Little Greene Paint Blog

  • 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'.

  • Little Greene Support Sustainable Packaging!

    Here at Little Greene we’re very pleased to tell you that you can now recycle your empty paint cans once you have finished your painting – another step along the road to sustainable products from Little Greene. We are the first paint manufacturer to adopt the ‘Widely Recycled at Local Council Recycling Centres’ label on our metal tins. This means they can be recycled at your local household waste site along with other stuff!

    Our tins are already made using over fifty percent recycled steel so keep your eyes peeled for the bright green(e) labels that means the steel in these tins can now be recycled again.

    Managing Director of Little Greene, David Mottershead, said: "We are environmentally-aware and passionate about being as sustainable as possible and this latest initiative is something very in keeping with our ethos.

    To use tins made from recycled materials, which can in turn be recycled themselves, is something of which we are proud to be part of and delighted that this is now being recognised through the ‘Widely Recycled at Local Council Recycling Centres’ logo – and that we are the first UK paint manufacturer to embrace it!"

    Look out for the logo and drop off your empty cans for them to be recycled locally along with the rest of your household recycling.

  • Win a £150 Gift of Paint and Wallpaper from Little Greene this Christmas!

    Christmas is fast approaching and we’re giving you the opportunity to win Little Greene paint and wallpaper!

    It’s a wonderful time for creative interior decoration and we want to see what you’ve all done with your homes this Christmas.

    Send us pictures of your festive interiors and you could win £150 worth of Little Greene products to put to good use in the New Year!

    Good luck and Merry Christmas from all at Little Greene.

    Prizes

    1st - £150 of Little Greene paint and/or wallpaper

    2nd - £100 of Little Greene paint and/or wallpaper

    You can enter below and entry will be open via a number of different ways;

    • Participants must share a photo of their festive Christmas interiors (5 Entries)
    • Participants can Blog about their Christmas decoration with a link back to the competition page (10 Entries)
    • Participants can Tweet about the giveaway (3 Entries)
    • Participants can Follow @LittleGreene on Twitter (1 Entry)
    • Participants can Like Little Greene on Facebook (1 Entry)
    • Participants can Follow Little Greene on Pinterest (1 Entry)
    • Participants can join the Little Greene mailing list (1 Entry)

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  • Little Greene Continues its Fight Against Breast Cancer!

    We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who purchased our paints throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month in October and helped us to continue our fight against breast cancer.

    We raised a fantastic total of £8,132 to be donated to The Haven, which we are absolutely thrilled about and are particularly grateful to our stockists, who played a key part in helping us achieve this! The money raised will go some way towards helping the patients that really need our support.

    The Haven is a national breast cancer support charity with centres in Hereford, Leeds and London and they provide a free, one-to-one programme of therapies and support for people affected by breast cancer.

    It costs around £1,000 for each visitor to receive the programme of up to ten therapies, we’re delighted to know that the money we have raised will help several people benefit from the service.

  • Little Greene at De Woonbeurs Exhibition in Amsterdam!

    De Woonbeurs at the Rai Centre in Amsterdam showcases the very best in Interior Design and Little Greene were delighted to be part of it!

    The exhibition ran from the 1st – 6th October and it was fantastic to see so many customers, stockists and press all visiting the stand.

    Little Greene’s “Grey” colourcard was launched at the show to the delight of all those Dutch and Belgian customers who so love the Flemish style of decoration – we are expecting great things as a result of such a strong welcome from this market.

    You’d have also been able to see a physical installation of our new advert, which is painted with over 1000 manikin hands has brought out a fantastic reaction from those attending the show.

    We’d love to hear from anyone that attended the show?

  • New 'Grey' Collection Launches at Decorex!

    ‘Decorex International’, the premier interior design exhibition, which took place at Kensington Gardens in London, saw the launch of our fantastic new paint collection, ‘Grey’. There are seven variations on four different grey colours making twenty eight individual swatches on the fabulous new colourcard.

    If you visited Decorex, you would have also seen the first physical installation of our new advert! We used one thousand manikin hands painted in the various shades of Grey from the new collection. The installation was a delight to interior designers and stockists of Little Greene paint alike.

    We’ve had some fantastic feedback and we were delighted to see so many people on the stand!

    If you saw us at the show then we’d love to hear what you all thought?

    We’ve also got a special ‘Making Of’ video, which you can see here: http://www.littlegreene.com/handmade

  • Little Greene and The Haven team up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

    Little Greene wants your help this October as we team up with Breast Cancer charity, The Haven, for Breast Cancer Awareness month. So help us to make this October a month to remember!

    15p of every single tin of paint that is sold through our UK stockists will be donated to The Haven.

    It will be six years in a row that Little Greene has supported Breast Cancer charities and last year we raised over £7000 so we’re delighted to be able to continue our collaboration with The Haven.

    The Haven's mission isto help people through the physical and emotional experience of breast cancer by offering a free, in-depth and personalised programme of psychological support and complementary therapies.”

    Full information on The Haven can be found here, whilst the details on their partnership with Little Greene can be found here.


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