Little Greene Paint & Wallpaper Blog

  • London Wallpapers V: Four New Designs

     

    London Wallpapers V introduces four previously unseen designs and amalgamates seven popular patterns from London Wallpapers II and III, which have been updated with the addition of 15 fresh colourways.

    Below we detail the provenances of each new design. All have been sensitively remodelled and expertly coloured for the 21st century home.

     

    Brodsworth - Empress

     

    Brodsworth c.1863 – 3 colourways

    A lively and engaging design featuring striking birds and delicate floral motifs. Slightly raised and incorporating rich gilding detail, the pattern was originally designed to be an imitation of stamped leather. Based on early-18th century French textiles and furnishings, encompassing panels, scrolls and cross hatching, this wallpaper was found at Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire, an elegant, Victorian home belonging to the Thellusson family. Used in both the library and the morning room in reverse colourways, this paper was certainly a family favourite and can still be seen in situ today.

     

    Brook Street - Etruscan

     

    Brook Street c.1895 – 5 colourways

    In entirely different eras, two neighbouring houses in Mayfair’s fashionable Brook Street were homes to the baroque composer George Frideric Handel and rock musician Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix spent some of his short-lived musical career in a flat at No. 23, the same property from which this pattern hails. The woven cane-like design is typical of the late 19th century: an all-over pattern, which sits on a lightly brushed ground and incorporates a soft texture within its motif.

     

    Carlton House Terrace - Blue Plume

     

    Carlton House Terrace c.1885 – 5 colourways

    A flamboyant peacock feather design, found in the attics of 18 Carlton House Terrace, a beautiful stucco-faced London town house overlooking The Mall. Originally machine-printed in green on a yellow background, the contemporary surface-printed technique used to recreate it accurately reflects the original, whilst a judicious splash of colour in the feather provides something on which to anchor a contemporary scheme.

     

    St James's Park - Suede Fade

     

    St James’s Park c.1940 – 4 colourways

    This large damask pattern was found in Marlborough House, next to St James’s Park, a grand abode designed by Christopher Wren and home to the Duchess of Marlborough, friend and confidante of Queen Anne. Originally a dark blue flock on a pale blue ground, the paper is believed to be comparatively recent, though the origins of the general design are Victorian (as a wallpaper) and older still (as a silk fabric). The twist in this interpretation is the light-to-dark ombré effect, which puts bolder colour at the base of the wall and lighter above, with the effect of making a space feel taller and lighter than it would with a conventional damask design. It is a panel design, with three panels making up one full repeat.

  • Little Greene at The Whitworth

     

    Contemporary textile artist, Alice Kettle selected Little Greene shades for her current exhibit ‘Thread Bearing Witness’. Exhibited at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, the collection considers cultural heritage, refugee displacement and movement within the context of the global refugee crisis.

     

    'Thread Bearing Witness' at Whitworth Art Gallery

     

    As a highly regarded contemporary artist, Kettle’s focus is upon stitched textiles which she uses to explore such predominant themes. The walls surrounding the exhibition are painted in ‘Shirting’, a pure white which provides the perfect neutral backdrop.

     

    'Thread Bearing Witness' at Whitworth Art Gallery
    'Thread Bearing Witness' at Whitworth Art Gallery

     

    Alice Kettle said: “Textiles make connections with home and community. In its substance it maps our cultural identities. I cannot be an observer; textiles are a way to engage, to show I care in a meaningful way, in a medium where I have a voice. I want to help and make a difference, maybe like all mothers do for their children.”

     

    'Thread Bearing Witness' at Whitworth Art Gallery

     

    Thread Bearing Witness is being exhibited at Whitworth Art Gallery until 24th February 2019.

  • London Wallpapers V Press Preview

     

    T'Cup Café, Paris

     

    We recently invited journalists in Paris to a preview of our latest wallpaper collection, ‘London Wallpapers V’, at T’Cup café. The journalists attended from 9am to 3pm on Thursday 22nd November, where they browsed the new designs over brunch.

