Little Greene Paint Blog

  • Little Greene at Ideal Home Show Scotland

     

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    On the 22nd to the 25th of May, we will be exhibiting at the Ideal Home Show Scotland at the SECC in  Glasgow.

    With complete room sets, celebrity hosts and seminars from interior experts, the show is the perfect opportunity to gain some new ideas for your home.

    The Little Greene stand will be located in the Ideal Interiors section where we will be showcasing our exterior paints range to inspire your outdoor decorating before the arrival of Summer. We’ll also be displaying our Painted Papers collection: a definitive compendium of striped wallpapers, produced using traditional printing methods.

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    Visit us at the show on stand L532 for more information or browse our collections of paint and wallpapers on www.littlegreene.com.

    We’re offering an exclusive £6.00 discount to visitors to the show, simply purchase your tickets from the Ideal Home Show website (www.idealhomeshowscotland.co.uk) using the code: EXHIBS15.

  • A Warm Welcome Back to the Whitworth!

     

    After two years and £15m spent on restoration, The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester has reopened its doors. The transformation has been heavily inspired by the building’s own rich history with its heritage clearly reflected in its remodelled interiors.

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    After careful consideration by curators, the 125 year old gallery selected shades from our authentic ‘Colours of England’ card. The colours were chosen specifically for each space, dependent on the lighting in the room and the type of artwork on display.

    Whitworth Image by David Levene

    The current exhibition, 'Portraits' includes depictions of people that have played an important role in the Whitworth’s history. With a range of such diverse works in a relatively small space, the Georgian ‘Lead Colour’ (117) was chosen to offset the works whilst at the same time providing continuity between them.

    The Grand Hall combines ‘Normandy Grey’ (79) with our Victorian ‘Sage Green’ (80) for a solid yet subtle backdrop, creating a calm, soothing environment.

    Other tones chosen for the gallery included the pure, natural white of ‘Shirting’ (129) for the building’s beautiful barrel vaulted ceiling as well as the light, white 'Slaked Lime' (105).

    Central Exhibition Gallery, Cornelia Parker's exhibition, The Whitworth, Photographer David Levene, 10 Image by David Levene

    The gallery opened on February 14th with Cornelia Parker’s ‘Cold Dark Matter’ exhibition and has recently received the coveted North West Building of the Year award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

    Children Whitworth Image by Jan Chlebik

    The gallery is expected to welcome 500,000 visitors in its first year alone and we are extremely proud to collaborate with one of Manchester’s most prominent cultural landmarks.

  • Garden of Colour Competition

    We received some amazing entries to our Garden of Colour competition on Twitter and Facebook.

    We invited you to send in photographs of the colours in your garden for the chance to win a bird box from the Posh Shed Company painted in a Little Greene colour of your choice. We received some fantastic images of gorgeous Spring flowers, wildlife and the results of hours spent in the garden.

    The winner of the #gardenofcolour competition is Maria Jane Knight, who captured colour perfectly with her beautiful blue Forget Me Nots. The powder blue tones of the striking flowers caught our eye and we thought a Posh Shed Company bird box painted in one of our colours would complement them perfectly.

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    Thank you for sharing your beautiful gardens with us, here are just a few of our favourite entries:

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    (L-R Clockwise  Dani Graves, Beth Bowdler, Gem Lewis, Zaney Dee, Melissa Peakman, Kimberley Ryan and Kez Adams.)

  • A Day of Design with Marylebone Interiors Day

     

    To celebrate Marylebone Interiors Day 2015 on the 16th  of May, we’re collaborating with Regents University London to showcase the best in rising artistic talent.

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    The Regents University School of Fashion & Design, located on the vibrant, design-led Marylebone High Street, will exhibit the work of its final year students, culminating in an awards event on the 14th of May. One of our colour experts will attend the exhibition and select an artist to receive the ‘Little Greene Colour Award.’ The winner of the accolade will then showcase their art in the Little Greene Marylebone showroom.

    Artists will be judged on the quality of their artistic composition combined with overall design and the creativity and originality of the work. However, the main focus of the judges will be on both the proportion of colour used and the ability to combine colour in an interesting and innovative way within the piece.

