The Block Glasshouse recap: Main bathroom room reveal

Bathroom week awash with black & white 


Black & white bathrooms were the biggest trend on the Block this week, with four out of the five couples opting for the monochromatic theme. What was interesting to see was how differently this palette was executed in each bathroom and also how quickly the Blockheads have transformed from rookie renovators to design divas.

Chris & Jenna

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Image via ninemsn The Block Glasshouse website


A perfect score in week 2 has never been achieved before, but Chris & Jenna’s “world class bathroom” blew all the judges away with its sophisticated styling. We loved how the couple managed to add a level of glamour to traditional Industrial style with soft grey tiling and a fresh white vanity accenting dramatic black walls. Pendant lights hanging over the his ‘n hers vanity are a great choice, as a mix of lighting is needed for such tasks as shaving and applying makeup. You can get a similar look with our Mechanics 1 Light Cage Pendants.

Carlene & Michael

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Image via ninemsn The Block Glasshouse website


Designed as a luxury Turkish bathhouse, Carlene & Michael created what Neale described a “real sense of theatre”. Another execution of the black and white theme, this room passed what Darren called the “two lighting tests for every bathroom – the shaving test and the makeup test”.

This was due to their use of layered lighting, combining downlights with a cluster of our Lab 1 Light Pendants. A stylish take on conventional test tubes and science beakers, the judges absolutely loved these pendants, but did comment that with such high ceilings, they needed to be hung just a little lower.

The Lab Pendants feature a versatile suspension cord, which makes it easy to hang them at different levels.

Max & Karstan

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Image via ninemsn The Block Glasshouse website


High in gloss and high in drama, this bathroom exuded luxury and sophistication. Once again, layered lighting was used to make the room ‘shaver and makeup friendly’ with statement pendants adding to the wow factor. The judges loved the white pendants against the gloss black and you can achieve a similar look with our Lennox 3 Light Pendant with chrome claw detail.

Darren & Deanne

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Image via ninemsn The Block Glasshouse website


The judges described this bathroom, which was yet another interesting adaptation of the black and white theme, as “provincial” style. Contemporary and sophisticated, Darren and Dean were praised for their talent at combining different surfaces and textures. Neale loved the oversized pendant hanging against the huge window, which provided the wow factor in the room. This look, which fuses classic charm with striking architectural elegance, is similar to our Southhampton 1 light pendant.

Simon & Shannon

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Image via ninemsn The Block Glasshouse website


Last weeks winners took a bit of a hit this week, with their room missing the wow features and luxe lighting of the other bathrooms. Touches of Scandinavian style were apparent, with the use of a fresh white vanity set inside a warm timber top and cabinet. While the lights around the mirrors were quite bright, the room could have benefitted from the addition of a softer light source.

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