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The Block is almost over, people. I'm half devastated not to be recapping it every Monday morning and looking at all of the gorgeous imagery from the reveals, and half relived to have a small breather until the show returns for more in 2016.

I was sure that Jo Frost from SuperNanny was a guest this week on The Block. Almost every team had set up a naughty chair in their living room. I checked, and there was no record of Jo in sight, which can only mean the Blockheads were eager to create a nook in the rooms best vantage point. Still, a lot of the naughty chairs felt awkward to me.

It was such a mixed bag of rooms this week at The Blocktagon that it's hard to pinpoint a team who were deserving to win. With three spaces to show - study, laundry and powder room - I found most of the teams got some spaces bang on-point while others fell completely flat.As always, I have a different opinion to what the judges had to say, so let's take a look at the five teams' rooms and check out what worked and what didn't.

I don't always agree with the judges on The Block and last night's episode was no different. I was very pleased to see that Whitney and Andy finished their space this time around, although as I said in last Monday's post, I thought that they should have won for their bedroom last week regardless. It showed such promise!

This week's gas leak at The Blocktagon worksite threw a bit of the spanner in the works for the teams, but it didn't stop some of the frontrunners presenting wow-factor rooms. It also seemed to be a battle of the feature walls in this week's reveal. Some were stellar and others fell flat.

When it comes to colour palettes for spring, there are five hot-to-trot new hues you need to get on board with ASAP. And we're not talking neutrals for the most part, either (been there, done that!).It's time to up the ante and get adventurous with vibrant paint colours as 2015 starts to draw to a close. These hues are set to be on trend for a while, too, so crack out a brush and splash a bit of drama about at home.

Flicking through magazines, it's often the dark and moody interiors that capture our interest. It used to be the bright and white rooms, with light flooding in and oodles of sunshine. But as designers like Abigail Ahern began showing us the beauty of a more masculine colour palette a few years back, we've all started to crave them in our homes.

African design has been popular on and off for years now, but most incarnations of it have featured a colour story of blacks, beiges, whites and the occasional pop of burnt orange. Mix in a few animal prints, some leather and a splash of brass and you have a gorgeous - albeit subdued - African interior scheme (take a look at an example here).