to get to know them…
Abi, 27 ,is originally from Birmingham and now lives in London. She is a luxecycler and describes her style as "maximalist kitsch". Abi has always been a big fan of the show and decided to apply after she was made redundant during the pandemic.
Originally from Ayrshire in Scotland, Amy is 39 and lives in London. She is a print designer and illustrator and describes her design style as sophisticated print. She has worked in fashion for many years, but interior design has always been her real passion. She struggled with her confidence and often had to give herself pep talks during recording,
Banjo, 36, is from the Isle of Mull and is a cheesemonger and marketer. He describes his style as "playful and wild". Banjo's move from cheese making on a remote farm to interior design may seem like a big leap, but he was keen to push himself out of his comfort zone and try something new.
Dean, 41, is a store manager from Reading. He describes his style as "dark and moody". He was hesitant to apply for the show, as he felt he didn't have a lot of design experience. However, he took the plunge and sent in his application with five minutes to spare! He wanted to show his two young sons that you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself.
Fran, 38, is a fashion stylist from London. She describes her style as "contemporary bohemian". When the pandemic hit, Fran lost almost all of her work overnight so she decided to redecorate her flat in order to keep busy. In doing so, she learnt how to be really creative on a tight budget!
Molly, 23, is a business administrator from Bedfordshire. She describes her style as "eccentric classic". Unlike many of the other contestants, Molly has already had some experience in the industry and started her first interior design job when she was just 18. Sadly, the company she was working for went bust due to the pandemic. She says that appearing on the show is the best thing she's ever done.
Paul, 52, is a visual merchandiser and lives in London. Originally from Fleetwood in Lancashire, he describes his style as "mid-century minimalist". Turning 50 at the start of lockdown in 2020 made him question his career choices, so he decided he needed to do something more creative with his life. He loves the show and enjoys the way it encouraged like-minded people to achieve their dreams.
Peter, 63, is a hair salon owner from Newcastle Upon Tyne. He describes his style as being "style chameleon". He says that he has always had a real passion for interior design and his family and friends encouraged him to apply for the show.
Richard, 29, is from Birmingham and an interior stylist. He describes his style as "abstract colourist". He says he watched the previous series "religiously" and thought that it looked like a lot of fun. His friends and family badgered him to apply, so he went for it.
Rochelle, 34, is a team coordinator from London. She describes her style as ‘modern glamour’. Rochelle always loved interior design and even studied it for her degree. She set up her own online gift shop to keep her hand in and did small event settings for her loved ones. She was delighted to make it into the final 10.
Interior Design Masters series 3 episode guide
In the first episode of the new series, the new batch of budding designers were sent to Manchester to make over some apartments in a new high-rise building. The contestants were split into pairs and needed to design a bedroom or living space separately, before coming together to design a study.
Michelle Ogundehin and guest judge Matthew Williamson were looking for signs of a creative collaboration – something many new interior designers struggle with. "The smart designers are the ones that really realise the value in teamwork," Michelle said.
The bottom two pairs would have to justify their design decisions to Michelle and Matthew – with one unlucky designer being sent home.
I have champagne tastes and lemonade money
Highlights: The talented Amy designed her own unique wallpaper for her bedroom and we're deeply envious of her creative skills!
Lowlights: Michelle spotted that Richard's bedroom curtains were short and said that she hoped that wasn't a deliberate design choice. Unfortunately it was.
Hotel week is always one of our favourite challenges and this episode was no exception. The contestants were taken to the luxurious four-star Wootton Hall in the Surrey hills. It's a Grade-II listed building surrounded by beautiful Italian gardens.
Unsurprisingly, Michelle's expectations were high this week. The contestants were tasked with creating a design that showed off their signature style, but which also captured a sense of the British quirkiness of the hotel. The rooms were also assigned at random, so some of the designers ended up with tiny rooms and others had grander spaces to work with.
This week, the designers had to work on their rooms individually. The bottom three contestants ended up on the couch and had to justify their decisions to Michelle and guest judge Guy Oliver.
A bright ceiling makes a bright room
Highlights: Banjo likes to create a persona for his imagined client each week. This week's pretend client was "drunk botanist". What's not to love? We can't wait to see what persona he invents next week!
We were also impressed by Dean's brave decision to paint his room in his signature colour: black. His gamble paid off massively. Michelle and Guy were both hugely impressed.
Both Dean and Banjo received a rare special commendation from the judges and made it through to week 3.
