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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month With The Haven...

     

    Paradise - Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Month With The Haven

    In October 2016, we participated in Breast Cancer Awareness month for the sixth year, raising as much as possible for Breast Cancer Haven, a charity providing support for those affected by breast cancer.

    Throughout the month, we donated 15p from every tin of paint and roll of wallpaper sold to the charity.

    To commemorate the event, we launched our latest ‘Pink’ collection alongside a limited edition colourway of our Paradise wallpaper design, which was specially recoloured in a delicate rose hue.

    Our stockists produced imaginative, beautiful pink window displays and wore pink aprons to raise awareness and as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Haven.

    With the help of our stockists, we have raised over £12,000 for the cause. This will help Breast Cancer Haven to offer free emotional, physical and practical support to anyone affected by breast cancer.

    We would like to thank all our stockists for their efforts and all their help in creating another successful Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Art Club at the London Showroom

    This week, the Little Greene Showroom team hosted their first ‘Art Club’ event – a creative event programme of stimulating talks and workshops, featuring a diverse line-up of unique guest speakers.

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    Rosalind Davis, (featured above) is an Artist & Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery.

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    A number of our customers and Interior Designers were invited to join us for Rosalind’s event, ‘Using space to tell a story’.

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    In addition to curating a small (yet perfectly formed) exhibition of her artwork, Rosalind shared how she brings her projects together at the gallery, whilst balancing multiple artists in a range of contemporary spaces.

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    For to find our more information about the next Art Club event, please contact the London Showroom team on marylebone@littlegreene.com

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  • London Wallpapers IV - Our Colour Combinations

    Our Colour Consultants have selected three of our new wallpaper designs and some of their favourite colour combinations to go with them. Our coordinating colours will compliment and accentuate the wallpaper design you have chosen, for both subtle and dramatic schemes.

    Upper Brook St - Minuit

    1483 17b 10 - LO Res RGBColour CombinationAs the complex mural design gives the illusion of depth, try using Jack Black on the skirting to add another dimension to a feature wall.

    French Grey Pale is the perfect shade to use on your remaining walls or floors.

    As featured here, try a flash of Citrine on finer areas of detail, such as door edges.

    Palace Road - Oakes

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    Colour Combination 3

    A combination of shades from the Slaked Lime family on walls, skirting, cornices and alcoves will provide a harmonious backdrop for this floral design.

    From our Limited Edition ‘Pink’ collection, Hellebore is an unexpected, yet charming combination for this historic damask paper.

    Chelsea Bridge - Halcyon

    Chelsea Bridge - Halcyon 2Colour Combination 2In addition to using a delicate combination of Slaked Lime colours to enhance this design, try updating key pieces of furniture with an unlikely combination of rich colours such as Cape Red and Invisible Green.

    Visit www.littlegreene.com for more information.

  • Little Greene at Paris Déco Off...

     

    From January 19th - 23rd, our Paris showroom participated in the annual Paris Déco Off.

    The showroom displayed our new wallpaper collection, ‘London Wallpapers IV’ with a distinctive window display of ‘Upper Brook St,’ featuring brightly coloured kniphofia flowers, commonly known as torch lilies or red hot pokers.

    20170119_155727 Showroom Manager, Vincent Vallée at Paris Déco Off
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    Our colour consultants were on hand to provide expert advice on combining wallpaper with paint and showcase the new designs.

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    Guests were invited to attend the official launch of the new collection on Saturday the 23rd where they celebrated in the showroom with live music, drinks and canapés.

    20170119_162639 Paris Déco Off

    Thank you to everyone who visited us throughout the four days of the event, it was lovely to see so many of you.

  • And The Winner Is...

     

    We invited our stockists to create window displays using our new ‘Pink’ collection and Pink – Paradise wallpaper to celebrate the launch of our ‘Pink’ collection.

    We received an excellent response to our ‘Pink’ window display competition and have seen some wonderful window creations celebrating the launch of the ‘Pink’ collection.

