Little Greene Paint Blog

  • Little Greene At Batimat 2015

    We presented the latest from Little Greene at Batimat earlier this month.

    The trade show, based in Paris, showcased innovative products and new techniques within the building industry. The 4 day show included a programme of talks and exhibitor workshops.



    The Little Greene stand displayed our latest compendium of wallpapers, 20th Century Papers and the new ‘Blue’ paint collection, alongside the anamorphic set used in our latest ‘Blue’ advertising campaign.


    Painted using seven new paint colours from the capsule collection, the advert also features the wallpaper design, ‘Camellia’ to show the versatility of combining paint and wallpaper.


    For more information, visit

  • 20th Century Papers

    Launched alongside Little Greene’s latest paint collection ‘Blue,’ ‘20th Century Papers’ is a compendium book of coordinating twentieth century wallpapers, specially selected from historic archives, including original documents at the recently named ‘Museum of the Year’ Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery and private collections; all of them researched, reworked and re-coloured by Little Greene.

    Comprising twelve authentic patterns from as early as the turn of the century to as late as 1976, this book includes timeless designs from several key periods, notably the post-war revival of the 1950s and the ensuing decades, renowned for their design flair and creative dynamism.

    The collection also features new colourways of existing Little Greene designs and one new wallpaper design from the Whitworth archives.

    The new paper in the collection, ‘Zingara’ originates from a John Line collection produced in 1960. Available in three colourways, the ‘Cerulean Sea’ colourway is completely faithful to the document found in the Whitworth wallpaper archive. The elegant freehand line quality of the original drawing serves additional charm to this relaxed scene of boats resting at anchor. For a contemporary twist, the paper can be used with ‘Jack Black’ trims.

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    Existing wallpaper design ‘Camellia’ is a moody tree and petal damask effect floral on a silken background, this paper of oriental origin has been recoloured in three bold colourways, including a striking blue with ancient provenance, giving it a distinctly contemporary feel. Pared with ‘Smalt’ from the ‘Blue’ collection the combination is perfect for matching skirting boards and door frames.

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    From the hand-printed ‘Apsley Collection’ by John Line & Sons, this relaxed interpretation of an urban Hampstead scene is attributed to designer Els Calvetti. All the line detail is retained and even the original colourways of grey and blue have been accurately recreated for the 21st Century interior. Combined with ‘Celestial Blue’, the relaxed style of the print and soothing tones emanate a calming effect.

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    To browse ‘20th Century Papers,’ visit

  • The Safe Haven

    This Breast Cancer Awareness month, national breast cancer charity The Haven, opened the doors to their fourth regional centre in Hampshire.


    Working closely with the NHS, the centre will offer personalised care for people affected by breast cancer, offering services including financial advice, counselling, complementary therapies and nutritional guidance.

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    Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month, we supported The Haven by donating 15p from every tin of paint and roll of wallpaper sold throughout October. We also supplied paint for the new centre to help give the rooms a relaxing, calming ambience. The Havens interior design team selected a range of neutral shades including Clay Mid 153, Stock Mid 173 and Creamerie 42, the richest of cream colours.


    Pamela Healy OBE, The Haven’s chief executive, said:

    “Friday will mark an extremely positive milestone for our Wessex Haven and we can’t wait to open the doors to provide our tailored, one-to-one support for breast cancer patients in the area, as well as their family and friends.”


    For more information about The Haven, please visit

    Images supplied by The Haven.

  • Slaked Lime on Grand Designs

    Little Greene will be featured on an episode of Grand Designs this Wednesday.

    The programme follows Stephen Yeoman and Anita Findlay building a house on the River Ouse in the historic town of Lewes, East Sussex.

    The building is clad in weathered steel mesh and has been designed by innovative architect Sandy Rendel.

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    After deciding to make the move from London, the couple embarked on the build, designing the perfect house for their two young children Beatrix and Thea and their two Basset Hounds Gilbert and George.

    Taking 11 months to build, the plan was to create a cutting edge five bed house in a traditional location.

