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Designer Sophie Robinson paints a room black on Dream Home Makeovers

The color queen is back, so why did she paint a room black? Interior Designer Sophie Robinson Unveils New TV Show Dream Home Makeovers

  • Channel 5’s Dream Home Makeovers with Sophie Robinson starts tonight at 7pm
  • In the first episode, Sophie sees the walls and ceilings of a couple painting black
  • We spoke to Sophie about what she loved most about the transformations



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Interior designer Sophie Robinson is best known for her love of bright colors and her work on TV shows DIY SOS and The Great Interior Designer Challenge.

And now she’s adding to her screen credits with the new Channel 5 series Dream Home Makeovers starring Sophie Robinson.

The show kicks off tonight – Wednesday – at 7pm with Sophie transforming two different houses. These include a large space in an old schoolhouse in Nottingham and rooms in a grand Georgian house.

We spoke exclusively to Sophie about what she loved most about the transformations in the first episode of the new show, which included painting the walls and ceilings of a room completely black.

Channel 5's Dream Home Makeovers with Sophie Robinson kicks off tonight at 7pm (Sophie is pictured left with house-owning couple Martin and Kirstie)

Channel 5’s Dream Home Makeovers with Sophie Robinson kicks off tonight at 7pm (Sophie is pictured left with house-owning couple Martin and Kirstie)

In the first episode, she helps a couple transform an old conference room into a converted schoolhouse in Nottinghamshire.

The pair have different ideas about how they want the room to look, with Martin wanting a large snooker table that doubles as a dining table, while Kirstie wants more of a boutique feel.

Sophie explained that in a room like this, her approach is to go for maximum impact by painting all four walls and ceiling black.

She said painting it all black helped the space feel homey, especially if there’s a lot of layering, using accessories like lots of plants.

After painting one of the rooms black, Sophie used many layers and used accessories such as many plants to soften the impact.

After painting one of the rooms black, Sophie used many layers and used accessories such as many plants to soften the impact.

After painting one of the rooms black, Sophie used many layers and used accessories such as many plants to soften the impact.

Sophie helped transform a drab living room in Nottinghamshire
Sophie used black to paint the walls and ceilings as part of the transformation

Sophie helped transform a drab Nottinghamshire living room with black paint

Ban the beige: Sophie knew the couple loved black the way they'd used it in their kitchen

Ban the beige: Sophie knew the couple loved black the way they'd used it in their kitchen

Ban the beige: Sophie knew the couple loved black the way they’d used it in their kitchen

Sophie told MailOnline Property: ‘I knew Kirstie had just ordered a black kitchen so I knew it was a color they liked.

“Dark colors can add atmosphere and drama to a room, making it the perfect choice because that room was large and it felt chilly.

“There was nothing fun about being in that room, except for all the light coming from the windows.”

She admitted: ‘I’ve never painted a room completely black, so I was curious about the result.

‘I have a reputation for being the queen of color with a very bright color palette. But what I wanted to do with this program was not just come in and do my thing.

‘I wanted to respond to the homeowners and their personal tastes and spaces. So what you’ll find in this series is a lot of color – but I’ve used pastels, darks, and neutrals.

“There is the full spectrum of colors and not just my special love for bright colors.”

Sophie Robinson's new TV show Dream Home Makeovers kicks off tonight at 7pm (pictured left with homeowner couple Arabella and Mark, who also appear in the first episode)

Sophie Robinson's new TV show Dream Home Makeovers kicks off tonight at 7pm (pictured left with homeowner couple Arabella and Mark, who also appear in the first episode)

Sophie Robinson’s new TV show Dream Home Makeovers kicks off tonight at 7pm (pictured left with homeowner couple Arabella and Mark, who also appear in the first episode)

Before the transformation: Arabella and Mark's living room with boring and uninspired

Before the transformation: Arabella and Mark's living room with boring and uninspired

Before the transformation: Arabella and Mark’s living room with boring and uninspired

After the transformation: Arabella and Mark have seen their living room take on the Sophie Robinson magic

After the transformation: Arabella and Mark have seen their living room take on the Sophie Robinson magic

After the transformation: Arabella and Mark have seen their living room take on the Sophie Robinson magic

Meanwhile, in Middlesex, Sophie helps transform the hallway and living room into a grand, grand Georgian house owned by Arabella and Mark.

Sophie points out that the living room is full of things, but it is not the only room in the house that is filled with Arabella’s collections.

The designer explains that many of the items can be used in the new design, but she has to be selective to avoid making the spaces look like a museum.

Sophie opts for a deep red paint and a large patterned wallpaper for the hallway. And she uses a smoky ink blue for the living room, which hadn’t been decorated in 13 years.

Sophie said: ‘Arabella is passionate about interiors, but she had too much stuff, so I had to make sure she didn’t take everything inside.

“I really enjoyed designing with her because it was all color and all patterns, the crazier the better, and I was in my job designing for her.”

Dream Home Makeovers start Wednesday at 7 p.m. on channel 5

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