Look inside Reading’s ‘most talked about’ house owned by BBC One Interior Design Masters contestant


There’s an all-black house in Berkshire which has been described as “Reading’s most talked about house.” It’s owned by Dean Powell who stars in the BBC show Interior Design Masters and the show sees him and other contestants design and decorate rooms.

It’s easy to see how Dean got onto the show when you look at the way he’s painted and designed his own house – not only is the exterior of his house black but the inside is almost entirely black as well. Dean has said that he really wanted to do something “different” with the house rather then just have a boring home.

Interior Design Masters is a BBC One show fronted by comedian Alan Carr. Dean applied to get onto the show last minute and was called back to be a contestant.

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During the show, contestant’s design skills are scrutinised by a panel of judges that include the editor of Elle Decoration, Michelle Ogudhin as well as a host of guest judges. At the end of every challenge, the designers judged the weakest will have to explain their decisions before one of them is voted off.

Though Dean’s job is in fashion and not interior design, he pulls inspiration and knowledge from his job as a store manager at Hugo Boss. In an interview with BerkshireLive, he said that he used the house as his “canvas” during lockdown which is when he painted the house.

Dean said he had lots of time on his hands and wanted to decorate. Since painting his house black the property has gained a status of notoriety with Dean joking that he has “the most talked about house in Reading”.

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Pictures of Dean’s house show that he’s painted the floors, walls, ceilings and even radiators black. He also fitted his dining room with a black wooden, round table and chairs and a massive contemporary style lighting fixture. The property is decked out with lots of greenery including some palm trees in the garden and house plants in the rooms.

The garden itself is very black and green and looks like it’s come from a Mediterranean beach café. Elsewhere Dean has introduced more greenery into his house in the form of dark green wallpaper that features toucans and green palm leaves. Another feature of the house are gold fittings and mirrors, which help reflect the natural light which comes into the house, giving it more of a vibrant feel.

Some BerkshireLive readers said that they recognised the house, perhaps confirming it’s status as Reading’s most well-known house.

Barry Whatling said: “I know this house very well as it was my childhood home.”

Meanwhile, Becca Ward said that she always thought it looked “a bit silly” but said “each to their own.” Some others said that they hadn’t heard of the house but were “intrigued.”

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