    The interior of the property features a combination of contemporary furniture and design classics alongside stand-out commissioned pieces including a dining table that has been carved from a single piece of 300 year old Elm.

    A neutral Little Greene paint shade was chosen for use throughout the house. Slaked Lime 105 was used on both the walls and woodwork to create warmth and simplicity whilst complementing the couple’s carefully selected furnishings. The shade is a pure neutral white made with a combination of minerals that create a soft appearance.

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    Stephen Yeoman said: ‘I’ve had quite a few very positive comments about the colour and our decorators were very complimentary on the coverage and colour of Little Greene paint.’

    You can watch the programme on the 21st of October at 9pm on Channel 4.

    To browse the Little Greene paint shades, visit

  • Blitzed with Colour

    As the official paint sponsor of the IWM North, Little Greene has teamed up with the museum once again for their Blitzed Brits, Horrible Histories exhibition.

    Creating an engaging environment for children to learn about wartime Britain, the free exhibition invites youngsters to explore the interactive space to reveal personal accounts of people who lived through the Blitz.

    Using bright, bold colours to capture interest, the IWM North chose a variety of shades to decorate the exhibition including our brightest yellow, Mister David, Theatre Red, Jack Black and Hicks Blue.


    We spoke to the exhibition designers about their colour choices and why Little Greene is their paint of choice:

    What was the aim for the exhibition design?

    To create an engaging environment for a wide audience to learn about what the Blitz was like. We wanted to create an immersive experience where children in particular could learn through interacting with the displays and to create opportunities for parents and grandparents too.


    How do you create a space that engages children?

    Creating strong visuals and small amounts of text. Taking children on a journey of discovery – revealing something new around each corner creates excitement and anticipation. Lots of interactives as many children learn best by either doing, making or touching something. We also produced a Survival Guide aimed at children with eight Survival Stations located throughout the exhibition which created a series of challenges and rewards and at the same time enabled informal learning to take place.


    What attracts you to Little Greene paint?

    The fabulous range of colours and the high quality of the paint made Little Greene paint great to work with. The use of colour was really important in the exhibition and being able to match the paint to graphic colours meant we could achieve consistency across the exhibition. We also really liked that each paint colour has its own story and reflect a range of time periods, right up to present day.


    What has the reaction been to the exhibition’s design?

    We are thrilled with the response which the exhibition has had. Seeing children, parents and grandparents engaging together is so rewarding. As one child said: ‘I love it because it makes it so fun and I get to learn more.’ What more could a designer wish for?


    The Horrible Histories Blitzed Brits exhibition runs until 10th April 2016.

  • The 'Blue' Launch

    Decorex 2015 saw the launch of 'Blue,'  Little Greene's latest paint collection.

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    For interior designers, blue is the most versatile of all colour groups and for historians, it offers the richest of stories. Our ‘Blue’ capsule collection brings together some known Little Greene shades with a spectrum of archive blues from confident indigos to calm linen hues.

    Click here to watch the video.



  • Think Pink with Little Greene

    This Breast Cancer awareness month, 15p from every tin of Little Greene paint and roll of wallpaper sold will be donated to breast cancer charity, The Haven.

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    If you place your order through the Little Greene website and select express delivery, we’ll donate your delivery charge too!

    The Haven provide personal care and offer a wide range of therapies, information, advice, workshops and classes all designed to help patients and their families cope with the physical and emotional side-effects of breast cancer and its treatment.

    Help us to raise as much money as possible whilst simultaneously giving your home an Autumn refresh.

  • The Beauty Of Ultra Blue

    Capturing the warmth and historic importance of Blue, the new Little Greene capsule colour collection comprises of 21 paint shades from the vast blue spectrum.

    The gem of the collection, Ultra Blue is a hand-mixed, limited edition colour that is layered, using two coats upon application to create the most sumptuous, deep Ultramarine shade.

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    Produced using a single pigment that isn't stocked on our regular paint tinting machines, the formulation of the paint is as unique as the colour it produces.