Lowlights: Rochelle wanted to bring her room to life with a garden mural, but when she stripped off the old wallpaper she discovered that the walls were covered in mould. This really held up her progress, as the walls needed to be cleaned and painted before she could get to work. Poor Rochelle really struggled, but managed to complete her room in the end.
In this episode, the designers were sent back to school! They were challenged to transform school common rooms and give them a fresh new look. In addition, they need to spruce up the office for the head of each house. They had just two days and a budget of £3,000 to transform each room.
Once again, Michelle told the contestants that collaboration would be crucial. And, just to pile on the pressure, the bottom team would be sent home!
The designers met with the school pupils to get their briefs for each room. Michelle pointed out that the pupils are tough critics and they won't hold back if they don't like something.
This week, Michelle was joined by guest judge Sophie Robinson, who is known for her bold colour schemes. Of course, the opinions of the kids matter too, so their views are taken into account.
Highlights: Amy created her own original graffiti logos for her common room. This week, Banjo thought about environmentalist Greta Thunberg as he added an environmental theme to the common room he was working on. Rochelle rediscovered her confidence with the support of her teammate, Abi.
Amy's bespoke wallpaper covered in her original bear design stole the show yet again. Amy and Dean got a special mention from the judges and survived for another week.
Lowlights: Rochelle and Abi's fake grass was delayed by the delivery company, so they needed to try to find a new supplier fast. Banjo regretted choosing eco-friendly cork flooring for the staff room, as it took a long time to fit.
Paul's washers for the wheels of his modular furniture were out of stock, so he had just three hours to find new ones and get them fitted. It definitely didn't help his stress levels!
Banjo and Molly found themselves on the sofa along with Rochelle and Abi. Although Michelle and Sophie thought the teams worked well together, but hadn't met the brief.
Retail week is always a highlight of Interior Design Masters and this week the contestants were asked to transform a bridal shop, a lingerie boutique and a homeware store. Again, the teams were asked to work in pairs, but only one person would leave the show this week.
This week's guest judge was the formidable retail expert Mary Portas, who is known as the "Queen of Shops".
Amy and Banjo were tasked with redesigning the wedding shop and worked brilliantly together. Although Banjo was chosen to be the lead designer by the client, they came together to produce an elegant concept for the shop. However, things threatened to fall apart when the flanges (yes, that's a real word) for their scaffolding clothing rails failed to arrive.
Fran and Dean played it safe with their homeware shop design, sticking to calming shades of white and grey. Dean, who is a big fan of bold colours, was clearly nervous about Fran's approach as lead designer and managed to persuade her to add a bold block of blue to the interior. They clearly considered the spaces and the owner's needs, which was recognised by the judges.
Molly and Paul teamed up to give the lingerie shop a makeover. Mollie introduced a garden theme to the shop, filling it with shades of green and luxurious wallpapers. She attempted to add some drama to the shops windows by adding props and some vinyl curtains, but did she go too far? Watch the episode to find out…
Highlights: Michelle Ogundehin and and Mary Portas tested out the lazy susan (spinning disc) that Amy had installed to allow brides to twirl in front of the mirror. It was a design step too far, but very funny to watch.
Lowlights: Amy was very stressed out by the missing scaffolding hinges and was understandably a bit tearful!
This week's challenge saw the designers tackling their tiniest challenge yet: luxury shepherd's huts. The remaining five contestants headed to the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales to transform their huts into glamorous glamping accommodation.
Each hut had an open room which needed to be a sleeping, dining and living space, plus an ensuite bathroom. If they had time, the designers were also allowed to transform the outside space surrounding their huts.
Michelle stressed that she was looking for bespoke designs in this week's challenge and didn't want the interiors to look shop-bought. They also needed to reflect the Welsh landscape and each hut's individual theme.
They had just two days and a budget of £1,000 to give their shepherd's huts a complete makeover.
The contestants were really beginning to feel the pressure this week. Banjo said: "It doesn't matter how good you were last week, if you drop the ball this week it's game over."
This week's guest judge was Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, who is best known for his flamboyant interior designs. However, Laurence also has a good eye for designs that will work well commercially.
Amy's design was inspired by the mountains of North Wales and she added a hand-painted mural to her hut. Of course, she couldn't resist adding her own bespoke wallpaper. Outside her hut, she added a fun tin bath for the campers to enjoy.