    Little Greene will be celebrating Marylebone Interiors Day by entering anyone who visits their showroom on the 16th of May into a prize draw. The winner will receive a bespoke consultation with one of their highly-trained specialist colour consultants. Simply visit on the day and fill in one of our cards at the showroom for the chance to win.

  • A Toast To Style

    To celebrate the best in iconic British style, Little Greene and Dualit have collaborated to produce a distinctive range of limited edition toasters and kettles. 2015 sees the toasters available in two new shades from our ‘Colours of England’ collection.

    Combining our colour expertise and Dualit's engineering skills, these timeless designs have been finished in shades authenticated by English Heritage. The newest additions to the family are signature colours, ‘Theatre Red’ and ‘Hicks Blue.’ The bold tones complement the sleek lines and trademark style of the iconic appliances.

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    ‘Theatre Red’ is a sophisticated burgundy shade from the late 1970’s which saw continued popularity during the 80’s. ‘Hicks Blue’ was used by renowned 60’s designer, David Hicks in the restaurant at the top of the London Telecom Tower in 1962 and utilises powerful colour for a dramatic finish.

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    The heritage of Dualit’s products is apparent in their hand-assembled, UK-made Classic Toasters and Kettles which have been manufactured with quality and design in mind. The timeless design makes them suitable for both classic and more contemporary kitchens.

    The kitchen accessories are ideal for co-ordinating with Little Greene paints for a sleek kitchen finish.

    The Dualit and Little Greene collaboration range is available to buy from John Lewis stores nationwide.

  • The Great Outdoors - Tom's Oil Eggshell

    It’s almost time to prepare your garden for the long Summer evenings spent inevitably clinking glasses and basking in the beaming sunshine. In addition to the usual pruning and the hours spent rooting flowers into the ground, add some extra colour by treating your garden to a fresh finish of exterior paint.

    The Little Greene ‘exterior family’ includes high-gloss paints for exterior woodwork and sumptuous matt finishes for brickwork and render; all formulated using the same technical expertise used to develop paints for bridges, castles and even lighthouses.

    Tom’s Oil Eggshell is the aptly named and preferred finish of one of Little Greene’s most experienced and talented paint formulators. It’s also a traditional finish much loved by professional decorators – oil-based and therefore extremely practical and hard-wearing, it has excellent flow, a beautiful low sheen and is fully weather resistant.

    Exterior Blog Birdhouses (top to bottom, left to right): Deep Space Blue207, Spearmint 202, Pale Lime 70, Carmine 189, Purpleheart 188 and Garden 86. Wall: Dark Lead Colour 118. Door and window frame: Celestial Blue 101 Bench: French Grey 113 Bird house: Shirting 129 Watering can: Slaked Lime 105

    The finish combines both traditional and cutting edge technology due to the replacement of mineral oils with sustainable alternatives. This ensures an eco-friendly product which is exceptionally long lasting. The finish allows the wood beneath it to breathe and move with the changing of the seasons. The paint is also microporous, allowing moisture to move in and out of the underlying layer.

    This charming, washable paint is suitable for use on both exterior woodwork and metalwork. It has been designed with efficiency in mind and is surface dry in 4 hours and can be recoated in just 16 hours.

    Available in all Little Greene colours, Tom’s Oil Eggshell is perfect for livening up tired wood on potting sheds, exterior joinery, garden furniture, doors, window frames and even bird boxes.

    Visit www.littlegreene.com for more inspiration.

  • Take flight with Little Greene wallpapers

    On a breezy English Summer evening, the much loved chorus of birds twittering can be heard floating through many an open window. They’re the creatures that perch in our gardens, subtly bringing them to life. Sketched by artists and adoringly studied by watchers, the notion of birds can be equally as joyful inside the home.

    Little Greene’s Great Ormond Street wallpaper in Verditure features cool silvery Salix tones combined with a warmer Aquamarine which instantly brings tranquillity and a soothing coolness to a room. Closely based on one of a multi-layered group of papers removed from an early 18th century terraced house opposite the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. The design was machine-made on cellulose paper in the late 19th Century.

