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The Block 2020 master bedrooms luke and jasmin black four poster bed in white bedroom

The Block 2020 Master Bedrooms Reveal: Best & Worst Moments

Seeing The Block 2020 master bedrooms revealed this week had me going through more emotions than a contestant on The Bachelor. I was shocked, I was surprised, I got angry, I got sad, I was elated, I felt crushed. I didn’t take a mud bath, throw a tantrum or try to register expression through a frozen face. But outside of those three things I feel the experience was quite similar.

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There’s so much to say about these master bedrooms, you guys. And as I’m sure you won’t be at all surprised to discover, it was another week where I didn’t agree with the judges. Well, in some rooms I did. But the scoreboard at the end certainly didn’t reflect what I wanted it to. So why don’t we just dive right in and talk though all of the style wins and sins from this week’s The Block 2020 master bedrooms reveal.

As always, I’d be very keen to hear your thoughts on the reveal. Have a scroll through the imagery below and read my critiques then drop a comment at the end of the post. I often wonder if I’m alone in these opinions of mine, so don’t be afraid to let me know if you agree or not. I love the input!

The Block 2020 master bedrooms harry and tash bedroom with green bird wallpaper and blue velvet tufted headboard The Block 2020 master bedrooms harry tash bedroom with blue velvet upholsterd headbord and green bird wallpaper feature wall

Harry and Tash Came First

OK, so I’m legitimately shocked that Harry and Tash came first. I may have enjoyed their guest bedroom at the start of the series, but this master is fraught with issues. Did the judges award them the win like teachers do with under-performing students to give them a confidence boost? I really can’t be sure, but I can be sure that this wasn’t winning room material.

The Lack of Balance is the Main Issue

If you take a look at both images above you’ll see the two sides of Harry and Tash’s master bedroom. The main issue I have with it, as I’m sure you’ll agree, is that one side of the room is heavy and dominated with colour, and the other side of the room is stark white with not much going on. The contrast between the two is huge, and it results in a room that feels off-kilter. If they were going to go high-drama on one wall, the rest of the space needed to at least complement it in some way.

The Competing Focal Points is of Concern too

The feature wall behind the bed; sheesh. I don’t know how else to say it other than to declare it completely unappealing. From a design perspective, there are two competing focal points. The wallpaper is so bold and in-you-face, and then they placed an elaborately-shaped bed in a bold colour with tufted buttons in front of it. It’s just way too overbearing. Choose one or the other.

Does a Buyer Want this?

On a personal level I hate both the bed and the wallpaper, but I also feel like they’d turn a buyer off too. You want to walk into a master bedroom and feel it’s either light and ethereal or sophisticated and packed with grandeur. This room is neither of those things. Can someone get an estate agent on the phone ASAP. Is anyone thinking about the potential buyer?

The Block 2020 master bedrooms daniel jade bedroom with blue bedding and gold sideboard The Block 2020 master bedrooms daniel and jade fifties bedroom with art deco wallpaper and blue bed

Daniel and Jade Landed Joint Second

Looking over all of the scores from The Block 2020 master bedrooms I’d say that Daniel and Jade should have come second. Which they did. Not joint second (we’ll get to that shortly) but second nonetheless. There were a few things here that bothered me and a few things that worked, so let’s discuss them.

The Overall Vibe is Appealing

What I was just saying about Harry and Tash’s space not being light and ethereal or sophisticated and moody; at least Daniel and Jade ticked the former box. This master bedroom does have that soothing, light and bright feel to it. It’s quite restful and calm, but not boring thanks to the inclusion of a few key details like wallpaper. This is the sort of wallpaper that might be slightly divisive for a buyer, but it doesn’t push it too far.

The Colour was a Bit Much

I applaud their wanting some bold colour in here. But for me, the dark blue and gold against the white backdrop is a bit much. You look at the space and there’s just this gigantic blob of blue in the middle of the room. Again, like with Harry and Tash, choose one moment. If the headboard is dark blue, change the bedding to a soothing soft grey and add in a blue throw to tie it together. It’s a bit overwhelming. I would have taken out the mustard accessories altogether.

WTF Are those Lamps?

I know Shaynna found them kind of endearing, but I just can’t. Not only do they look like something you’d find at junk shop, they don’t work in this space. These are master bedrooms on The Block in 2020. Where are the wall sconces? Where are the pendant lights? So many of the rooms this week has tiny little lamps on bedsides. That doesn’t cut it in a luxury Melbourne market.

The Block 2020 master bedrooms luke and jasmin four posted bed black timber in white bedroom The Block 2020 master bedrooms juke and jasmine relaxed bohemian bedroom with four poster bed

Luke and Jasmin Landed Joint Second

Ah, Luke and Jasmin; the couple that’s fast becoming my fave in the competition. What I find so good about their approach (outside of the ghastly guest bedroom they did week one), is that they’re striking the right balance. They’re delivering rooms that will appeal to a buyer. They’re giving a good nod to the era without tacky, over-the-top inclusions. And they’re still delivering decorative moments that impress a furniture and homewares addict like me. They’re ticking all the boxes.

