There are many ways to renew your room. A trip to Ikea or a call to your mom are the most popular options. Other times, a new furry carpet will do the job. Rarely will you need some assistance from the outside world, and in that case, dad and Home Depot may be the only option.

But you never, ever entrust your room’s makeover to your neighbor. Below, we’ve got a fair amount of evidence to back up this claim. If you've ever heard of the BBC show Changing Rooms from the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, and its American variation Trading Spaces, you’d know what it’s all about.

‘Cause swapping houses to redesign the room of the person next-door sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. From covering the floor in strips of silver tape to casually hanging birch trees from the ceiling, these are just a few examples of letting your neighbor think outside the box. And your room is the one getting the hit.

#1

Room Where They Painted It All White

Room Where They Painted It All White

Designer's explanation: "We thought it would be interesting to see what an all-white and an all-black room would be like."

Owner's review: "I hate it. Get this mic off me."

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rabbitsrabbit
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2 months ago

That beautiful wood flooring...

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#2

"Touch Of Art" Bedroom

"Touch Of Art" Bedroom

Designer's review: "It's quite a statement."

Owner's review: "Good grief."

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

The after picture is Tacky. Tacky. Tacky. Looks like the Caligula room in a brothel.

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#3

Room Decorated With The Designer's Actual Face

Room Decorated With The Designer's Actual Face

Designer's explanation: "I wanted to throw in an element of fun."

Owner's review: "How................random."

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

How... disgustingly ugly.

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The cult makeover show Changing Rooms is remembered for some of the most disastrous transformations ever seen onscreen. It ran from 1996 to 2004, and it surely gave viewers a lot of material to chuckle at throughout those years.

One of the participants, Caroline Hicks, who opened the door to her newly renewed living room twenty years ago, had only one thing on her mind: “I mustn’t swear, I mustn’t swear, I mustn’t swear.” These scandalous revelations were made after a speedy renovation process that took only two days.

The show’s presenter, Carol Smillie, recalled that when runners went from house to house, she would roll white paint over their jeans so that contestants wouldn’t get any clues as to what color their room was being painted. “There were a whole lot of us, 20 or more, that you didn’t see on screen,” she told The Guardian.

#4

Bathroom Decorated With More Than 6,000 Flowers

Bathroom Decorated With More Than 6,000 Flowers

Designer's explanation: "All rooms look great with flowers."

Owner's review: "There's so many."

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
2 months ago

They're not going to stay clean long.

Dippin Dot
Community Member
2 months ago

Immediately I thought "those are dust collectors!"

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GirlFriday
Community Member
2 months ago

I remember this episode from Trading Spaces. They actually stapled them to the walls. Stapled. That is 12,000 holes.

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
2 months ago

The painted vanity cabinets are more offensive than the flowers.

Anggi Santika
Community Member
2 months ago

Agree...

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

Idiotic. I get they couldn’t redo tile and everything but this took a 00s room and made it 80s (in a bad way, which is hard to do). At least use a flower in complimentary colors. I do like that vanity stool though.

Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

I definitely prefer the before photo.

Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

I prefer the first pic of the room by FAR

Tal
Community Member
2 months ago

this designer is on drugs

Tired-Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

So I'm washing my hair over the side of the bath and I accidentally spray the wall. I hope those flowers are waterproof else now I have soggy limp flowers growing mould. Just what I always wanted!

avery31415
Community Member
2 months ago

The bathroom looked fine before.

Kisses4Katie
Community Member
2 months ago

And then change the channel to the myth busters episode about flushing toilets and fecal matter. And imagine all those flowers!

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like Laura Ashley threw up.

Monica Reed
Community Member
2 months ago

BWAHAHAHA

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Ni La
Community Member
2 months ago

Dust collection of epic proportions.

A.M. Pierre
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a bathroom. Bathrooms need to be cleaned. Thoroughly. Is there anything harder to clean and sanitize than silk flowers, let alone 6,000 of them?

Felicity Lemon
Community Member
2 months ago

First was the best

Xandra, The Little Hufflepuff
Community Member
2 months ago

it looked better before

Cindi Hinch
Community Member
2 months ago

The before looks better.

Katherine Heasley
Community Member
2 months ago

From "peaceful" to "brothel." That's heinous.

Anggi Santika
Community Member
2 months ago

The previous design was really classy.. What a waste..

Jasmina Pavlovic
Community Member
2 months ago

Dust ... dust ... hatschuuuu .... 🤧

Just another bot
Community Member
2 months ago

Ok so apart from turning a perfectly good bathroom into a horrible tablecloth, I can't understand the use of curtains here.

Val Izhakevich
Community Member
2 months ago

Heart attack.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
2 months ago

Owner: "AAAAAAAAAAH BEEEEEEES" *Years Pass* Explorer 1: "So, what was this place?" Explorer 2: "The old legends say it was a home, now it's nothing but the world's largest bee hive, with the world's largest bees." Bee Person: "Get out of our hive! Get out! I'm warning you!" Explorer 1: "S**t, run!"

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like a coffin blanket from a nutty florist.

