Little Greene Paint Blog

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

  • Münchner Stoff Frühling

     

    The Little Greene Munich showroom participated in the three day event, Münchner Stoff Frühling. The annual exhibition from the 11th-14th of March saw the Little Greene showroom decorated with the latest wallpaper collection, 'Archive Trails' and featured the lead design, 'Vine.'

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    Guests enjoyed black and white cakes to celebrate the show’s colour scheme, whilst the showroom window was decorated with wooden birds painted in a selection of vibrant Little Greene shades to demonstrate how paint can be paired with wallpaper.

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    Thank you to all the guests who visited the showroom.

  • Flora And Fauna

    The latest Little Greene collection, ‘Archive Trails’ is an anthology of trailing wallpaper motifs that can be used in either a classic or contemporary setting.

    Here we have compiled six ways to use ornithological and floral prints with coordinating paint colours for an effortless yet refined interiors scheme.

    Sophisticated Framing

    Rather than opting for a full feature wall, frame a large, bold print and combine with coordinating colours to achieve a contemporary, artistic look. The muted Gustav – Trophy combines perfectly with simplistic Grey Moss 234 framing and a neutral Linen Wash 33 backdrop.

     

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 07_LR Gustav - Trophy Frame: Grey Moss 234 Wall: Linen Wash 33 Trim and Fireplace: Loft White 222

     

    Create Cosiness and Warmth

    Create a sumptuous accent wall using Vine-Bleu and coordinate with trims painted in Lamp Black 228. Pairing a classic wallpaper design with a bold, deep colour immediately updates the room and exudes warmth.

     

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 09_LR Vine - Bleu Woodwork: Lamp Black 228 Cupboards: Portland Stone Deep 156

     

    Pattern Contrast

    Use two contrasting wallpaper colourways together to create harmony within a large space. Use a neutral colour on woodwork and doors to ensure that the wallpaper remains the focal point.

     

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    Colour Highlights

    Accessorise with a fresh highlight of colour using a bright shade like Mister David 47 to complement the vibrancy of the wallpaper design.

     

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 18_LR Stitch - Highland Trim: Livid 263 Bath: Mister David 47 Floor: Acre 76 Shutters: Slaked Lime 105

     

    Simple Combinations

    Utilise classic colour combinations such as gold and white for an effective contrast. The delicate shimmer of Sakura – Yellow Lustre is complemented by the simplicity of Loft White 222.

     

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 03_LR Sakura - Yellow Lustre Ceiling and Woodwork: Loft White 222 Floor: Inox 224

     

    Outdoor Inspiration

    Take inspiration from natural colour combinations. Explore the delicate pastel shades found in a typical English garden and enhance them by accessorising with fresh floral arrangements.

     

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    To view all the wallpaper designs, visit www.littlegreene.com or The Little Greene Paint Company on Pinterest.

  • 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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    ‘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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    ‘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.

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    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.

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    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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    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.’

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    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.'

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    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.

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