One of the things the House Rules 2020 Tamara and Rhys reveal proved to me this week is just how inconsistent the design is this season.
We started with a diabolical penthouse reveal at the start of the series. We can all agree on that, can’t we? Then we went into a successful bohemian home reveal. Things tanked again when Laith and George’s property was unveiled. And then last week’s reveal took things in a better direction.
I truly can’t decide if this is a good season or not. I’ve haven’t been this conflicted since I was asked to pick my favourite Spice Girl (always a toss up between Ginger and Sporty, or course!). Just like Natalie Imbruglia, I’m torn. That’s two pop music references in one paragraph and I’m pretty sure there’s more to come.
Let’s dive into the House Rules 2020 Tamara and Rhys reveal and decipher if the home owners ended up with a decent abode or not.
The Dining Room is the Best Space
There was so much drama this week over 600mm of floor space that I wasn’t sure how this dining room was going to turn out. But I have to say, from a visual perspective, it’s my fave room of the lot.
The concept of ‘less is more’ is something I see the teams struggle with a lot on this show. Like Christina Aguilera’s makeup in the early 2000s, they find hard to pare it back (I warned you there would be more pop music references). But in this dining room Laith and George have done really well.
I love the wall colour, I love the flooring, and I adore the sheer curtains. The table is gorgeous and so are the chairs. Even the rug they selected is all sorts of divine. It does break one of my top rug under dining table rules, but apart from that it’s a really well considered space.
The table styling isn’t great but at least they didn’t attempt to fully set it and fail miserably. This is how you style a dining table properly and trust me, it takes a lot of product and a lot of work to get right.
The Kitchen was 90% There
I really don’t have a lot of negatives to say about this space. Of all the rooms in the House Rules 2020 Tamara and Rhys reveal, this is the second best zone.
The colour palette is rather moody, which I’m digging. It actually reminds me a bit of the industrial kitchen reno I designed for my Williamstown clients. The black cabinetry really evokes a sleek and sophisticated feel, and I really enjoy the architectural angle in that island.
On a personal level I’m not keen on the green feature tiles. I know they were tossing up between these ones and a tone that was less bright and glossy. They made the wrong decision here. To quote the Whitney Houston song, It’s not right, but it’s OK (pop music reference number four).
That said, I know jewel tones were part of the house rules so I will just shut my gob and move on. If Tamara and Rhys like it, then who am I to judge?
The Living Room Scores Third Place
I like the colour palette and the mix of materials in this space. It feels fresh and crisp, and quite open and airy, but it’s not an all-white affair.
I enjoy the sheer curtains here, which connect this zone to the dining room. The black feature wall connects the living room to the kitchen as well. What’s this; teams working together on House Rules to make the zones feel cohesive? This is an early Christmas miracle. Or a late one. Either way I’m on board.
I’m also enjoying the vertical timber paneling, as it brings a bit of interest to the room and provides textural variance. However, I’m not smitten with the colour. Like Michael Jackson in the nineties, it’s too light. I want it to be a darker shade of brown. It would have fit in with the rest of the open plan scheme if it was more chocolatey.
The other thing that lets this space down is the floating shelf under the TV. Absolutely not ample enough to do anything with an no storage included. Not cute.
Let’s Discuss this Bedroom
OK, this is a bit of a mixed bag, let’s be honest. While I do love the look of it, I can’t say it’s a successful space.
The visuals are divine, don’t get me wrong. I adore the green feature wall and the paneling they’ve executed on it. It’s amazing. It gives the bedroom a dazzling focal point. It’s delicious and I could have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But here’s the thing: the layout and orientation is all wrong. This room just isn’t large enough to include a walk-in-robe moment.
The feature wall is not wide enough to contain the furniture that sits against it. The bedside tables are too small. It feels very cramped, all so they could include the robe behind it. Sometimes you have to work with the dimensions of the room you’ve been given, instead of trying to make it something it can’t be.
There’s also not enough space for a decent mirror in the robe. All signs are leading to this space feeling inadequate.
Both Bathrooms are OK, but not OMG
The bathroom above is the better of the two, and adheres to the house rules a little more. The idea was to splash a few jewel tones about the spaces, so I feel the above bathroom strikes this balance better than the one below.
The bathroom above feels quite moody and gritty, thanks to those industrial grey tiles. Those, paired with the floating timber vanity, gives a nice sense of contrast. It doesn’t feel too light or heavy, and the slither of blue tiles in the shower recess gives it the right amount of punch.
The bathroom above feels like it fits in with the living, kitchen and dining rooms we’ve already explored. You can see how they’re all related. Like cousins from the same family.
The bathroom below feels a little too much. The feature tile is a little overbearing, and then on the opposite vanity wall it’s all a bit black and predictable. There’s nothing new here. I also don’t feel the artwork hung over the bath is a good idea.
The Worst Spaces of the Reveal
Now, look, I’m no fitness freak, but I do know that raw pine is not the first material that comes to mind when I think of a home gym. Of course, I’m always open to being surprised, but I prefer it to be a pleasant one. Like the Beyonce song, I want it to be a sweet dream, not a beautiful nightmare (OK that references was a stretch).
I don’t feel there’s a nice visual here at all. It looks unfinished. It looks small and closed off. And I don’t think it’s going to motivate anyone to want to pump iron and get swoll. Perhaps it might work functionally, but I do think we need to have a good mix of looks and usability, and sadly the former is missing.
Now, what in God’s name is happening below? I thought the puffy leather recliner chair of the late eighties was the worst thing to ever happen to furniture. But here we have a velvet abomination so criminal there’s going to be a Netflix series about the sentencing of its maker. Move over Tiger King, Armchair King has arrived.
Between that chair and the dog statue I can’t bring myself to lay eyes on this space any longer.
What’s Your Take on the Tamara and Rhys Reveal?
What do you make of the rooms in the House Rules 2020 Tamara and Rhys reveal? Drop a comment below and let me know which spaces were your fave and which spaces fell short. I’d love to get your input.
Tune in next week as we judge the next batch of room reveals.
House Rules 2020 airs Sunday 7pm and Monday – Tuesday 7.30pm on Channel 7.
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