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House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared kitchen with industrial pendants over bench

Inside the House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared Reveal

So the House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared reveal just went down. And the judges weren’t happy. I can’t say that I am either. I’m not mad, guys, I’m just disappointed.

As I’ll be doing here each week, it’s time to dissect what worked in each room, and talk over what design disasters occurred. The latter we have a lot more material on, let’s be honest.

I understand the premise of the show is to have rookies doing the design. So, I’m not going to be too savage toward the contestants. How the rooms looked; that’s another story. Don’t hate the player, hate the game! So let’s go through most of the rooms from this week’s House Rules reveal and learn from the medley of decor disasters.

house rules 2018 jess and jared entryway House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared master bedroom with industrial sliding door

Chiara & David’s Entry & Master Bedroom

Chiara and David gave Jess and Jared a pretty mediocre master bedroom. In fact, calling it a master is a step too far because it certainly doesn’t feel like one. If you wanna see a real master bedroom in all its glory, check this post out.

Now, the bedroom itself isn’t terrible. It’s just run-of-the-mill. It’s an ordinary bedroom you might see in a lot of homes across the country. But this is a design show, right? So we do want some wow factor each week. And sadly there was none here.

There are a number of issues in this space:

  • The bed isn’t wide enough to meet the bedside tables
  • The wood top on the bedside tables are incomplete
  • The lamps on the bedsides are too small for the room
  • The staging in the recess above the bed is beyond weird (a jug?!)
  • The armchair looks like it’s being punished for something
  • The bedding looks like a couple just shagged on it
  • The rug is too small for the space as well

I think that just about covers it all off. What I will say, on a positive note, is that the colour palette is nice. They were obviously going for a grey, teal and pink situation in Jess and Jared’s bedroom. I just don’t think it quite popped enough.

Thankfully it just needs a few decor and furniture tweaks to make it right. Which is always a nice bonus. LLB thought everything in the space was working but said that the “finishing is absolutely repugnant. There’s sort of a strange sense in here of it belonging to several, irritating, drunk students”.

House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared laundry with dark green wall

House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared beauty room

Kim & Michelle’s Laundry and Beauty Room

The mother and daughter duo delivered two spaces for Jess and Jared, and one was definitely worse than the other. The laundry was not too bad. I mean, it was by no means impressive, but it’s not in dire straits. The most horrendous feature in the room had to be the wall mural.

Please, for the love of the decor gods, never put a wall mural on your wall featuring any sort of city scene. Or one depicting nature. In fact, nothing photographic should be placed on your wall in the form of a mural. It’s just never good.

The biggest disaster this week for Kim and Michelle was the beauty room they gave Jess. I mean, seriously, apart from the flooring there were no redeeming features here.

That chair looks like something Captain Kirk sat in while steering the USS Enterprise. Beam me up Scotty. It’s gotta be one of the ugliest chairs ever invented. And I grew up with puffy leather recliners, so that’s really saying something!

Here are the main issues with the beauty room:

  • The glass desk is impractical and will get filthy on-the-daily
  • There’s no accessible storage for makeup and other equipment
  • The artwork is such a cliche, and the shelf is too high
  • The plants were a clear afterthought and are dwarfed in the space
  • What’s with the bench? Who wants to sit on it and admire Captain Kirk’s chair?

Now, I do like the pink. There’s nothing wrong with an all-pink room. They just didn’t decorate it properly or give it enough texture. A pink like this is quite harsh, so it needs softening. If they had of brought in a fair amount of white and soft grey, and a few pops of burgundy, it would have been a more resolved colour palette – like in this romance interiors trend.

The room also needed a tonne more texture in the form of a shag rug, an upholstered fabric chair, and some blonde timbers. Then it could have been impressive.

House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared kitchen with industrial bar stools House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared hallway with pink walls House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared bonus room

Josh & Brandon’s Kitchen, Hallway & Bonus Room

OK, so I gotta say, I think the judges were a bit harsh on the kitchen the boys delivered for Jess and Jared. LLB said that it looked as if it were designed by a couple of puppies. But I don’t fully comprehend the reason for the hate. Maybe it’s all relative. In comparing the kitchen to the other spaces in Jess and Jared’s home, I don’t think this space deserved such a bad critique.

