Why Ikea might be the real star of the Celebrity Big Brother house

CBB is back and the famous house has been given a surprisingly sophisticated makeover, with plenty of pieces from the Swedish homeware giant

Love it or loathe it, you can't fail to have noticed that Celebrity Big Brother is back on our screens. And while we're mildly excited by the roster of housemates – Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding living with Barry from Eastenders is surely a sitcom in the making – it's the house itself that's the star in our eyes.

Since the early days of Davina McCall, the interiors have got brasher and brighter with every series. Until now. Gone are the tacky themes and migraine-inducing carpets and in come calming blue walls, comfy neutral sofas and chic French-style beds. The overall effect is classic, muted and – whisper it – really quite tasteful.

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kitchen with dining table and wooden flooring

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What's more, it's a look that's easy enough to recreate at home. That's because many of the paired back pieces come from Ikea.

beds with wooden cabinet

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This bedroom scheme mixes French country chic with pops of modern colour, with an emerald green carpet fit for celebrity royalty...

beds with cushions and mirror

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...whereas this boudoir has a softer look. We love the brave use of yellow as an accent against soft blush and grey linens.

Buy Now: Gullklocka cushion cover in yellow, £5, Ikea

Buy Now: Moalie throw, £45, Ikea

Buy Now: Vagtistel quilt cover and four pillowcases, £35, Ikea

living room with coffee tables and sofa

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The famous living room has plump pale-grey sofas where the housemates can cuddle up/conspire against each other come eviction night. The chic copper-frames coffee tables and light fittings add glamour, while burnt orange cushions perk up the otherwise neutral palette.

Buy Now: Vallentuna modular sofa in Ramna light grey, £770, Ikea

Buy Now: Sanela cushion cover in orange, £5, Ikea

Buy Now: Isunda cushion cover in grey, £10, Ikea

Redecorating your bedroom? Read: Grey bedroom ideas

bathroom with white sink

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Even the bathroom – the site of so much Big Brother drama over the years – has been reinvented as a restful sanctuary. Check out those baskets of fresh towels, soft lighting, rustic wood wall coverings. And do we spy a hair salon back there?

garden lawn with wooden chairs

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We hope you like your new home celebrities – just promise us you won't trash the place, will you?

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All images courtesy of Channel 5

Amy Cutmore

Amy Cutmore is an experienced interiors editor and writer, who has worked on titles including Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, GardeningEtc, Top Ten Reviews and Country Life. And she's a winner of the PPA's Digital Content Leader of the Year. A homes journalist for two decades, she has a strong background in technology and appliances, and has a small portfolio of rental properties, so can offer advice to renters and rentees, alike.