The Block room reveals: From bold to boring
It was "Blank Canvas" week on The Block: Side x Side and the contestants got to do their own thing.
Twins Julie and Ali wanted to prove they could nail a six-year-old boy's room; Stace and Yanita chose to squeeze in a tiny media room upstairs; Ling and Zing opted for a guest room; and Andy and Nate went for a home office.
This is not the first Block series and it is not the first room reveal for these teams, so we wonder just when will the teams learn two key things?
1. The quality of the finish is everything. Spend the money if need be. For Stace and Yanita, spending an extra $200 to get a professional to apply ceiling decals would have avoided bubbles and stopped it from looking amateurish.
2. Storage is everything. You guys need to sell these houses. You need a decent-sized linen cupboard on the same floor as most of the bedrooms and family bathroom. In fact, you need storage everywhere.
Judges, interior designer Jason Bonham and real estate sales manager Bernadette Morrison, did not hold back with their criticisms, and praise, awarding this week's $5000 prize to two blokes dressed as babies in nappies. (Why we need that silly stuff is a whole other story.)
So Andy and Nate won, with a home office that has a glass wall to the hallway. Brilliant idea, letting light right through into the passage. But that wasn't the only reason this couple took top honours. They opted for the bold approach and perfectly executed a colour block paint job. Pure, straight lines. Looked like it was done by a professional.
The pink chair might be on trend, but it could have been a touch too feminine for the space. However, with a blue cushion it seemed to work OK. The judges liked the way it co-ordinated back to their earlier room reveal. So all, in all, we would agree with that win.
The twins came in second with a North American mountain-forest theme for their boy's bedroom. The painted mountain peaks were a bold touch, and the themed duvet cover was a definite winner. The rest of the room seemed faded in comparison.
But it was Stace and Yanita who had the biggest disaster to overcome – they spilled a pot of dark-green paint all over the floor. Was that for real? Looked more like a set-up to us. We didn't see the clean-up. It was all brushed over, pun intended.
They lost points for the poorly executed ceiling decal, and the squashed feel of their media room, which was a bit like being in the front row at the movies. It probably would have made more sense to make this a home office. But at least they had that one bold, dark-green wall. But they may well feel they blew $3000 with their sliding doors.
In the words of the judges: "A very creative use of space, but it doesn't really work."
But the worst was yet to come. Ling and Zing clearly had not finished the hallway, and went for a bland beige-on-beige guest room. Needless to say, Bonham slammed it as "boring", which it was. They also installed kitchen-style cabinets, which looked weird.
These two could take a cue from their competitors. Colour and functionality win on the day. So does hard work.
The Block: Side x Side airs Monday - Wednesday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 7pm on Three