House Rules 2015: Inside the NSW Whole House Reveal
If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. That’s a mantra I’m trying to live by lately. But it that were the case, this week’s post on the NSW House Rules reveal would be a very quick read.
Sadly, the rooms in Steve and Tiana’s home left a lot to be desired. Now, I know that when it comes to interior design, if the client’s happy, you’ve done your job. But this is a show about judging rooms from a design perspective and there were a lot of shortfalls.
Above, Ben and Danielle gave the living room a red hot go (if you’ll pardon the pun), but the colours alone were off. White, black, red and blue in their purest forms all feel rather juvenile and cold when put together. There is no warmth in this space and it feels really dated. It needed a feature wall in a warm grey or brown tone, a round timber table to introduce some textural interest and one armchair with a well-styled side table instead of those two red chairs.
Below, the bedroom has exactly the same issues in terms of colour and lack of warmth.
The master bedroom designed by Karina and Brian above was marginally better if you look solely at the bed. The bedhead itself is nice but that’s as far as I can go with compliments here. Again, the use of that vivid red is really aggressive and doesn’t bode well for relaxation (even if the home owner’s asked for red, there are better ways to introduce it subtly).
All of the styling needs work – especially on the bedside table. The bedding was not layered enough and doesn’t look at all inviting. This space also feels really dated. I feel like this look was really popular in the 90s. It’s almost oriental.
I think a good designer needs to take a brief a step further and make a space feel modern. This red on white on black colour scheme has had its day.
The saving grace of the entire episode was the bathroom, but I’m not sure if I’m overjoyed by it because the other rooms are so lacking in comparison.
The bath is a gorgeous feature and is certainly the standout piece in the space. Bronik and Corrine did a marvellous job here. It’s a crisp and clean space with nice lines and a really good balance of colours and textures. It feels warmer and more inviting that any of the bedroom or living areas do!
>>> What did you think of last night’s reveal? Am I being too hard on the teams here? Drop me a comment below and let me know what you think.