Little Greene Paint Blog

  • Feeling Blue with Little Greene

    The new Little Greene ad is now in the press…

    This room set is painted using no less than seven new paint colours from our soon-to-be-launched Blue capsule collection, and also includes one of the stunning wallpapers from our new compendium book ‘20th Century Papers’.

    In this anamorphic composition, the blue mural only reads as square from a single viewpoint, as you can see from this string of behind-the-scenes shots:

    The model’s dress is a bespoke design by fashion designer Edeline Lee and is inspired by the new ‘Camellia – Smalt’ wallpaper.


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    The set will form part of our stand at Decorex  –  London Design Festival’s premier event for interiors - where we will launch both ‘Blue’ and ‘20th Century Papers’ on Sunday 20th September.


    Free colour cards and wallpaper samples will be available from the Little Greene website, our Marylebone showroom and stockists nationwide from Monday 21st.

    Look out for a complimentary colour card in the November edition of Living Etc, on the shelves October 1st.

    If you’re visiting Decorex, do come and see us at stand C31 (next to the Champagne Bar.)


  • Up for Upcycling


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    Rather than lusting after ready-made, new furniture pieces for your home, why not utilise your DIY skills and upcycle an original, customised piece that reflects your personal style.

    Little Greene offers a range of finishes to transform unloved furniture with a carefully chosen change of colour, reinventing items and transforming them into updated, bespoke pieces:

    Water Based Finishes

    • Intelligent Eggshell is completely washable, making it the perfect finish for items of furniture. It is virtually odourless and child-safe too, so is ideal for use in the family home.
    • Intelligent Gloss is a tough, fully washable paint with a high sheen. It is an environmentally friendly and hardwearing alternative to oil-based gloss for interior or exterior use.

    Oil Based Finishes

    • Traditional Oil Eggshell is a low odour, traditional oil-based paint with a low sheen finish that resists moisture, staining and general wear and tear.
    • Traditional Oil Gloss is a low odour, traditional oil-based paint with a very durable, classic high gloss finish.

    How to paint a piece of wooden furniture:

    1. Choose a colour to complement the scheme within your home or a stand-out shade that will create a bold, focal point in a room.
    1. If the wood has an existing paint finish: Remove all loose and flaking paintwork. Degrease with a suitable detergent solution, such as sugar soap, followed by a clean water rinse. For bare wood, degrease and rinse with clean water before following step 3.
    1. To prepare the wood, rub down thoroughly with a medium grade sand paper to provide a defect free smooth surface, “feathering in” areas where paint has been removed. Make good any repairs, sand and apply the appropriate Little Greene undercoat to exposed surface as appropriate.
    1. Leave to dry for 4 hours.
    1. To achieve a hard-wearing matt finish with a gloss level that is under 5%, select a shade of Little Greene Intelligent Matt Emulsion to refresh tired wood.
    1. Make sure you are using the correct brush, there are two types of brush – Synthetic and Natural, both of which behave very differently with different coatings. Synthetic bristles are very hard wearing with good bristle and shape retention properties. It is generally accepted that a high quality synthetic bristled brush will last up to 5 times longer than a natural bristled brush. When applying a water based paint, a high quality, synthetic bristled brush should be used. Natural bristles are structured so that they will absorb and retain the uptake of paint, ideal for application of more traditional, solvent based paints.
    1. Apply two coats of paint to the furniture, leaving 4 hours after the first application before applying the second coat
    1. Whilst the furniture will be touch dry in 4 hours, we advise that any furniture should be given seven days to dry completely before being moved or used.

    If you have any upcycling queries, our Chief Chemist is available to answer your questions. Simply use the hashtag #littlegreenepaintclinic and we’ll get back to you.

    If you’ve used Little Greene in one of your upcycling projects, we would love to see. You can send us images on Facebook and Twitter to inspire others to get creative.

    For more information visit:

  • Pimm's, Plants and Paint…

    From June 22nd- 26th, Little Greene will be exhibiting at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in a celebration of the best in gardening, fresh ideas and innovation.

    Set in the grounds of the historic Tatton Park estate, the annual event sees 80,000 visitors over the course of the show.

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    With food demonstrations, garden showcases and floral design classes, it’s the perfect place for inspiration for your home.

    7 - Potting Shed Shed - Juniper Ash (115) Bench - Atomic Red (190)

    On the Little Greene stand, we will be showcasing our new exterior products, presenting six beautifully painted bird boxes and our latest wallpaper collection, Painted Papers: a definitive compendium of striped wallpapers, produced using traditional printing methods.

    Visit us on stand CLM32 in the Country Living Marquee.

  • Swatch Out For Our Fandecks


    Full page swatches of our Colours of England and Colour Scales & Grey shades are now available in our two newly launched Fan Decks.

    In a protective transparent cover with an easily accessible fan design, the decks are essential for matching and comparing colours.

    CoE Fandeck Fandecks are available to purchase from the Little Greene website.

    Ideal for spurring on a summer refresh, browse the colours and take inspiration from the great outdoors. Try ‘Mischief’ (13) to imitate the pink of a Gerbera daisy or ‘Garden’ (86) for a cleaner, leafy hue.

    If you prefer a more neutral approach, use a timeless, signature grey like ‘Inox’ (224) or ‘Linen Wash' (33,) a pared down natural linen colour.

    The cost per Fan Deck is £15.00 and they can be purchased on

  • Blue – Paris Press Launch

    To showcase our new capsule collection ‘Blue’, guests from the French press were invited to view an installation of mannequins each painted in one of the 21 new colours.

    Hanging on the walls was our brand new wallpaper design ‘Zingara’ a striking line drawing of boats resting at anchor, derived from a John Line collection in the Whitworth Archive. This paper together with a selection of the most popular designs from three previous collections makes up a new compendium of ‘20th Century Papers’ that will be launched alongside the new colour card in the autumn. Existing designs have been re-mastered to harmonise with the ‘Blue’ paint range.

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    Artists, Copearts created a bespoke structure that became the room’s focal point. Comprising of various car and bike parts, the piece drew inspiration from rotary mechanisms to portray the act of movement.

    Artist Olivier Dumas said:

    “We made a few sculptures and our goal was to combine heavy parts with movement which is quite poetic. The friend that I work with is a painter and I am more technical so combined, we created this. We were surprised by the end result.”

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    “I love Ultra Blue because it’s great whatever the light. You get the same colour in any condition. We like the way that Little Greene paint covers and it is a great paint even on metal.”

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    Guests sampled suitably-coloured blue smoothies and macarons whilst browsing inspirational images and a preview of the new paint and wallpapers.

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    The Blue collection is available from the 21st September 2015.

  • 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.'

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    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.’

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    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.

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    Intelligent Gloss

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

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    Intelligent Exterior Eggshell

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

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    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

  • 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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    For more information and inspiration visit

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