London - Over the past decade, grey has become the new magnolia when it comes to giving the walls in our homes a lick of paint.
But when Kirstie Allsopp advised those who think it gives rooms a classy look to steer clear of it, she found she had kicked up something of a storm.
The TV presenter warned in a post on Twitter: "Think twice before painting a house grey, even the palest grey. It seems to be very fashionable at the moment and I’ve yet to see it done really successfully."
Within hours she was deluged with replies from fans of grey, which now comes in shades such as "pale dove" and "smoked glass".
Many opponents also sent Allsopp photos of their favourite grey rooms.