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House Rules 2015: Colour Hits and Misses from the Queensland Reveal

We all know my feelings on last week’s House Rules reveal (don’t we?), so the good news is that this week’s transformations were a definite improvement. And I always say that people should get some props for upping their game, even if some of the spaces were not 100% wow.

Let’s analyse the rooms, shall we?

House Rules Queensland Reveal - Colourful Stools in Renovated Kitchen


First up (above), the kitchen. You know I adore colour, so I really admire the stool styling there, though I wasn’t totally on board with the exact colours used. Karina and Brian do get thumbs up for the floor (love it), the fridge (shine shine!) and the benchtop (divine).

But now that they’ve had their sugar, they have to take their medicine; what on earth is going on with that splashback configuration and trim? To quote Pauline Hanson… please explain?

House Rules Queensland Reveal - Leather Sofa in Colourful Licving Room

Onto the living room, which Cassie and Matt put together. The flooring continues from the kitchen, so we’re onto a good thing there. The sofa is all sorts of magical and the fireplace very much taps into the ski chalet vibe that Ben and Danielle asked for.

But I do take issue with the bright blue wall; nothing about it says ski chalet to me and I found the animal antlers very expected and somewhat tired from a design perspective.

Between the kitchen and living room, there’s also way too many competing colours going on. I think this was a perfect example of people not being able to interpret a brief. Eclectic does not mean juvenile. And I fear this space is heading in that direction.

Personally, I love these sorts of colour-pop interiors (my own home is much the same). But ski chalet this is not.

House Rules Queensland Reveal - Master Bedroom - Colourful Bedhead Ideas

I think I was most impressed with the master bedroom and the direction that it was heading in. The bedhead was a really good idea from Steve and Tiana, but needed to be placed lower or it needed to be larger (you can see the brick under it; #notsexy).

I do like that they’ve balanced out the coldness of that wall with a plush grey carpet. It does make the space feel more balanced, though I don’t know what happened with the dressing of the mattress (or lack thereof).

The bird art was a bit random and the bed needed more layering. But apart from that I think it’s a nice, light and bright room. You could really get in there and make a few tweaks to take this to the next level.

House Rules Queensland Reveal - Walk in Robe Ideas

I don’t have a lot to say about the dressing room created by Ryan and Marlee. I feel neither here nor there about it. The colour of the cabinetry is nice but I think those dated handles let it down.

House Rules Queensland Reveal - Master Bedroom

At first glance, looking at Bronik and Corrine’s guest bedroom made me think… who puts that blue on a wall? But the more I look at it the more I like it. They just needed to tie it into the space properly because the lack of unity in the room has left the feature wall feeling out of place.

This space would have looked great with some retro art (I’m feeling large travel prints) and the removal – or reconfiguration – of those photos on the wall. You just don’t display art like that these days.

But seriously… it’s a nice start. You could do a lot with it.

>>> What are your thoughts on this ep? Any rooms make you wanna cry? Drop me a comment below and let me know!


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. The brief was preppy electric. With only a hint of ski chalet. Hence the blue wall. I agree with you about the interpretation of the brief…perhaps there needs to be more coaching (that we see) from the design expert.

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