From 2000 to 2008, Americans tuned in weekly to watch Trading Spaces. It was a reality TV show in which two sets of neighbors under the watchful eye of a professional designer would redecorate a room in each other's homes.
The "big reveal" at the end of each show was the first time that the homeowner(s) got to see what their neighbors had done for them.
Most weeks this was a happy experience with much hugging and excitement. Other weeks, the reveal led to tears and recriminations. That's what happened with these awful Trading Spaces moments; one party came home to a total disaster under their roof.
1. Doug Wilson Ruins A Room
2. Failing To Follow Simple Instructions
The homeowners had one single requirement for their room's makeover - leave the fireplace alone. Doug Wilson disagreed and did his own thing. Find out what happened here.
3. The Indoor Sandpit
Sure, sand under your feet might be amazing at the beach. It's not going to be amazing in your living room, though. Hildi Santo-Tomas lost the plot and turned someone's living room into a Cabana. You can see her do it here.
4. Returning A Bedroom To The Jungle
It's fair to say that the homeowners weren't unhappy with this makeover by Doug Wilson, but we were. Those zebra print walls are awful and the palm trees are completely unnecessary. See it all happen here.
5. Not The Caribbean Flair They Wanted
6. Clutching At Straws And Pink Ceilings
Hildi Santo-Tomas outdid herself when she glued straw all over a couple's wall and then decided that to complement that awful decision they should have a bright pink ceiling. How was it received? Find out here.
7. The Room That Stares At You
It was Hildi Santo-Tomas who decided that one home really needed a portrait of her taking up the entire wall of a home. Meal times would never be the same again. Check it out here.
8. The Kitchen Of The Lambs
We don't think it's just vegetarians who would be horrified to find their kitchen painted blood red. This idea of Hildi Santo-Tomas's was "enhanced" with a coffin shaped spice rack. Oh dear. See how things worked out here.
9. Turn It Over And It's Still Awful
This was the brainwave of Hildi Santo-Tomas. She thought it would be super to make two rooms in one. She painted the walls black (a popular choice in exactly zero homes anywhere) and then glued the furniture to the ceiling. How did that work out? See here.
10. The Beige Monstrosity
Take a room designed for use by children and add Hildi Santo-Tomas and what do you get? Bare concrete floors and this hideous shade of beige throughout. The owner said they'd changed a diaper which reminded them of that color. See how the change went down here.
11. No Really, They Didn't Want An Asian Influence
Santo-Tomas outdid herself here. After listening carefully to the couple explain they didn't want an Asian influence, she went right ahead with the Asian look.
12. Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
13. The Ceiling Is Too Dark
14. It Happens In England Too
15. Cartoon Hell Is Too Much
This is England's Your Home In Their Hands again. If you watch this clip the first room is OK, but the second at 1:10 is where the nightmare cartoons begin.
16. Not That Fireplace
This isn't too bad compared to some Trading Places disasters, but what makes it awful is the couple's reaction to it. They really hated that fireplace.
17. The Grass Is Not Always Greener
There are bad ideas and then there's Your Home In Their Hands' idea of installing a staircase with grass steps and a wall of living plants. This couple was not happy.
18. Neither Sexy Nor Adorable
The last thing a single woman would want is a sign in her bedroom saying "Sexy and Adorable," so David Bromstad of Design Star went right ahead and gave her just that. Epic fail.
19. Terrible Walls From Doug
Nobody, not even his co-stars, could work out what motivated Doug Wilson to paint this awful pattern on the walls of someone's home.
20. Hell On Earth
It was Design Star that brought this monstrosity to life, but the principle is the same as Trading Spaces. This may be the most depressing piece of interior decoration in history.
It's extraordinary how many talented designers can design a complete disaster, isn't it? We hope your homes never undergo something like this.
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