RTE Home of the Year judges Amanda and Hugh clash on colourful Louth home

RTÉ Home of the Year judges Amanda and Hugh were at odds with each other when it came to a bright and colourful home on Tuesday night’s episode.

Hugh Wallace, Amanda Bone, and Sara Cosgrave appeared on RTÉ for the penultimate episode of the home as three stunning homes went head to head for a chance to be in next week’s final.

During the episode, the three property experts perused a 300-year-old cottage in Wicklow, a gorgeous terraced Dublin house, and a colourful and eclectic Louth home that caused two of the judges to clash.

Olivia and Peter built their Louth house in 2004, using tonnes of colour to create an eclectic and warm family home, full of textures, warm wallpapers, patterns, and paintings, that were brimming with individuality.

Oliva said: “I don’t know if there is a rule book but I don’t go by it, I just go by what brings me joy. Only recently now, I’ve started painting and haven’t stopped!”

Olvia continued to explain that her favourite spot of the house is the sitting room, where the family congregates to relax and watch films, adding that the armchairs came from “granny’s house” but were reupholstered with bright colours – fitting in with the colourful scheme of the home.

As they entered the home Hugh straight away professed his love of the home, telling the others: “You just get a real sense of a home when you come in here, great collection of furniture, paintings objects, colours, yellows, blues.”

Amanda in contrast said: “It’s certainly colorful and it’s most definitely crowded. I don’t feel like I have walked into an entrance, I feel like I have walked straight into a den-type room that you’d find more deep into the heart of the home.”

Stepping into the bright and cheery kitchen, Hugh exclaimed: “My goodness! Oh, the colour has followed us.”

rte home of the year judges amanda and hugh clash on colourful louth home

Olvia’s favourite spot in the house is the sitting room

They have not left a square inch of this kitchen uncovered, this feels completely unique, it’s got that really hand-crafted feel”.

Amanda, however, was not a fan. “For me, it’s way too much. It feels almost like a stage set or a theme park.”

Hugh then chimed in: “Oh, I don’t agree Amanda, I don’t think it is either, I think it is called a family home and I think if I was a kid in here, I would be like a pig in poo.”

Home of the Year viewers were quick to jump to social media to point out how Hugh and Amanda had clashed with each other during the show.

Another fan of the show joked: “The way she said ‘they haven’t held back in here at all’” along with a series of laugh emojis.

While one more chimed in: “Amanda looks like she stepped in [pooh emoji]”. One other viewer added: “Amanda is going to need a Xanax after this 3rd house”.

Seeing Amanda’s frustration, a fifth penned: “I hear you, Amanda.” Another commented: “She’s blinking”.

Some viewers were not fans of the bright colours, with one commenting: “Love a bit of colour and stuff but this is too much for me”.

While the colour Louth home caught viewers’ attention, in the end, Eugene McCarthy and his son’s renovated 1920s terraced house in Dublin won this week’s Home of the Year, and will now be in next week’s final.

Judges Amanda Bone, Sara Cosgrave, and Hugh Wallace adored what Eugene had done with the place and scored 27 points.

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