    Gt Ormond St - Verditure L-R Great Ormond St in Verditure, Great Ormond St in Parchment

    Another wallpaper that celebrates the intricate colours and movement of the great outdoors is our Crowe Hall Lane in Charme. A large-scale, late 19th century wallpaper with a bold pattern of exotic birds and flowers. The paper had originally been used in a curving stairwell in Crowe Hall, a Suffolk manor house where the vertical nature of the trailing pattern emphasised the height of the room. It is likely to have been hung around the turn of the century and was recovered during extensive conservation work to the house much later. The wallpaper can be paired with French Grey (113) and Pale Lime (70) to create a gentle dash of colour that almost makes the birds flutter from the wall.

    Crowe Hall Lane L-R Crowe Hall Lane in Charme, Crowe Hall Lane in Paradise

    Visit www.littlegreene.com for more wallpaper inspiration.

  • All for Florals

    Nothing says Spring more than a carefully selected vase of fresh blooms clipped straight from the garden.

    The full effect of a beautifully arranged bouquet can quite often seem far too short lived but you can continue to appreciate the beauty of fresh flowers by drawing focus to a floral print wallpaper in your home.

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    From the archives of the recently renovated Whitworth Art Gallery, Little Greene’s wallpaper, Bouquet originates from a collection by celebrated wallpaper manufacturer John Line & Sons. The print embodies the 1950’s freedom of expression and palpable spirit of adventure. The loose freehand lines used on the paper are typical of the time. The bouquets depict blossoming tulips, lily of the valley and the arching stems of Solomon’s seal.

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    Delving further back into the archives uncovers the early 19th century hand-blocked wallpaper, Grosvenor Street. The paper was the last but one in a ‘sandwich’ of 17 layers of wallpaper taken from this property; a prize artefact in the English Heritage archive and one which singlehandedly documents a period of over a hundred years of historic wallpaper from one site. The wallpaper features a bold trailing floral print on a pin-print honeycomb background.

    07 - Carlisle Street - Metal

     

    The calming Carlisle Street offers a more neutral approach to toned down florals. The original wallpaper that inspired this design, found at a property in Carlisle Street in Soho, London, is actually a much more complex pattern than the design we have extracted from it. By removing the solid stripes and extraneous leaf trail, we are left with a wallpaper that achieves all-over pattern and an elegant stripe at the same time. Using traditional surface-printing methods, which originally would have applied paint rather than ink, the production of Carlisle Street reflects very closely that used in preceding centuries: it also gives it a delightfully tactile feel and slightly textured appearance.

    For more wallpaper designs and inspiration visit www.littlegreene.com

  • Moments of Colour at Mosbuild

    Here at Little Greene, our ‘Moments of Colour’ installation has had a busy few months. This week, it completed its final appearance at Russia’s Mosbuild exhibition with excellent feedback from visitors.

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    Following on from our collaboration with high-end fashion designer Edeline Lee, guests were invited to view the room sets complete with colour co-ordinated models.

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    Almost resembling an oversized dolls house, the rooms effortlessly bridged the gap between interiors and fashion, providing inspiration through both the interpretation and the personality of colour.

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    The rooms featured the following colours from L-R: Mister David and Shirting, Bone China Blue, Serpentine and Orange Aurora, Green Verditer and Atomic Red.

  • Safe Haven

    At Little Greene, we are delighted to be collaborating with breast cancer support charity, The Haven on the development of their fourth regional centre in Titchfield, Hampshire.

    We are supplying 200 litres of paint to the grade II listed property which will offer support to nearly 3,000 breast cancer patients in the region.

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    Founded in 1997, the charity offers one-to-one specialist care to breast cancer patients through their free services including counselling and complementary therapies. There is currently no breast cancer support service in the region so the charity hopes to help the 2,700 women treated for the disease each year in Wessex hospitals.

    Focussing on offering emotional and practical support, the charity also works with the NHS to ease the physical side effects of breast cancer.

    The renovations to the listed property will include a reception area, library, group therapy space, kitchen and four one-to-one therapy rooms. The outdoor space will be home to a relaxing visitor garden.

    Work on the building began on the 19th of January and the charity hopes to be up and running for users by October 2015.

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