Little Greene Paint Blog

  • 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

  • Showroom Focus - Robert Paul



    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.


    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.


    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.


    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

    We’re offering an exclusive £6.00 discount to visitors to the show, simply purchase your tickets from the Ideal Home Show website ( 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:


    (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.

  • A Toast To Style

    To celebrate the best in iconic British style, Little Greene and Dualit have collaborated to produce a distinctive range of limited edition toasters and kettles. 2015 sees the toasters available in two new shades from our ‘Colours of England’ collection.

    Combining our colour expertise and Dualit's engineering skills, these timeless designs have been finished in shades authenticated by English Heritage. The newest additions to the family are signature colours, ‘Theatre Red’ and ‘Hicks Blue.’ The bold tones complement the sleek lines and trademark style of the iconic appliances.

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    ‘Theatre Red’ is a sophisticated burgundy shade from the late 1970’s which saw continued popularity during the 80’s. ‘Hicks Blue’ was used by renowned 60’s designer, David Hicks in the restaurant at the top of the London Telecom Tower in 1962 and utilises powerful colour for a dramatic finish.

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    The heritage of Dualit’s products is apparent in their hand-assembled, UK-made Classic Toasters and Kettles which have been manufactured with quality and design in mind. The timeless design makes them suitable for both classic and more contemporary kitchens.

    The kitchen accessories are ideal for co-ordinating with Little Greene paints for a sleek kitchen finish.

    The Dualit and Little Greene collaboration range is available to buy from John Lewis stores nationwide.

  • The Great Outdoors - Tom's Oil Eggshell

    It’s almost time to prepare your garden for the long Summer evenings spent inevitably clinking glasses and basking in the beaming sunshine. In addition to the usual pruning and the hours spent rooting flowers into the ground, add some extra colour by treating your garden to a fresh finish of exterior paint.

    The Little Greene ‘exterior family’ includes high-gloss paints for exterior woodwork and sumptuous matt finishes for brickwork and render; all formulated using the same technical expertise used to develop paints for bridges, castles and even lighthouses.

    Tom’s Oil Eggshell is the aptly named and preferred finish of one of Little Greene’s most experienced and talented paint formulators. It’s also a traditional finish much loved by professional decorators – oil-based and therefore extremely practical and hard-wearing, it has excellent flow, a beautiful low sheen and is fully weather resistant.

    Exterior Blog Birdhouses (top to bottom, left to right): Deep Space Blue207, Spearmint 202, Pale Lime 70, Carmine 189, Purpleheart 188 and Garden 86. Wall: Dark Lead Colour 118. Door and window frame: Celestial Blue 101 Bench: French Grey 113 Bird house: Shirting 129 Watering can: Slaked Lime 105

    The finish combines both traditional and cutting edge technology due to the replacement of mineral oils with sustainable alternatives. This ensures an eco-friendly product which is exceptionally long lasting. The finish allows the wood beneath it to breathe and move with the changing of the seasons. The paint is also microporous, allowing moisture to move in and out of the underlying layer.

    This charming, washable paint is suitable for use on both exterior woodwork and metalwork. It has been designed with efficiency in mind and is surface dry in 4 hours and can be recoated in just 16 hours.

    Available in all Little Greene colours, Tom’s Oil Eggshell is perfect for livening up tired wood on potting sheds, exterior joinery, garden furniture, doors, window frames and even bird boxes.

    Visit for more inspiration.

  • Take flight with Little Greene wallpapers

    On a breezy English Summer evening, the much loved chorus of birds twittering can be heard floating through many an open window. They’re the creatures that perch in our gardens, subtly bringing them to life. Sketched by artists and adoringly studied by watchers, the notion of birds can be equally as joyful inside the home.

    Little Greene’s Great Ormond Street wallpaper in Verditure features cool silvery Salix tones combined with a warmer Aquamarine which instantly brings tranquillity and a soothing coolness to a room. Closely based on one of a multi-layered group of papers removed from an early 18th century terraced house opposite the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. The design was machine-made on cellulose paper in the late 19th Century.

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    Another wallpaper that celebrates the intricate colours and movement of the great outdoors is our Crowe Hall Lane in Charme. A large-scale, late 19th century wallpaper with a bold pattern of exotic birds and flowers. The paper had originally been used in a curving stairwell in Crowe Hall, a Suffolk manor house where the vertical nature of the trailing pattern emphasised the height of the room. It is likely to have been hung around the turn of the century and was recovered during extensive conservation work to the house much later. The wallpaper can be paired with French Grey (113) and Pale Lime (70) to create a gentle dash of colour that almost makes the birds flutter from the wall.

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    Visit for more wallpaper inspiration.

  • All for Florals

    Nothing says Spring more than a carefully selected vase of fresh blooms clipped straight from the garden.

    The full effect of a beautifully arranged bouquet can quite often seem far too short lived but you can continue to appreciate the beauty of fresh flowers by drawing focus to a floral print wallpaper in your home.

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    From the archives of the recently renovated Whitworth Art Gallery, Little Greene’s wallpaper, Bouquet originates from a collection by celebrated wallpaper manufacturer John Line & Sons. The print embodies the 1950’s freedom of expression and palpable spirit of adventure. The loose freehand lines used on the paper are typical of the time. The bouquets depict blossoming tulips, lily of the valley and the arching stems of Solomon’s seal.

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    Delving further back into the archives uncovers the early 19th century hand-blocked wallpaper, Grosvenor Street. The paper was the last but one in a ‘sandwich’ of 17 layers of wallpaper taken from this property; a prize artefact in the English Heritage archive and one which singlehandedly documents a period of over a hundred years of historic wallpaper from one site. The wallpaper features a bold trailing floral print on a pin-print honeycomb background.

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    The calming Carlisle Street offers a more neutral approach to toned down florals. The original wallpaper that inspired this design, found at a property in Carlisle Street in Soho, London, is actually a much more complex pattern than the design we have extracted from it. By removing the solid stripes and extraneous leaf trail, we are left with a wallpaper that achieves all-over pattern and an elegant stripe at the same time. Using traditional surface-printing methods, which originally would have applied paint rather than ink, the production of Carlisle Street reflects very closely that used in preceding centuries: it also gives it a delightfully tactile feel and slightly textured appearance.

    For more wallpaper designs and inspiration visit

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