Little Greene Paint Blog

  • Fun of the Fayre

    Marylebone Summer Fayre on June 28th saw the streets of Marylebone transformed into a traditional English fête.

    To simultaneously commemorate Marylebone’s rich interest in art and design, the Little Greene showroom showcased a selection of specially-created pieces by artists from the Rebecca Hossack Gallery on the day.

    Visitors were invited to view the exhibition of inspirational art, produced using our paints and paper. The display was hoped to encourage people to be bold in their own interiors choices and feel more confident experimenting with colour combinations.

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    On our stall in front of the showroom, we recreated our Moments of Colour campaign with the help of some of our customers. We invited visitors to strike a pose in our photo booth with some very entertaining results, here are just a few of our favourites:

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    The Rebecca Hossack exhibition is available to view until the 12th of July at the Little Greene Marylebone showroom.

  • Art Showcase at Little Greene

    With Marylebone Summer Fayre fast approaching, Little Greene are collaborating with the Rebecca Hossack Gallery to host a celebratory exhibition on the 28th of June.

    The fayre brings together the best of Marylebone to transform the area into a traditional English village fete.

    For the event, four artists from the Rebecca Hossack gallery have created a range of pieces using a selection of papers and paints from Little Greene.

    It is hoped that the exhibition will inspire visitors and encourage them to be creative and daring with paint and paper combinations in their own homes.

    Gallery Director, Rebecca Hossack said:

    'As long-time admirers and customers of Little Greene, we were delighted when they opened round the corner from us in Marylebone.’

    ‘Showroom Manager, 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 ‘Orange Aurora’, ‘Mister David’ and ‘Angie’ and is going down a wow with customers of the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery. The Marylebone Summer Fayre Exhibition is typical of Little Greene's imaginative approach to art and life.'

    Holly Freans - Chickens Holly Freans Little Greene Artwork

    The artists who will be displaying their work are Holly Frean, previously selected by Tracey Emin to be featured in a BBC Arts film, Maria Clemen, who specialises in intricate collage, Barbara Macfarlane, a landscape painter and Ian Penney who creates intricate hand-cut paper works.

    Frankie Cherry, Director of Communications at Rebecca Hossack said:

    ‘We've worked with independent businesses in the Marylebone area before and we were delighted to have been selected by another business there and to continue working with the community. I think our two aesthetics are really well-matched. We too value traditional practices given contemporary revival - fine oil painting, ceramics, paper-making and carving.  Little Greene's heritage wallpapers and paints collection works in a similar way.’

    Maria Clemen Birds of a Feather Maria Clemen - Birds of a Feather
    Maria Clemen Fallow Maria Clemen - Fallow

    Exclusive work by artists from the Rebecca Hossack gallery will be on display in the Little Greene Marylebone showroom throughout June.

  • The Intelligent Choice

    Offering an unrivalled combination of strength and beauty, Little Greene’s range of Intelligent paints offer a comprehensive selection of water-based products available in breakthrough, durable finishes suitable for use in the busiest of kitchens, bathrooms and high traffic areas.

    The collection comprises of ‘Intelligent Matt Emulsion’, ‘Intelligent Eggshell,’ ‘Intelligent Gloss”, ‘Intelligent Primer Undercoat’ and the latest addition to the range, ‘Intelligent Exterior Eggshell’ ensuring that you can always achieve the perfect finish.

    In addition to low-odour application and quick drying time, the paints are also certified as Child Safe making them suitable for use in all areas of the family home.

    Our Intelligent range has been specifically designed to withstand everyday family living and all the paints in the collection are completely washable, protecting your walls from marks and stains.

    Our Intelligent paints are:

    -             Environmentally friendly

    -             Water-based

    -              Allow for Brush or roller application

    -             Washable

    -              Extremely tough

    -              Dry in 2-4 hours

    -              Suitable for use on all surfaces – walls, woodwork & radiators

    -             Can also be used on exterior surfaces

    The Intelligent range is available in all 191 Little Greene colours and can be purchased in the below finishes:

    Intelligent Matt Emulsion

    A totally matt, yet completely washable alternative to a traditional emulsion paint.

    Intelligent Eggshell

    A low- sheen finish that is ideal for woodwork and walls where total washability is required making it perfect for use in bathrooms and kitchens.

