House Rules 2019 Tim and Matt Reveal: Lessons in Industrial Style
The House Rules 2019 Tim and Matt reveal proved that when asking other people to design your home, you really shouldn’t request too much.
Things were going so well the past few weeks on House Rules, weren’t they? We’ve just come off two reveals that looked rather divine for the most part. Even I (a cynical ol design aficionado) had been singing the show’s praises. But then we had Tim and Matt’s reveal. And guys… it was not cute.
Here’s the thing though: I actually blame Tim and Matt for some of what happened. I mean, they were honestly asking a bit much of people who aren’t designers.
Asking for industrial is one thing. Most people get what that means. But then asking for it to be fused with sleek is where things get confusing. Then asking teams to work in specific colours and materials is a toughie. Then you want it to be ‘Melbourne’. Oh and also make it graphic. But warm too.
How many different design considerations can novice contestants take into account in the space of a week? Tsk tsk, Tim and Matt, tsk tsk!
Anyway, let’s take a look at what worked, what kinda might have, and what just didn’t from the House Rules 2019 Tim and Matt reveal.
The Bathroom gets my Vote for Best Space
Let me start off by taking the sheets of metal off the table. I’ve never met a sheet of metal I’ve liked in an indoor space. And I don’t think I ever will. Don’t try and change my mind. I’m 37, set in my ways, and I just cannot with sheets of metal. It’s very Supa Cheap Auto. Who wants to take a bath in Supa Cheap Auto?
If we remove those from the equation, the bathroom is quite nice. It’s definitely industrial. It’s definitely sleek in ways. There’s a combination of cold and warm textures, and the black and white colour palette does make it feel a bit Melbourne. So there’s a lot to appreciate.
I quite adore a concrete basin and an industrial vanity, so they get points for that. And the concrete tiles were to die for. However, more greenery was needed. It does feel a little harsh. A big plant moment would have been nice here.
It goes without saying, the styling needs work. I mean, they’ve literally grabbed baskets from IKEA and chucked in some razors.
The Kitchen was Kinda Almost There
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something is missing in this kitchen. It just doesn’t feel particularly industrial, nor does it have a sense of aspiration to it. I can’t help but think of the stunning industrial kitchen that The Block did last season (take a look and compare here). Now THAT was a kitchen that would have scored beyond 100 out of 10 in this series. It was sleek, industrial, and very Melbourne.
I can’t help but feel this kitchen looks a bit cheap, a bit too dark, too imposing and a bit claustrophobic. I love a kitchen that has some airiness to it, but I don’t feel it here.
I do like that they used Terrazzo. No issues there. It actually looks nice. There’s probably a bit too much of it though. I like the flooring; a great rich colour. But it’s too much with all that black cabinetry. They needed some overhead shelving without doors, or doors with glass fronts. It feels almost there, but I’m left wanting more.
I do love the ‘real world’ styling of the whiskey on the bench a metre away from where you’re feeding bub lol. Hey, why can’t Mum and Dad have their bottle white baby is having theirs?
The Nursery was quite Adorable
Of course, there’s nothing industrial about this nursery. That is a shame. I would of loved to have seen an attempt to create a nursery that included some industrial moments but still felt soft and inviting. Actually, maybe I don’t want to see that lol. Who knows what it could have turned out like.
But taking the house rules out of the equation, this is a cute space. Don’t get me wrong; it didn’t reinvent the wheel or anything. But it feels soft and cosy and inviting. And I’m sure a little girl would love it.
I love the giant floral moment on the wall. I love the rug. The sloth is beyond charming. And who doesn’t like a chunky cable knit throw?
I have issues with the name on the same wall as the artwork. It’s all a bit too much crammed into one space. But let’s put our cynicism aside for a moment and just ooh and ahh over a cute baby’s room. It was hands-down the only space capable of giving you warm and fuzzies this week, so let’s just appreciate that for a second.
I like the Vibe of this Mudroom
The floor ticks the house rules off. The cabinetry is a nice colour and the storage is a much-needed element for an entry area like this. I enjoy that they can sit down and put their shoes on and off. Although the bench seat needed padding. Make it a real, actual bench seat with some comfort to it.
I’m also not angry about the peg board. It’s a cute idea. Not every home has to be so serious. Not every area when you come in the door needs to feel chic, or have just a console and a mirror above it. I like that there’s something quirky and out of the box here. When I looked at all the images of the rooms this week, this one stood out as delivering something unexpected. And I like the unexpected.
I mean, the storage boxes at the top are ridiculous in that you’d never be able to get up to them. That’s where you’re safe to store life’s biggest secrets because nobody will ever be able to find them. But apart from that, I’m cool with this space. The screen wasn’t needed, but let’s just leave it at that and move on.
Both the Living and Dining Didn’t Work
I have to come right out and say it. And I’m sorry to whoever it is that supplies these. But those wall panels in the dining room are a crime against interior design. It looks like the design version of cellulite. And I can say that because I’m pretty sure after a month in Europe eating my own body weight in pastry, I have cellulite. That wall needs to go into a hypoxi chamber, or whatever other crazy inventions they come up with to treat cellulite.
Side note: you cannot treat cellulite. Or if you can, please tell me where to go to sort mine out in the comments below.
That wall, I just can’t get on board with. And then they installed lights to showcase the rippling effect even more. And then they put pendant lights over the table. There’s too much going on here but none of it works. I also can’t help but feel the tolix chair has had its day. They peaked in 2012 but it’s time to bid them a fond farewell. And in an industrial space it’s just so expected.
If it counts for anything, I do like the plant and pot on the dining room table.
Outside of the floating entertainment unit in the living room, there was no design in this space. It was just furniture plonked in a room.
I also don’t appreciate the laziness of a tan leather sofa in a space because it’s for men. It’s so cliche.
OK I gotta rein it in now because I’m starting to sound horrible lol.
That Galactic Countertop is Back to Haunt Me
The laundry countertop is the same one used in the kitchen of this season’s first reveal. Didn’t like it then, still don’t like it now. The reflective quality and speckle effect feels quite cheap to me, and I don’t think it brings any level of sleek to a space. Outside of that, it’s a pretty basic laundry and I don’t see any industrial elements at play, which is a shame. Concrete would have been nice here.
It would have also been nice to see some exposed brick somewhere in the internals of this home. That would have been a glorious industrial moment all on its own.
Below in the ensuite, I fully appreciate the concrete basin but that’s where the love ends. The large hexagonal tiles aren’t rocking my world, and the timber vanity doesn’t look successful. It needed more polish. This room feels a bit rough, which is kinda the exact opposite of how you wanna feel when you use an ensuite. (I’ve felt rough in many ensuites, btw, but that was always after a night on too many champers!) 😉
What did you think of this Week’s Reveal?
I have to point out the styling in the den above before I sign off. They literally placed a bottle of booze and a bowl of what looks like chips on a side table. Voila! Styling complete. I just can’t!
Anyway, what did you think of the House Rules 2019 Tim and Matt reveal? Let me know in the comments below. Onwards and upwards for next week’s reveal I hope. Things were going so well up until now.
Drop your thoughts below re what you loved and loathed.