Little Greene Paint Blog

  • Little Greene ‘Highlights’ Competition

    This weekend at Decorex International we'll be showcasing our Little Greene 'Highlights'! To celebrate the launch on Sunday, we are running a competition here on our blog to give you the chance to win a one hour in-house colour consultation at our London showroom in Marylebone.

    To enter simply tell us which of the following colour combinations is your favourite and why. All you need to do is leave a comment below. The best answer will be announced on Friday! Good Luck!

  • Little Greene Introduces New 'Highlights' at Decorex International This September

    Following the resounding success of our Grey collection, we have been considering the next chapter in the Book of Colour for the cutting edge interior designer.

    We have experimented with different colour combinations from our Colours of England card. We found that with most of us living modern lives in buildings originally designed for completely different lifestyles, there were interesting ways to use our historical ‘neutral colours’, whilst forming the basis of contemporary design schemes; not by changing them but by changing the colours used with them.

    These beautiful ‘new’ colour combinations were created using natural earth pigments and often contained black, given a muted quality that is generally associated with what we believe to be ‘true’ historical paint shades, even though this soft quality was frequently the result of aging on the painted surface rather than the authentic, intended hue.

    Our ‘Colour Highlights’ will be launched at Decorex International this September.

    Some notable combinations include:

    - Telecom Tower meets Broughton House – The legendary 1960s restaurant colour ‘Hicks Blue’ with the Regency shade ‘Green Verditer’-

    - Pure cool grey with a bright streak of 1970s chic – ‘Grey Teal’ with ‘Marigold’

    - The popular Regency shade ‘Yellow Pink’ with ‘Lamp Black’ woodwork in place of the traditional favoured off-white

    - The charming Victorian colour ‘Sage Green’, paired-perhaps surprisingly, with the ultra-blue ‘Mambo’

    - Georgian landscape pioneer Humphrey Repton’s ‘Invisible Green’ with the rather less formal pink ’Leather’ from the 1970’s

    For further updates, keep a lookout on our Facebook & twitter pages!

  • Little Greene at The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

    We’re currently exhibiting at the fabulous RHS Hampton Court Flower Show! The flower show promises to be the ultimate “Great Garden Festival” and with a stand in the Country Living Magazine Pavilion until this Sunday evening we're certainly delighted to be part of the exhibition.

    If you're planning to visit the show then do make sure that you come and find us on stand CLM51. The Country Living Marquee is located within the ‘Escape’ zone at the exhibition. You will be able to browse all of our wallpaper and paint collections including the most recent 'Revolution Papers'.

    The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show also offers lots of entertainment with acres of beautiful garden displays, practical gardening advice, celebrity talks, great shopping, quality food and live music, the makings of a great day out!

    Tickets are still available for the remaining days; these can be found on the RHS website: http://lgpc.me/1yTTfBd

    If you would like further details then please visit the RHS website:

    http://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-hampton-court-palace-flower-show

    Address:  Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU.

  • Little Greene Opens UK Showroom in Marylebone, London

    Showroom address - 3 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 8UX

    Showroom telephone number - 020 7935 8844

    We are delighted to announce the opening of our UK flagship store, located in Marylebone, London. With showrooms already open in Paris and Munich, we had been waiting for the perfect location for our new showroom.

    On Saturday 19th April, we opened the doors for the first time and received a tremendous response from the public. Situated at 3, New Cavendish Street W1, adjacent to the bustling retail hub of Marylebone High Street, and flanked by some of the most prestigious names in both fashion and interior, the shop has undergone an extensive refurbishment over recent weeks.

    Open seven days a week, our showroom will showcase the glorious paint palette and heritage wallpapers from our portfolio and will be an information source for interior designers.

    This exquisite showroom will allow customers to browse through our wallpaper and paint collections, purchase sample pots and get orders tinted on site. Fronted by a large window, which affords masses of natural daylight, the retail floor has been fitted out to the highest specification. It features a 2m high colour card and an ‘inspiration wall’, enabling colours to be viewed in different combinations and conditions.

    We would love you to come and visit us, please do drop in at any time and say hello!

    The showroom opening times are as follows: – Mon- Sat 9am - 5:30pm and Sun 11am- 5pm

  • Little Greene Supports the Imperial War Museum North's Latest Exhibition: 'From Street to Trench: A World War that Shaped a Region'

    The Imperial War Museum North have launched their latest exhibition 'From Street to Trench: A World War that Shaped a Region'. The exhibition gives a very special insight into the contribution made by the North West during the First World War and incorporates a series of films, sound recordings, photographs, artworks and letters.

    We have sponsored the exhibition by supplying several colours for the stands and walls throughout the display.  The colours vary from 'Canton' and 'Celestial Blue' to 'Tuscan Red'. The exhibition contains a compelling range of eye catching colours from the Little Greene collection and act as a perfect accompaniment to the IWM’s unrivalled national collection.

    Nissen Richards Studio, the interior designers for the exhibition commented ‘The carefully selected colour palette is classic but works fantastically in a contemporary setting.’

    The paint colours used can be seen in the photographs below:

    Little Greene are very proud to support ‘Street to Trench’ and we do encourage you to visit this fascinating exhibition.

    You can visit the exhibition from the 5th April 2014 – 31st May 2015. The exhibition is open daily from 10am - 5pm.