     3 Chapel Interiors
     2 Emma Kay Interiors
    Touch Of Tradition Touch Of Tradition
    The Painted Pearl The Painted Pearl
    Respire Living Respire Living
    EA Wates Pink EA Wates

    Congratulations to CP Interiors won the competition with this beautiful, festive display.

    CP INTERIORS (3) CP Interiors

     

  • Launching In January 2017, London Wallpapers IV.

    London Wallpapers IV: archive chic for walls

    With an established tradition for breathing new life into old designs, Little Greene has once again delved into the English Heritage archives, scouring for historic designs that can be successfully adapted for 21st century interiors. The company’s most recent collection, London Wallpapers IV, is a glorious compendium of authentic motifs, rescaled and recoloured for contemporary living. The collection will be launched at Paris Déco-Off in January 2017.

    The collection comprises twelve designs over 58 papers in an enticing palette of classic and contemporary colourways, enhanced with subtle printed textures. Five designs are drawn from existing Little Greene collections, and retain some of their original Little Greene colourways as well as new, updated tones; there are also seven unseen designs in a variety of delightful shades.

    Spanning three centuries of British design, the original patterns can be dated back to the years between 1760 and 1950. Mostly manufactured in London to decorate smart city and country homes, each design has its own compelling provenance tracing it back to the original house in which it was discovered.

    Albemarle St. (c.1760)

    Reminiscent of Spitalfields silks, this paper, found in Albemarle Street, off Piccadilly, had an enormous pattern repeat of 6ft. Originally produced in a dark blue flock on a light ground, it was unusual to find so bold and expensive a paper used as here, in a low ceilinged, second floor bedroom. Such a grand paper would have been designed to have been on show – more often in a downstairs reception room where guests would be entertained. (two new colourways, three retained colourways)

    1483 22c 14 - LO Res RGB Albemarle St - Astral & Vapour

    Bayham Abbey (c.1880)

    Whilst the original fragment was discovered at Bayham Abbey, on the Sussex-Kent border, the paper is likely to have been produced in London. On a red ground, reminiscent of gothic style, the original paper was made from cellulose wood pulp and machine-printed. (two new colourways, four retained colourways)

    1483 05a 10 - LO Res RGB Bayham Abbey - Monarch

     

    Borough High St. (c.1880)

    The property from which this design hails was built in the mid-19th century on the site of the infamous Marshalsea Prison, which for nearly 500 years was notorious for the incarceration of London’s debtors, including Charles Dickens’ father in 1824. The earliest paper retrieved from a laminate of four, this gothic trellis design with Moorish influences was the first paper to adorn the walls of one of the properties that replaced the prison in the late 1870s. (five colourways)

    1483 13a 25 - LO Res RGB Borough High St - Stamp

    Broadwick St. (c.1775)

    Found in a row of elegant early-18th century houses in Broadwick Street, Soho, this design is remarkable in that it was based on a botanically accurate reproduction of a plant, Clusia Rosea, first recorded in a famous book the Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands by Robert Catesby in 1743. (two new colourways, two retained colourways)

    1483 16a 17 - LO Res RGB Broadwick St - Balsam

    Chelsea Bridge (c.1850)

    Stylistically this pattern is unmistakably French, but the archive piece, which has prescribed very little by way of redesign, came from a prestigious address near the Thames. The decorative stripe either side of the floral column is retained but reduced in weight to give a more balanced feel to the pattern when hung in repeat. (four colourways)

    1483 07a 20 - LO Res RGB Chelsea Bridge - Halcyon

    Cranford (c.1765)

    This mid-18th century paper, found in Cranford, Middlesex, has a yellow floral ogee motif printed on to thick, hand-made rag paper. It is unusual because yellow, although a popular colour, was expensive and prone to fading. It was manufactured using ‘slip-printing’, a technique to make the paper appear more expensive than it really was due to its ‘shadow’ effect, which was achieved economically by using the same block to print two different colours.(three retained colourways)

    1483 11a 11 - LO Res RGB Cranford - Wheat

    Great Ormond St. (c.1890)

    A colourful parrot motif, closely based on one of a multi-layered group of papers removed from the ground floor rear closet of a very early-18th century terrace house opposite Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. This design was subsequently machine-made on cellulose paper in the late 19th century. (three new colourways, three retained colourways.)