     

    London Wallpapers V Press Preview

     

    T’Cup Café in the Le Marais district in Paris was decorated with dresses made using 7 of the new wallpapers which were displayed from the ceiling.

     

    Wallpaper dress: Lansdowne Walk - Ash & Lansdowne Walk - Pollen

     

    Wallpaper dresses

     

    Managing Director David Mottershead presented the collection alongside Marketing Director Ruth Mottershead, providing journalists with the history of each design.

     

    London Wallpapers V Press Preview

     

    London Wallpapers V will be launched at Paris Déco Off on 21st January 2019.

  • London Wallpapers V - January 2019

     

    Carlton House Terrace - Blue Plume

     

    January 2019 will see the launch of our 13th wallpaper collection, London Wallpapers V - a compendium of heritage designs.

    Spanning 250 years of interior decoration (from 1690 to the mid 20th century), ‘London Wallpapers V’ is a compendium of authentic heritage designs, each one sensitively remodelled and expertly coloured for the 21st century home.

    With one exception, the 11 designs in the collection are based on fragments stored in English Heritage’s wallpaper archive at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, which were removed and preserved during the conservation of 18th and 19th century London houses.

     

    Brodsworth - Empress

     

    The exception is a first for Little Greene and English Heritage – the original design still hangs on the walls at Brodsworth Hall, an elegant and faithfully conserved Victorian country house in South Yorkshire.

    The collection will be launched at Déco Off in Paris and available to order online and through our network of stockists from January 21st.

    Follow us on Instagram for exclusive previews of the new collection.

  • Using Green

     

     

    North Brink Grey, Putti and Ulla are grey-greens that provide a harmonious neutral colour scheme when used in combination.

     

     

    Hidey Hole was discovered at George Bernard Shaw’s Hertfordshire residence in a small hut where Shaw found the tranquillity to write. With turquoise undertones, it works perfectly as an elegant all over scheme.

     

     

    The deep green-blue of Harley Green was found in the Library of Wimpole Hall, the largest house in Cambridge. Combine with Tea with Florence for a contemporary kitchen scheme.

     

     

    Ho Ho Green is perfect for use both within the home and to provide a warm welcome on the exterior of a property. The shade was originally depicted within the mythical Ho Ho birds in the hand-painted Chinese wallpaper at Nostell Priory.

     

     

    The bright Sage & Onions is the original colour of the garden gate at Beatrix Potter’s farm. Add a colour highlight to this bold finish with  a stripe of Tea with Florence.

  • VT Wonen & Design Beurs

     

    At the start of this month, Little Greene exhibited at VT Wonen & Design Beurs in Amsterdam.

     

    VT Wonen & Design Beurs stand

     

    Over 9,800 visitors attended the event to browse the latest interior design ideas and collections. Guests to the Little Greene stand browsed the new ‘Green’ shades from our latest capsule collection in collaboration with National Trust.

     

    VT Wonen & Design Beurs stand

     

    The 10,000 painted leaves used in the advertisement for our new ’Green’ campaign were scattered around the Little Greene stand.

     

    VT Wonen & Design Beurs stand

     

    Visitors received advice from our colour experts who provided guidance on combining the new green shades and selecting the perfect finish.

     

    VT Wonen & Design Beurs stand

     

    Thank you to everyone who visited the stand!

  • Little Greene at Decorex

     

    Little Greene recently exhibited at Decorex, which saw the launch of our new, highly anticipated ‘Green’ collection.

     

    The Little Greene stand

     

    The stand was decorated with some of the 10,000 leaves featured in our new advert, complete with a colour display of all the new shades found in the colourcard.

     

    'Green' colour display
    An array of leaves from the 'Green' advert
    'Sage & Onions' feature wall

     

    The feature wall on the stand was painted in Sage & Onions, a bright green shade that is the original colour of the garden gate at Hill Top, which was Beatrix Potter’s farm in the Lake District, found in The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.

