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The Block 2021 Master Bedroom Reveals Recap: Sweet Dream or Beautiful Nightmare?

The 2021 teams unveiled their master bedrooms this week on The Block, and I have to say it was a bit of a case of, have I seen you somewhere before?

Didn’t you feel like the ideas (for a few of the rooms, at least) were things you’d seen on the show numerous times across the 11 seasons? Or am I just getting far too judgemental in my old age? Is lockdown driving me so mad I can no longer see beauty in these spaces? Or am I just jealous some of the walk in robes are bigger than my own bedroom? 

I don’t have all the answers, of course. I’m just doing what’s required as my job as fourth judge on the show (unpaid, in pyjamas, with a glass of wine in hand). As the fifth judge, I’d love for you to read this week’s master bedroom critiques and share your own thoughts in the comments section at the end of the post. I’m sure you have plenty of things to say!

the block 2021 josh and luke master bedroom grey upholstered headboard

the block 2021 josh and luke master bedroom bed styling and skylights the block 2021 josh and luke master bedroom mirror and console

Josh and Luke Took out the Win

Last week Neale accused the boys of being generic and dated. This week I’m accusing them of being generic and dated.

Don’t get me wrong (or send me emails); there are some really nice elements in this master room. But really, you could Google ‘modern luxe bedroom’ and find this exact scheme a thousand times over. It’s been done to death. The velvet bed, the luxe lamps, the console, the velvet chair. None of it takes me anywhere new. And I do want The Block, especially in 2021, to deliver me some new ideas.

That said, this room does deserve to win. But that’s only because the others weren’t great, not because it’s a stroke of design genius from Josh and Luke (or the girlfriend. Did she style parts of the room or didn’t she? Do I actually care? I’m confused and unsure).

To call out moments I adore, let’s talk about the large floral artwork below. It’s pretty divine. I also like the bench seat at the end of the bed. And I do like the layout and footprint of the room. I’ll give them that. Moving the master here was wise, from what I can see so far. But that’s where the love stops.

the block 2021 josh and luke master bedroom armchair and artwork the block 2021 josh and luke master bedroom walk in robe

The Robe is a Winner, No Doubt About It

Pure divinity on the walk-in-robe front. It has almost everything you could want or need. And I love that there’s a skylight above, because getting ready in natural light is always preferred.

The one issue, which happened with a few of the walk-in-robes this week was the lack of full length mirror. You really have to work this into your design. At the very least you need a mirror you can see most of yourself in. The square mirror in the makeup zone isn’t enough.

The boys had such a large amount of space in the bedroom where the too-small console sits, they should have leant a large mirror there, or created a makeup zone in that section of the bedroom and left room for a whole panel of floor to ceiling mirror inside the robe. It seems like a small thing, but functionally it’s really not.

All in all though, a well-deserved win given what the other teams delivered this week.

the block 2021 mitch and mark master bedroom with teal upholstered bed frame and skylights the block 2021 mitch and mark master bedroom artwork

Mitch and Mark Came Second

I find the palette in Mitch and Mark’s master bedroom very successful. It’s soothing, there’s a nice sense of calm at play, and it speaks stylistically to the guest bedroom they delivered in week one. So from a cohesion and consistency perspective they’ve done exceptionally well. I get this house. I get where they’re going with it. And that’s really important.

The feature wallpaper behind the bed is gorgeous. I love that it doesn’t contrast against the walls around it. So many teams on The Block do a loud wallpaper or other treatment (we’ll get to you, Ronnie and Georgia), and sit it next to stark white walls. It’s such a disconnect. But Mitch and Mark have approached the shell of this room with careful consideration. Even the carpet is soft and soothing.

