Little Greene Paint Blog

  • Explore The Archives

    Every roll of wallpaper we create has been drawn from an historic pattern we have found. Some were originally hand-printed pieces, discovered as fragments behind layers of wallpapers in prestigious period homes. Other documents have been carefully preserved in archives at English Heritage or the Whitworth Art Gallery in Little Greene’s home in Manchester.

    Founded in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth has recently been transformed by a £15million development. Having been awarded the Art Fund’s ‘Museum of the Year 2015,’ the gallery has an extensive wallpaper archive featuring wallpapers dating back to the 17th century.

    From January 29th to September 4th 2016, The Whitworth’s Wallpaper exhibition features highlights from their collection of 50’s and 60’s wallpapers including designs by Roger Nicholson and John Line.

    The exhibition features the original documents of three Little Greene designs.

    Most recently acquired by Little Greene for the ‘20th Century Papers’ collection, ‘Zingara’ is a design from a John Line collection produced in 1960. The colourway Cerulean Sea is completely faithful to the document found in the wallpaper archive at Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery. The elegant freehand line quality of the original drawing serves additional charm to this relaxed scene of boats resting at anchor.

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    Zingara Cerluean Sea, Jack Black 119 Zingara - Cerulean Sea, Jack Black 119

    ‘Florette’ is a striking, light-hearted design that embodies the 1950s, this paper was found in “The Architects Book of 100 Wallpapers” published in 1954. The original paper shows a selection of line-drawn dandelions, almost lost against an informal freehand trellis. The contemporary interpretation is a little easier on the eye, featuring the six subtly varied flower heads on a solid ground of colour.

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    01 Florette Acid Drop Florette - Acid Drop

    ‘Hampstead’ was inspired by the hand-printed ‘Apsley Collection’ by John Line & Sons, this relaxed interpretation of an urban Hampstead scene is attributed to designer Els Calvetti. All the line detail is retained and even the original colourways of grey and blue were accurately recreated by Little Greene for the 21st Century interior.

    20160129_155745 Original Hampstead Design - Whitworth Art Gallery
    Hampstead Penumbra, Celestial Blue 101 Hampstead - Penumbra, Celestial Blue 101

    The ‘Wallpaper’ Exhibition will continue until September the 4th 2016 and is free to visit.

    Visit www.littlegreene.com for more information and to browse our range of historic paint colours and wallpapers.

  • Archive Trails - The Colouring Book

    Little Greene’s latest wallpaper collection, ‘Archive Trails’ is an archive-inspired anthology of English and French wallpaper motifs.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 05_LR Darwin - Serein

    Featuring floral patterns from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries, these seven charming designs have been carefully redrawn and printed in a range of beautiful Little Greene colourways to grace the 21st century home.

    To celebrate the launch of the collection, we're giving you the opportunity to create your own colour stories using the outlines of these authentic historic designs.

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    Download and print the 'Archive Trails' colouring book and share your artwork with us on Twitter and Instagram using #archivetrails.

    Click here to download the Archive Trails colouring book.

  • The Perfect Backdrop

    The Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London recently refreshed their interiors scheme with the help of the Little Greene Marylebone showroom.

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    The gallery worked with one of our colour consultants to select a variety of shades to complement the individuality of the artwork on display at their London gallery.

    Little Greene assessed the space and light in the building and researched the personal style of the gallery. They then explored a range of shades, before being guided through the process of selecting colours and choosing the correct finishes to use.

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    _MG_7940 Inox 224, Lamp Black 228

    Frankie Cherry, Director of Communications at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery said the new paint colours have already been complimented by their customers:

    'As long-time admirers and customers of Little Greene, we were delighted when the showroom opened round the corner from us in Marylebone. Colour Consultant, Robert Paul is absolutely first-class in his knowledge of paint combinations and ideas, which we have implemented in the gallery to great effect. Our latest scheme involves Little Greene's ‘Angie’, ‘Orange Aurora’ and ‘Mister David’, and is going down a wow with customers of the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery.’

    _MG_7799 Fern - Pink, Starflower - Peacock

    She has also noticed a difference in the galleries atmosphere and believes the colours have helped to create a more engaging environment:

    ‘Having colour in a gallery transforms it into a warmer, more homely space - collectors can really imagine the artworks on their walls. What's more, we've been able to establish some exciting colour relationships in our installations and exhibitions. Certain walls really bring artworks to life and unexpected connections form across the gallery space.'