Fran went for a bold look with her bohemian brief, adding a bright harlequin mural and colours inspired by the culture of travellers from around the world. But had she forgotten about the Welsh element of the brief?
Dean had the romantic shepherd's hut and decided to fall back on his signature black colour scheme. He painted the ceiling gold for extra cosiness, but using such dark colours in a small space was a big risk.
Banjo had a coastal theme for his room, so had the challenge of creating a nautical design that didn't feel cliched. He settled on an atmospheric blue-green paint for his interior, which reflected the changing moods of the Welsh coastline.
Paul's hut had a heritage theme and he chose to use lots of reclaimed materials in his hut. He really met the brief with lots of bespoke design elements.
All of this week's huts were impressive, but one designer struggled to hit the brief…
Highlights: Amy revealed an unexpected talent for taxidermy and added a stuffed magpie to her hut. The judges also loved her tin bath tub idea. Banjo went above and beyond by adding his own original oil paintings to his design.
Lowlights: It was apparent that all of the contestants were feeling the pressure this week and Dean found it difficult to get his interior finished in the time. For some of the contestants, they also had to learn to tile for the first time – in an incredibly tight space!
We're down to the final four! This week, Michelle asked the designers to transform some popular cafes in the busy seaside town of Margate.
The designers were paired up to create some fresh new interiors and this week it was the boys versus the girls. Paul and Banjo took on a British Caribbean cafe bar, while Amy and Fran were asked to makeover a seafront cafe.
Michelle said she was looking to see each contestant's personal design decisions in this week's challenge. She suggested that they take on different zones in each cafe to showcase their own design skills.
Paul and Banjo decided to go for a rustic French Caribbean islands theme in their cafe, while Amy and Fran opted for a bright art deco look with a colour scheme inspired by a Turner painting.
This week the contestants were clearly feeling the pressure and so tension started to build on both teams. Banjo was worried that Paul was getting too carried away with the French aspect of their joint design and felt that Paul was dominating the carpenter's time.
Meanwhile, Fran and Amy struggled to get their interior finished in time. They had a trickier brief from their client and some tacky old mosaic walls to conceal in their cafe.
This week's guest judge was retail space entrepreneur Ross Bailey, who was looking for spaces that had been put together thoughtfully. Both judges were impressed by Paul and Banjo's work, but didn't like the choice of fabric for the curtains and upholstery. They also felt that it didn't feel very personal.
They were impressed by some of the design solutions in the seafront cafe, but disliked the colour scheme that Fran and Amy had chosen. The judges also noted that it was unfinished and that the bar was too high for the stools that Fran and Amy had provided.
This is definitely going to be a winning design
Highlights: Banjo brought his signature style to this week's challenge. He created a stunning feature wall with mismatched painted shutters. Paul also revealed a talent for fabric design.
Lowlights: Fran felt overwhelmed by the amount of work that needed to be done on day two, which led her to break down in tears. She felt that she wasn't getting enough support from her teammate. However, when Amy saw that Fran was upset she stopped work on her own section of the cafe to help her catch up.
The judges also felt that Paul had been too generic in his Caribbean theme and should have focused on the Jamaican roots of his client.
Can you believe it's the semi-final already? In this week's episode, Amy, Banjo and Paul battled it out for a place in the final.
They headed off to the Cotswolds to transform luxury lakeside holiday cabins and give them a makeover. Each cabin had a different theme for the designers to tackle: family, girl's weekend and nautical. As well as refreshing the living spaces, they had to update the balconies overlooking the lake.
Amy had to produce a sophisticated design that would suit women on a girl's weekend. She had to resist her natural impulse to make everything colourful and not use too much of her signature wallpaper designs. She still managed to include a subtle floral paper on one wall. She also took a gamble and reconfigured the living space, moving the seating area and the dining area around.
Banjo brought his characteristic individual style to his family-themed cabin. He added a vibrant yellow paint to the kitchen, softened the look with a dark green wall and added some vintage sporting gear to the walls. The highlight of his design was a "canoedelier" – a canoe turned into a suspended chandelier over his dining table. He worried that it might crash down on Michelle!
Meanwhile Paul took on a nautical theme in his cabin. He decided to work with the existing furniture and add cosy textiles. He added a wall of wood to add texture to his room and a splashback of Cotswold stone. Like Banjo, he also made a light fixture out of a boat. He turned a coracle (a small traditional boat) into a chandelier and suspended it over his dining table using nautical pulleys. To continue the marine theme, he also swapped the cupboard handles in his kitchen for rough ropes.
