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Inside the House Rules 2020 Kimmy & Rhi Reveal: Mid-Century Mixed Bag

So the House Rules 2020 Kimmy and Rhi reveal didn’t necessarily end the series on a low. But I’d be lying if I said it ended it on a high.

Looking back on the reveals this season as we enter grand final week, there were actually some really good rooms. In some of the properties you’d only need to make a few small tweaks to get the spaces looking lovely.

The Penthouse at the start of the season is without a doubt the worst of the lot (Laith and George’s a close second), but overall the series this year delivered some nice design moments.

But were any of those moments in Kimmy and Rhi’s whole home reveal? Well, let’s scroll on and find out. I do have a few rooms I want to discuss with you that I don’t mind; ones the majority of you might think are ghastly. And of course, there are some spaces that need to be gutted and re-done from the ground up.

So grab the popcorn and let’s get into it. You know I want to hear your opinion on the rooms too, so feel free to comment at the end of the post.

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Let’s Start with the Green Bedroom

We’ll kick off the House Rules 2020 Kimmy and Rhi reveal with this bedroom above. Because honestly, I do think it’s one of the better spaces. When I say that, I mean the colours are working wonderfully together. There’s a good sense of contrast between the green and white. And then the decorative moments bring a nice balance to the room (those terracotta European pillows are everything).

And as you well know from this post on how to style a bed properly, the cushion game here is strong. I had to call that out because I do love me oodles and oodles of pillows and cushions. If your bed doesn’t resemble a jumping castle, can you even call it a bed? No, you cannot.

That said, functionally it falls apart a little. I mean, nobody will ever convince me that no table beside a bed is a good idea. I see they put a glorious pink locker from local brand Mustard on one side of the bed. But I guess you’re screwed if you want to sleep on the right side.

I understand the wardrobe door would hit a bedside if you put it there. But that just tells me that the spatial planning here was unsuccessful.

house rules 2020 kimmy and rhi bedroom with terrazzo wallpaper and timber paneling

Twist: I Actually Like this Bedroom

I know, you probably didn’t expect this, but I do indeed think this wacky room works. It’s not at all my taste and it’s a little all over the shop, but it ticks a lot of design boxes.

The balance of colour works. There are warm and cool tones here, fairly equally balanced out. There’s a mix of hard and soft, and a mix of masculine and feminine. Does it feel a little arts and crafts? Sure. But it’s a somewhat elevated DIY look and I do feel the terrazzo wallpaper niche gives it a point of interest.

Now, it’s not all amazing. The wall lights are quite high and impractical. A suspended pendant light would have been nicer, with no exposed bulb. And I do take issue with the tone of the wood panelling, as well as the amount of it. The timber is giving me sauna vibes. There’s just a lot of it, especially considering the flooring is in a similar colour.

But I do look at this weird room and find it oddly charming. Am I insane?

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Double Twist: I also Like the Laundry & Dining

OK, I say laundry, but I really mean that I like the wallpaper. I know, it’s a lot. But I coincidently showcased this wallpaper in my faces decor trend roundup recently, so to see it executed here has made my week. I know, I need to get out more. But I’m in isolation and rarely leave the house, so small things like this now excite me.

What would have made that wallpaper a thousand times better is if those laundry doors were painted black. It would have made the wallpaper pop, and the zone would have been far more successful. The white doors look quite boring and pedestrian.

Now, again, I say that I like the dining room but it’s really just a few elements that excite me. For example, the wallpaper you see below and the art hung on it is a winning combination. The sharp geo pattern and the soft florals play really well together.

The sideboard and the sheers I am also liking, but then everything else just feels a little ‘mid-Century 101’. That entire dining table and chair situation feels dated, expected, and not at all interesting.

I don’t know whose idea it was to put creepy old florals over the pendant light. But it’s an idea I need them to never put into action again.

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I Take Issue with the Living Room

I don’t have issues with any individual pieces here. They are all lovely in their own right. And I have nothing against mid-Century design. In fact, I plan on injecting a bit of it into my new apartment.

But here, it’s not modern, interesting take on a classic style. It’s as if the team Googled ‘Mid Century Modern’ and then got everything they saw in the image results. It’s so retro that it looks like a movie set. The clock, the curtains, the treatment around the TV; it’s all very generic (the opposite of the house rules this week).

And there is no focal point. I always say a room needs one focal point. But here your eye goes everywhere. There are no visual highs and lows; no safe spot to rest your retinas. It’s all very visually chaotic.

Functionally, it of course fails. I loathe living rooms that are oriented this way, where you could never actually watch the TV without becoming the little girl from the exorcist. You’d need to have your head turn in ways that are not humanly possible in order to catch the evening news. The TV is also incredibly high for the size of the space.

The grey sofa and green armchairs can stay. I’d use those as my starting point and do the whole room again.

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The Pooch Parlour is a Bit Naff

I know one of the house rules was to create a plush pooch pad and playground. But this does feel like a cheap dog grooming parlour. It’s feels very commercial premises and not a residential one. It has no homely feel too it and it doesn’t seem to work stylistically with the other rooms of the home.

Do we really need an exposed pipe that runs water down into the dog bowl? I applaud their sense of adventure here, and it was clear they wanted to go bold and make an impact. But for me it’s a miss.