    _MG_7936 Inox 224, Fern - Off Black
    _MG_7827 Urbane Grey 225, Inox 224

    For more information on the Little Greene colours featured, click the links below:

    Marine Blue 95

    Orange Aurora 21

    Inox 224

    Lamp Black 228

    Urbane Grey 225

    www.littlegreene.com

  • Little Greene Corporate Colour Consultancy

     

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    What is a corporate colour consultation?

    Our corporate colour consultancy service has been designed to assist interior designers, property developers and commercial premises looking to work alongside Little Greene to select a colour scheme.

    How do I arrange a colour consultation?

    You can contact the Little Greene Marylebone showroom to request a call back to arrange a colour consultation by emailing colourconsultancy@littlegreene.com with your name, address and contact number.

    How long is a colour consultation?

    The consultation duration varies depending on the number of rooms that require assessment and the depth in which you require colour advice.

    How much is a colour consultation?

    Consultations will vary in cost depending on the project, we will work alongside you to create a bespoke service.  Please enquire with our showroom for a quote.

    What will the colour consultancy consist of?

    One of our colour consultants will visit you to guide you through the colour selection process. They will work alongside tradesmen, architects and contractors to assess the buildings requirements.

    For period properties, they will provide full details of all Little Greene’s heritage colours so a scheme can be tailored to the building.

    They will also be able to assist with guidance on protective coatings and industrial paint that can be supplied through our sister company, Bradite.

  • Little Greene in-store colour consultancy

     In-store Colour Consultancy

    If you’re developing a property, exploring initial colour ideas or require urgent colour advice, our consultants also offer an in-store advice service.

    A flexible alternative to a home colour consultation, particularly suitable if your project is not in London but you can make it to Marylebone, the in store consultancy can offer an inspiring environment where you can surround yourself in Little Greene colours and receive first-hand bespoke advice.

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    How do I arrange a colour consultation?

    You can contact the Little Greene Marylebone showroom to request a call back to arrange a colour consultation by emailing colourconsultancy@littlegreene.com with your name, address and contact number.

    How long is a colour consultation?

    An in-store colour consultation is 90 minutes.

    How much is a colour consultation?

    Consultations at our Marylebone showroom are £120. This includes our colour expertise, full access to our reference book and magazine archive, use of the painted brush out boards and complimentary refreshments.

    What will the colour consultancy consist of?

    The in-store consultancy is ideal for people who are planning an interior scheme for a property in progress or to quickly correct any decorating disappointments.

    Journey of Colour

    The Journey of Colour consultation with one of our colour experts offers a unique introduction to the Little Greene range and explores ways to approach colour. The consultation is available for one to one appointments or groups of up to 5 people.

    The consultation will give an overview of the complete product range and showcase how to get the best results from Little Greene. The consultant will also discuss Little Greene’s bestsellers, the importance of colour undertones and a brief introduction to our wallpapers.

    How much is a colour consultation?

    The Journey of Colour Consultation is £60 per person. The price includes full use of the Little Greene reference library and complimentary refreshments.

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  • Little Greene Home Colour Consultancy

    If you’re struggling with selecting shades or concerned about colour combinations, a Little Greene home colour consultancy will help you decorate your home with confidence.

    One of our trained colour consultants will visit you at home to fully understand your personal taste and requirements, using their extensive knowledge of colour to produce the perfect schemes for you.

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    How do I arrange a colour consultation?

    You can contact the Little Greene Marylebone showroom to request a call back to arrange a colour consultation by emailing colourconsultancy@littlegreene.com with your name, address and contact number.

    How long is a colour consultation?

    A colour consultant will assess a maximum of 4 rooms during a 1 hour consultation, but this can be extended depending on the number of rooms you wish to plan. We also provide 90 minute and 2 hour appointments.

    How far do your consultants travel?

    Our consultants are based in London and are able to travel within zones 1-4. Travel expenses are incurred beyond zone 4, please ask for more details.

    How much is a colour consultation?

    In-home colour consultations are £180 for 1 hour, £250 for 90 minutes and £320 for a 2 hour appointment. This includes a full written colour report to summarise the consultation.

    What will the colour consultancy consist of?

    Prior to your consultation, one of our colour experts will contact you for a pre-assessment over the phone. This gives you the opportunity to communicate any schemes you may have in mind or share any mood boards you have created, they can also style the interiors around a specific piece of furniture. This pre-assessment allows our consultants to arrive fully prepared for your appointment.

