Little Greene Paint Blog

  • The 'Pink' Collection

    Little Greene will follow the success of its Grey and Blue collections with the Autumn 2016 launch of a delightful capsule collection of pink colours. ‘Pink’ comprises eight related pink shades, and provides a delicious choice from soft delicate tones associated with femininity and sensitivity to bolder, seductive hues. Designed to work harmoniously together and with other Little Greene shades, these versatile pinks include seven new colours and one from the existing colourcard.

    The special palette celebrates our long-standing support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, held every October, during which 15p from every can of paint sold is donated to a Breast Cancer Charity. For 2016, Little Greene’s chosen charity will once again be Breast Cancer Haven, the only national breast cancer charity that provides one-to-one support to improve
    the quality of life of anyone affected by breast cancer.

    This limited edition colourcard will be available until next January, after which many of the shades will be incorporated into the updated Colours of England colourcard, due to be launched in Spring 2017. To accompany the new paint colours, We are also launching a new colourway of the Paradise (c1940) wallpaper design. Paradise celebrates a truly rich mix of styles. The English Heritage-owned document from which this paper is drawn is actually a 20th Century piece, but the subject – exotic flora and the familiar oriental ho-ho birds – is classic ancient Chinoiserie.

    Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266, Carmine 189, Cordoba 277 Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266, Carmine 189, Cordoba 277

    Re-coloured in a gentle pink, with a subtly shimmering mica ground, this limited edition colour way supports the Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign: it also reflects the growing trend for soft feminine colours in today’s interiors and is set to become a firm favourite in Little Greene’s extensive collection of wallpapers.

    In keeping with Little Greene’s heritage links, ‘Pink’ has its roots in history. During the Renaissance period, Pink was used in paintings for the flesh colour of the human body, the ‘skin’ colour being created from a combination of two pigments – ‘Sinopia’, also known as Venetian Red, and Lime White. Whilst pink colours had been used in artists’ work for centuries it was
    only during the 18th Century that pinks became popular in fashionable clothing and porcelain, with architecture following across Europe soon afterwards. The name ‘pink’ derived from the flower of the same name and was adopted in the late 17th Century (before this time the word was also applied to shades of yellow!).

    Pink fell out of fashion in the 19th Century and only with the introduction of lightfast chemical dyes in the 20th Century creating bolder, brighter and more powerful pinks was there a resurgence in popularity. It was in the 1940s that pink truly became associated with girls; before that, pink had been for boys too. Often used to signify both femininity and sexual empowerment by and for women, pink demonstrates outer beauty and inner strength: nowadays, pink represents strength within women and, as such, is the colour many breast cancer charities have used to represent their brand.

    Managing Director, David Mottershead, confirms: “Wide-ranging pink tones are now very much on-trend, and embraced by all in both fashion and interiors. The versatile hues on offer within Little Greene’s ‘Pink’ palette totally contradict the idea that pink is difficult to use, that it is sugary or overly feminine: these new and harmonious shades afford the ideal opportunity to invite the perfect pink into your home.”

    Blush 267: This muted, rosy tone combining well with darks, creates a strong statement within any interior without being too overbearing.

    Cordoba 277, Blush 267 Córdoba 277, Blush & Loft White 222

    Cape Red 279: A fun, berry red. Use alone for maximum impact or as a powerful highlight within a muted scheme.

    French Grey Pale 161, Jack Black 119, Cape Red 279 French Grey Pale 161, Jack Black 119 & Cape Red 279

    Carmine 189: A powerful colour first seen on a paint colourcard of 1968, which includes Carmine as a dusky pink and refers to it as one of the ‘new-this-year’ emulsion colours.

    Hellebore 275, Olive Colour 72, Carmine 189, Citrine 71, Lemon Tree 69, Pink Slip 220, Loft White 222 Hellebore 275, Olive Colour 72, Carmine 189, Citrine 71, Lemon Tree 69, Pink Slip 220 & Loft White 222

    Confetti 274: A delicate and usable clean, classic shade with hidden charm and romance.

