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Love It or Hate It? Courtland's Wood-Paneled Wall

Every week I look forward to cozying up on the couch with my remote and blanket and tuning into HGTV's Design Star to feel inspired and hopefully learn a trick or two. In the latest episode, the contestants were put to task in NYC fire houses. Given a small amount of space, the remaining eight designers were challenged to create a welcoming yet useful area for the on-duty firefighters. As there are in every episode, the bottom two designers were called out for their "bad" design choices. While it was ultimately Nina's cardboard braille message and poor choice in furniture that sent her packing, it was Courtland's wood-paneled wall that had him fighting for his HGTV life. The judges criticized his choice of paneling, but I have to admit, I kinda liked it. I may not choose it for my own home, but somehow, it seemed fitting in the engine house. What do you think of the paneled wall?

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Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
Agree! I usually dislike wood panelling, but I thought it fit the room. I liked how the took out the ceiling panels also and raised the height of the room, and I didn't hate that the were painted black. Overall, I liked the idea of the room, especially for the purpose. I understood the furniture was too big, and I was SO OVER Nina so I was glad she left. The other team had AMAZING elements (murals, desks, coffee table) but I thought their room was a little too bare.
luv2blazy luv2blazy 6 years
The liked it. I think G was way too harsh on Court. The paneling should have gone the length of the shelving. I know paneling is so 70's, but it's not like it was in the entire room and did add a design element that room was missing. That team definitely missed the mark as a whole though.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years
I sort-of liked the paneled wall however felt the stain should have been slightly richer and less ashy; second, the paneling seemed to stop awkwardly, a few more would have seemed more balanced (IMO.)
whats-her-name whats-her-name 6 years
It's a good idea in theory, but it reminds me of my parents' wood paneling in their house that hasn't been remodeled since 1970-something.
crystalm07 crystalm07 6 years
I actually kind of liked this. I find all the judges sooo annoying this season! The whole show just seems off and I really don't even care who wins cause I have no idea who's my fave designer with all these stupid group contests based on bizarre inspirations like musical instruments. I know that you can be inspired by these things but some of the stuff this season is just ridiculous!
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
I can like wood paneling, but I'm just not feeling this one.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
I think it's cool, particularly for somewhere like a fire house. Or a cabin or something like that.
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