This week, Paul really struggled with his timings and the pressure of challenge. Banjo and Amy seemed quite calm by comparison.
Michelle was joined by a special guest judge this week: designer Abigail Aherne. They were generally impressed by Amy's cabin, but Abigail was not a fan of Amy's faux foliage chandelier. They found pleasing elements in Banjo's design too and especially liked his bold colour choices. Paul's cabin was complimented for his textured wooden wall, but did he go too far with his obsession with natural materials?
As it's the semi-final, Michelle summoned all three contestants to discuss their designs on the sofa, but only two could continue to the final…
I have delivered beauty
Highlights: It was lovely to see Amy changing her approach to designing her room and adjusting her personal style to fit the brief. It really showed how much she has learnt during the show.
Lowlights: Paul managed to hit himself in the face with a cupboard door. It's okay, he wasn't injured! Banjo had a shock when he opened his yellow paint, as it was much brighter than he'd been expecting. He had no choice but to make it work.
It's the final and we're down to the last two contestants! Amy and Banjo have wowed us with their designs along the way and it was time for them to really shine in the final. But who will be the Interior Design Master and win the life-changing contract?
This week was Bars Week and Michelle tasked the finalists with transforming bars in Soho. They needed to come up with designs that would work in the daytime and the nighttime. To make the challenge even harder, the bars were on two floors.
Amy had to make over an informal bar called Two Floors – the place was a Soho institution so Amy immediately felt the pressure. Meanwhile, Banjo needed to make over 21 Soho. It's a pub and workspace during the day and a bar and comedy club at night. A tough brief! Banjo admitted to feeling out of his comfort zone.
The designers were given ten days to come up with their designs and a budget of £6,000. They had three days to transform their spaces – longer than the previous challenges. The finalists were allowed to bring back a previous designer to help them out – Banjo chose Molly and Amy reunited with Fran.
Once Banjo was in the space, he started to redraft his designs and make changes to suit the space.
Over at her bar, Amy immediately set to work ripping out the interior furnishings to make her new design. She decided to embrace a retro 70s theme which she felt suited the space. One striking feature was the shag rug wall feature, which was a great take on the nostalgic theme.
Pressure makes diamonds
Banjo always has to have a theme and this week he opted for "Nana's nightclub" with William Morris wallpaper for the comedy club space. After struggling to have confidence in his design decisions, he decided to share part of his colour scheme on day two. After seeing Amy's design, he wondered if he'd taken enough risks in the final.
Amy and Banjo both had a lot to do at the start of day three. Banjo got to work installing his upcycled furniture while Amy added a pop of mustard paint to her space. Then both teams had to scramble to add all of those much-needed finishing touches to their bars.
This week's challenge was judged by Michelle and guest judges Matthew Williamson and Sarah Willingham. Both judges felt that Amy had created a practical and inviting space, but Michell felt it was a little cold. They were stunned by the contrast when they went into the funky 70s downstairs space. Matthew said it gave him an instant happy feeling. Sarah felt that Amy had understood the practicalities of a working bar really well.
Next, the judges moved on to Banjo's bar and comedy club. Michelle felt that Banjo's bar was instantly welcoming and the judges felt drawn towards the bar area. Matthew felt that Banjo's bar was decadent and had been taken up a notch. Michelle loved Banjo's addition of a banquette seating area in the middle of the room. They also enjoyed his cosier basement area thanks to its wallpaper and colour scheme.
Which finalist had done enough to take the crown? The finalists had to return to the sofa to justify their design choices to the judges – and catch up with some old friends.
Highlights: It's been great to see Amy's growing design skills developing throughout the show and making often quite radical decisions. She revealed that she'd been struggling with conceiving a child, but that being on the show had helped her to get her confidence back. Banjo had also struggled with his confidence, but felt that the show had helped him too. He felt as though people didn't always take him seriously. It's lovely to see how well the finalists get on too – very wholesome!
Lowlights: Banjo had a creative block in the final and panicked over his design choices. Amy demolished sections of her bar and set herself a big challenge, but could she rebuild in time?
Who won Interior Design Masters 2022?
After a tough final, Banjo Beale was named the winner of Interior Design Masters 2022! Congratulations! Check out YourHomeStyle's interview with Banjo Beale to find out what he's been up to since winning the show.
Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints