Formal lounge room week means there’s a lot of stuff to coordinate. And if you’ve got a big space to fill then that can be tricky. Large rooms are hard to decorate because furniture can feel like it has no place and it’s floating around the room.
I knew these rooms would be very formal and glitzy. You can see straight away they don’t feel cozy and like a room you can ‘lounge’ in. Except for maybe Deb and Andy’s space with the exposed brick.
Check out all the lounge rooms below…
MATT AND EL’ISE
Matt and El’ise went all-out to showcase stunning heritage details in their room, opting for oversized cornacing, an ornate ceiling rose, and even an arch and corville in the hallway.
It hit all the right notes – and they won the room, scoring a near-perfect 29!
Shaynna especially loved the room. She particularly loved the couple’s colour palette, and their use of burnt orange drapes over plantation shutters, the two burnt orange occasional chairs, the cabinetry with colonial details and the working fireplace.
The judges also loved the venetian plaster on the walls, which they felt showcased the room’s best attributes, including the placement of those stunning high-fashion photographic prints.
They all said the room had a lovely homely feel, and that the grey lounge paired with the grey rug and two side tables made for a cozy feel.
MITCH AND MARK
Mitch and Mark created a sumptuous formal lounge using blues, greens and burnt oranges, to imbue their space with a gorgeous old Hollywood feel, only narrowly missing out on a win by half a point. “It’s a room I would want to have,” said Mark ahead of reveal.
The judges loved Mitch and Mark’s use of whimsy in the room, and the placement of their glass and bronze ‘pineapple’ table, as well as the art deco long feature table with two reading lights, the large brass planter – complete with oversized Maidenhair Fern – and that quirky torso vase.
ANDY AND DEB
Andy and Deb went for a light, bright “coastal luxe” vibe in their formal lounge room, offsetting their room with that stunning green feature wall in the hall, a feature which showcased their artwork to great effect.
All the judges loved it.
The wall provided a lovely contrast to the space, which featured exposed brickwork above the fireplace, white cabinetry, a brown leather couch and two green occasional chairs. Their stunning use of art was noted by the judges, who said their choice of hero piece by artist Jonathan Gemmell was genius.
Two green occasional chairs were the heroes of the room, offsetting the white couch and white rug, which were placed to give the room a relaxed, yet elegant feel.
There were touches of federation in the room, but they also used deco features, like the round brass lamps and brass coffee tables, to lend a sense of old glamour to the room.
TESS AND LUKE
Tess and Luke had the week from hell. But they pulled out all the stops to deliver a pared-back, yet stylish, formal living space, complete with a black feature fireplace, white diaphanous floor to ceiling drapes, that gorgeous sunken ceiling, blue velvet couches, a decor-style circular table, and two architectural peach-coloured occasional chairs.
The hero piece, in Tess’ eyes, was that understated, yet magnificent deco-style chandelier. “It’s my favourite thing in the room,” she said.
The judges were pleased with what they produced, noting they’d done an excellent job under such trying circumstances.