    The colour consultant will assess the space and light in your house and ask you about your own personal style. They will discuss a range of options with you, exploring whether it’s a refresh or a complete transformation you require, our consultant will guide you through the process of selecting colours and recommend the correct finishes to use.

    They will also identify small details that may usually be forgotten when considering colour for a whole room. They will select colours for trim details and woodwork to ensure that the whole room is included in their final colour specification.

    All styles and periods are catered for: traditional, contemporary, classic and original, ensuring that you achieve the perfect colour scheme for you.

    What happens after the consultation?

    After the consultation, you will receive a full written report, detailing the colours and schemes discussed for your house. Our colour consultants will also work with your decorator, supplying them with a copy of the specification report to ensure that the correct quantities are ordered to complete the project.

    They will also identify small details that may usually be forgotten when considering colour for a whole room. They will select colours for trim details and woodwork to ensure that the whole room is included in their final colour specification.

    All styles and periods are catered for: traditional, contemporary, classic and original, ensuring that you achieve the perfect colour scheme for you.

  • Archive Trails - Wallpaper Focus

    Launched this month, our new wallpaper collection, ‘Archive Trails’ is an archive-inspired anthology of English and French trailing wallpapers.

    Trailing florals have been the subject of decorative pattern since long before the mechanisation of wallpaper production and the ensuing fashion for repeating pattern. Traditionally, the scenes depicted in early 18th Century interiors were painted by hand; in effect, bespoke murals. This artisan form of decoration was the precursor to the tighter, more structured designs we have come to understand and appreciate as conventional wallpaper over the last two Centuries.

    Explore the history behind three of the beautiful ‘Archive Trails’ designs:

    Vine

    Vine offers an unmistakeable nod to the father of the late 19th Century Arts & Crafts movement, William Morris. A traditional surface print method has been employed to recreate the bold, original paper from 1932. The ‘Bleu’ colourway is very close to the original in colour, ensuring an authentic, yet contemporary version.

    Combined with Lamp Black 228 on trims and furniture, the design can be used in a contemporary setting.

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    Darwin

    The oldest design in the Archive Trails collection, was discovered in the archives of The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. This 1760 English piece was found intact at a house in Aix-En-Provence, France. The exotic scene accurately imitates a typical 18th Century hand-painted Chinese paper, but the tax stamp, still visible on the back of the original rag paper, identifies it as English in origin. The colours interpreted in the ‘Serein’ colourway are very true to the original – a surprisingly well preserved archive document.

    Complemented by vibrant accessories and the muted, soft qualities of Lamp Black 228, the intricate pattern and bold colours within the wallpaper create a striking focal point.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 05_LR Darwin - Serein

    Paradise

    This 1940’s design 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. This design retains the original’s oversized repeat and has been reproduced in six stunning colourways.

    Combine two colourways of this exotic design with bold, statement upholstery and floral displays that complement its beautiful depiction of nature.

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    Browse the full collection on the Little Greene website.

  • Scottish Interiors Showcase

    Little Greene will be exhibiting at the Scottish Interiors Showcase on the 16th and 17th of February 2016 at Dunblane Hydro.

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    Visit our stand in the Macleod Suite 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.'

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

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    For more information or to register to attend the show, visit the Scottish Interiors Showcase website.

  • Archive Trails

    ‘Archive Trails’ from Little Greene: an archive-inspired anthology of English and French trailing wallpaper motifs.

    Over the last decade, Little Greene has established a tradition for sourcing authentic archive wallpaper designs and cleverly adapting their patterns and colours to suit 21st Century living. As its name suggests, the tenth collection, ‘Archive Trails’, is a joyful celebration of floral trail wallpapers, which have been drawn from a number of highly respected resources including English Heritage, Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery and historical documents from France. Marrying designs from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries, this harmonious portfolio of seven wallpapers, in multiple colourways, encapsulates the  enduring popularity of trailing floral and bird motifs in surface design.

    Trailing florals have been the subject of decorative pattern since long before the mechanisation of wallpaper production and the ensuing fashion for repeating pattern. Traditionally, the scenes depicted in early 18th Century interiors were painted by hand; in effect, bespoke murals. This artisan form of decoration was the precursor to the tighter, more structured designs we have come to understand and appreciate as conventional wallpaper over the last two Centuries.

    In the early 19th Century, regimented trellis and smaller, geometric patterns celebrated the new uniformity that could be achieved by machine printing. However, as techniques became more sophisticated, some classic rococo and baroque elements - in particular ornate flowers and exotic bird motifs - were, by the mid 19th Century, enjoying a resurgent popularity. In the careful redrawing of these seven historical designs, ‘Archive Trails’ champions both the discovery and subsequent rediscovery of flamboyant floral wallpaper patterns.

