Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Jun 5

The Best White Rooms From Design Star

Since season one of Design Star, contestants have been given the ultimate blank canvas: a white room and materials from an unconventional source, like a food and restaurant supply warehouse or a 99-cent store. Get ready for tonight’s White Room Challenge episode (airing at 9/8c) by browsing through the best white rooms from past seasons. Which one is your favorite?

Mark Diaz White Room Challenge

Season 6 Contestant Mark Diaz's Air Force-Inspired White Room

The judges loved Mark Diaz’s Air Force-inspired white room, complete with a “flying futon” on season six.

White Room - Antonio Ballatore

Season 4 Winner Antonio Ballatore's Geometric White Room

Season four winner Antonio Ballatore wowed with a bold striped pattern and a headboard made of a bookcase and pool noodles and topped off with sugary cereal.

Dan Vickery - White Room Challenge

Season 4 Fan Favorite Dan Vickery's Apple Artwork

Season four fan favorite Dan Vickery used apples to create a, ahem, deliciously different focal point, and kidney beans for an inspired “rug.”

Todd David White Room Challenge

Season 2 Contestant and Room Crashers Host Todd Davis's Wave-Inspired Room

Season two finalist and Room Crashers host Todd Davis used paint and items from a 99-cent store to create this wave-swept space.

Which white rooms do you think have been the most memorable? See more inspiring white rooms from Design Star >>

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  1. The White Room, may be entertaining and popular, unfortunately it is an art project, not a design project. You can't live in a work of art. Design is a science, or at least it should be. Designed space needs to be functional. Todd's "tsunami room," was the best work of art of all of them, but you can't live in it. All of his work was some kind of big art toy, not useful and function design for living. (Though on general principles, he should have won over Kim Myles, who had zero talent of any kind.)

    To test a real designers abilities, let them design individual apartments, starting with white story boards of what they intend to do, then produce plans and models, all over a three week period. Then weed out those who clearly don't know what they are doing.

    Letting the contestants work alone, would really show who had real talent. This team nonsense is ridiculous. A real designer is the boss, and tells the team that he assembled for a project, exactly what to do. Real quality design comes from an individual, not a committee.

    erikcreature on June 5, 2012 at 7:01 am
  2. the best White Room so far was David Bromstad's …it was fantastic! (Dan Vickery copied Bromstad's design )

    Cheryl on June 5, 2012 at 9:53 am
    • I forget what David Bromstad's room looked like, and have been looking for a pic of it on HGTV website but can't find it!! Do you know where I can see it?

      Heidi on June 6, 2012 at 9:44 am
      • Hi Heidi,
        You can watch the White Room Challenge from season one in the Design Star video gallery.

        Liz_HGTV on June 7, 2012 at 10:07 am
      • it looks nothing like David's …that is for sure!

        diane on August 3, 2012 at 7:58 am
  3. David Bromstead's and Todd Davis' have been the best two by far. no question.

    jenn on June 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm
  4. I love the white room challenge. It gives the contestants a chance to have a little bit of fun (non functional art room) and by working individually there is less tension and drama (you can only blame yourself if you fall short). My husband and I agreed on the winner and loser tonight.

    Dale on June 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm
  5. Karl Sponholtz's white room was the best I've ever seen. His handling of color and proportion were masterful.

    TwoViewers on June 5, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    • I loved Karl's, as well! He's amazing with paint.

      Liz_HGTV on June 6, 2012 at 7:09 am
  6. Dougs room from last seasons was my favorite, season 3 Todds surf room was well done too.

    Laura on June 7, 2012 at 7:13 am
  7. I guess I'm confused by the point of the contest. I'm under the impression that the "design" part of Design Star is in reference to interior design. If I am right all this "thinking outside the box" has no practical application in the field of interior design. Perhaps HGTV is looking for artists, not designers…

    CharlesD on June 7, 2012 at 7:49 am
  8. What about Tyler`s from season 6?

    J.B. on June 10, 2012 at 6:15 am
  9. Did anyone see the design of the lady on the wall, with the big "
    Gone with the Wind style dress. How can I find it???????

    NaNa on June 11, 2012 at 5:34 am
  10. David's room awesome! I never would have guessed that it came from a pet store! And Todd's crazy surf room was way cool to! They are tied in my book!

    DesignStarAddict on June 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

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