Tyna Harrison
Community Member
2 months ago

what on earth it's like a florist through up in there!

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
2 months ago

The original was so much nicer.

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
2 months ago

Hilde was a crazy designer , but I loved her personality and sense of adventure

Diana Cartwright
Community Member
2 months ago

What was wrong with the "before" bathroom??

Connie Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

No no nopety NO

kennedy longworth
Community Member
2 months ago

It was really pretty before!!

Naomi Armitage
Community Member
2 months ago

Nothing wrong with the original, IMO.

Shauna
Community Member
2 months ago

The before bathroom was much better.

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
2 months ago

Stench, mildew, mold, dust.... Shall I continue?

Patty Stier
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

UGLY, just. plain. ugly! Bring out the mower or grab the weed eater!

London Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

At least the thought was there?

Jude Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

oh ffs

Irina Ionascu
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh the mold and mildew...

Brenda Owens
Community Member
2 months ago

Is this one of those brothel bathrooms? Cause it really looks like it,seriously.

veveve
Community Member
2 months ago

the before was pretty already

Nubmaeme
Community Member
2 months ago

Before - Clean, Almost Elegant. After - Gaudy, just O. M. G. gaudy!

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
2 months ago

Well now we know what happened to that damn rug from #2

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Hildy again?

Sinkvenice
Community Member
2 months ago

Good grief, it looks like an old woman exploded.

Katrin
Community Member
2 months ago

I‘d take a spatula and scrape them of during filming. That’s disgusting.

Kelley Clough Mountain
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd burn the house down. That is awful!

Banjo Peppers
Community Member
2 months ago

Barf

MantisKeeper
Community Member
2 months ago

i know im morbid but... the curtains look like they have blood stains

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd fire these people.

Monica Reed
Community Member
2 months ago

The original is beautiful!

Berlinda Dunbar-Nye
Community Member
2 months ago

Why oh Why??? I always want a bathroom that's easy to clean and looks clean once it's done. I love baths. This would so very give me a headache.

Molly Block
Community Member
2 months ago

Jesus, that must have been a lot of work. How many glue sticks did they go through??

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
2 months ago

I vomited just from looking at the photo!

NWB
Community Member
2 months ago

wow that is aweful!!!

Carol McLaughlin
Community Member
2 months ago

again Trading spaces! Hildy's design

Julesoccer20
Community Member
2 months ago

I definitely prefer the before picture.

RavenclawQueen
Community Member
2 months ago

Wait, is it a greenhouse or a bathroom?

Stille20
Community Member
2 months ago

why did they change it?

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
2 months ago

ALL the dust

Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

The designer replied, "Yeah, but I thought, 'Why give you a glass of water when I can sink you in a big lake?'"

Lams4ever
Community Member
2 months ago

What will happen when they dry out?

MajikDraygon
Community Member
2 months ago

imagine the dust

Sandra Nicht
Community Member
2 months ago

can't wait for the mold and mildew to set in....

Avery S Alberico
Community Member
2 months ago

Magic Eye became more immersive...

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#5

The Designer Mentioned An "All-Black" Room. Here Is The "All-Black" Office In The Other Couple's House

The Designer Mentioned An "All-Black" Room. Here Is The "All-Black" Office In The Other Couple's House

Presenter's explanation: "I knew they would be up for a dramatic change. I'm very, very proud of this room."

Owner's reaction: "It's [friggin] amazing."

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Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope it comes with a gallon jar of anti depressants.

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#6

"Very Strong Black And White Themed" Room

"Very Strong Black And White Themed" Room

Designer's review: "I think it is very classy."

Owner's review: "Bloody hell."

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kurisutofu
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like a bathroom

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With so many “unhappy” room owners, it may come as a surprise that there were many members of the public who wanted to take part in the show. “Most people’s rooms that they asked us to change were in such dire straits, even a bit of paint was a vast improvement,” the producer Smillie said.

In reality, only the very first participants wouldn’t suspect what the makeovers were all about, but since the program ran almost 10 years, most of the entrants really knew what they were getting themselves into.

On rare occasions, the participants were genuinely happy with their room makeovers. Aidan Ruff from Northumberland, in fact, loved his renovated bedroom since the family were looking “to get a room done on the cheap.” The Changing Rooms redesign got Aidan so excited that he even described the result as a “Mediterranean love nest.”

#7

This Room, Apparently Inspired By Safari Adventures

This Room, Apparently Inspired By Safari Adventures

Designer's explanation: "It just all fits together."

Owner's reaction: [screams] (clarification: in excitement)

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ML
Community Member
2 months ago

They made the room look so much smaller

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#8

This Room That Was Decorated With 1,800 Cds. That's Cds On Every Single Part Of The Walls

This Room That Was Decorated With 1,800 Cds. That's Cds On Every Single Part Of The Walls

Owner's reaction: "Oh cool" [the child]. "Ohhhhhh my god" [the parent].

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Dana Grunwald
Community Member
2 months ago

Oof.

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#9

"Funky Family" Room

"Funky Family" Room

Designer's review: "We have to see how it looks at the end."