This is a First-Place Master Bedroom

As I’ve mentioned before, when I see the reveal photos I always rank the rooms before I see what the judges say. And out of all The Block 2020 master bedrooms, this one stood out as the winner for me.

It’s light and bright. The shell of the room features period details. The colour palette is soft and soothing. It’s textural and interesting. It feels like a master bedroom. Sure, the queen bed was a mistake. But it’s a glorious four poster bed and can be easily upsized. And those bedside tables are equally impressive.

The Selling Power of a Bay Window

Trust and believe, little things like the inclusion of a bay window make all the difference when it comes time to sell this property. A well planned home, and a well staged one, is all about selling the fantasy to a buyer. You want them to imagine themselves in it living their best life. And that’s what the bay window does.

The Only Master with Sconces

All of the other master bedrooms this week had sad little lamps on bedside tables. These are master bedrooms on The Block, selling in a luxury Melbourne market. A buyer expects a pendant or sconce. So I’m applauding Luke and Jasmin for including these stunning brass ones in their space.

The Block 2020 master bedrooms sarah and george bedroom with red velvet bed and purple wallpaper The Block 2020 master bedrooms bedroom with fireplace and dark grey carpet

Sarah and George Came in Fourth

Fourth place is probably fair, all things considered. I rank Luke and Jasmin first, then Daniel and Jade second. The rest of the bedrooms were all pretty similar for me in terms of scoring. None gave me anything to write home about. Sarah and George made a lot of blunders here, so I’m really struggling to find nice things to say about the space.

Another Poorly Balanced Room

This master bedroom suffers from exactly the same issue Harry and Tash’s does; it’s so heavy and dominant on one side and so light on the other. The balance is really off. For a master bedroom that doesn’t look incredibly big, that large-scale mural just leaps out at you as soon as you walk into the room and makes it feel smaller. And am I going mad, or was this used in a bedroom last year? It was this exact design or something quite similar.

The red bed against it was a major fail too. Although the bedhead and quilt cover combo is my traditional Christmas theme in bedding form. Not that you want your bed to remind you of Santa’s sleigh.

Where’s the Mood Lighting?

There are some real practicality issues here. I know this show is a reno-for-sale and staging-for-sale show, in essence. And so some comments about smaller decorative moments become irrelevant in the end. But the lack of a lamp, pendant or wall sconce on either side of the bed is a major issue. One that wasn’t even commented on. I guess if you buy the house you have to install these yourself?

That Unforgivable Fireplace Height

It’s going to come back to bite them in the butt, I promise you. Any potential buyer who walks into the room is going to see that, think it looks odd, and be a bit turned off by it. Like Darren said, it’s obvious why they wanted it higher (so you can see it when you’re in bed). But you can’t just break the logical rules of design like this and expect buyers to be OK with it.

The Block 2020 master bedrooms jimmy and tam mustard bedding and pink cushions The Block 2020 master bedrooms jimmy and tam bedroom with brick fireplace and sheer curtains

Jimmy and Tam Came Last

The last of The Block 2020 master bedrooms is here, and I have to admit, Jimmy and Tam deserved the lowest score. Before we get into this space though, I want to address another issue I have.

If you line up Jimmy and Tam’s master, guest ensuite and guest bedroom side by side, there’s simply no design cohesion. That’s such an issue that nobody seems to be addressing. There’s a green and yellow guest room, a turquoise and gold ensuite, and now a pink and yellow master. It’s a really unsuccessful approach to whole-home design. You want a property to have a consistent colour palette at the very least, and this one doesn’t. I can’t see how it’ll help them come auction day.

There are Moments to Love Here

Before we address functionality, can I just say that from a purely visual perspective there are some wins here. The bed frame and bedside tables are both lovely pieces. The chair in the corner is rather attractive, and I really do like the wallpaper in this space (way better than the other one they used in the guest bedroom). I also really enjoy the bricks as a feature in the room. Visually I’m OK with it.

The Functionality is Terrible Though

The judges accurately read them for filth when it came to the decision to put the ensuite between the bedroom and walk-in-robe. But the other major functionality issue was the fireplace being so close the corner of the bed. There’s absolutely no way you could use it, so it becomes a bit of a redundant feature in the room, which is a real shame. The entire footprint of the master, robe and ensuite needs a major re-work in my humble opinion.

A Little on the Warm Side

While I like a lot of the pieces in this space, it does read as overwhelmingly warm. The bed and bedsides break one of my major bedroom decorating rules, and the yellow quilt cover set on top just pushes it in too-warm a direction. Throw in the warm bricks and the blush chair and this space has me sweating already. Some cooler tones in here would be appreciated.

The Block 2020 master bedrooms luke and jasmin black four poster bed in white bedroom

What was your Fave Space?

Out of all The Block 2020 master bedrooms, which one do you think should have taken out first place this week? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Were there any moments I missed here that were major style wins or sins that you noticed? Let me know!

