Luke launches interior design career on back of stint on television show

Luke Arthur Wells, from Hemel Hempstead.
Luke Arthur Wells, from Hemel Hempstead.

A fledgling interior designer who got to the semi-finals of a home improvement television show is hoping the exposure will boost his career.

Luke Arthur Wells has turned his back on fashion styling - the subject he studied at university - to concentrate on beautifying homes instead.

The Great Interior Design Challenge.  Judges Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood  with presenter Tom Dyckhoff, centre.

The Great Interior Design Challenge. Judges Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood with presenter Tom Dyckhoff, centre.

The former Cavendish schoolboy was a finalist on BBC2’s Great Interior Design Challenge when amateur designers are given three days to convert a room while keeping the client’s specific brief in mind.

The 25 year old was chosen for the show after responding to a tweet that asked for men to apply.

Luke realised his passion for interior design when he purchased his first home - an apartment in a converted mill.

“Getting my first home gave me the passion to want to do this and to be a bit more creative,” he said. “Everywhere else I have lived has always been a rented property. It is just nice to be able to do anything I want.”

Luke Arthur Wells, from Hemel Hempstead.

Luke Arthur Wells, from Hemel Hempstead.

Luke, who now lives in Manchester, while his parents still live in Hemel Hempstead’s Cotterells, describes his style at home as contemporary with a Nordic edge.

Following the television show, Luke has decided to focus on interior design full time along with his range of up-cycled homeware, including vintage chairs, candle sticks and trinkets.

“I have got quite a few bits that I have sanded back and given a new lease of life to,” Luke said. “I quite like finding something that has got a bit of history that someone might not think to keep in their house, sanding it back and then repainting it.”

Since the show Luke has received a series of positive message via Twitter and has bagged new clients too.

He said: “It has been a really good platform.”

To find out more about Luke visit www.lukearthurwells.com