Love the bedding, love the artwork, adore the built-in joinery across from the bed. Yes the room is a tad small for a master, but it is beautifully done. There are, of course, a few downsides that I’d tweak.

the block 2021 mitch and mark master bedroom built in sideboard with mirror the block 2021 mitch and mark master bedroom walk in robe

A Well Deserved Second Place, But a Few Issues

I just have to come out and say it: I loathe the bed. I’m sorry, I can’t, don’t hate me. The colour is beautiful but God the style is dated. The tufting, the curvature, the wings: grandma called and she wants to know what her bed is doing in a modern Melbourne bedroom. They needed a bed with cleaner lines here. Some subtle piping on the edge of a headboard would have been stacks better.

Also, I have to say, the ball pendants are too small. I want to see bigger balls in this bedroom (not the first time I’ve said that, truth be told!). The scale is just a bit off with the size of those balls. OK, enough of the word balls. Let’s just replace those pendant lights, as nice as they are, for something larger and we’re good to go.

The robe was nice in terms of continuity of joinery colour, so I do appreciate that. The mirror panel needed to go all the way to the ceiling, but that’s just a small issue that could and should be easily corrected.

the block 2021 tanya and vito master bedroom skylight the block 2021 tanya and vito master bedroom blue arched headboard

Tanya and Vito Came Third

There’s a lot of things to say about this master bedroom from Tanya and Vito. I almost don’t know where to start. I feel, in general, it’s quite all over the place. And that’s kind of how I would describe their progress on The Block this year. So many ideas, too many of them packed into one space, and the result feels confusing.

I have to start with the positives. Thank every God that exists (even the Scientology alien) that we’re seeing a bedhead that isn’t velvet. Seriously, velvet beds on The Block have been overdone more than my spray tans in the early 2000s (in my defence, the roast chook look was very hot back then). I don’t know that I like the headboard per say, because it and the hard flooring together are too much of the one thing, but I really appreciate the idea. 

I adore the artwork that’s on the wall just inside the door. The colours are glorious and I need it for my own home. But outside of that I’m on struggle street when it comes to finding more to love about this bedroom. At every turn there are more issues than Woman’s Day. Let’s explore some of them…

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A Lot of Issues in this Master Bedroom

Before we even get to the robe, let’s discuss the hardness of the master. It feels hard (I’m not even going to make any word play here, I promise!). The flooring is such an error here. Nobody will convince me that hard flooring in the bedroom is a good thing.

It makes the whole space feel like a TV set or airbnb, not a sumptuous cosy bedroom you can retreat in. It paired with the headboard leaves the room yearning for softness. The sheers and bedding aren’t enough to do it.

The joinery that houses the TV is confused too. What is it, and why is it there? You have room to design a walk-in-robe; that’s where all your hanging space should be. Who wants half of their stuff in the walk-in and the rest of it either side of the TV? The joinery is shoved into the corner as well, against messy sheers that are way too warm for the space.

And then the walk-in. I think we’re all on the same page about the walk-in. 

I honestly really like Tanya and Vito’s ideas, and their want to deliver something different. It just always needs heavy editing. Less is more.

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Ronnie and Georgie Came Fourth

I don’t know, you guys… the judges were praising this room as extraordinary but I’m just not seeing it. Ronnie and Georgia’s master bedroom is large, for sure. I love the feeling of space and size when you walk in. It’s what you want from a master bedroom; for it to feel like a suite. But outside of the Laminex feature wall (which I’m still on the fence about), I’ve seen it all before. 

Let’s talk about the feature wall for a minute. Is it giving you external vibes? I’m not saying there’s not room for it indoors. I’m not saying it isn’t an update on VJ panelling. But I am saying that a bedroom isn’t the ideal place for it. I see this in a kitchen. Perhaps a farmhouse bathroom. But in a contemporary Melbourne master bedroom; computer says no.

And the colour; it’s giving me Colorbond roofing sheets. And they are not the kinda sheets I want in a bedroom. 

