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Old Feb 26th 2008, 3:00 pm
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. . . i'm looking at houses (as is my want) and grey seems to be the trendy colour - did the navy order too much and this is all that is cheap? I know magnolia is a stale colour now but grey? One house I looked at had grey walls, grey carpet and a grey kitchen? It looked like John Major must have lived there - and this was new build! Is grey paint and carpet cheap? What is going on?
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. . . i'm looking at houses (as is my want) and grey seems to be the trendy colour - did the navy order too much and this is all that is cheap? I know magnolia is a stale colour now but grey? One house I looked at had grey walls, grey carpet and a grey kitchen? It looked like John Major must have lived there - and this was new build! Is grey paint and carpet cheap? What is going on?

I agree. Don't like it much, apart from in villas where it can look quite cool. Although white still seems to look better in kitchens IMO.

So have you noticed the (worse) fetish with navy blue? And cheap kitchens in beige, white or navy blue, presumably from the same DIY store now that you've got me going!

Now because I like balance, I would like to finish this post by saying that there are some truly beautiful breath taking homes out there too. They just cost an absolute fortune - even by UK standards usually!
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Old Feb 26th 2008, 7:03 pm
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I agree. Don't like it much, apart from in villas where it can look quite cool. Although white still seems to look better in kitchens IMO.

So have you noticed the (worse) fetish with navy blue? And cheap kitchens in beige, white or navy blue, presumably from the same DIY store now that you've got me going!

Now because I like balance, I would like to finish this post by saying that there are some truly beautiful breath taking homes out there too. They just cost an absolute fortune - even by UK standards usually!
Yes, did notice some rather garish kitchens! Thinking get a do-er up-er might be the way to go cos then i can make it what i like, unless I can find a new build where i can give imput. Can't afford those REALLY nice houses.
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. . . i'm looking at houses (as is my want) and grey seems to be the trendy colour - did the navy order too much and this is all that is cheap? I know magnolia is a stale colour now but grey? One house I looked at had grey walls, grey carpet and a grey kitchen? It looked like John Major must have lived there - and this was new build! Is grey paint and carpet cheap? What is going on?

Pity me then. I work with photos of houses all the time and it's like the more expensive they are, the less imagination people have! I'm so over this minimalist thing - what's wrong with warm and cosy? And wood. Lots and lots of wood. Next house we buy, I want to put in our own kitchen.
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. . . i'm looking at houses (as is my want) and grey seems to be the trendy colour - did the navy order too much and this is all that is cheap? I know magnolia is a stale colour now but grey? One house I looked at had grey walls, grey carpet and a grey kitchen? It looked like John Major must have lived there - and this was new build! Is grey paint and carpet cheap? What is going on?
i call them filing cabinets. I went to an open home and the estate agent was showing me all these 'earthy colours' - i said its grey.

oh but very popular in NZ - and I said look, if I wanted to live in a filing cabinet, I would just stay in the office and not come home. Its dreadful - and walked out.

Some of the newer estate just look like a series of in and out trays.
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Pity me then. I work with photos of houses all the time and it's like the more expensive they are, the less imagination people have! I'm so over this minimalist thing - what's wrong with warm and cosy? And wood. Lots and lots of wood. Next house we buy, I want to put in our own kitchen.
lots of pity sent your way! I'd prefer to see colour at least it indicates the owner had a bit of character then i might visualise myself living there too!
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Worst kitchen I've seen is Aubergine - horrific! Ours is brown & I can't wait to change it.
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Default Re: What is it with grey?

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. . . i'm looking at houses (as is my want) and grey seems to be the trendy colour - did the navy order too much and this is all that is cheap? I know magnolia is a stale colour now but grey? One house I looked at had grey walls, grey carpet and a grey kitchen? It looked like John Major must have lived there - and this was new build! Is grey paint and carpet cheap? What is going on?

What are you complaining about? My whole house is dusky pink!
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I rent my house. its pants. Its a 1950's special. I also share my garden with the entire NZ population of bighty things, noisy green things and some things i cant even find names for in books. Mind you the cat has a rare old time chasing and eating them. Happy days. Living the dream.
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I rent my house. its pants. Its a 1950's special. I also share my garden with the entire NZ population of bighty things, noisy green things and some things i cant even find names for in books. Mind you the cat has a rare old time chasing and eating them. Happy days. Living the dream.
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my hair and beard are grey.... am i earthy too??
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I know what you mean Spid!

We are constantly looking on Trademe, and they all seem to be bland grey -well, in our price range anyway he he!

What's wrong with a nice bit of Terracotta I say!
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I know what you mean Spid!

We are constantly looking on Trademe, and they all seem to be bland grey -well, in our price range anyway he he!

What's wrong with a nice bit of Terracotta I say!
Or mushroom, or ecru, even magnolia but grey is soooooooooooo bland. Personally i like a feature wall of a striking colour. ANd either wood kitchen units or sometime along the line of a shaker style (painted cream)
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It's all a bit Prisoner Cell Block H isn't it!!

I have to admit to being a lover of Beige, cream. brown. With a bit of green thrown in. Now they are "earthy" tones.

Am planning on being more extravagant in my NZ home. Purple bedroom, perhaps with shocking pink carpet??

Maybe that'll be the girls room! Beige just gets Sooooooo boring after 5 years!!
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It's all a bit Prisoner Cell Block H isn't it!!

I have to admit to being a lover of Beige, cream. brown. With a bit of green thrown in. Now they are "earthy" tones.

Am planning on being more extravagant in my NZ home. Purple bedroom, perhaps with shocking pink carpet??

Maybe that'll be the girls room! Beige just gets Sooooooo boring after 5 years!!
God....you have just descrobed my earthy new colour schemes!
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