Little Greene Paint Blog

  • And The Winner Is...

     

    We invited our stockists to create window displays using our new ‘Pink’ collection and Pink – Paradise wallpaper to celebrate the launch of our ‘Pink’ collection.

    We received an excellent response to our ‘Pink’ window display competition and have seen some wonderful window creations celebrating the launch of the ‘Pink’ collection.

     3 Chapel Interiors
     2 Emma Kay Interiors
    Touch Of Tradition Touch Of Tradition
    The Painted Pearl The Painted Pearl
    Respire Living Respire Living
    EA Wates Pink EA Wates

    Congratulations to CP Interiors won the competition with this beautiful, festive display.

    CP INTERIORS (3) CP Interiors

     

  • Launching In January 2017, London Wallpapers IV.

    London Wallpapers IV: archive chic for walls

    With an established tradition for breathing new life into old designs, Little Greene has once again delved into the English Heritage archives, scouring for historic designs that can be successfully adapted for 21st century interiors. The company’s most recent collection, London Wallpapers IV, is a glorious compendium of authentic motifs, rescaled and recoloured for contemporary living. The collection will be launched at Paris Déco-Off in January 2017.

    The collection comprises twelve designs over 58 papers in an enticing palette of classic and contemporary colourways, enhanced with subtle printed textures. Five designs are drawn from existing Little Greene collections, and retain some of their original Little Greene colourways as well as new, updated tones; there are also seven unseen designs in a variety of delightful shades.

    Spanning three centuries of British design, the original patterns can be dated back to the years between 1760 and 1950. Mostly manufactured in London to decorate smart city and country homes, each design has its own compelling provenance tracing it back to the original house in which it was discovered.

    Albemarle St. (c.1760)

    Reminiscent of Spitalfields silks, this paper, found in Albemarle Street, off Piccadilly, had an enormous pattern repeat of 6ft. Originally produced in a dark blue flock on a light ground, it was unusual to find so bold and expensive a paper used as here, in a low ceilinged, second floor bedroom. Such a grand paper would have been designed to have been on show – more often in a downstairs reception room where guests would be entertained. (two new colourways, three retained colourways)

    1483 22c 14 - LO Res RGB Albemarle St - Astral & Vapour

    Bayham Abbey (c.1880)

    Whilst the original fragment was discovered at Bayham Abbey, on the Sussex-Kent border, the paper is likely to have been produced in London. On a red ground, reminiscent of gothic style, the original paper was made from cellulose wood pulp and machine-printed. (two new colourways, four retained colourways)

    1483 05a 10 - LO Res RGB Bayham Abbey - Monarch

     

    Borough High St. (c.1880)

    The property from which this design hails was built in the mid-19th century on the site of the infamous Marshalsea Prison, which for nearly 500 years was notorious for the incarceration of London’s debtors, including Charles Dickens’ father in 1824. The earliest paper retrieved from a laminate of four, this gothic trellis design with Moorish influences was the first paper to adorn the walls of one of the properties that replaced the prison in the late 1870s. (five colourways)

    1483 13a 25 - LO Res RGB Borough High St - Stamp

    Broadwick St. (c.1775)

    Found in a row of elegant early-18th century houses in Broadwick Street, Soho, this design is remarkable in that it was based on a botanically accurate reproduction of a plant, Clusia Rosea, first recorded in a famous book the Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands by Robert Catesby in 1743. (two new colourways, two retained colourways)

    1483 16a 17 - LO Res RGB Broadwick St - Balsam

    Chelsea Bridge (c.1850)

    Stylistically this pattern is unmistakably French, but the archive piece, which has prescribed very little by way of redesign, came from a prestigious address near the Thames. The decorative stripe either side of the floral column is retained but reduced in weight to give a more balanced feel to the pattern when hung in repeat. (four colourways)

    1483 07a 20 - LO Res RGB Chelsea Bridge - Halcyon

    Cranford (c.1765)

    This mid-18th century paper, found in Cranford, Middlesex, has a yellow floral ogee motif printed on to thick, hand-made rag paper. It is unusual because yellow, although a popular colour, was expensive and prone to fading. It was manufactured using ‘slip-printing’, a technique to make the paper appear more expensive than it really was due to its ‘shadow’ effect, which was achieved economically by using the same block to print two different colours.(three retained colourways)

    1483 11a 11 - LO Res RGB Cranford - Wheat

    Great Ormond St. (c.1890)

    A colourful parrot motif, closely based on one of a multi-layered group of papers removed from the ground floor rear closet of a very early-18th century terrace house opposite Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. This design was subsequently machine-made on cellulose paper in the late 19th century. (three new colourways, three retained colourways.)