    Its delicate, decorative finish requires the same pigment that was extracted and crushed by the Venetians in the 14th century from Lapis Lazuli. The pigment was ground from the semi-precious stone for its intense colour and was used for the exclusive depiction of the robes of angels and the Virgin Mary. The colour was used solely for this purpose until around 1520 and was the most expensive blue pigment used during the Renaissance.

    A shade that is continually celebrated by artists and designers, French post-war artist Yves Klein mixed his own deep blue hue using Ultramarine and named it International Klein Blue.

    It is now more commonly associated with the glimmering whitewash buildings and striking domed roofs of churches in Santorini.

    Spatially, the strength of this cherished colour can be utilised to create great contrast and depth within a room. Its versatility makes it suitable for use on exteriors as seen on the low walls of ‘The Marjorelle Garden’ in Marrakesh, creating a calm haven of foliage and vibrant colour which was later bought by Yves Saint Laurent in 1980.

    To create the rare intensity of Ultra Blue, the opacity of a base coat is required before the application of two layers of top coat to build up the richness of the colour.

    The use of two hand-mixed coats of the paint greatly impacts the perception of colour and creates the treasured, multi-faceted colour adored by artists throughout time.

    Ultra Blue is available to order now online and through stockists nationwide, for more information visit:

  • Introducing The 'Blue' Collection

    Introducing ‘Blue,’ the new paint collection from Little Greene.

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    Following 2013’s highly successful ‘Grey’ colour card, the fashion-inspired ‘Blue’ collection represents blue at its very best. Dispelling the myth that blue is a cold colour, the palette encompasses a wide spectrum of tones, from confident indigo to calm linen hues. And that’s not all! There is also the seductive ‘Ultra Blue’, a uniquely pigmented colour, which is mixed by hand in Little Greene’s paint factory and will only be available as a limited edition paint.

    Alongside the paints, Little Greene has also produced a new compendium of ‘20th Century Papers’, which comprises the most popular designs from three previous collections: Retrospective Papers, Oriental Papers and 50s Line Papers. Existing designs have been re-mastered to harmonise with the ‘Blue’ paint range. A ‘brand new’ 1950s design, ‘Zingara’, has been added: a striking line drawing of boats resting at anchor, derived from a John Line collection in the Whitworth archive.

    Working equally effectively in a classic or contemporary setting, and as flat colour or in pattern, the blue spectrum is vast. As a hue, blue is especially desirable in the northern hemisphere, where the light enhances the blue pigment. Blues are also known to aid concentration – so perfect for contemplating your next interior design scheme.

    David Mottershead, MD of Little Greene, is delighted with the company’s new colours: “Blue is the richest of colours, and historically the most expensive to produce. In art, blue paint was reserved for depicting royalty, dignitaries and religious figures and still, to this day, holds the same luxurious appeal and hypnotic allure. Many people fear to use blue because of its reputation as being cold and masculine – we can show a new way with this carefully edited collection and make blue more useable than ever.”

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    Ultra Blue (LIMITED EDITION)

    The jewel in this paint collection, Little Greene makes this limited edition colour in small batches using a single pigment: Ultramarine. Originally extracted from Lapis Lazuli by the Venetians in the 14th century, and having a value greater than gold, this pigment was, until c1520, exclusively reserved for the depiction of the robes of the Virgin Mary.

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    Delicate Blue

    Offering just a hint of colour, this linen-blue shade will intensify considerably when used with a brighter white.

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    Pale Wedgwood

    A colour derived from the 18th century blue ‘Jasperware’, popularised by the innovative industrialist Josiah Wedgwood at his Etrurian pottery in Staffordshire.



    The mineral Arquerite is an amalgam of Silver and Mercury, and this warm grey shade will sit very comfortably against similar materials in the home; a natural partner for silver, chrome and steel.

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    A popular blue pigment used to dye fabrics in medieval times, woad is a plant extract that produces a charming muted-indigo quality. A perfect backdrop to gilded picture frames.

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    Dock Blue

    With its deep indigo hue, Dock Blue is a generous and indulgent colour: a little warmer than its greener sister shade, Royal Navy.

