Week 5 of The Block 2022 saw the contestants deliver two rooms, a bedroom and a bathroom and in one case, a powder room too, which is an enormous achievement. As ever, there were some highs and some lows and as usual, I didn't agree fully with the judges. I am really enjoying seeing how Omar and Oz are developing their style. They have a very fresh and simple approach to their decorating that is always balanced and calming. I really like their understated style. Tom and Sarah-Jane again pushed the boundaries with pattern and colour which will be quite divisive. I feel the room was just too busy. The problem for me wasn't the colour, but the canopy bed was a real design issue. I feel that Rachel and Ryan went wrong with this last week too.
Rachel and Ryan delivered a lovely bedroom and absolutely stunning bathroom. For me, this should have been the winning team.
The Block 2022 Bedroom and Bathroom reveals
I have all the reveals below, together with the judges comments and my thoughts on each of the bedrooms and bathrooms.
First Place: Tom & Sarah-Jane, Score: 29 + 1 Gnome = 30 points
With its breathtaking tartan feature wall highlighting an eclectic mix of artworks, sheer drapes behind a discrete pelmet and well-planned wardrobes Tom and Sarah-Jane’s bedroom, Neale said, showed the couple were “really having fun and creating their dream home”. Not everything was perfect, the judges noted, with Darren pointing out the low bed and prominent power points, but combined with a bathroom that finally featured face-level storage alongside the stunning tile choices, it was enough for Shaynna to sum up: This is beautiful!
My thoughts on Tom and Sarah-Jane's bedroom and bathroom
- I love colour and pattern and so was really excited to see Tom and Sarah-Jane's use of wallpaper this week. The bedroom wallpaper is divine but the canopy bed unfortunately got in the way and fought with it. I would have liked to see a strong block of colour, extracted from the wallpaper, as a simple rectangle bedhead.
- Canopy beds need space and height. You also shouldn't use a feature pendant with them as these get in the way too. The bed made the room messy and detracted from the drama of the wallpaper.
- I would have preferred to see the fitted wardrobes extending to the ceiling. Again, this would have brought a touch more simplicity to the space, rather than extending the wallpaper to this area and just creating an area for dust to collect.
- I really like the colour scheme in the room. The rug is lovely and the styling pretty.
- I thought the Powder room was dreamy. I loved it. The olive finger tiles worked well with the floor tile and I adored the wallpaper. The use of colour and pattern really worked here.
- I didn't like the wall tiles in the bathroom. The effect was simply too much and I felt it was completely at odds with the floor tile. It was also too warm with the vanity unit. I can't really see any redeeming features in here.
- Overall though, I think that Tom and Sarah Jane are to be commended. They push the boundaries and are not afraid to give colour and pattern a go. However, I don't feel that in any way they should have been at the top of the scoring.
Related: How to choose Canopy Beds
Second Place: Omar & Oz, Score: 29 points
A low-slung bed under a high ceiling transported Neale to Japan in Omar and Oz’s bedroom, an awesome return to form added Darren. Superb bedside pendants, Shaynna added, concrete plaster that works, and a neutral palette all add up to a “very zen” room, the ideal addition to an ensuite that shows why the boys keep winning the wet areas. With white, timber and brass accents, a stunning shower screen and tiles playing off their other bathrooms but keeping its unique look, this shows, Neale said, that they can keep their title of “bathroom kings” on this Block.
My thoughts on Omar and Oz's bedroom and bathroom
- Simplicity is the key here. This is a space of calmness and serenity. In the bedroom I like the wall lights, artwork and soft colour palette. I felt it needed a little more though and the style of bed and bedside tables wouldn't be mine, but overall I thought this was a successful bedroom.
- I like the shelves in the wardrobe – these would look good with lots of books. So there are plenty of opportunities to add a little more personality to this space, which it really does need.
- The bathroom is fabulous. A timeless classic that is well thought through. I really like the large format Ceppo floor tiles which extend to the very well planned and thoughtful shower seat. The wall tiles look great and I think are much more successful than in their first bathroom. As with the bedroom though, it needed a touch more personality. Perhaps an artwork on the wall?
