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Bathroom week is one of my favourite reveal weeks on The Block. I’m always impressed by how the couples make the most of the space allocated, and manage to jam in so many innovative and stylish ideas. Aside from the kitchen, installing a new bathroom is one of the most expensive renovations you will ever complete. Working with a completely clean slate, let’s see what the couples created this week…
Apartment 1 | Michael and Carlene (24/30)
In a bold move, Michael and Carlene created an elevated shower area with sunken in bath.
The herringbone tile pattern Michael and Carlene chose to install on their walls was perfectly executed by their tiler, as was the mitre joint detail of the stairs. Reece’s Milli Axon tapware in black and chrome is just stunning, and sets off this neutral space beautifully.
Like previous seasons of The Block, all of the couples have selected an achromatic colour scheme for their bathrooms this week. Michael and Carlene have also selected grey bath towels to accessorise their space; complementing the various shades of white, grey and black featured in the marble and tiles.
To illuminate their space, Michael and Carlene have installed a cluster of pendants to the left of the vanity, providing ample light in this bathroom. I do love their bathroom, however I’m a little concerned about falling down wet steps, or slipping into the bath when showering. I wonder what their next bathroom will entail.
Get the look…1. Create a cluster of pendants using a Lab tube shaped pendant, Lab rounded beaker pendant, and Lab bottle beaker pendant, 2. Rattan coasters, 3. Shelley Panton pottery stoneware cup, 4. Body massage brush, 5. Baby grey paper bags, 6. Vintage Fowlers Jar soy candle
Apartment 2 | Chris and Jenna | This week’s winners! (30/30)
Sometimes I don’t agree with judges’ choice of winner, however this week they nailed it! Chris and Jenna produced the most stunning bathroom…and my favourite of any series of The Block ever (big call, I know!). They have utilised their space in an incredible way, creating not only a bathroom, but an ensuite attached to their guest room, thanks to their clever planning.
Black hexagon tiles adorn the wall featuring the double vanity and toilet area, while oversized grey tiles surround the rest of the bathroom. While installing the hexagon tiles, Chris and Jenna discovered they hadn’t ordered enough to cover the area. Quick think led them to swap out the planned double mirrors for one oversized mirror, and it proved to be genius move. Look how much light it bounces around the room.
This bathroom has everything, including a gorgeous freestanding bath. Imagine the long, glorious soaks you can take in that tub.
To add more industrial detail, Chris and Jenna installed pipework above the shower, with the shower head mounted from the centre. Above, a lightwell leading to a window above, creates an almost indoor/outdoor feel. The shower is accessible from both sides, giving this room loads of flow. I also like that the handheld shower is reachable from both the bath and shower.
Apartment 3 | Max and Karstan (26/30)
This week, Karstan and Max created a moody bathroom, with glossy oversized wall tiles, and classic white free standing bath. This is a luxurious space that delivers on both form and function.
The cluster of simple, white, circular pendants contrasts beautifully against the dark tiles that look like a piece of art when not lighting the room. Classic white bath towels and a large white vanity complete this space. To warm up the space, and for a little extra storage, Max and Karstan have included a vintage storage box beneath the vanity.
In a design move I’ve not seen before, Karstan and Max have installed a vanity that opens through to the linen cupboard behind. No more need to leave the bathroom if you’ve forgotten a fresh towel; simply open the vanity and voila! The hidden electricity point is a great idea too.
Oh how I love that silver Martini stool! It’s the perfect surface to pop your bathing essentials…or that glass of wine while you relax in the bath. For very little investment, this is a piece that adds loads of glamour to the space.
Apartment 4 | Shannon and Simon (23/30)
Taking Chris and Jenna’s lead, Shannon and Simon installed a sliding door through to their guest room to create a master bathroom/ensuite. I have to commend the brothers on their tile selection this week. It’s so good to see loads of white tile, accented by the grey hexagonal mosaic. I especially love how the floor tile wraps up onto the wall.
In keeping with the Scandinavian feel of their guest bedroom, Shannon and Simon have installed a sleek timber vanity with white basins, simple tapware, and open shelving. The timber really warms up this space, and makes this room feel quite youthful and effortless.
This bathroom is not short on space, giving the owners loads of room to move around comfortably. Unfortunately, I feel Shannon and Simon could have utilised this space better by including a bath. Here’s hoping there’s enough floor space to include one in their ensuite instead. The copper side table is a beautiful addition, however I’m not sure what purpose it serves.
In an odd move, Shannon and Simon boxed out the cistern, even though they installed a flush mount system. The corner housing the toilet looks a little unfinished…a little too sparse. Perhaps if they’d committed to making the boxed out area more of a design statement, it would have looked more resolved. Minor criticisms, however in such a strong bathroom week, it’s those little details that count. I’m looking forward to seeing how Shannon and Simon tackle their next bathroom.
Apartment 5 | Darren and Deanne (28/30)
My second favourite bathroom this week belongs to Darren and Deanne, and it’s all thanks to that floor tile! Although it’s a bold pattern, it’s classic in it’s black and white design, and just perfect for this Provincial-style bathroom.
Swapping their bathroom and second bedroom around was a genius move, allowing Darren and Deanne to create a bathroom abundant in natural light. Together with the white wall treatments, this bathroom feels so incredibly welcoming. It would certainly make for a great start to the day. The pendant light is a statement piece in itself, however it doesn’t overpower the room, or block that gorgeous city view….great selection!
The custom white vanity topped with Carrera marble and white basin is just beautiful and classic. Darren and Deanne’s style is a little more mature than the other couples, and this really makes them stand apart. Their styling is gorgeous too, and the vintage wooden stool is lovely touch in this space.
This bathroom is like a breathe of fresh air. While the base of this bathroom is classic in style, and the chevron towels are a great injection of humour and colour. Darren and Deanne have continued the white wood paneling from the guest room in the bathroom. Is this a feature we can expect throughout their entire apartment? I hope so.
So, who created your favourite bathroom this week?