    3 - Hicks' Blue Units in Hicks Blue (http://www.littlegreene.com/hicks-blue)

    Intelligent Gloss

    A quick drying finish with a brilliant high gloss, ideal for use on trims.

    1 - Mister David Open Front Door Front door in Mister David (http://www.littlegreene.com/mister-david)

    Intelligent Exterior Eggshell

    A self-priming, low sheen finish for use on exterior woodwork.

    7 - Potting Shed Shed in Juniper Ash (http://www.littlegreene.com/juniper-ash)

    Intelligent Primer Undercoat

    A combined primer and undercoat, available in the full colour range to provide the perfect surface preparation.

    We are currently running a Paint Clinic on our Facebook page. Whether you have a query about washability or how to choose the correct finish, our Chief Chemist is here to answer your questions. Simply comment on our Facebook page and we’ll get back to you.

    For more information visit www.littlegreene.com

  • Marylebone Interiors Day - Little Greene Colour Award

    Little Greene celebrated Marylebone Interiors Day by presenting the Little Greene Colour Award to one of Regents University London’s Interior Design students.

    Our Marketing Manager, Ruth Mottershead and Showroom Manager, Robert Paul were impressed by the extremely high standard of the work presented and the wide range of varied concepts on display.

    The winning design was chosen for its attention to detail and its combination of texture, colour and focus on human interaction and connectivity.

    Created by 23 year old third year student Denise Stoelzel, the project portrays a potential new space for BNI Olympian’s active hosting business referral concept. It aims to encapsulate the organisation’s values through the use of transparency, opacity and reflectivity.

    MID IMAGE Mark Gower Denise Stoelzel with Little Greene Showroom Manager Robert Paul: Image courtesy of Mark Gower, Regents University London

    Denise said: “We actually worked on this for nearly a year. In the beginning it was about research and finding the right site for the client, finding the right building, looking at where the sun comes from to orientate the building, looking at the entrances and whether you change that. So the first half a year was just about the site and a little bit about the concept and how you would approach it. The second year was actually the designing part and the presentation as well because if you have an idea, what I found in my studies is I have an idea but I find it hard to bring it across sometimes.”

    Denise was inspired to create the piece by the social nature of BNI’s business and her own experience of networking.

    She said: “Something I found increasingly in my third year was everyone was telling me ‘you have to get out there, you have to get socialising with people in the industry, to learn things and to get more opportunities when you finish.’ I didn’t really know what to do there, I found it really hard to approach people and I didn’t really know exactly what to do when I was at those events so I looked more into how people generate business for themselves and that’s where I came across referral organisation BNI. I found them really helpful because what they do is help small businesses generate business for one another.”

    Denise admitted that her design course had helped her to develop an understanding of colour and its importance in design and architecture.

    “In the beginning I thought I’d shy away from colour a little bit because it’s always easier just to go for glass and wood. You always think it’s a bit more modern to not use colour but now that I’ve grown as a designer, I really find that colour provokes emotions with people and you don’t really have that without colour. Colour is really something that if you use it well, you get an effect that you wouldn’t get otherwise.”

    The Little Greene showroom celebrated Marylebone Interiors Day by inviting visitors to enter a prize draw to win a colour consultation at the launch of the artwork.

    You can watch our interview with Denise here.

    The piece will be displayed in the Little Greene Marylebone Showroom until June.

  • How to use historic wallpapers in your home

    For relevant, inspiring interiors try using historic wallpaper designs in contemporary locations. Allow the pattern on the paper to be a guide rather than focussing on reflecting the era of the house itself. Large patterns like 19th Century French Damasks in bold colour ways are ideal for bringing intimacy to larger spaces whilst smaller florals like Carlisle Street work perfectly with lower ceilings and smaller rooms.

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    Use wallpaper as inspiration, focus on one or two colours within the paper’s design and use it on other walls in the room to create a complete scheme. The Little Greene Colours of England collection contains 128 historic colours that can be easily combined with our heritage papers.

    19 - Tailor Stripe - Bakerloo Tailor Stripe - Bakerloo - http://www.littlegreene.com/tailor-stripe-bakerloo

    Combine papers and paints from similar periods for an authentic look true to its historic references. Why not try using our ‘Lavalier’ paper in ‘Atomic’ teamed with authentic ‘Atomic red’ from the seventies?