     

    David Mottershead giving an introduction to 'Green'

     

    Of the 31 beautiful shades featured on the colourcard, 20 are National Trust-derived which each tell a story. MD David Mottershead gave talks at Decorex to give an introduction to ‘Green’, detailing the extensive research project that took place with the National Trust which brought the shades to life.

     

    David Mottershead creating 'Green' colour combinations

     

    The Little Greene stand was located just inside the entrance and received a lot of attention from visitors, who were able to create ‘Green’ colour combinations using our brush out boards with the guidance of our on-hand colour experts.

  • Think Pink This October with Little Greene and Breast Cancer Haven

     

    Wrest Trail - Pink Plaster

     

    Little Greene joins forces once again with Breast Cancer Haven to support Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    For the eighth year running, the Little Greene Paint Company has joined forces with national charity, Breast Cancer Haven, to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    For the whole of October 2018, Little Greene customers will be supporting those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
    We have pledged that 15p from every tin of paint and roll of wallpaper sold via our 270 UK-wide stockists, or through our website www.littlegreene.com, will be donated directly to Breast Cancer Haven.

     

    Wrest Trail - Pink Plaster

     

    With centres in London, Hereford, Yorkshire, Wessex and Worcester, Breast Cancer Haven is the only national breast cancer charity that provides one to-one support to improve the quality of life of anyone affected by breast cancer. Working alongside the NHS, Breast Cancer Haven offers a free, integrated breast cancer support service and a telephone service for patients unable to travel to one of their centres. Trained therapists, counsellors and advisers are on hand to listen to individual patients and provide them with bespoke practical, emotional and physical support.

    Since opening, Breast Cancer Haven has provided over 750,000 appointments and has helped over 12,000 visitors.

    Managing Director David Mottershead confirms: “We’re delighted to be supporting Breast Cancer Haven again. Last year, our stockists and customer raised an incredible £12,000 to help Breast Cancer Haven to provide counselling and therapies to those that need support.”

  • Transforming Kitchen Cabinets

     

    Light Peachblossom and Grey Teal

     

     

    The kitchen is the hub of the family home - a place for vibrancy, energy and inspiration. Painting kitchen cabinets is an effective way of transforming a kitchen with ease.

    Utilise colour to create an inspiring space to reflect your interior style. Be bold with dark shades or produce a simple, neutral scheme with a highlight of colour.

    Formulated to resist moisture, staining and general wear and tear, our Intelligent Eggshell finish has a tough, yet subtle, low-sheen finish and is perfect for use on wooden kitchen cabinets.

    Intelligent Eggshell is fully washable, making it perfect for use in the kitchen. Suitable for most surfaces, including walls, woodwork and primed metals such as radiators and pipework.

    Hicks' Blue

    Intelligent Eggshell is:

    - Available in all colours in the Little Greene palette

    - Suitable for most surfaces, including walls, woodwork and primed metals such as radiators

    - Fully washable

    - Child Safe accredited

    - Virtually odourless

    - Dry in 2-4 hours

    - Environmentally-friendly

    - Low sheen of 15%

  • Win with Little Greene and AttikoArt

     

     

    Emmy Burst and Nevie Brook designs by AttikoArt

     

    We're giving you the chance to win one of these beautiful prints by AttikoArt created using our new 'Green' palette.

    AttikoArt produce exclusive abstract art, colour-customised to compliment any interior scheme - a concept created by mother and daughter designer duo, Michelle Belak and Melissa Tucker.

    These two framed canvas prints were inspired by and created with shades from our new 'Green' colourcard.

    Simply visit our Facebook page and comment 'Green' on the post for your chance to win. The winner will be announced on 1/10/18. Good luck!

    Terms & Conditions:
    - The prize is for one medium-sized, framed, canvas print (60x80cm) and has a retail value of £239 (The winner can choose to spend above this to purchase a larger canvas but will have to pay the additional amount.)
    - The prize is as stated and is non-transferrable, non-refundable and no cash or credit alternative is available
    - Only one entry per person will be accepted
    - Competition is only open to people aged 18 or over, and UK resident
    - This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law

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