With a Hallway, Laundry and WC to deliver this week, contestants really had their work cut out for them.
Hallways are the first impression a buyer has upon entering the home and sets the tone for styling expectations throughout. Laundries need maximum functionality with itty bitty floorplans, and WCs have a history of disappointing judges.
Even with dwindling budgets and fatigue at its peak in this late stage of the game, the quality of the rooms delivered this week were second to none.
An elegant hallway of muted tones did not disappoint in House 3 this week. The feature pendant and art work choices were spot on in the 1930s part of the house. Daniel & Jade’s WC didn’t quite pack as much visual punch as their fellow contestants this week, and we felt that their wall hung basin not being centred under their stunning curved mirror was visually distracting.
However, the stunning Hideaway+ flush button in Matte Black perfectly complements the Milli Pure Progressive wall basin mixer and adds the aesthetic drama that this mostly white space needs. The laundry was functional, but we felt a little too bland with the colour palette to really wow potential buyers.
Harry & Tash’s spacious, light-filled hallway is presented like a modern art gallery and is a stunning entry to their 1920s character home. Their laundry connected really well with the design choices made in the kitchen. It was a smaller floor plan than some of the other contestants delivered, and thus less functional overall.
Rather than delivering a WC this week, Harry and Tash renovated their upstairs bathroom. This was a real priority for the duo after mistakes were made with the structural integrity of the wall and unfortunately presented a real financial obstacle for the duo at this late stage in the game.
House 5 presented a textural and Palm Springs-inspired masterpiece with their hallway and storage area this week. Jimmy & Tam’s high impact entrance which included amazing timber features and terrazzo flooring is a real point of difference.
This dynamic duo have maximised their WC with a clever floorplan and their inclusion of the Kado Lux Inwall toilet suite and small wall hung basin. Their choice of the Kado Lussi LED mirror is a great way to bring necessary light into a small space with a low ceiling (no room for pendants here).
Their laundry beautifully complements the colour palette of their kitchen, right down to mimicking their choice of the Scala tapware in Living Tumbled Brass. We love the consistent 50s styling throughout and feel this couple is delivering a colourful, yet cohesive, character-filled home with high end inclusions.
House 4’s hallway is a stunning welcome to their 1910 home. It was simple and elegant with just the right amount of period and modern features to achieve that balance of old and new. Luke & Jasmin’s laundry is every home maker’s dream – delivering both form and function in their signature style.
They continued their use of timber and warm whites mixed with elegant gold fittings in our favourite laundry this week. The brushed gold Mizu Drift tap features yet again in this space, bringing elegance to the hardest working room in the home.
The WC has a touch of British Colonial style with the palm tree wallpaper and hand towel hook. The hygienic and space-saving AXA Uno rimless toilet is a great choice for this space, allowing the stunning champagne flush panel and wallpaper to be the dominant features of the room.
Sarah & George are really finishing strong with their “game changer” spend on an arched hallway door – resulting in a breathtaking statement piece that really paid off. The laundry was equally impressive, with a well-planned layout and thoughtful attention to detail. The green vertical panelling however appeared a little out of place when considering the colour palette and style reflected through the rest of their home.
There were some beautiful period references in the 40s-inspired WC with floral wallpaper making a bold statement. Sarah & George have continued with their neoclassical look and carried the Posh Canterbury tapware in matte black through into this space for continuity. The Kado Lux back to wall toilet was the perfect choice for such a small space and overall we feel this couple have delivered a cosy and glamorous room that ticks all the right boxes.
These family-friendly Brighton homes will attract buyers with a discerning eye and a need for highly functional spaces. The contestants have understood the importance of a heavy lifting laundry in anticipation of a large family’s demands on this space, and delivered multiple rooms with stunning and unique designs.
Alisa and Lysandra xx