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The Block 2016 Week 7 Powder Room & Laundry Reveals

I’m feeling a bit ‘meh’ after examining The Block 2016’s powder room, laundry and entry reveals.

Admittedly, you don’t spend a lot of time hanging out in these spaces, but I’m a firm believer that every pocket of your home can (and should) look amazing. And this week’s rooms left me wanting so much more.

I’m not sure what happened throughout the week that prevented some of the better teams in the competition from completing their spaces. But even the completed ones weren’t that show-stopping. The entry spaces in particular. Let’s take a closer look…

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Karlie and Will’s Powder Room, Laundry & Entry

I’m not writing home about the entryway here. It’s a large space with a lot of potential, and I don’t feel like Karlie and Will made the most of it.

The flooring is gorgeous and I like the concept of a shelf. But in an apartment this high end, the shelf needed to be completely recessed into the wall. It didn’t feel custom enough.

Painting the wall above the desk black only emphasises how small this nook is. I would of liked this space to feature a beautiful chair you could sit in and put your shoes on at in the morning. It sounds mundane, but functionality is important.

The powder room was divine and so was the laundry. Both felt cohesive, fully resolved, and made for great moments as you walked down the hall.

You can see more shots of these spaces in the slideshow at the end of this post.


Kim and Chris’ Powder Room, Laundry & Entry

Although complete, this is another entryway that didn’t realise its full potential.

A home’s entry is the first impression you get of the entire apartment, and it sets the tone for your entire experience in the home. I’d have taken out every piece in this area.

The rug is too pedestrian for an apartment of this calibre, the hall table is too vintage and the mirror needed to be a more contemporary style with a black frame to punctuate it in the space.

The laundry and powder room were nice. Basic, but nice. I think Kim and Chris would have been much lower on the scoreboard this week had the other teams completed their spaces.

Although I will say… the art in the hallway is stellar.


Andy and Ben’s Powder Room, Laundry & Entry

I think someone needs to come into The Block and give a masterclass on styling entryways, because this is another large space that let’s the apartment down.

Gorgeous floor colour; quite rich and gives a sense of sophistication. But then, everything else needs to go. That rug is quite striking, but it’s a rug for a bedroom or study, not the entryway.

Didn’t like the armchair plonked there on its own either. The cabinet the boys have in this space is nice. It needed a mirror above it though.

The laundry and powder room, much like Kim and Chris’, were basic but nice. The timber wall in the powder room is the standout moment for me and makes the space feel contemporary. A nice point of difference.


Julia and Sasha’s Powder Room, Laundry & Entry

It’s such a shame to see that Julia and Sasha didn’t finish their space, because hot diggity dog – it would have been amaaazing!

The thing that strikes me as most impressive when you examine the photos is that you immediately know it’s Julia and Sasha’s apartment. This says a lot about the cohesion of the home and how much they thought about ensuring that all the spaces spoke to one another stylistically. I’m not sure other teams have done that.

I’m completely infatuated with the brass tapware and the marble tiles they’ve used in the powder room and laundry. Truly gorgeous.


Dan and Carleen’s Powder Room, Laundry & Entry

There is sadly not much to say here, because so many of the spaces were not finished. I really loathe the wall mural they’ve put in the entryway though.

I’m not sure what that picture has to do with a contemporary Melbourne apartment, or the art deco style of the building. A completely random choice that I hope they correct.










What did you think of this week’s spaces? We have kitchen week coming up and I have to say – some of the rooms are amazing!


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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