This week, The Block 2018 bathroom reveals reminded me of the members of a nineties boy band; two hotties, one completely acceptable boy-next-door, and two remaining members you’re just a little bit confused about.
If you ponder this analogy long enough I’m sure you’ll agree. Every configuration of your fave five-piece pop band contains this recipe. And hey, I don’t make the rules, so as the cool kids say: don’t hate the player, hate the game! Kids probably don’t say that anymore, which just goes to show how truly out of touch I am with the younger generation.
What I’m not outta touch with though is interior design, and there was a lot of it in this week’s Block bathrooms. Come to think of it, there’s actually a lot to be learnt from the rooms we saw showcased. And I know, ‘learning’ sounds so boring, so I’ll instead say that there were a lot of delicious design nuggets to feast on this week, and some other morsels that are going to give you indigestion and are best avoided.
So let’s explore the good and the bad from this week’s Block 2018 bathrooms.
Hayden and Sara had a Lot Goin’ on
There were a lot of things I like about this bathroom. It has loads going for it, but Hayden and Sara put too many elements in there. It’s a bit over-stuffed. It’s so overstuffed it could be me at Christmas when I can’t do up my pants, have severe heartburn, yet respond with an enthusiastic “yes please” when offered Chrissy pudding.
This reminds me of a Carrie Bradshaw outfit in the SATC heyday; a little crazy and overdone. They needed to adopt the Coco Channel approach to fashion and take one element off before they walked out the door. Except here they could have lost a few elements and the room would be all the better for it.
Let’s start with the good
I love the choice of tile they placed on the floor and ran all the way up the wall. That was gorgeous. The ledge they created above the bath was so smart. I liked the vanity, I loved those mirrors, and I was also extremely smitten with the green wall (reminds me of this budget version I created recently on the blog0). I also adored the idea of wall sconces by the vanity.
The issue in this bathroom (and here’s the bad part)
That brass. So much brass. It feels very Block 2016. It feels quite unnecessary here, and a simpler colour would have made everything more palatable. There are too many focal points in the space, and a good room only needs one. One moment that commands your attention is enough. Instead, they tried to pack in three or four. There’s no negative space.
I also feel as though the green wall should have been a big ballsy moment for them. Fully commit. Cover the whole wall. This feels a little apologetic. Like they wanted to do greenery en masse but were too scared to take it all the way.
Kerrie and Spence were the Boy-Next-Door
I like the shell of this room. When it comes to a good bathroom, it’s all about material choices. You can only bring in so many smaller decorative elements to make it look nice at the end, which leaves the shell crucial to get right.
And honestly, the shell here is pretty good, so let’s touch on what I’m loving in this space. Firstly, the floor is everything. I want to stop, drop and roll around on it. I’d eat dinner off of it, I’d sleep on it, I’d like to take all of my future photos on it. You get the idea – it’s stunning! The vanity is also quite nice, the tapware is fine, the lighting behind the mirror is a huge trend coming into bathrooms in 2019, so I’m also all for that as well.
But… don’t you just feel a bit indifferent about it?
I hate to say it, but this is bit of a shrug bathroom. A bit, “yeah…ok”. It’s not take-your-breath-away, but it’s not terrible. It just feels a little run of the mill. And on this show, run of the mill won’t cut it if you wanna rake in the big dollars at the end of the season. So, I’m not getting down on Kerrie and Spence, but I do want to encourage them to get gutsy and take some risks.
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Bianca and Carla, I would like to Marry your Bathroom
I was hoping I’d watch The Block bathroom reveals and feel truly in awe of a space. And thank you Bianca and Carla – I AM TRULY IN AWE. Like me every time I sit down to eat Yum Cha, I don’t know where to begin. Every moment in this space is a wow moment on its own and yet these two glorious women managed to have all the pieces work together collectively as well.
We have to start by bowing down to that 450kg stone feature wall, which is almost the most amazing feature in the space. If you ended up owning this home you’d just rub that wall every time you showered. In fact, when I get to tour this apartment in a few months time (I’m lucky enough to get invited each year), I am going to rub the life out of it. It’s the sort of material you just want to touch. And that’s what makes this bathroom so amazing; the tactile nature of it.
Now onto the big kahuna of the space.
The crowning glory. The cream-your-jeans moment: that freakin spectacular slatted timber ceiling. I’m not sure a room on The Block 2018 is going to top this design moment. I live for it. I need it in my life. When I pass on, I’d like some of my ashes scattered on it. This is one amazing feature and I’m insanely jealous of the person who ends up getting to look at it every day.
Other gorg moments in this room include the round mirror, timber vanity, and the restraint the girls showed in installing silver tapware. It’s the editing of a space that can make it amazing. And this room is well-edited!
Norm and Jess got Gutsy
Norm and Jess took a few risks this week and I feel I should applaud them for it. I don’t love their bathroom that much, but I admire the design approach and I can appreciate the direction it went it. They got 24.5 for this zone which put them in third place, and I have to say it makes sense for them to land in this position.
I am going utterly bonkers in the best way possible for that jumbo potted plant in the corner. For that alone, I want to give them major props. It is stunning. I recommend fake plants of this size for my clients all the time (trust me, they look lifelike!), but to see a real one in the corner is just beautiful. I’d kill it in a matter of days, of course, but I still adore it.
The colour palette in this space is nice and calming, and I like that they went for a soothing, organic vibe. So many bathrooms on this show go ultra modern or quite luxe, so it is nice to see something different. But for me it feels a little flat, a little boring, a little ho hum.
The vanity doesn’t feel grand enough in the space for me, and I think they put too much emphasis on a big ol’ tub. Which, for the most part, I don’t think looks particularly amazing in the room. The more I look at the room the more soulless it appears to me. It’s lacking a bit of charm and warmth. Do you know what I mean?
I’m a Bit Confused by Hans and Courtney’s Score
Out of all The Block 2018 bathroom reveals I’m the most confused by this one. I love a sense of simplicity in a bathroom, don’t get me wrong. But this room from Hans and Courtney was so simple that I’m surprised it scored so well with the judges. When you consider what went into Bianca and Carla’s bathroom, and how well it turned out, it makes me quite confused as to how this bathroom from Hans and Courtney won the week.
OK, we have terrazzo tiles. I am gobbling them up, trust me, and they’re absolutely delicious. They’re a huge trend in homes right now and still will be going into 2019. But a bathroom can’t possibly win on tile alone, can it?
Outside of the terrazzo tile, we have not a whole lot else going on here. The room features a very basic wall tile, simple tapware, what could only be described as a pretty standard vanity and bath, along with mirrors that certainly aren’t winning a ribbon at the county fare.
Am I missing something? And I mean that honestly, not in a sassy way. Please comment below and let me know if there was something you saw here that I didn’t. I’m just not seeing a win here, not am I seeing anything new being delivered outside of tile choice.
Which Block Bathroom was Your Fave?
You know I love to get your take on the rooms each week, so please do drop me a comment below. Do you reckon the judges got it right this week with the scoring? Who do you think deserved the win? Spill the beans below.