BBC's Interior Design Masters winner Monika Charchula has the best advice for your next home makeover

The newly crowned Interior Design Masters winner reveals the biggest thing she is taking away from the show and how you can use it to

Monika Charchula
(Image credit: BBC / Interior Design Masters)

Forget The Great British Bake Off and Love Is Blind, for the last month, here at Ideal Home, we've been glued to the home decor reality show that is BBC1's Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr.

Last night Michelle Ogundehien crowned Monika Charchula the winner of Season 4 of Interior Design Masters, with Jack Kinsey as runner-up, in one of the closest finals we've seen on the show.

Over the course of the show, Monika surprised viewers and herself with her transformation in skill and confidence. She ditched her early attempts to play it safe and by the final episodes stuck to her dark Victoriana-style roots with incredible results.

Monika Charchula

(Image credit: BBC / Interior Design Masters)

Speaking to Ideal Home after her win she explained: 'In the beginning in the first 3 or 4 episodes I was still scared. I had zero confidence so I was trying to be more neutral in my style decisions. But as the show when on I realised this might be my only chance to showcase my style and what I like, so I slowly became more and more brave in my design choices.'

Her bold choices led to Monika creating a show-stopping groom's bedroom in a luxury wedding lodge. Despite starting the episode terrified that she had led team member Tom astray by committing to her distinctive style, her gamble paid off with rave reviews from Judge Michelle.

It is a lesson that Monika learnt a lot from and is advice she wants to share with other budding designers or anyone transforming a room in their home. 

Blue room with wooden bar

Monika's winning room 

(Image credit: BBC / Interior Design Masters)

'If you want to design your own space yourself, or if you're doing it as an interior design for someone else just stick to your guts,' she says. 'You need to learn to stop and look at the whole space. Stop and look at it and see if you get that gut feeling. If you feel good in that space then you're doing the right thing.'

She might just have persuaded us to try out a few more dark bathroom ideas or dark kitchen ideas in our own homes. 

Alongside the winning contract to design a London bar - this time without the micro budget and time constraints - what is next for the UK-based Polish designer?

'I have my own business, it's called 84 square and it started as a furniture upcycling business and now I also do home decorations, I do gilded resin and snake sculptures and snake decor. I would love to continue that and for 84 Square to become a more recognisable brand,' says Monika.

 'My ultimate dream is to have my own brick and mortar shop where I can have a curated dark interior vibe shop with my home decor.'

If you missed the final you can still catch it on BBC Iplayer. After seeing Monika's transformation in confidence and her determination over the course of the show we can't wait to see what is next for her.

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.