When it comes to properties, TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp certainly knows a thing or two. However, the Location, Location, Location star has come under criticism for rebuking the popular interior design trend of painting walls grey.
The 47-year-old has been in the property business for more than 20 years, having set up her own home search company called Kirmir in 1996 at the tender age of 24.
The business found top-quality properties in central and west London. This eventually led to her job on the much-loved Channel 4 show Location, Location, Location, which she has presented alongside Phil Spencer since it first aired in 2000.
While the series follows the property specialists helping couples find their dream homes, Allsopp has also set herself up as an interiors expert over the years, having launched several of her own shows about crafting.
That is why her comment about not liking grey has received a lot of backlash, as many people regard the neutral colour to be the biggest shade of the last few years.
The mother-of-two took to Twitter earlier this week to remark: “Think twice before painting a house grey, even the palest grey.”
Following her warning, she said: “It seems to be very fashionable at the moment and I’ve yet to see it done really successfully.”
Although it is not clear what she means by “really successfully”, many social media users have responded to her Tweet with their own opinions on the colour.
According to the Daily Mail, one wrote: “Can’t agree with you, Kirstie. I went for pale grey and white because I have lots of pictures and things in bright colours. They need a neutral background and I HATE beige, magnolia etc.”
Indeed, many people love the subtlety of grey, as it compliments a range of other colours, from stark white to bright bold shades.
Yellow is a very popular colour to team with grey, with Home Edit saying: “It’s a bit hipster and funky, and incredibly versatile as it can be used in literally any nook or cranny of the house.”
Rose pinks are also a good choice alongside greys, and this combination of colours looks fantastic in baby girl bedrooms. Instead of going full-steam ahead with marshmallow pinks, the grey helps to offset the femininity of these rooms.
It is not just grey paint that is en vogue these days, as many homeowners are opting for carpets, furniture and doors in the shade.
One of the great things about laminate doors sets is you can choose from a selection of high-quality finishes in a number of varying colours. Therefore, there is the option to buy a traditional light wood colour or opt for something a bit more rustic, such as doors with a grey undertone. This would go perfectly with pale grey walls, particularly if you adorn the rest of the room with brighter pieces of artwork.