    Confetti 274, Lamp Black 228, Salix 99 Confetti 274, Lamp Black 228 & Salix

    Córdoba 277: This distinctive aged wooden aubergine tone is perfect for creating dramatic effect.

    Cordoba 277, Blush 267, Loft White 222 Cordoba 277, Blush 267, Loft White 222

    Dorchester Pink - Mid 286: A paler derivative of the popular shade Dorchester Pink, used in the Dorchester Hotel in London during the 1960s.

    Dorchester Pink Mid 286, Dorchester Pink 213 Dorchester Pink Mid 286, Dorchester Pink 213

    Hellebore 275: A dusky pink, providing the right amount of prominence and sophistication for any room. Contains a muted violet note.

    Hellebore 275, Olive Colour 72, Carmine 189, Citrine 71, Lemon Tree 69, Pink Slip 220 & Loft White 222 Hellebore 275, Olive Colour 72, Carmine 189, Citrine 71, Lemon Tree 69, Pink Slip 220 & Loft White 222

    Hortense 266: A gentle lilac tone with a soft hint of grey - the aging petal colour, calm and beautiful.

    Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266 Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266

    ‘Pink’ will be available from 21st September 2016.

  • Little Greene At Design Junction 2016

    Little Greene will be exhibiting at the innovative ‘Design Junction’ at Kings Cross from the 22nd - 25th September.

    The four-day event provides a platform for brands and designers, presenting contemporary design ideas in an industrial location.

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    Hosted during the London Design Festival in September, the Little Greene stand will present our new collection, ‘Pink.’ Comprising eight shades, the collection provides a delicious choice of colours from soft delicate tones associated with femininity and sensitivity, to bolder, seductive hues. Designed to work harmoniously together and with other Little Greene shades, these versatile pinks include seven new colours and one shade from the existing colour card.

    Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266, Carmine 189, Cordoba 277 Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266, Carmine 189, Cordoba 277

    The stand, which will be located in The Canopy, Stand 30, will showcase the new Little Greene shades and display the new ‘Paradise-Pink’ wallpaper colourway, launched to accompany the new paint colours and support Breast Cancer Awareness month. Re-coloured in a gentle pink, with a subtly shimmering mica ground, this limited edition colour way reflects the growing trend for soft delicate colours in today's interiors.

    French Grey Pale 161, Jack Black 119, Cape Red 279 French Grey Pale 161, Jack Black 119, Cape Red 279

    Visit the stand to find out more about our luxury paints and wallpapers and to speak to one of our colour consultants.

    We would love to see your photos from Design Junction, you can share them using: #LGPink

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  • Little Greene ‘Pink’ Collection – The Press Launch

     

    We celebrated the launch of the new ‘Pink’ collection with a press event at the Little Greene Marylebone showroom.

    DSC03314 The Little Greene London Showroom

    Journalists and bloggers were invited to browse the collection comprising eight related pink shades. The new limited edition ‘Pink’ colour card provides a delicious choice of colours from soft delicate tones associated with femininity and sensitivity to bolder, seductive hues. Designed to work harmoniously in combination and with other Little Greene shades, these versatile pinks include seven new colours and one from the existing colour card.

    DSC03089 The Little Greene London Showroom
    DSC03223 The Little Greene London Showroom
    DSC03309 The Little Greene London Showroom

    Alongside the paints, we also showcased ‘Paradise – Pink,’ a limited edition pink colourway of our ‘Paradise’ wallpaper from the Little Greene ‘Archive Trails’ collection. ‘Paradise’ (c1940) celebrates a truly rich mix of styles. The English Heritage-owned document from which this paper is drawn is actually a 20th Century piece, but the subject – exotic flora and the familiar oriental ho-ho birds - is classic ancient Chinoiserie, whilst the colouration in the original is very much in the style of a 19th Century French paper.