I do love the art. I do love the pendant lights (even if they are luxe when the room is not). And the ceiling fan is a nice touch. I just feel this room is a little rehashed. You also have an entertainment unit in there when it needed to be a much taller buffet, and you have tiny bedsides that could have been double the width. 

the block 2021 ronnie and georgia master bedroom white ceiling fan and sideboard the block 2021 ronnie and georgia master bedroom walk in robe joinery

Their Walk in Robe was Tiny

I say tiny in relation to the master bedroom. I mean, if this was my walk-in-robe in my apartment right now, I’d hide from the cats in here with a bottle of wine and not come out for days. But in relation to the master bedroom, it’s just not appropriate. How gutted would you be if you dropped millions on this home and this is the walk-in-robe you ended up with?

There’s also no mirror in this robe or in the master bedroom. Shall I just get dressed and hope I look good, or do I have to walk to another room somewhere to find the full length mirror? Functionally they really missed the mark. There’s so much dead space in the master they could have borrowed to make this robe feel more expansive.

The best master bedroom on The Block in 11 years? I have to respectfully disagree. 

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Kirsty and Jesse Came Last

Let’s talk about the foundation of the room first, because the shell is rather delicious. The expanse of sheers, the skylights, the angled ceiling, the carpet; they’re all rather successful. I actually enjoy the odd angles present in the architecture of this bedroom. It certainly makes it feel quirkier and more memorable.

After that, everything falls apart. I have to agree with Neale’s assessment that the individual pieces are not successful.

The odd angles I just mentioned, they are your character. That means adding in the panelling around the lower half of the room is overkill. It makes the room feel busy and confused. Is it modern, is it traditional? The angles and the panelling are fighting one another. And then you add in two arched doors that are giving me Willy Wonka vibes; it’s really quite over the top.

The headboard; is it oversized or not? It needs to be either much wider or standard size. It’s giving off a glam vibe that the panelling is fighting too. The other issue I have is that this bedroom doesn’t seem like it’s in the same home as their guest bedroom or the bathroom they showed last week.

the block 2021 kirsty and jesse master bedroom arched doorways the block 2021 kirsty and jesse master bedroom walk in robe

A Narrow Walk-in-Robe Result

The judges said it all; way too narrow a zone that wouldn’t work day-to-day for a couple. They need to rework this entire thing.

What did you guys think of The Block 2021 master bedrooms reveal? I’d love to get your take in the comments below.

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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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16 Responses

  1. Love your blog and Block comments Chris. Can you please find something else to criticise, sorry, judge, once The Block is finished? A few thoughts: I absolutely loved Ronnie and Georgia’s bedroom- what more do people expect or want? Apart from a bigger wardrobe of course!!
    The twins room was beautiful, especially the large floral artwork which was perfect in colour and proportion. No-one applies make-up in a wardrobe and even if they did they would need a sink and drawers. I think Tanya and Vito’s bedroom is awful. The bedhead is foul and I believe archways will date quickly. All bedrooms should be carpeted! And a tip for all contestants- if you have a door to your WIR you do not need wardrobe doors inside. Kim C

  2. Chris, you are a legend. Grant me your opinion and I am rewarded with laughter and learning. I suggest The Block judges read your posts too.

    Agree – these bedrooms are a letdown. I can’t help comparing The Block with other reno shows (especially in Europe and the U.S. of A.) and feeling we here are lacking something in Oz: have we become too careful in decor and choices? Give me some history and personality in a room any day over this same, same, only same. Just a bold stroke or two and natural finishes for texture and warmth, please. Just don’t get me Tanya and Vito on the job. Or Jimmy and Tam. Truly lovely people but I just don’t want them in control of my styling project.

    Beyond its size, I’m not a fan of the Twins walk in. Who needs glass doors in a walk in? Do I want to keep opening glass doors every time I need a t-shirt? Do I want to be cleaning glass doors for smudges every week? And more drawers less shelves, please Mr Music. Also, I would find no joy in doing my make-up in a walk in. Nup. Even with a skylight. A window is necessary for rendering me more Kate Moss than Tammy Faye Bakker. I note they provided no drawers for the make-up. And yes, no full length mirror is a huge no-no. A seat when you have all that room is requisite too. I don’t need to twirl like Julie Andrews/The Blaze but i will need to sit down to put on my socks. For all of the above, Mitch and Mark’s walk in is by far the better version, despite its smaller size. And the door bling Mitch and Mark chose? Divine. Now that’s what I mean when a say a few bold strokes makes all the difference.