    As is customary with Little Greene’s wallpapers, each design has prescribed its own print techniques, including tactile surface print and shimmering mica grounds, to achieve a timeless surface finish of the highest quality. Alongside the ‘Colours Of England’, a renowned palette of coordinating paint shades, this collection will truly lift the walls of traditional and contemporary homes alike!

    David Mottershead, MD of Little Greene enthuses: ‘At Little Greene we have established a tradition for unearthing document designs and breathing new life into them. Oversized florals coupled with exotic birds are traditional and yet very much on-trend right now. Working closely with a team of experts, we have been able to recreate archive fragments in a contemporary yet enduring way and have incorporated colours and scales to suit modern day interiors.’

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 06_LR Darwin - Serein

    Darwin (c1760) represents one of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s most important recent acquisitions and, with a twist in its story, this exemplary English piece was actually found intact in a house in Aix-en-Provence, France. The exotic scene accurately imitates a typical 18th Century hand-painted Chinese paper, but the tax stamp, still visible on the back of the original rag paper, categorically identifies it as English in origin. The colours interpreted in the ‘Serein’ colourway are very true to the original - a surprisingly (and wonderfully) well-preserved archive document.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 07_LR Gustav - Trophy

    Gustav (c1875) was found in poor condition, making it somewhat difficult to date accurately, but English Heritage archivists estimate it as mid-late 18th Century. Found in Eagle House, a Jacobean manor in Wimbledon, it bears the hallmarks of a classic block print, but in fact some of the flowers on the original were painted by hand and applied over the pre-printed trail as part of a decorative border. The scale of the pattern is reminiscent of a large damask design, but the muted colourways adapted for ‘Archive Trails’ mean this paper can be used all-over, without overpowering a room.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 11_LR China Rose - Blue Lustre

    China Rose (c1885) is a classic flamboyant floral, taken from a late 19th Century French hand-painted ‘Peking Stripe’ fabric with a distinct Chinese influence. The distressed opaque colours in the leaves and petals portray the hand of the original artist, in contrast with a judicious modern-day use of mica and metallic inks as witnessed in some colourways.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 09_LR Vine - Bleu

    Vine (c1932), taken from the archive at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, offers an unmistakeable nod to William Morris, the father of the late 19th Century Arts & Crafts movement. An authentic surface print technique has been employed to reproduce this contemporary version, with the blue colourway being very close to the original in colour – despite the poor condition of the background colour on the surviving fragment.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 03_LR Sakura - Yellow Lustre

    Sakura (c1936) is a pretty trail of matt leaves and delicate blossom originating in France. The surface detail has been retained, contributing to its charming layered depth, whilst the colouration has retained an elegant, seductive informality. A mica ground has been used on some colourways to exaggerate the interplay of light and contrast on the surface of the paper.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 17_LR Paradise - Feather

    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. This design retains the original’s oversized repeat and has been reproduced in six stunning colourways.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 18_LR Stitch - Highland

    Stitch (c1940) is inspired by embroidered chintz cottons. The use of stippling (dot-work) was popular in embroidery and printing, particularly at a time when block printing was seen as an indication of status. In the late 19th and well into the 20th Century, ornate patterns in the home were a conspicuous symbol of wealth and associated with prosperity. The use of two print colours makes this paper especially easy to coordinate with paint colours and other elements in the room.

    Archive Trails will be available from January 21st 2016.

  • In The Pink

    This October, our stockists and customers raised an incredible £11,353.42 for our chosen charity, The Haven.

    Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our stockists painted objects in a limited edition Little Greene pink, ‘Tutu’ to raise awareness. With each sale, 15p from every tin of Little Greene paint and roll of wallpaper sold was donated to The Haven.

    We would like to thank all of our stockists for getting involved through social media, using #littlegreenepink. We saw some brilliant creations made using the ‘Tutu’ sample pots which you can see below.

    BCA Collage 1 Clockwise From Left, Belinda Benton, Camellia Interiors, Little Greene, Glenwood Interiors, Callaghan Interiors.
    BCA Collage 2 Clockwise From Left, Brewers Bow, Glenwood Interiors, City Dec Supplies, Centrepiece, Leekes Llantrisant.

    The money raised will benefit The Haven, who provide a wide range of therapies, information and advice to help patients and their families cope with the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer and its treatment.

    For more information, visit: http://www.thehaven.org.uk/

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