    1483 24b 10 - LO Res RGB Great Ormond St - Tropical

     

    Old Gloucester St. (c.1870)

    Each inset panel within this design originally contained an ornate scene, a reflection of its origins in Bloomsbury, an affluent area with a rich history. Having removed any extraneous detail, what remains is an unrefined but elegant wood panel-effect trompe l’oeil that could be used all round a room in a traditional style, or to bring a timeless architectural feel to a single wall in a more contemporary interior. (three colourways)

    1483 01a 13 - LO Res RGB Old Gloucester St - Tome

     

    Palace Road (c.1895)

    A typical historic damask, the design source was originally a woven silk from the 19th century, the effect of which is replicated in the print detail. Like the design High Street from London Wallpapers III, there are known examples of this pattern in more than one location, making it likely it was being produced in significant quantity from as early as the 18th century through to the late 19th: this is commensurate with the manufacturing capabilities of the industry at
    this time. (eight colourways)

    1483 26b 13 - LO Res RGB Palace Road - Oakes

    Pall Mall (c.1950)

    With its single print colour, this paper is a younger sister to the design Marlborough, but carries the same delicate elegance. Amazingly, both papers were recorded from the same property, Marlborough House overlooking St James’ Park. The date cites the likely origin of the paper used in Marlborough rather than the neoclassical roots of the design, which would be attributed to the architectural trend of the early-19th century. (five colourways)

    1483 09a 42 - LO Res RGB Pall Mall - Canton Gold

    Richmond Green (c.1880)

    Unbefitting to the quality of this 19th century paper, the surviving sample was retrieved, not from the walls of a smart Richmond townhouse, but from a skip outside it, during a 1989 refurbishment. A delicate tudor rose, the execution is typical of many designs produced in the style of William Morris in the late 19th century. Little Greene has printed it in two authentic Arts & Crafts colourways, three classic colourways and a modern metallic. (six
    colourways)

    1483 03c 15 - LO Res RGB Richmond Green - Platinum

    Upper Brook St. (c.1920)

    The design features brightly coloured kniphofia flowers, commonly known as torch lilies or red hot pokers (African in origin but named after German horticulturalist Johan Hieronymous Kniphof). They were recorded by English Heritage as having been hand-painted and stuck over a pre-hung wall covering in a late-18th century Upper Brook Street house as a bespoke decoration. To replicate a natural scene behind the pokers Little Greene has adapted
    a motif from its Stag Toile paper. Supplied in a standard 10m roll, there are three drops, each 3.25m in height. The pokers repeat every drop but the full background scene is only completed when all three drops are hung. (three colourways)

    1483 17b 10 - LO Res RGB Upper Brook St - Minuit

    For ease of co-ordination, each wallpaper option is complemented by three judiciously selected shades from Little Greene’s current paint palette.

    Managing Director David Mottershead expands: “We take our role as ‘custodians’ of these archive motifs very seriously: the original wallpaper fragments are treated with the reverence they deserve and we take huge pleasure and pride in bringing them to life again. Careful use of colour is key to creating a seamless and harmonious union of old with new. The resulting wallpapers can grace the walls of contemporary or traditional properties, used on
    one or all four walls, with effortless ease.”

  • Five Inspiring Pink Schemes

    Cordoba 277, Blush 267, Loft White 222 Cordoba 277, Blush 267, Loft White 222

     

    CREATE A BOLD STATEMENT

    Use the bold depth of 'Córdoba' to create a strong statement. This distinctive aged, wooden aubergine tone is perfect for combining with the muted rosy tones of 'Blush'.

    French Grey Pale 161, Jack Black 119, Cape Red 279 French Grey Pale 161, Jack Black 119, Cape Red 279

     

    ADD A HIGHLIGHT

    Transform a neutral scheme with a highlight of bold scarlet. Use 'Cape Red' to create an instant highlight within an otherwise monochromatic combination.

