We’ve spent a lot of time in our homes this year (thanks again, Covid), which has left many of us itching to give them a makeover – be it a big DIY project, a lick of paint, or just an intense decluttering session.
With that in mind, then, here are just some of our favourite home makeover shows, all of which are available to stream now.
Please note that this article was originally published on 21 October, but will be updated regularly with new titles as and when they become available on Netflix.
The Minimalists: Less Is Now
Ready for something different? Well, as the people behind this intriguing documentary film recently explained to Radio Times, maybe now is the time to embrace… less?
“With The Minimalists’ new documentary, Less Is Now, we wanted to show people that minimalism is not a radical lifestyle – it’s a practical lifestyle. No matter who you are, or where you are in life, it’s never too late to let go, start over, and live a meaningful life with less stuff.”
Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus have built a movement out of minimalism. So, if you fancy embracing all of those “less is more” vibes in 2021, then their film should be at the top of your must-watch list.
Fancy a little expert advice? In this oh-so-watchable series, interior designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer show property owners how to turn their homes into moneymaking showstoppers.
How To Live Mortgage Free With Sarah Beeny
Presented by property expert Sarah Beeny, this series focuses on individuals across the United Kingdom who have managed to build the house of their dreams without the requirement of a large bank loan.
By spending some of their savings or by implementing a few tricks of the design trade, the couples and families featured in the show tell Beeny and her team of professionals just how they achieved their aim.
From countryside estates to houseboats, guidelines on how to go about constructing a similar project are also provided for both first-time buyers and seasoned developers.
Interior Design Masters
Stylist’s Jazmin Kopotsha is unabashedly obsessed with this series, and it’s not hard to see why. Presented by none other than our own beloved Fearne Cotton, it sees 10 aspiring designers on the cusp of turning professional take on commercial interior design challenges, as they compete to win a life-changing design contract.
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
If your home is more in need of a mass decluttering session than a DIY makeover, turn to Marie Kondo’s series. Just eight episodes long, each sees her help people tackle the clutter holding them back to spark joy in their homes and transform their lives. And trust us when we say it’s not just packed full of useful tips: it’s an emotional rollercoaster, too.
Every single home featured in this series looks perfectly ordinary from the outside. Appearances can be deceiving, though, as each features some seriously jaw-dropping designs, including an indoor circus, a cellar-based museum, and a human-sized dollhouse, to name just three.
Dream Home Makeover
Syd and Shea McGee – aka the husband-and-wife duo behind rustic interior design sensation Studio McGee – are the stars of Dream Home Makeover. Each episode sees them tackle one home design project, from budget-friendly makeovers to money-is-no-object transformations. Which means that, yeah, their show is packed full of relatable (and home-beautifying) DIY tips.
Fancy some added drama with your home makeover reveals? Then try bingeable reality series The Apartment, which sees interior designers from across the world compete to be named the very best. Essentially, it’s Bake Off for DIY addicts.
Get Organised With The Home Edit
Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, aka the master organisers and bestselling authors behind the innovative home organisation company The Home Edit, conquer clutter in this series using their unique form-meets-function approach. And, yeah, you better believe they take on some pretty big-deal clients: Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, and Marietta ‘Retta’ Sirleaf are just three of the famous faces that feature in the eight-episode series.
Abstract: The Art Of Design
Abstract: The Art of Design takes viewers beyond blueprints into the art, science, and philosophy of design. How? By sitting down with the world’s greatest designers, from a whole wealth of disciplines (not just interiors), and exploring how their work shapes our culture and future.
Tiny House Nation
Living in a small space? In Tiny House Nation, renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and… well, and not-so-ingenious small spaces. And, with the latter, the duo employ every skill within their arsenal to help the families living there redesign their homes and transform them into something chic, compact, and covetable.
Anyone who’s ever seen Queer Eye knows that the devil works hard, but Bobby Berk works even harder. Because, while the others are busy – and they really are genuinely busy – helping their heroes dress to impress, cook up a storm (or, y’know, slice up an avocado), conquer their fears, and turn their daily grooming routine into a self-care ritual, Bobby is quietly transforming their entire home behind the scenes. And the finished result always inspires us to pick up a paintbrush and give our own homes a little spruce up.
Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things
And now for something completely different. This feature-length documentary examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life – families, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and more – all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less. To say it will give you food for thought is a definite understatement.
Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.