Owner's review: "Oh no, it's horrible."

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 months ago

This could have been dope as f**k if they just painted that plywood. And got drapes that didn’t look cheap.

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But one disastrous incident has surely stuck with us to this day. In 2000, Clodagh, a woman from London, appeared on show and asked the producers to be super careful with her precious teapot collection worth £6,000. But the hosts hung a suspended shelf to house her pots and the construction collapsed.

The Guardian stated that the insurers reimbursed Clodagh, but she never risked having another collection since she “couldn’t bear it to happen all over again.”

#10

"Out Of This World" Sexy Room

"Out Of This World" Sexy Room

Designer's review: "This is a sensual, sexy room."

Owner's review: "I don't like the bed." "The colour is horrible."

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Whatshername
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

This bed literally requires someone to jump in

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#11

Playroom For A Baby, Decorated With Hay

Playroom For A Baby, Decorated With Hay

Designer's explanation: "I really wanted to bring out the straw colour of the sofa as the whole room has been designed around the sofa."

Owner's reaction: "It smells great in here." [opens their eyes] "Oh god... oh [crap]."

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
2 months ago

I remember reading about this one. It's the same designer that decorated a wall with her own face. If I remember correctly, the owners hated it and it costed the production company a fortune to get the straw of the walls

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#12

"Romanto Panto"

"Romanto Panto"

Designer's review: "They needed somewhere to escape from their three children."

Owner's review: "What a change. Crikey."

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Daria B
Community Member
2 months ago

"Escape from their children"? Then why add babies to the decor?

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#13

"Hot Purple Passion"

"Hot Purple Passion"

Designer's review: "It's very passionate."

Owner's review: "This is absolutely brilliant."

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

It looks like a room from sex hotels

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#14

"Tribute To All Things Circular" In Doncaster

"Tribute To All Things Circular" In Doncaster

Designer's review: "I absolutely love it. I like circles."

Owner's review: "Am I in the same room? This is amazing."

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littlesaresare
Community Member
2 months ago

Why are the cushions square and not circular!?

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#15

Room That Was Decorated With Hanging Lamps

Room That Was Decorated With Hanging Lamps

Designer's explanation: "I love the way that they are suspended because it brings the ceiling to the level of the bed and the floor."

Owner's reaction: "Look at it. It hangs."

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2BX
Community Member
2 months ago

Well at least it's easy to vacuum under the night stands

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#16

Room Where Metal Was Not The Answer

Room Where Metal Was Not The Answer

Owner's reaction: "..."

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

Why would someone want to live in a place like that?

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#17

The "Tenthouse Penthouse"

The "Tenthouse Penthouse"

Designer's review: "They love being outside...so I went along with that."

Owner's review: "Not what I expected."

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Hooked
Community Member
2 months ago

I actually like this one.

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#18

"New York Gallery Sitting Room"

"New York Gallery Sitting Room"

Designer's reaction: "It's very serene, isn't it?"

Owner's reaction: "There is nothing I would change. This is fabulous."

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
2 months ago

The materials look a bit basic, but the way the space is laid out is much improved.

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#19

"Love Nest" Bedroom

"Love Nest" Bedroom

Designer's review: "They like spending a lot of time in the bedroom."

Owner's review: "It is red, isn't it?"

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Dana Grunwald
Community Member
2 months ago

I like it!

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#20

Room That Was Decorated With A Paintball Gun

Room That Was Decorated With A Paintball Gun

Designer's explanation: "I wish the paintballs would have stayed, but in this heat."

Owner's review: "I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it."

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Sunzilla
Community Member
2 months ago

Better than that pink disaster they had before.

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#21

"Prisoners Of Love" Solitary Confinement Bedroom

"Prisoners Of Love" Solitary Confinement Bedroom

Designer's explanation: "I wanted to do something really interesting."

Owner's reaction: "Hahahahahahaha... This is WILD."

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
2 months ago

Owner: "Welp, I thought we'd kept our bedroom activities discreet, but looks like I was wrong."

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#22

"Art Gallery–inspired" Living Room

"Art Gallery–inspired" Living Room

Designer's review: "It's Tate Modern mixed with '70s chic."

Owner's review: "Barbara, it's gorgeous." "Look at the wall."

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

"Barbara, give me the beers...all of them!"

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#23

Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed

This western themed room is certainly not the best. The room appears to have shrunk down from its former size.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

What did they do with the other half of the room?

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#24

Red Or Dead

Red Or Dead

At least the floor could double as a chessboard.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 months ago

This has "where the backstreet boys phantom of the opera feast was filmed" vibes

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#25

Kimono-Inspired Room Decorated With Actual Rust.

Kimono-Inspired Room Decorated With Actual Rust.

Designer's explanation: "These people needed some change."

Owner's reaction: "Look at the wall! Look at the WALL!"

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Daria B
Community Member
2 months ago

Hmmmm..... Don't understand the connection between kimonos and rust. Also, this look doesn't evoke Japanese traditional clothing to me.

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