    DSC03298 Paradise - Pink

    Guests at the launch sampled colour-matched cocktails, ‘Carmine Cosmopolitan’ and ‘Dorchester Delight’ and viewed the new colours in the showroom which featured floral displays, pink balloons and a Little Greene mural. Managing Director, David Mottershead presented the new collection and revealed the inspiration behind the colours.

    DSC02952 The Little Greene London Showroom

     

     

    For more information on the Pink collection, visit www.littlegreene.com

  • Flora and Fauna at Hampton Court Flower Show

     

    Little Greene presented a selection of summer colour trends at Hampton Court Flower Show from the 5th-10th of July.

    Hampton_left wall Wallpaper: Vine-Bleu

    The exhibition, celebrating the best of summer, featured floral displays, live demonstrations and trend talks.

    The Little Greene stand displayed two beautiful sheds from The Posh Shed Company, which showcased our exterior paint range and were decorated with a selection of wallpapers to create the perfect garden haven.

    Hampton_sheds1 Left Shed: Lamp Black, Citrine, French Grey. Right Shed: Lamp Black, Yellow-Pink.
    Hampton_sheds2 Left Shed: Lamp Black, Citrine, French Grey, Florette - Acid Drop. Right Shed: Lamp Black, Yellow-Pink, Fern - Yellow.

    The two sheds were painted in Yellow Pink 46, with Lamp Black 228 and Citrine 71 and decorated with Fern - Yellow and Florette - Acid Drop. The sheds were displayed alongside our ‘Blue’ paint collection and latest wallpaper compendium, ‘Archive Trails.’

    Our Colour Consultants provided guests with information on colour trends and design inspiration.

    Hampton_back wall The Little Greene Stand.

    Thank you to everyone who visited the Little Greene stand over the course of the five-day exhibition.

  • Little Greene exhibit at Hampton Court Flower Show

    From Tuesday 5th – Sunday 10th July 2016 Little Greene will be exhibiting at the beautiful Hampton Court Palace in London at Hampton Court Flower Show.

    This opulent summer celebration will be packed with stunning floral displays, trend talks and live demonstrations and we are delighted to be taking part again this year.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 13_LR China Rose - Blue Lustre

    Our Little Greene stand will incorporate all of our latest wallpapers and paints, including our most recent and coveted collection, ‘Archive Trails’, a collection of archives inspired designs by intricate trails, blossoming florals and birds – a perfect fit for the show.

    Our colour specialists will be on hand to personally showcase our range of colours and offer their expertise.

    Set amongst the grandeur of the palace grounds, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will provide fresh inspiration and ideas for your own home.

    We would love to see you at our stand, you’ll find us in the Country Living Marquee, Stand 984, Hampton Court Palace.

  • Little Greene at IWM North

    Little Greene has partnered with the IWM North once again for their new exhibition, ‘Fashion on the Ration’ commemorating the 75th anniversary of clothes rationing.

    Celebrating 1940’s street style, the exhibition explores how men and women in Britain found new ways to dress through the clothing rationing during the war.

    The museum, based in Salford Quays, selected bold Little Greene shades as the backdrop to the exhibition including Purpleheart 188, Atomic Red 190 and Juniper Ash 115.

    IWM_SITE_IWMN_001631 Image: IWM North
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    IWM_SITE_IWMN_001612 Image: IWM North
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    Fashion on the Ration will run from May 27th 2016 to 1st May 2017 and is free for IWM members.

    IWM_SITE_IWMN_001606 Image: IWM North

    Tickets are available at iwm.org.uk for Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style.

    Visit www.littlegreene.com to browse our full colour range.

  • The Little Greene Award at Marylebone Interiors Day

     

    For the second year running, Little Greene has partnered with Regents University London to commemorate Marylebone Interiors Day, a celebration of Marylebone's interior design theme with a day of workshops, offers and consultations.

    Little Greene collaborated with the university on the ‘Little Greene Award,’ inviting students to produce and present creative design ideas for the chance to win the award and have their work displayed in the Little Greene London showroom.

    The ideas produced were judged by how closely they matched Little Greene’s brand identity, mirroring their originality and exploration of colour whilst maintaining the fundamental qualities of beauty, quality and accessibility.

