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"Tasteless" homeowners are being swept over the "Gray Plague" trend


"Tasteless" homeowners have been beaten by the trend of ruining pretty homes with bleak paintwork, oversized fences, and astro-lawns known as the "gray plague."

In the past few weeks, a number of examples have been published online showing how once quaint white houses, often dating back centuries, have been turned into ugly, gray mountains, stripped of greenery and often imposing front elements.

According to numerous social media users, the worst offenders appear to be Edwardian and Victorian red-brick houses clad in desolate gray plaster. Some are described as "really shocking".

A Victorian house with a handsome tower has been given a gray renovation in Woodford Green, Essex. Commentators said the owners ruined a decent home.

All of the white wooden windows have been converted to gray plastic while the house has been kept a dark color.

A Victorian house with a pretty tower has been renovated to gray in Woodford Green, Essex, as shown in the animation above. Commentators said the owners ruined a decent home

Phillip Downer then showed an example of a 1970s house that turned ugly, gray, and duckling that he described as a "humorless restart".

In the past few weeks, a number of examples have been published online showing how once quaint white houses, often dating back centuries, have been turned into ugly, gray mountains, stripped of greenery and often imposing front elements

In the past few weeks, a number of examples have been posted online showing how quaint white houses, often dating back centuries, have turned into ugly, gray mountains, stripped of green and often with imposing front elements

The gray features of this house also caused immense frustration among the purists on Twitter

The gray features in this house also caused immense frustration among the purists on Twitter

Many were unhappy to see gray mountains next to more traditional properties

Many were unhappy to see gray mountains next to more traditional properties

Joseph Kaz, who discovered it, said, “One of my favorite examples of #grey plague in a historic Victorian home in Woodford Green, Essex.

The city planner Peter Kelly replied in horror, saying, “At the risk of sounding like a snob, Gray Plaguers always have this car too.

“I can also imagine your new garden. A square made of AstroTurf, framed by black planters with a large plastic dining table. «

And Wildraar added, "Yeah, ruined a decent house," while Philip Downer said, "This is really shocking. Looks like they're gradually breaking the windows too. These people are maniacs. #Gray plague. & # 39;

Phillip Downer then showed an example of a 1970s house that turned ugly, gray, and duckling that he described as a "humorless restart".

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He tweeted: “Sunday morning Gray Plague – this update to the 1970s Executive Modern is notable for its massive goal against the pawns.

"As always, the original isn't a big shake – just somehow more fun and engaging than its humorless new start."

Cathy Rosamund Stillman-Lowe said: “I totally agree with you. Often the anti-peasant gate is arranged here in cheap and nasty panel fences. A humorless restart is an excellent summary. & # 39;

Another tweeter posted a picture of a cute corner bungalow that was almost unrecognizable after a gray restart.

The pretty porch had been ripped out and the whole house was kept a dull light gray.

Andy Arthur said, "He used to drive past it on his way to work thinking about how quaint and charming it was. Wouldn't it be nice to sit under that little glassed-in porch and watch the world go by?"

This social media user highlighted the change on Twitter, describing it as one of his & # 39; favorite examples of # greyplague & # 39 ;.

This social media user highlighted the change on Twitter, describing it as one of his & # 39; favorite examples of # greyplague & # 39 ;.

Philip Downer said, “This is really shocking. Looks like they are gradually destroying the windows too. These people are maniacs. #greyplague & # 39;

Philip Downer said, “This is really shocking. Looks like they are gradually destroying the windows too. These people are maniacs. #greyplague & # 39;

Andy Arthur said, "He used to drive past it on his way to work thinking about how quaint and charming it was. Wouldn't it be nice to sit under that little glassed-in porch and watch the world go by?"

Andy Arthur said, "He used to drive past it on his way to work thinking about how quaint and charming it was. Wouldn't it be nice to sit under that little glassed-in porch and watch the world go by?"

Samuel Clarke said, & # 39; Death of the front yard right there! Do people literally have to cover every inch of green space? & # 39;

Samuel Clarke said, & # 39; Death of the front yard right there! Do people literally have to cover every inch of green space? & # 39;

Gary Cummins joked, "But there is a solo box that lifts a lot for the previous green."

Mango Whiz said, “I've seen much worse myself – it's the total devastation of the garden that is really killing it. What's the problem of grays with any kind of green?

Samuel Clarke said, & # 39; Death of the front yard right there! Do people literally have to cover every inch of green space? & # 39;

And Andy Arthur added, "Why live in a charming 1930s gingerbread house wrapped in ripe green when you can live in your strange take on a Barrett house?"

Another gray hater popped up at a piece of a gray monstrosity by the sea that used to be white and added, “Jesus wept! #grey plague. & # 39;

Mr. Downer replied, “Hell's Teeth, this is a cursed road. Gray plague plus poisonous attic. Tell me there is a fake stone cladding that can't be seen right now? & # 39;

Another user added: 'Trying to suck the paint out of everything. Like a suburban black hole! & # 39;

Gray has been gaining popularity recently, with the trend emerging in the first half of the last decade.

But it quickly made its way to the high street, and dozens of private label brands jumped on the trend.

Now paint companies seem to have turned their backs on the color, with Dulux's 2020 color being blue and Farrow & Ball trendcaster picking strong and muted shades of green and beige.

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