    Visit the Imperial War Museum Website for more information on ''From Street to Trench: A World War that Shaped a Region" at http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/from-street-to-trench-a-world-war-that-shaped-a-region

  • Valentine's Day Lunchtime Giveaway

    Little Greene would love to give you a Valentines gift; a free sample pot in one of our Valentines colour picks.

    You can choose from ‘Down', ‘Leather’ or ‘Pink Slip’ to receive absolutely free!

    The offer will only be available for a short period of time on February 14th between 11AM - 2PM.

    All you’ll need to do is fill out the form on Facebook and we’ll send you out your chosen sample pot after the giveaway closes.

    Happy Valentine’s Day! XX

  • Win 3 Rolls of Wallpaper as the Final Designs in ‘Révolution Papers’ are Revealed!

    Today we reveal the last two designs in our new wallpaper collection, ‘Révolution Papers’, which also launches today! We’re also giving you the chance to win 3 rolls of wallpaper in a design of your choice. All you need to do is tell us what year the original design of ‘Piccadilly’ originates from. The person closest to the year will win (in the event of a draw the name will be drawn from a hat). You can enter the competition on our Facebook page.

    Good luck!

    Whitehall c.1740: Whitehall was found in a medieval property that was at one time home to a Surrey school. Although printed in England, there is a clear French influence in this paper.

    There are 5 colourways to choose from: 'Moutarde', 'Prussian', 'Cassis', 'Pebble', 'Cedar'.

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    Piccadilly c.1760 – This paper has obvious similarities to its comparable partner, ‘Soho Square’ from our London Wallpapers collection, also found in the centre of London and now preserved alongside it in the English Heritage archive. The surviving fragment of this pattern is a ‘mock flock’, meaning it was designed to carry the appearance of a more expensive flock paper, but without the texture, so it was used to decorate a slightly less formal, or exclusive, reception room or bedroom.

    There are 5 colourways to choose from: 'Mock Green', 'Legere', 'Plume', 'Sahara', 'Miroir'.

  • New 'Révolution Papers' Collection Revealed - Pt III

    We have another two designs to reveal today from ‘Révolution Papers’. Make sure you keep your eyes open this week for a preview of the remaining two patterns and your chance to win 3 rolls in the design of your choice!

    Versailles c.1890 - Versailles is based on an original document that was machine printed in graded tones to give a trompe l’oeil effect. It’s in a classic plaster Rococo style and features intricate scrollwork and abundant cornucopia bursting with flowers.

    There are six colourways for you to choose from: 'Royale', 'Dark Pearl', 'Argent', 'Guilded', 'Urbane', 'Monument'.

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    Palais c.1840 – Here is a classic interpretation of this pattern and it’s typical of French wallpaper panels produced by the manufacturer Réveillon from the late 1700s onwards. The scale, style and surface treatment have all been maintained, embracing floral bouquets and garlands with drapery and arabesque decoration.

    There are three colourways for you to choose from - Left to right: 'Redowa', 'Schottische', 'Galliard'.

  • New 'Révolution Papers' Collection Revealed - Pt II

    Carrying on from yesterday, we’re delighted to reveal the next two designs in our new wallpaper collection, ‘Révolution Papers’:

    Bonaparte c.1850

    Bonaparte has taken it’s name from our brand new showroom in St Germain, Paris. It’s a revision of an authentic 19th Century French Damask, but was found more recently as a painted piece of artwork in a Parisian studio. Rich shades, layering and gradation of colour are all entirely faithful to the original papers, whilst also displaying a very contemporary feel.

    There are seven colourways for you to choose from - 'Red Gold', 'Sophie', 'Sable', 'Pure Gold', 'Pierre', 'Classique', 'Imperial'.

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    Stag Toile c.1895

    This single-colour print of a woodland stag is much less formal than the typical Toile de Jouy designs which originated in France during the late 18th Century and was taken from an original 19th Century English linen.

    There are four colourways for you to choose from: left to right – 'Juniper', 'Burgundy', 'Chocolat', 'Moss'.

  • New 'Révolution Papers' Collection Revealed - Pt I

    We’re building up to the launch of our new wallpaper collection, ‘Révolution Papers’, which will launch at Maison Et Objet this week. We’ll be revealing new designs over the coming days and we’ll end by giving you the chance to win 3 rolls in one of the designs of your choice!

    We’ve scoured the archives of both London and Paris to source our latest heritage wallpaper collection. The title of this range refers not to the storming of the Bastille in 1789, but to the groundbreaking advances in the production and distribution of wallpapers in the ensuing industrial period.

    ‘Révolution Papers’ comprises seven designs that typify the period: traditional damask and delicate toile patterns, a sophisticated (and sometimes surprising) treatment of colour and a beautiful surface quality only achieved by traditional block-printing.

    The first design was found in a London home built for ‘minor nobility’:

    Sackville Street c.1730

    Sackville Street is one of the largest and best-preserved patterns in the English Heritage archive and was found in the bedroom of a grand townhouse in Sackville Street. Because of its size and scale, this design is printed on a much wider roll (80cm width) and will be available in four colourways.

    There are four colourways for you to choose from: left to right - 'Tweed', 'Chandelier', 'Source', 'Saphir'.

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