    The award was judged by Little Greene Showroom Manager, Robert Paul and Colour Consultant, Jenny Luck.

     

    Paul_Terry_Photography_Regents_University_Fashion_&_Design_Small_266 L-R Jenny Luck, Robert Paul, Anna Yumasheva, Mark Gower Image: Paul Terry Photography

     

    Interior Design student Anna Yumasheva received the award for her interior design scheme for an Urban Piano School.

    She said: ‘I have done this project because I play piano myself and I graduated from my music school in Russia so I always wanted to do a project that would include music and especially piano because it is one of my passions as well as interior design. I was really happy that we could write our own brief, straight away I knew it was going to be a music school.’

     

    Paul_Terry_Photography_Regents_University_Fashion_&_Design_Small_269 Little Greene Award Winner, Anna Yumasheva. Image: Paul Terry Photography

     

    The piano school design was Anna’s BA (Hons) Interior Design final year graduation project and was aimed at encouraging people from disadvantaged backgrounds to explore their potential through music.

    The design was displayed in our showroom on the 21st of May to coincide with Marylebone Interiors Day.

    For more information on the Little Greene Marylebone showroom, visit www.littlegreene.com.

  • Visit Little Greene At The Irish Interior Showcase

    Little Greene will be exhibiting at the Irish Interior Showcase on the 16th and 17th of May in Dublin.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 17_LR Paradise - Feather

     

    Visit our stand at Clayton Hotel – Dublin Airport to view our new wallpaper collection, 'Archive Trails' an archive-inspired anthology of English and French trailing wallpaper motifs and our latest paint collection, 'Blue.'

    Blue Collection The 'Blue' Collection

    Our ‘Blue’ capsule collection brings together some known Little Greene shades with a spectrum of archive blues from confident indigos to calm linen hues.

    For more information or to register to attend the show, visit: www.irishinteriorshowcase.com.

  • Visit Little Greene at House Dublin 2016

    Little Greene will be exhibiting at House Dublin from the 20th-22nd May.

    The stand will feature the latest wallpaper collection, ‘Archive Trails’ and display a selection of Little Greene colours. The 3 day event will celebrate the best of Irish interiors and showcase the latest interior design ideas and trends.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 23_LR

    Visit us on Stand B18 to view our latest paint and wallpaper collections.

    House Dublin will be held at:

    RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

  • A Grand Entrance

    Embrace the trend for bold, statement front doors with Little Greene exterior paints.

    2 - Mister David Front Door Mister David 47

    Offering both water-based and traditional finishes for all exterior joinery, Little Greene’s exterior finishes include:

    Intelligent Exterior Eggshell

    Tom’s Oil Eggshell

    Intelligent Gloss

    Traditional Oil Gloss

    Below, you will find some frequently asked questions to help you select the best finish for your exterior paint project.

    What is the best finish for exterior woodwork?

    Little Greene offers both water-based and traditional finishes for all exterior joinery. Choose from our Intelligent Exterior Eggshell or Tom’s Oil Eggshell for a low sheen finish or Intelligent Gloss and Traditional Oil Gloss for a high gloss effect.

    14 - Front Door - Celestial Blue Celestial Blue 101

    How do I need to prepare exterior woodwork prior to painting?

    • Previously painted woodwork must be thoroughly cleaned and sanded to a firm edge, removing any loose or flaking paint. Any gaps and cracks must be cleaned, filled and sanded.
    • Bare wood must be primed using Traditional Oil Primer Undercoat before painting.
    • For knotty wood or resinous wood, our Aluminium Wood Primer should be applied. This will seal any resins within the wood. A coat of the Traditional Oil Primer Undercoat will then ensure the smooth application and perfect adhesion of the final coat – most likely to be one of our exterior gloss or eggshell finishes.

     A Tip From Our Chemist: Little Greene Intelligent Exterior Eggshell is self-priming so no additional primer is required.

    To browse the exterior paint collection, visit www.littlegreene.com

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