    Speaking of size – I agree, Mitch and Mark usually have bigger balls than this. I am not enjoying their decorating style this season. I understand they are playing to win and therefore keeping their flamboyance in check, but it makes for disappointing viewing. I love you M&M, please don’t bow to the brouhaha.

    Ronnie and Georgie’s oversize bedroom? No. There is a thing as too large with respect to bedrooms versus cosiness. ‘Tis a clear case of bigger is not necessarily better. I would develop agoraphobia if this was my big empty disproportioned bedroom. I really don’t like the look of the laminex wall nor its colour – blergh. The picture over the buffet is too small and therefore floating in space. The pendants are too small and I dislike the style of them in this space. But that corner chair and lamp? Yeah, baby. Just toss me a blankie and I’ll curl up happily in that beautiful chair thanks. Stunning.

    Look forward to your golden prose again next week, Chris. Thank you xxx

  3. You are hilarious and such a good writer. You have me LMFAO with your comments- especially the bigger balls one. Keep up the great work x

  4. Overall, I was bored with these rooms. I don’t think there was anything outstanding about any of them. I don’t like Tanya and Vito’s or Kirsty and Jesse’s rooms at all. And their walk ins were disasters. The other rooms were just meh. Mark and Mitch’s bed was awful, so dated and bland. I’m not enjoying this season.

    1. I agree with you on all accounts. I hope the argument from this weeks show isnt the most interesting thing to happen.

  5. Agree on your observations. Narrow walk in robes, why ? Surprised that the guys who made them didn’t advise them on how impractical they are. Couples will need a roster system on when they use them or toss a coin.

  6. I pretty much said everything you mentioned when I was watching last night.
    Why is the console under the tv in the boys room so small? That annoys me. I actually like Ronnie and Georgia’s room but I don’t understand why they couldn’t have drawers for more storage instead of that (lovely but inappropriate) entertainment unit.
    Finally, I’m over permanent bedheads. I don’t want to have to get an electrician in to change my bedhead when I get over the style. ‍♀️

  7. I would have to say most of the designs lacked any strength of character or wow factor. Like some of the personalities this time

  8. I love Mitch and Marks bedrooms and this weeks was lovely. Beautiful colours and layout. The only negative was the size. Loved the size of Ronnie and Georgia’s bedroom, but hate the feature wall. Their WIR was too small by far.
    Josh and Luke had the best WIR and their bedroom was also very relaxing and well laid out. I didn’t like the bedhead in Tanya and Vitos bedroom, but the size and styling was nice. I loved the wall colour in Kirsty and Jesse’s bedroom and their bed and styling was beautiful. Their WIR was almost unusable.

  9. That artwork in Ronnie and Georgia’s room looks way too low, that wall is so tall and it looks squished to the bottom.

    Also don’t love the mint with the dark grey/blue, it’s completely off from the softer tones coming from the wall and carpet. They would have been better to go mono tone with layered greens.. The arched doors just seem off, do not fit into Hamptons at all. It looks like they like a palm spring vibe and a Hamptons vibe and are trying to put them together but the desert and ocean don’t go together like that… Without know the dimension of the room, I think the bed and radiator could have been switched. I find the assymetry of the roof and bed really off putting. Moving the bed to the back wall would mean it would feel cosier with the lower part of the roof above but also both people would be facing the beautiful wide doors while in bed. I agree about the wall paneling, not needed but I think because they started they now feel they need to do every room in it – it is also “modern” panelling and doesn’t really seem
    To fit with their theme. They would be better to wainscot the hallways and let the bedrooms individually speak for themselves. That being said I think they seem like nice people and really like certain ideas but are a bit misguided about how they work in practice. The room has great bones though (wardrobe and arch doors aside).

    I also agree about the boys’ console. When I saw it I thought it looked wayyyy to small for that space.

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