    1483 24b 10 - LO Res RGB Great Ormond St - Tropical

     

    Old Gloucester St. (c.1870)

    Each inset panel within this design originally contained an ornate scene, a reflection of its origins in Bloomsbury, an affluent area with a rich history. Having removed any extraneous detail, what remains is an unrefined but elegant wood panel-effect trompe l’oeil that could be used all round a room in a traditional style, or to bring a timeless architectural feel to a single wall in a more contemporary interior. (three colourways)

    1483 01a 13 - LO Res RGB Old Gloucester St - Tome

     

    Palace Road (c.1895)

    A typical historic damask, the design source was originally a woven silk from the 19th century, the effect of which is replicated in the print detail. Like the design High Street from London Wallpapers III, there are known examples of this pattern in more than one location, making it likely it was being produced in significant quantity from as early as the 18th century through to the late 19th: this is commensurate with the manufacturing capabilities of the industry at
    this time. (eight colourways)

    1483 26b 13 - LO Res RGB Palace Road - Oakes

    Pall Mall (c.1950)

    With its single print colour, this paper is a younger sister to the design Marlborough, but carries the same delicate elegance. Amazingly, both papers were recorded from the same property, Marlborough House overlooking St James’ Park. The date cites the likely origin of the paper used in Marlborough rather than the neoclassical roots of the design, which would be attributed to the architectural trend of the early-19th century. (five colourways)

    1483 09a 42 - LO Res RGB Pall Mall - Canton Gold

    Richmond Green (c.1880)

    Unbefitting to the quality of this 19th century paper, the surviving sample was retrieved, not from the walls of a smart Richmond townhouse, but from a skip outside it, during a 1989 refurbishment. A delicate tudor rose, the execution is typical of many designs produced in the style of William Morris in the late 19th century. Little Greene has printed it in two authentic Arts & Crafts colourways, three classic colourways and a modern metallic. (six
    colourways)

    1483 03c 15 - LO Res RGB Richmond Green - Platinum

    Upper Brook St. (c.1920)

    The design features brightly coloured kniphofia flowers, commonly known as torch lilies or red hot pokers (African in origin but named after German horticulturalist Johan Hieronymous Kniphof). They were recorded by English Heritage as having been hand-painted and stuck over a pre-hung wall covering in a late-18th century Upper Brook Street house as a bespoke decoration. To replicate a natural scene behind the pokers Little Greene has adapted
    a motif from its Stag Toile paper. Supplied in a standard 10m roll, there are three drops, each 3.25m in height. The pokers repeat every drop but the full background scene is only completed when all three drops are hung. (three colourways)

    1483 17b 10 - LO Res RGB Upper Brook St - Minuit

    For ease of co-ordination, each wallpaper option is complemented by three judiciously selected shades from Little Greene’s current paint palette.

    Managing Director David Mottershead expands: “We take our role as ‘custodians’ of these archive motifs very seriously: the original wallpaper fragments are treated with the reverence they deserve and we take huge pleasure and pride in bringing them to life again. Careful use of colour is key to creating a seamless and harmonious union of old with new. The resulting wallpapers can grace the walls of contemporary or traditional properties, used on
    one or all four walls, with effortless ease.”

  • Five Inspiring Pink Schemes

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

     

    CREATE A BOLD STATEMENT

    Use the bold depth of 'Córdoba' to create a strong statement. This distinctive aged, wooden aubergine tone is perfect for combining with the muted rosy tones of 'Blush'.

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

     

    ADD A HIGHLIGHT

    Transform a neutral scheme with a highlight of bold scarlet. Use 'Cape Red' to create an instant highlight within an otherwise monochromatic combination.

    Dorchester Pink Mid 286, Dorchester Pink 213 Dorchester Pink Mid 286, Dorchester Pink 213
    USE COMPLEMENTARY SHADES
    Combine subtly contrasting pink tones from the same colour palette, 'Dorchester Pink' and 'Dorchester Pink-Mid' for a gentle contemporary look.
    Confetti 274, Lamp Black 228, Salix 99 Confetti 274, Lamp Black 228, Salix 99

    PAIR WITH MUTED COLOURS

    Use the muted 'Lamp Black' to soften the delicate sweetness of 'Confetti.' Introduce the cool calmness of 'Salix' for a sophisticated, fresh finish.

    Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266, Carmine 189, Cordoba 277 Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266, Carmine 189, Cordoba 277
    CREATE A PINK PARADISE

    Re-coloured in a gentle pink, with a subtly shimmering mica ground, this limited edition colour way of our Paradise wallpaper supports our Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign. Combine with the gentle lilac, 'Hortense' to create a sense of calm whilst introducing bold powerful tones on the skirting boards.

  • Wool Week - Little Greene

    To celebrate #WoolWeek. ‘The Campaign For Wool’ opened an innovative ‘Wool BnB’ in which all the contents were created using wool.

    Located in Islington, guests were invited to browse the BnB and learn more about wool and how it can be used within the home.

    We were delighted to supply paint for the project and provided a range of Little Greene shades, including 'Marine Blue', 'Yellow Pink' and 'Leather' to complement the bold schemes and artwork that adorned the property.

    The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London  Photo: Peter Dixon   De Little Greene Marine Blue 95 The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London Photo: Peter Dixon
    The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London  Photo: Peter Dixon   De Little Greene Marine Blue 95 The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London Photo: Peter Dixon
    The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London  Photo: Peter Dixon Little Greene Yellow Pink 46 The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London Photo: Peter Dixon
    The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London  Photo: Peter Dixon   De Little Greene Leather 191 The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London Photo: Peter Dixon

    #WoolWeek

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Little Greene

     

    This October, Little Greene will be supporting Breast Cancer Haven throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month raising money for the charity for the sixth year.

    Throughout the month, 15p from every tin of paint and roll of wallpaper sold will be donated to Breast Cancer Haven, a charity providing holistic treatments, advice and care for people whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Last year our stockists and customers managed to raise and incredible £10,000 for the charity.

    Paradise - Pink

    To commemorate our long-standing support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have launched a capsule collection of eight pink shades and a limited edition pink colourway of our ‘Paradise’ wallpaper. The ‘Pink’ collection provides a delicious choice of shades from soft, delicate tones to bolder more seductive hues.

    Hannah Daws, Fundraising and Communications Director at Breast Cancer Haven said:

    “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). It is a time when we encourage everyone to join us in raising money and awareness to support people affected by a diagnosis of breast cancer. We are honoured that Little Greene have once again chosen to support Breast Cancer Haven during BCAM 2016 through the sales of their beautiful range of paints and wall papers. All donations raised by Little Greene during October will go towards helping us to continue to provide our free one-to-one programme of care and support to those who need us, helping them to cope with the emotional impact of breast cancer and the physical side-effects of their medical treatment.”

    For more information on Breast Cancer Haven, visit the website.

    To browse the 'Pink' collection, click here.

  • Redecoration project at Leeds Castle

    Last Spring 2015, Little Greene collaborated with Campbell Smith & Co. on the restoration and redecoration of the library & dining Room at Leeds Castle, the aim of the project was to restore the rooms to their former glory. Our job was to ensure that the colour palette chosen remained in keeping with the historic style and character of the building.

    Dining Room: Normandy Grey 79 Dining Room Frames: Pearl Colour 167 Dining Room: Normandy Grey 79
    Dining Room Frames: Pearl Colour 167

    Leeds Castle is a Tudor building and a fascinating piece of architecture, with records dating back to 1119. Catherine of Aragon is probably the most publicly recognised permanent resident of the castle.

    Detailed research was carried out before the work commenced, enabling Campbell Smith & Co. to match the scheme to a precise specification using our Colours of England Card, featuring 62 authentic English Heritage shades. Combined with our colour expertise and specialist formulation, it made for a fantastic result.

    Library Walls: White Lead Deep 171 Library Walls: White Lead Deep 171

    In keeping with the original décor of the castle, a number of pedigree and heritage techniques were used to conserve the original features. Carried out with meticulous precision, the project has been recognised with the Highly Decorative Project of the Year award in the Premier Trophy Awards – a national competition promoting high standards of craftsmanship organised by the Painting and Decorating Association.

    SAM_2297 Images supplied by Campbell Smith & Co.

    Order your Colours of England Card and start working on your very own period project.

  • 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.

    Paradise - Pink Paradise - Pink

     

    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.

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