If you ripped out the ugly wall mural splashback, and if the cabinetry wasn’t high gloss, I don’t have an issue with the kitchen. Sure, the styling wasn’t amazing. But this is House Rules; the styling is never amazing!

The hallway and bonus room is what really got my style eye twitching uncontrollably.

The hallway was a fail for a few reasons:

  • There were three different pendant lights all in the one zone
  • The rug was too large for this space and completely the wrong shape
  • There was an artwork, clock and mirror all fighting for your attention
  • The pink walls and brickwork made for a bad visual contrast

And the bonus room. I can’t even deal. I legitimately thought the photo above was the ‘before’ shot.

There’s nothing I can say to make this better. Just gut the room and start again.

House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared dining room with hide rugs House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared ensuite with green and white wall tiles

Toad & Mandy’s Dining Area & Ensuite

It’s such an outdated approach to assume that industrial design means you have to create moments with railway sleepers. But Toadfish (I am calling him that from now on) and Mandy did it, and it didn’t pay off.

The feature wall brought nothing to the space, nor did the shelf crammed into the corner of the room. The feature wall would have benefited from a really large statement piece of art on it. The pendant lights in the space didn’t fit with the scheme of the room or the home, and I didn’t appreciate the absolute impracticality of all those ruffled hide rugs underneath the dining table.

Jess and Jared will have a lot of work to do in this area to make it look nice.

Thankfully things got better in the ensuite.

I actually quite like the mix of tiles Toadfish and Mandy used in this space. You might not normally think they’d work together, but I think they do. The green is a really brave choice and it paid off. I also love the way they laid the floor tiles out.

The vanity is divine and is what I consider to be industrial done right. The one major issue that pains me here is that the sink isn’t in the centre of the vanity draws. And then the mirror isn’t centred over the vanity. And then the light isn’t centred over the mirror. Once you see it, you won’t be able to un-see it. It’s driving me bonkers.

House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared living room with exposed brick and leather sofa House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared living room with tan leather sofa and round coffee table

Leigh & Kristie’s Lounge Room

All in all I think this room was one of the better spaces. But that’s probably because it feels unfinished. So on the bright side, at least they didn’t mess it up through over-styling like the rest of the teams did in their zones.

Jess and Jared won’t have to do much to make it amazing. The colour palette is gorgeous, the furniture choices are pretty good, and it feels really textural and cosy.

It really just came down to the room not being full enough, and a few layout changes as well.

Here’s how the living room could be improved:

  • Take the TV off that wall and make it a floating shelf wall
  • Place the TV where the fireplace is, and turn the sofa to face it
  • Remove the fireplace and relocate it. It looks odd where it is
  • Introduce some additional seating, like an armchair
  • Bring in a larger rug to ground the zone and make it feel cosier
  • Replace the coastal coffee table – it doesn’t work in this room

With those layout changes implemented this zone would look divine. So I think we can go easy on Leigh and Kristie here. They could have really messed this room up, but thankfully it’s totally salvageable.

House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared bathroom with black wall tiles

Mel & Dave’s Bathroom

I’ve clearly saved the best for last, and I’m sure Jess and Jared will come out of this experience please with what Mel and Dave created here. This is the one room in the entire home that feels like a real design plan was used and executed. It feels really resolved.

I know the judges pointed out some architectural issues, but I have to call out the positives in this bathroom, because there are so many of them.

Here’s what’s so awesome about this room:

  • It’s a space that won’t date quickly, which the ensuite will
  • The bathtub is a great size and the positioning of the tap is spot on
  • They included a timber stool to bring some warmth to the room
  • The use of tiles here gives subtle contrast; same tile but different colour
  • The recess in the wall is a nice feature, as are the coloured towels
  • They added in some greenery to give the room some life

House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared Reveal

What’s your take on the House Rules 2018 Jess and Jared Reveal?

I’d love to know your truth bombs from this week’s reveal. Drop a comment below and let me know which room was your fave. I’d also love to know which couple you reckon has the most promise when it comes to design and decorating.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. apart from hallway beauty room and bonus room there is a specific kind of rustic brick and timber and high stools style that these two have developed. Along with olive green and teal//turquoise. I quite like it to look at but its not what i’d like to live in. I’m more boho

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