I’ll be the first to admit I have champagne taste on a beer budget, which is why I immediately added Bravo’s, Best Room Wins to my must-watch list. A cast member of the show says, “You have to have taste. You can’t buy it,” and I couldn’t agree more.
On each episode of Best Room Wins, two designers are each assigned to a couple and tasked with redoing a room in their couple’s home in four days (start to finish!) on a $25,000 budget. The designers pull inspiration from a multi-million dollar home and its design style to redo the room they’ve been given. At the end of the four days, the designers are judged on the overall look, use of budget, and client satisfaction. The results are just as you’d expect: satisfying.
Interior designer Genevieve Gorder (shown here) is the host. Genevieve and fellow judge, Elle Decor editor Whitney Robinson, choose one designer as the winner and that designer goes on to be showcased in an Elle Decor online feature. Guest judges such as Jonathan Adler, Kathryn Ireland, Thom Filicia and India Hicks fill the show with opinions and wit.
In addition to the diva vibes from the Best Room Wins contestants/designers (which is pretty much required on a reality TV show), I find their ability to think quickly enthralling, while their eye for design is downright inspiring. Do I think it’s impractical? Not really—not when you have experts helping you out with a budget that they balk at as low, but seems quite hefty to me.
For the every day DIYer who is looking to do this kind of room redo off camera, I still think it’s plausible. The only issue I would point out is the time frame. Is four days really enough to squeeze in mini renovations? On a reality show, yes. In real life, you’d have to entice your friends to work around the clock with you.
Best Room Wins is certainly not for everyone. You have to be open to the idea of livening up your space with new decor and new paint colors. For some, this type of project would surely ignite stress and chaos. The couples featured on the show have gone into this with a shared interest in transforming their space.
Everyone could use a fresh set of eyes, some just get lucky enough to get them on a TV show!