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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

COMMENTS
  • Kerry

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    Given the size of the house (those extensions to the rear look huge) and the luxury market it’s looking to appeal to, the masters (except H&T) seem small. L&J had the best room IMO.

    14 September, 2020
  • Kerry Clayton

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    I’d like to know who’s advising these people on styling. Imagine trying to have a good night’s sleep in rooms that are overpowering with colour. Bedrooms should be soothing with a calm elegance about them. There were parts of each that I liked but generally they all missed the mark. If I was to give a win to anyone it would be the 1930s Jade & Daniels

    14 September, 2020
  • Mel Champion

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    I felt all the master bedrooms were tiny (only H & T’s was the right size)…if I’m buying a multi million dollar home, I won’t a BIG master bedroom! Somewhere to escape to and relax , I’d expect a seating area and not just a token one chair in the corner to fill a space. I have a thing for fireplaces in bedrooms……I HATE them!! It’s a safety thing for me. I love a calm restful space..so the only one that scored for me was L & J’s but it needed to be bigger!!! They’ve got these massive (well it appears to be) extensions out the back and a pokey master at the front…doesn’t fit right with me. To me I’d have guest bedrooms/bathroom and study and maybe a lounge for guests at the front of the house and at the back massive master and kids bedrooms. That’s just me. Space to me sells! As everyone wants space…especially if you have children and children are staying at home longer these days, so those little children will become bigger children.

    14 September, 2020
  • Veronica Hopkins

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    I look forward to your Block comments every week. Glad to know I am not the only person who is shocked and continually saying to myself ” what were they thinking”!
    I am continually amazed when block contestants who have never renovated a house think they know better than an architect and change the plans. Jimmy and Tam’s decision to switch the ensuite and walk-in robe is just madness and will turn off so many buyers – I don’t know anyone that would prefer a poky walk in robe – let alone having it blocked off by the ensuite – pure idiocy. Daniel and Jade’s bedroom was divine though and they should have won.

    14 September, 2020
  • Robyn

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    Luke and Jasmine should have won
    I also wonder if they receive any advice re: styling, decor etc.
    These house’s are in Brighton, which is known for its beautiful heritage homes, and multi million dollar prices.
    The gaudiness of some of the bedrooms certainly isn’t a peaceful retreat style to wake up in.
    Luke and Jasmine’s did have a restful look, very up market, and why lose points because of the size of the bed?
    It was peaceful with a tranquil appeal with the inclusion of the wall mouldings, the wall sconces it’s inviting, and the bay window was a great addition.
    Where are the contestants getting ideas from, why the bright wallpaper and over the top bright beds from?????
    Considering that Jimmy and Tam have won everything, the master bedroom needs to be completely re-done.

    14 September, 2020
  • Julie Wilson

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    You are absolutely right Chris about EVERYTHING you said!! Luke and Jasmin’s master shows real talent. Love EVERYTHING about it.

    15 September, 2020
  • Karen Campbell

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    I actually didn’t like any of them.Harry and Tash’s bedhead and wallpaper together did not work and that beautiful coloured bedhead in Sarah and George’s room does not go with the wallpaper at all.Very disappointing all round 🙁

    15 September, 2020
  • Christine Battersby

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    Luke and Jasmine should have come first, soft colours and beautiful period features win my vote.
    I didn’t like any of the others very much although Jimmy and Tam’s was ok, I personally dislike yellow! Especially in the bedroom! and blond brick noooo!

    15 September, 2020
  • Sharon

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    I seriously think they are all horrible.
    I especially hate the sky lights in the bedrooms.
    None of the rooms work and they are not historically appropriate.
    Houses of these eras had colour and design, wooden furniture and colourful lush curtains.
    These are all haphazard.
    Get rid of the ridiculous white walls.
    Nasty with a capital N

    15 September, 2020
  • Julie Hurd

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    Quite clearly everyone seems to be of the same opinion, the results were a bit of a shock this week. I wouldn’t want to take anything away from the contestants, they do their best under a lot of pressure and mostly do a great job. Luke and Jasmines room was quite beautiful in design and will appeal to a high end buyers market, I loved it. Your comments were so on the mark Chris, I really had an issue with the wallpaper and bed head clashing in the winning room, but thought I must be wrong after the scores were revealed.

    15 September, 2020
  • Jan

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    Skylights in a bedroom I hate. Chris, Chris, Chris I feel like I am sitting in your head on a Sunday night. A heavier drink is needed please!!
    What is with all the horrible contrasting colours in these rooms, I love contrast but none of them come back to the era. Not happy Jan!

    16 September, 2020
  • Cathy

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    Luke & Jasmin’s bedroom is perfect! Ooh, how I’d love those cushions & throws!

    16 September, 2020
  • Jo

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    Again Chris, pretty much agree with you on all accounts. Luke and Jasmine created a soft, inviting and classy Master bedroom, one in which i would be happy to retire to …maybe the posts on their bed were a bit oversize but everything else just oozed sophistication to me…all the other bedrooms, too much clashing of colours and practicality issues. Go Luke and Jasmine. She has style , she has flair….

    20 September, 2020
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