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    Regency Blue

    A bold, signature shade in Regency times, a combination of the newly invented Prussian Blue pigment and a traditional lead-white base gave this beautiful pastel blue its vibrancy and greenish undertone.

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    Route One

    Taking its name from the meeting of sun and sky on California’s Pacific Route 1 highway, this alluring shade provides an instant azure blue for interiors and lush exterior spaces too.

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    The origins of Smalt as a pigment – the encapsulation of cobalt into glass – date from as far back as 200BC. This technique resurfaced and rose to the height of popularity in the 18th century.

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    A truly neutral blue, not too green or violet, this stunning centrepiece shade takes its name from the tips of the wings of the Mazarine Blue butterfly.

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    Royal Navy

    A sumptuous blend of Royal Blue and Navy Blue, this is a charismatic alternative to dark grey or black in a neutral colour scheme.

    Pale Berlin

    The Regency period was known for its delicate pastels and the popular Berlin Blue, another key colour during this era, used Prussian Blue as a pigment from which this reduction is derived.

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    Old School Blue

    Little Greene’s research on 20th century colours unearthed this gem, originally cited as ‘Bermuda’, though its actual source is distinctly more north-west England!

    Air Force Blue

    Historically, Air Force Blue is in fact a generic term for a multitude of shades, mixed by individual squadrons. This version is deeper and richer than some; even more so when used on all the walls of a room.

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    Moon Shadow

    The name of this classic 20th century shade was not inspired by a colourful lunar cast, rather the hue of the earth as seen by man, from the moon’s surface in 1969.

    Celestial White

    The reduction of our timeless and ever-popular Celestial Blue into a versatile white.

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    Tempered with black, ‘Livid’ blues range from pink to green; this version is a deep, moody yet restful shade, sitting somewhere between blue, green and grey.

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    Celestial Blue

    A dusky sky blue tone found on a rare surviving paint colour card of 1807.

    Marine Blue

    A confident 1950s blue, cited as being particularly effective when used in combination with a pale grey or a coral red.

    Bone China Blue

    A gentle understated blue tone from the 1930s, warmer and more muted than Pale Wedgwood.

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    Hicks’ Blue

    David Hicks, one of the most important designers of the 60s and 70s, used this blue in the restaurant at the top of the London Telecom Tower in 1962.

    In keeping with Little Greene’s quality-assurance, all shades on the ‘Blue’ colour card are available in the full range of traditional and modern paint finishes, with the exception of the limited edition Ultra Blue (available in sample pots and 2.5L Absolute Matt Emulsion only).

    Moreover, the ‘flying chips’ on the hand-finished colour card are accurate samples of both colour and finish, being made from actual paint direct from a tin of environmentally friendly Absolute Matt Emulsion rather than in a factory-matched ink.

    For more information or to place an order visit:


  • Discover Blue At Decorex 2015

    This year, the internationally renowned Decorex will host the launch of Little Greene’s new ‘Blue’ collection.

    For interior designers, blue is the most versatile of all colour groups and for historians, it offers the richest of stories. Our ‘Blue’ capsule collection brings together some known Little Greene shades with a spectrum of archive blues from confident indigos to calm linen hues.

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    The Little Greene stand will feature a ‘Blue Room,’ an interactive optical illusion that explores the depth of colour and varying perceptions it creates.

    A display of the colours and wallpaper designs featured in the new ‘20th Century Papers’ compendium will dispel the myth that blue is a cold colour whilst simultaneously showcasing its versatility.

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    The stand will also feature the captivating anamorphic set from our latest Little Greene ad campaign, which is currently in the press.

    The room set is painted using no less than seven new paint colours from our latest ‘Blue’ capsule collection, and also includes Camellia – Smalt, one of the stunning wallpapers from our new compendium book ‘20th Century Papers’.

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    The event at Syon Park celebrates the best in luxury design from 400 exhibitors. Visit us on stand C31 to browse the new collection and explore the illusion of our Blue Room. We’re inviting visitors to the snap photographs and share them on social media using #littlegreeneblue

    For more information on the ‘Blue’ collection, visit

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