I don’t like the wallpaper, I don’t like the art, and I don’t like the joinery. It’s a large room and it doesn’t seem as if the space has been used wisely. All they have here is two giant kennels, exposed taps and a merchandise stand. I don’t get it.

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The Kitchen and Entry: Not so Good

The kitchen is a bit lop-sided. One side is a towering wall of darkness and then the other side is a meek white and pink delight. It’s not working visually. I would have taken pink out of the equation here altogether. Or I would have gone balls to the wall and given them pink cabinetry. As it stands, it’s not enough and yet too much. We needed full commitment on the colour front.

I do think the black cabinets make zero sense given the house rules. The girls didn’t ask for dark and moody, so it’s an odd choice to give them that in the kitchen. The breakfast bar is also an odd decision. Who wants to sit there and face a half window, half wall? If you don’t have space for an island with stools at it, forego stools altogether.

Below, the mixed flooring is killing me. And the piece of furniture that’s too large for the width of the wall is hurting too. They also have an entire merchandising wall in their pooch parlour, so can we keep the dog leads in there? Nothing is really working here. Although I will say that I find the painting of Kimmy and Rhi kind of cute.

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The Bathroom is also a No No

There were definitely some wacky rooms in this House Rules reveal. And you know I find some of them wacky-good. But this bathroom was wacky-bad, and it’s bad for a few reasons.

It feels overwhelmingly warm, for starters. We have so many warm materials and colours. The gold tapware, the pink bath, the pink tiles, the warm timber vanity, and then that horrible red wallpaper. There is no balance of warm and cool tones here. And so for that alone it’s a fail for me.

This room is also similar to the living room in that there are way too many focal points. What is the eye meant to go to? Which feature is your wow moment? Is it the wallpaper, the gold accents, or the bath? You can’t have a three-way focal point. It just doesn’t work.

This bathroom needs to be significantly stripped back. I would remove the wallpaper as my first priority. Then I’d introduce some cool greys to give it some more balance. Let the bath be the feature and let’s pare the other elements back.

Below, there’s nothing I like about this zone except the artwork.

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What’s Your Take on the House Rules 2020 Kimmy and Rhi Reveal?

What did you like from the House Rules 2020 Kimmy and Rhi reveal? Do you agree with my likes and dislikes? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, so drop me a line and share your thoughts.

House Rules 2020 airs Sunday 7pm and Monday – Tuesday 7.30pm on Channel 7.

Want to see more from the House Rules 2020 Kimmy and Rhi reveal? Click here to see clips from the show.


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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8 Responses

  1. I also thought that from a design perspective the kitchen was a disaster. Far from the “magic” triangle of fridge, stove and sink! All the functionality of the kitchen was concentrated in one half of the kitchen. The oven and cooktop should have gone where the bar and stools went. That way there would have been a decent work space and more storage between the fridge and sink. Very poor design for this late in the competition and the only way to fix it is to totally redo the kitchen! I am really surprised that the judges made no comment on the functionality of the kitchen! They only commented on looks. For such an expensive room of the house, functionality it critical. I feel really sorry that such an important room was so poorly executed for Kimmy and Rhi!

  2. I actually felt really sorry for the girls.Their work in the other houses has been awesome and very on point.They have been given a hideous mish mash in return.

  3. Yeah and didn’t you find the teams stuck on their digs to have certain things & then didn’t do them eg not moving the door in the second bedroom in order to have a hall table that they then didn’t put! Also during that segment I was yelling at them to do a sliding door, that second bedroom didn’t need to change at all! Love these recaps 🙂

  4. I felt really disappointed with what they came up with. When I saw retro and vintage in the rules I thought great this will be really different and give them some ‘out there’ options. The kitchen, huh, don’t see anything there that’s mid-century. I hoped there would be those cool coloured smeg appliances, maybe an orange island with brown timbers. The best pieces were those that they found at the secondhand shop!

  5. Your critique is en point as usual Chris and I agree with your comments. I hadn’t thought of the laundry doors popping in black, great idea and I think that is what was needed, as I really loved that black and white wallpaper in the entry. Using a console that didn’t fit the space was confusing as to why they would have chosen it. I’ve found the judges comments quite contradictory and inconsistent this year, and for a show that I absolutely love, I’m disappointed in the changes they have made in this season, it seems as though it has been really rushed through. I could imagine you being a very successful and entertaining judge on HR!

  6. So many problems with this house – I feel for Kimmy and Rhi but their rules opened the door for some of the wacky design ideas I fear. The house is pretty tiny and the layout they were given has problems – laundry near front door a problem. Awful wallpaper in bathroom, pink tiles should have been stacked and the breezeblocks in living room an interesting idea but impractical, intrude into the room and tv too high. Kitchen was a missed opportunity – no connection to the house – perhaps a small peninsula would have been better and even sacrifice a window for some overhead storage? I thought they were being very nice in their scoring and will allow the judges to swing the axe tonight.

  7. Not sure I liked any of the rooms. Oops! Tried so hard too. The console table in the dining was nice with the artwork… at best.

  8. OMG that wallpaper in the bathroom is the most horrendous I’ve ever seen
    Love the boho/spotlight explosion bedroom though

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