    5 - Lavaliers - Atomic Lavaliers - Atomic - http://www.littlegreene.com/lavaliers-atomic

    For a more contemporary look, pair historic designs with modern furnishings and paints from different periods.  Update a 16th Century paper like New Bond Street, which is based on one of the oldest surviving documents in the English Heritage archive with stark wooden furniture and contrasting Lamp Black walls to modernise the look.

    5 - New Bond Street-Burnish New Bond Street - Burnish - http://www.littlegreene.com/new-bond-street

    Darker wallpapers, such as ‘Grosvenor Street’ in ‘Alchemy’ portray an elegant opulence that brings a luxurious depth to a room. Dark wallpapers are best displayed in lighter rooms to maximise room space and give an illusion of a larger space.

    11 - Grosvenor Street-Alchemy Grosvenor Street - Alchemy - http://www.littlegreene.com/grosvenor-street-alchemy

    Stripes are an effortless way to combine a historic pattern with contemporary colourways. The Little Greene Painted Papers collection offers a comprehensive selection of striped wallpapers. All ten designs have been reworked from historic patterns and produced using traditional printing methods.

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    To evoke an opulent grandeur, apply a flock wallpaper like Soho Square. Originally derived from a silk damask fabric, this luxurious design is both bold and intricately beautiful.

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    Original colourways are an easy way to ensure historic authenticity. For a statement wall, Starflower in the Original colourway provides a true representation of a radical 1970’s floral pattern.

    1 - Starflower - Original - http://www.littlegreene.com/original Starflower - Original - http://www.littlegreene.com/original

    For more information and inspiration visit www.littlegreene.com

  • Showroom Focus - Robert Paul

     

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    Name – Robert Paul

    Title – Showroom Manager

    Little Greene Showroom – Marylebone

    I have been at the Little Greene showroom since its launch a year ago. I studied fashion and business at Manchester Metropolitan University and then continued to work in fashion for the next 14 years. For the last 7 years, I have been an artist too. I’ve always had a keen interest in colour and textiles and have been drawn to it from a very young age. Over the last 5 years I have worked mostly on the interior design of luxury properties, so for me it was a natural progression to my role here at Little Greene.

    Putting colour on the wall is like adding another layer to a room. Fashion is always very fast and transitional and art is more sensory. You can always choose not to look at art but wall colour is something that needs to be secure and stable within the home. Colour always needs to be something that is right for the customer. When something is on the wall it needs to make you feel good whatever mood you are in and I find that opens up some really interesting dialogue.

    Colour can be a minefield. At Little Greene we’re able to help the customer through the decision making process. It’s always good to discuss all options and add some creativity so the customer can then move their project forward. It’s nice to see someone leave the showroom inspired because you've helped them and essentially you’re helping to create their future.

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    Day to day, my job is really good fun. The customers are lovely and people come into the showroom for a reason. They want to understand colour and get advice on their own colour choices. We deal with all colour queries and also offer colour consultancies in the customer’s home or in the showroom.

    Someone once said to me that they thought Little Greene was the ‘thinking man’s paint.’ I can offer the customer an engaging environment to allow them to discuss colour and each member of our team has an individual style which is always important. Above all, we focus on what the customer feels is right for their environment.

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    I gain inspiration from a variety of sources but one of my favourite architects is Luis Barragán. I really love bold colours and opposing angles with different scales and proportions and I like mixing colours together. I’ve never been great with rules and I think they exist to either be broken or explored. I have an eclectic taste and whilst I like the idea of mixing colours, when it comes to my own space I use neutral tones and tend to use texture to add atmosphere.

    My favourite era is the 60’s and early 70’s. I mix this with my artistic and fashion background and also use inspiration from my British and Persian heritage. I think all those elements coupled together give me the sensibility to be able to create different schemes.

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    I have my own top 3 favourite Little Greene colours. I love Marine Blue for its Mad Men style and its ability to be mixed with vintage and amber to create a retro feel. Light Peachblossom is lovely because it’s so soft and romantic and I like Gentle Sky because it’s bold and has a Michelangelo artistic vibe to it.

    My role as the Marylebone Showroom Manager fulfils all the creative needs that I have and I feel really proud to work for the company. I like being able to inspire people through my job, whether it’s my team or the customer. I get satisfaction from going the extra mile for the Little Greene customer, it’s nice when someone writes in to let you know that you’ve really influenced their choice of colours.

  • 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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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