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Panelling and Colour Blocking | Top Trends from Interior Design Masters Ep.1

Interior Design Masters is back for a second season, this time presented by Alan Carr with the return of head judge former Elle Decoration Editor-In-Chief, Michelle Ogundehin.

If you’d like to read a review of the show, there are several to choose from online, but I am here to provide a weekly recap of each episode, focusing on key trends and design techniques that you can implement in your own home.

In week one the designers were paired up and each team tackled a master bedroom and living room in 5 new show homes in Oxford.

The Space Maker Interiors

Two trends that stood out this week were panelling and colour blocking. Read on to see how these elements were used in the design schemes, and also how you can try them at home too.


7 out of 10 rooms featured some form of panelling, from vertical slats, board and batten, and beaded panels.

Amy Wilson Interiors - triple beaded panelling

Amy Wilson Interiors created triple beaded panelling. Great if you’re looking to create something traditional with a contemporary twist.

Lynsey Ford Design

The Space Maker Interiors and Lynsey Ford Design both opted for vertical panelling. Lynsey definitely has an architect’s eye; I love how she transitioned from floor to ceiling curtains into panelling seamlessly.

Interior Curve

Interior Curve created wallpaper panels with a gold trim which created beautiful vignettes around the room.


Barbara Ramani Interiors

Barbara Ramani Interiors use of colour blocking completely transformed the room, creating the illusion of height and width.

Jonathan Scott Interiors

Jonathan Scott Interiors created a bed canopy out of paint. This is such a simple technique to try, giving the illusion of a four poster bed.


Follow @becshomestyle for step by step DIY panelling tutorials.

Becs Homestyle

@caffeineandcacti and @threeboysandapinkbath provide so much inspiration if you’re looking for colour blocking ideas.

Caffeine & Cacti

Three Boys & A Pink Bath

As well as a weekly recap, Becca (House of Three London) and I have set ourselves the challenge of creating a moodboard based on each episode, using items from all the designers’ schemes. We will include links to all the featured products so you can ‘Shop The Episode’. Keep an eye out for those, coming soon!

Thanks so much for reading! -Jess x

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