No room for beige

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VI­BRANT Bri­tish home­style con­sul­tant says Aus­tralia is in dan­ger of fall­ing into an in­te­rior style vac­uum thanks to over­bear­ing “de­sign-os­aurs”. Llewe­lyn-Bowen, who re­turns for the new se­ries of Chan­nel 7’s House Rules, has vowed to save the coun­try from home­style bland-out. “The ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralian homes are in dan­ger of delu­sions of ‘bland-eur’ at the mo­ment,” he said. “They have this idea that neu­tral, nat­u­ral dec­o­rat­ing will get them out of a cri­sis. “Don’t do that. Back in snob­bish Old Blighty, peo­ple have got this idea that good taste is so el­e­vated, bad taste is so scary, that they will go for no taste what­so­ever, which means they will go all neu­tral. “Na­ture here in Aus­tralia has been coloured in by Walt Dis­ney.

“It is made up of so many shades of lush and lovely.

“When you have nat­u­ral dec­o­rat­ing that is based on beiges, you are ef­fec­tively deal­ing with dead na­ture. You are deal­ing with nat­u­ral things that have ceased to ex­ist.

“I am here as a good­will am­bas­sador from Planet Sparkly to try and hold back the tide of blah.”

Llewe­lyn-Bowen (left) trum­peted House Rules as lead­ing a re­turn to “real re­al­ity”.

“There is a lot of staged re­al­ity on tele­vi­sion at the mo­ment. You sit down and you know they are the vil­lains, they are the bo­gans, they are the cheaters, they are the goody­good­ies,” he said.

“House Rules is about real re­al­ity.

“The pro­duc­ers have found amaz­ing peo­ple at the out­set, rather than try­ing to ma­nip­u­late the con­tes­tants into who they hoped they would be.”

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