- The vanity unit, basin, tapware and recessed shaving cabinet are all perfect. A really beautiful space that will look fabulous for years to come.
- These guys deserved to do well this week. A great bedroom and excellent bathroom – both just needed a little extra.
Third Place: Rachel & Ryan, Score: 26 points
After weeks of pushing the contemporary aesthetic into their country home, the judges were braced for more modern styling, but one look at Rachel and Ryan’s combination of a rug, artwork and bed-top blanket showed them they were still embracing country as well. Slightly timid, Neale said, but still a great asset to the growing house and the perfect partner to a bathroom all agreed had impact… “plenty of impact!” “There’s not a single safe choice here… and I love it,” Darren said as he took in the lava stone basin, timber bench seat, black tapware accents and more. “Magazine worthy,” Shaynna said.
My thoughts on Rachel & Ryan's bedroom and bathroom
- This is the most successful room reveal for Rachel and Ryan so far. There is lots to love about these rooms.
- I really like the colour palette of the bedroom. The rug, artwork and plaid blanket on the bed are all perfect. I really like the bedside tables and lamps but I didn't like the timber bedhead and chest of drawers, which I thought was out of place. The chest of drawers was also too high and not wide enough for the wall.
- However, anything that was lacking in the bedroom was made up for in their fabulous bathroom. What a success this is. The tile choices, colour palette, mix of textures and the layout are all perfect.
- A really great week for these guys which should have seen them with a higher score.
Fourth Place: Dylan & Jenny, Score: 24.5 points
Laminex panelling complementing the sconces, harmonious curtaining and a gorgeous colour palette combine to bring out the best in a room much smaller, but at least better finished than some others, the judges said of Jenny and Dylan’s bedroom. That sentiment carried over to the bathroom, where Darren pointed out the tiles, vanity, basin, mirror and especially the bath all combine for a perfect balance of luxury and country style. The cabinets, however, were a touch too high, Shaynna said and Neale pointed out a suction-cupped sponge that brought down the luxe feel. Those faults aside however, it was a room, they agree, that just works.
My thoughts on Dylan & Jenny's bedroom and bathroom
- I think these guys did a great job with the limited space available. There are some thoughtful design elements; the ribbing on the bath is very effective and follows through from the Laminex bedhead. I also really like that the fitted wardrobes continue up to the ceiling. Even if you don't use these higher cupboards, the look is complete and there are no open areas for dust to collect.
- I really like the soft but rich colour palette that extends through to the bathroom. I'm not keen on the lavender sinks, but this is a small gripe.
- Overall, the styling is effective, the layout of the bathroom is excellent and the finishes are good.
Fifth Place: Ankur & Sharon, Score: 22 points
“Look at the scale!” gushed Darren walking into what is essentially a second master suite, “you could swing a tiger in here!” And with its grand bay window, “almost antique” colour palette, gold velvet touches and bold furniture choices, the others agreed. There were finishing errors and what Darren said was “a masterclass in how not to paint”, but with an ensuite boasting an “almost perfect” layout, finished with tiles, mirror, tapware and shutters that were heavenly, it all comes together. If only, they agreed, the contestants had more time.
My thoughts on Ankur & Sharon's bedroom and bathroom
- I wish that these guys would learn to look at their designs and then remove at least one thing, or three. I'm not sure that my senses can cope with the overload from these guys room reveals.
- There was so much scope with the size and gracious finishes of this bedroom to create a stunning room. The bay window is beautiful and should have had either shutters to match the lovely ones in the ensuite or some simple Roman blinds to make the most of the view. The sheers here look messy, dated and out of place.
- The leather chair was unnecessary – how many people are going to be in this space?
- Then I got a peek into the bathroom and thought, phew, they seem to have toned back things this week. Beautiful shutters, lovely vanity unit, soft pink floor tiles and basin to create a feature, but no, it was not to be. As I got to see the full bathroom, I was confronted with the sugary, lolly pink feature tiles that was like a smack in the face. This came so close to being a lovely room.
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What did you think of the reveal of The Block 2022 bedroom and bathroom week?
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