On the season finale of “Design Star: Next Gen,” it’s down to just three designers: Chris Goddard, Carmeon Hamilton, and Eli Hariton. So far, the challenges have been close, but now it’s time to decide who will win the grand prize of $50,000 and their own TV show.
In this dramatic final episode, “A Design Star Is Born,” the three finalists are asked to create a bedroom. Then later, the top two are challenged to create their “dream spaces,” the ultimate home that shows the judges who they are.
To help choose the winner, judge Jonathan Adler is joined by guest judge Jonathan Scott. This “Property Brother” star has seen it all, so the contestants will need to work hard to impress the judges!
Read on to find out who wins this season of “Design Star: Next Gen,” and learn some of the top decor moves you might want to try in your own abode.
Pair busy wallpaper with solid walls of paint
With the competition down to the final three, Hamilton wants to go bold with her bohemian bedroom design. She chooses some bold patterned wallpaper for her headboard wall, and since the wallpaper is so busy, she decides to pair it with walls that are all one color: black.
Right away, the judges are impressed with the dark colors and risky choice.
“Bohemian can go a little, ‘Oh, I’ve seen that before,’ but you’ve elevated it,” Adler says. “And I think what really did that is this wallpaper in the back. It’s the right amount of pattern in a room where everything else is solid.”
Both the wallpaper and the dark walls are bold, but Hamilton nails the look.
“Props to you for showing how rules should be broken,” Adler says.
Don’t forget to dress up the bed
Hariton creates a stunning bedroom with lots of glam accessories and a midcentury vibe. The judges love the space, but Adler is worried that the focal point in this bedroom, the bed, is a little boring.
“You have just plain white bedding,” Adler points out, “but the danger is, that can just make the bed kind of just look [like] this big marshmallow in the middle of the room.”
Hariton could have fixed this by dressing up the bed a little with a blanket or some colorful pillows, but at least it’s a good lesson in decorating. Sometimes some classic decor and cozy textures make all the difference.
Be careful not to overdecorate
Goddard has been a favorite throughout this competition, but he goes overboard with his bedroom design. He uses bold wallpaper and tons of bright colors, which overwhelm the space.
The judges like the look but decide that it’s a little too wild.
“It’s just that you gilded the lily,” Adler says. “And I think that you just let these big, bold gestures be themselves.”
So while Hariton doesn’t do enough decor, it seems Goddard does too much. Unfortunately, this mistake gets Goddard sent home, leaving Hariton and Hamilton to do the final design challenge.
Be careful when it comes to using playful colors
So Hariton makes it to the final two, but he doesn’t have long to celebrate. The final challenge is to create a “dream space” that shows off the designers’ personalities. Plus, the space needs to use different levels.
Hariton creates a Brooklyn-inspired apartment with a cool loft, cozy sitting space, and efficient kitchen. While Hariton’s structure is clever, his color choices are pretty risky.
“I’m loud, so I’ve got loud colors,” Hariton says. “I got big gestures, ’cause that’s my personality, this is who i am,” Hariton says. The look is very unique and, surprisingly, it causes some disagreements between the judges.
Adler thinks these colors look a bit dated.
“There’s something about the color story with the salmon—and this blue and this gray that is very moored in the 1980s and not necessarily in the best way,” Adler says.
However, Scott thinks the colors actually work: “It balances out with the other colors that you have in here.”
The judges may have different opinions, but it’s not clear if that’s a good thing.
Don’t forget to insert personality into every space
While Hariton is experimenting with color, Hamilton tries to focus on scale. She decides to create her dream home in Ghana, Africa, where she and her family hope to live one day, and takes a risk by building a large living room with a raised platform in the middle.
It’s a fun idea, but she soon realizes it can be difficult working with scale in a room that has two levels.
“If you miss out on scale, it won’t function properly,” Hamilton says. “You totally missed the mark on a successful design.”
Scott also sees an issue when comparing the different levels of this living space.
“Because this is so impressive down here,” Scott says, gesturing to the lower level, “when you look at the living room, the seating area just doesn’t seem as impressive.”
Of course, Scott is right. The sitting area on the platform is easily forgotten when looking at the much grander living room below. In fact, this setup makes one wonder why there are two levels at all.
‘Design Star: Next Gen’: Who wins?
In the end, the judges decide that Hamilton’s space, despite its scale problems, is still unforgettable. The judges name her this season’s Design Star, so you should keep an eye out for her as host of her own design show soon enough!
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