So, last week we saw the master ensuite on the Block 2022 and this week we get to see how the contestants continued their theme and the colour flow into their master bedroom. There were some highs and I am sorry to say, some lows. I am also sorry to say that with the exception of Tom and Sarah Jane taking out first place, I was not in agreement at all with the judges. I really liked Dylan and Jenny's bedroom and I loved Omar and Oz's master bedroom and I must say that after looking through all the images, I got to theirs last and it was like a breath of fresh air.
The Block 2022 Master Bedroom
You can see all the rooms below with the judges comments and also my take on each room.
First Place: Tom & Sarah-Jane, Score: 28.5
With three French doors opening to the wrap-around balcony and a wood-fired heater, this is a room the judges felt embraced the country it sits in, but was its own cosy sanctuary. “This is a room that hugs you!” said Shaynna as she took in the high ceilings and king-sized bed, “they’ve really thought it through!”. Neale loved the mixed textures, but for Darren it was the scale that won him over – a big bed, big drapes and big mirror TV was all very grand, he thought, with the bone inlay side tables tie in a perfect match for the rattan of the bedhead.
My thoughts on Tom & Sarah Jane's master bedroom
- The colour palette is very good. The natural partnership of green and terracotta is beautiful as it is rich with strong colour but as they are natural tones, they are not overwhelming.
- I love the carpet and the rug – they are both nice quality but understated.
- I like the placement of the fireplace and the mirrored TV is perfect.
- The bone inlay side tables actually work well with the French Provinicial bed and ottomans.
- The walk in wardrobe is nicely balanced with plenty of storage
- There really aren't any obvious downsides to this room and I think that Tom & Sarah Jane absolutely deserved first place.
Related: My Guide to French Provincial Style
Second Place: Ankur & Sharon, Score: 28
From the beautifully restored original door to antique furniture, a Marie Antoinette portrait and grand bedhead, this was a room that had the judges from the moment they walked in. “This room says period drama to me!” Neale said, with Shaynna agreeing, pointing out the corbels, archways and even a beautifully framed mirror TV. The pendant lighting left them wondering – too Deco, perhaps? – and Shaynna pointed out the view through the fireplace takes in the toilet as she feared, but with a huge walk-in that screamed luxury this was, Neale summed up, a crazy mix of eccentricity that worked well.
My thoughts on Ankur & Sharon's master bedroom
- Last week's ensuite was just overwhelming and I find that the master bedroom from Ankur and Sharon is having the same effect on me. Individually, there are some nice elements, but the overall package is just too busy and disconnected.
- For example, the entrance door to the bedroom is beautiful but very rustic, while the gorgeous antique pieces of furniture are stunning but very refined. I like to blend contemporary pieces with antiques, and in fact this can be one of the most successful looks, but I don't think they have pulled this off well.
- The fireplace is an Art Deco design, which again is introducing yet another style/element into the room.
- The French Provincial bed, coincidentally the same as Tom and Sarah Jane's, is stunning and I love the bed end piece. The carpet and rug are gorgeous, as is the chest of drawers.
- There are some gorgeous pieces in this room and I do think it is more successful than their ensuite, but it is just too busy with different styles vying for attention. Remember Coco Chanel's advice, when you dress, always take something away – this would be good advice here.
Third Place: Rachel & Ryan, Score: 27.5
“Ooh la la!” said Darren as he rushed in to embrace the stacked stone fireplace, then admired the neutral palette and subtle styling choices he felt combined to create a perfect balance of contemporary and country. And a perfect walk-in, Neal said when he rolled back the barn door to find what he called “prime real estate for buyers”, a dressing zone divided into separate zones that just works. With oak finishes and woodgrain surfaces on the wardrobes, Darren said the room not only works alone, but ties in perfectly to the bathroom.
My thoughts on Rachel & Ryan's Master bedroom
- For me, this was the least successful room this week. I'm not sure of the height of the ceiling, but it wasn't enough for the canopy bed and the stacked stone fireplace.
- The canopy bed is almost hitting the light and is at odds with it on the style. A simpler bed and a less domineering fireplace would have made this a very successful room.
- There is lots to love here though. The wall panelling behind the bed is very nice and I love the way the bed has been dressed. Lots of layers, but nice and simple.
- The soft colour palette, gorgeous carpet and rug, and the styling are all perfect. I would just lose the bed and demolish the fireplace.
Fourth Place: Dylan & Jenny, Score: 25.5
Walking straight into the spacious wardrobe – complete with the first dressing table of the day – the judges found themselves admiring the wallpaper, the view, the storage galore and the way this space was unusual, but still made sense. After wondering again why there’s no door on the bathroom, they headed into the bedroom, and were impressed by the window seat… but not the curtains and wondered if the artwork could have been scaled down. It’s a room with style they agreed, but does it live up to their earlier successes? Perhaps not.
My thoughts on Dylan & Jenny's Master bedroom
- I love this master bedroom and walk in wardrobe. Who, in fact wouldn't love this dressing room? It is stunning and I think that these guys deserved second place.
- The flow through into the bathroom is perfect and the double doors into the room are graceful and elegant. I do agree with the judges on the bathroom door though, particularly as it is so close to the entrance doors.
- The panelling throughout, wallpaper choice and colour scheme are lovely. The styling, furniture and artwork are all very nice. The doona looks a little small for the bed and the window seat would have been more successful with shutters, but overall, I think this is a beautiful space.
Fifth Place: Omar & Oz, Score: 22.5
With a mini-library reading area in one end and a smaller bed to compensate, the judges found Omar and Oz’s master a confusing space that showed promise, but didn’t quite live up to its potential. The lack of storage was a real issue for all three, with Shaynna advising: “Lose the shelves, lose the desk” and Neale adding “there’s too much going on guys!”. Even Darren, impressed by the carpets, drapery, uplights and doors to the wardrobe that cut off the space to the bathroom, had to admit that this was a room where less would have been more.
My thoughts on Omar & Oz's Master bedroom
- I really like this room as it is calming and has a lovely serenity to it. But it also has personality.
- The bed is very appealing and has been nicely layered and I love the blue corner chair.
- I actually like the reading nook. I am a big fan of books and finding a calm and private space to read and I feel that this gives the room a personality. It's not all about electronic devices and watching TV, albeit disguised as a mirror. For those of us who like a technology free space and an area that is just ours to relax in, this room ticks all those boxes.
- The walk in wardrobe has the balance that was so successful in their ensuite and I love the central ottoman.
- I'm not in love with the bedside tables and the artwork is too high, but overall I think this is a lovely master ensuite that certainly didn't deserve last place.
Related: How to display a statement artwork
You can see the master bedroom reveals from 2021 here.
Photography: David Cook Photography
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