Why do Bilal Hazziez and Patrick Mendes live in colorless voids?

Viewers are familiar with 90 day fiance villains, with crooks, with fame seekers and more.

Season 9 of the franchise’s flagship series has brought something new.

Bilal Hazziez and Patrick Mendes are both wealthy men, driving fancy cars and living in expensive houses.

Both houses have come under scrutiny from fans for being, well, colorless bleach core decorations.

In Season 9, Episode 10, someone finally said it.

Thais Ramone had gone from one house to another with fiancé Patrick Mendes (and his brother, John).

Both houses had the same aesthetic: neutral, minimalist white landscapes where any mime artist would feel at home.

Okay, coming back for a moment, Patrick – like Bilal – is a refreshing change of pace for the franchise.

The handsome weightlifter is a regional manager for a security company and earns a significant amount of money.

Although he does not drive a car made by a reputable company, his house is really beautiful.

The interior is also really nice.

Despite Patrick and John’s “bro” vibes, the first house we saw them in didn’t feel like a bachelor pad.

It looked like a nice upper middle class to upper class residence. Still …

Well, there’s not much to it from a decor perspective. Everything is the same white and gray.

We can more than understand not painting a house you want to sell later.

However, we can also understand Thais’ frustration – not only with the endless blank walls, but also with her lack of input.

When Patrick, Thais and John moved to Dallas they were in a new house, but in the same situation.

Once gain, Thais found themselves in a house that looks sterile and lacks personality.

And again, she had no influence on it at all—not the house, not the furniture, not the decor.

Thais did not buy the house. She can’t even work in the US yet.

But when Patrick invited her to live with him and be his wife, he volunteered to be her partner.

That means a compromise. It also means taking care of her feelings. To his credit, he does.

However, when Patrick and Thais went to a luxury furniture store, Patrick said “no” to almost everything.

The saleswoman had to put on a couples counseling act to sell just one vase – the first color of their new home.

Patrick confessed that he really likes the colorless mime aesthetic, that it’s not just out of convenience or disinterest.

He also admitted that there was more to it, stemming from his childhood of extreme poverty.

According to Patrick, buying decorations that serve no practical purpose is… difficult.

He also has trouble opening up emotionally, which means his discomfort turns into hostility. That’s not easy.

Patrick has emotional baggage. And everyone is entitled to their personal taste, no matter how bad.

The key for him and for Thais is learning to compromise and communicate honestly.

If Patrick doesn’t want to buy a stack of paintings, fine – what if he and Thais buy a magenta chair or a periwinkle ottoman?

Patrick Mendes and Thai Ramone
Patrick surprises his brother, John, with a cute dog. He doesn’t want Thai to get lonely while he is at work, so this cute puppy will be a surprise for her too – after she arrives.

On its own, Patrick’s house would just be a Kardashian footnote to the storyline.

Patrick and Thais seem to be fundamentally good people who need to solve some problems before getting married.

They clearly love each other and we keep our fingers crossed for them. But… Patrick is not alone.

Bilal takes Shaeeda to "his mother's" House
Shaeeda notices that the houses become more beautiful and the neighborhood more prosperous as they drive. Then he takes her through the door of what we, the viewers, know is Bilal’s home.

Bilal Hazziez is also a successful man who grew up penniless and now has a big, beautiful house.

Like Patrick, however, Bilal has cultivated a very considered aesthetic with… little to no color.

Bilal is very particular about how his house looks, right down to how pillows are arranged. If he wanted color, he would have it.

She’s not much into games (which is fine, but does make us curious about what she DOES do for fun), but agrees to a game of pool to get to know Bilal’s kids personally. She apparently commits a faux pas by holding the pool cue upside down (the narrow point touches the floor), but no one aside for some viewers says anything about it.

Unlike Patrick Mendes, Bilal Hazziez has not received any backlash on camera from his partner about his monochromatic home.

Perhaps Shaeeda Sween has the same aesthetic taste. It is possible!

Alternatively, the psychological thriller he’s going through may also put her on edge to comment on the set.

Shaeeda and Bilal clean up the mess, but it really emphasizes – as much as the hairpins-in-the-couch incident, how differently they view the house. Shaeeda is messier than the average person (keep in mind that Bilal’s kitchen is very easy to clean), if only slightly. Bilal is neat, to the point of being controlling.

Do Bilal Hazziez and Patrick Mendes see these easily stained, blank canvas approaches to interior decorating as status symbols?

Or do the uniformity and arrangement of these large spaces provide a sense of comfort after their humble youth?

Whatever it is, we hope to hear them talk a little bit about it on the Tell All, which was probably filmed in mid-June.

Patrick and Thais visit the new house, but Thais is initially unsure. Usually some furniture (especially things from John) doesn’t make her happy, and she hopes that can change. Realistically she has mixed feelings about the move, this is the second time she has moved in a short time, and she is cranky.

Whatever the underlying psychology or bleak fashion trends of rich people at work, these are their homes to furnish.

Our thoughts on these whiteout color schemes don’t matter. Their respective partners are a different story.

Most people only live in landlords’ white houses because they rent. Thais would at least like to bring her to life at home.