    Dorchester Pink Mid 286, Dorchester Pink 213 Dorchester Pink Mid 286, Dorchester Pink 213
    USE COMPLEMENTARY SHADES
    Combine subtly contrasting pink tones from the same colour palette, 'Dorchester Pink' and 'Dorchester Pink-Mid' for a gentle contemporary look.
    Confetti 274, Lamp Black 228, Salix 99 Confetti 274, Lamp Black 228, Salix 99

    PAIR WITH MUTED COLOURS

    Use the muted 'Lamp Black' to soften the delicate sweetness of 'Confetti.' Introduce the cool calmness of 'Salix' for a sophisticated, fresh finish.

    Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266, Carmine 189, Cordoba 277 Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266, Carmine 189, Cordoba 277
    CREATE A PINK PARADISE

    Re-coloured in a gentle pink, with a subtly shimmering mica ground, this limited edition colour way of our Paradise wallpaper supports our Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign. Combine with the gentle lilac, 'Hortense' to create a sense of calm whilst introducing bold powerful tones on the skirting boards.

  • Wool Week - Little Greene

    To celebrate #WoolWeek. ‘The Campaign For Wool’ opened an innovative ‘Wool BnB’ in which all the contents were created using wool.

    Located in Islington, guests were invited to browse the BnB and learn more about wool and how it can be used within the home.

    We were delighted to supply paint for the project and provided a range of Little Greene shades, including 'Marine Blue', 'Yellow Pink' and 'Leather' to complement the bold schemes and artwork that adorned the property.

    The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London  Photo: Peter Dixon   De Little Greene Marine Blue 95 The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London Photo: Peter Dixon
    The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London  Photo: Peter Dixon   De Little Greene Marine Blue 95 The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London Photo: Peter Dixon
    The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London  Photo: Peter Dixon Little Greene Yellow Pink 46 The Campaign for Wool, Wool BnB, London Photo: Peter Dixon
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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Little Greene

     

    This October, Little Greene will be supporting Breast Cancer Haven throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month raising money for the charity for the sixth year.

    Throughout the month, 15p from every tin of paint and roll of wallpaper sold will be donated to Breast Cancer Haven, a charity providing holistic treatments, advice and care for people whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Last year our stockists and customers managed to raise and incredible £10,000 for the charity.

    Paradise - Pink

    To commemorate our long-standing support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have launched a capsule collection of eight pink shades and a limited edition pink colourway of our ‘Paradise’ wallpaper. The ‘Pink’ collection provides a delicious choice of shades from soft, delicate tones to bolder more seductive hues.

    Hannah Daws, Fundraising and Communications Director at Breast Cancer Haven said:

    “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). It is a time when we encourage everyone to join us in raising money and awareness to support people affected by a diagnosis of breast cancer. We are honoured that Little Greene have once again chosen to support Breast Cancer Haven during BCAM 2016 through the sales of their beautiful range of paints and wall papers. All donations raised by Little Greene during October will go towards helping us to continue to provide our free one-to-one programme of care and support to those who need us, helping them to cope with the emotional impact of breast cancer and the physical side-effects of their medical treatment.”

    For more information on Breast Cancer Haven, visit the website.

    To browse the 'Pink' collection, click here.

  • Redecoration project at Leeds Castle

    Last Spring 2015, Little Greene collaborated with Campbell Smith & Co. on the restoration and redecoration of the library & dining Room at Leeds Castle, the aim of the project was to restore the rooms to their former glory. Our job was to ensure that the colour palette chosen remained in keeping with the historic style and character of the building.

    Dining Room: Normandy Grey 79 Dining Room Frames: Pearl Colour 167 Dining Room: Normandy Grey 79
    Dining Room Frames: Pearl Colour 167

    Leeds Castle is a Tudor building and a fascinating piece of architecture, with records dating back to 1119. Catherine of Aragon is probably the most publicly recognised permanent resident of the castle.

    Detailed research was carried out before the work commenced, enabling Campbell Smith & Co. to match the scheme to a precise specification using our Colours of England Card, featuring 62 authentic English Heritage shades. Combined with our colour expertise and specialist formulation, it made for a fantastic result.

    Library Walls: White Lead Deep 171 Library Walls: White Lead Deep 171

    In keeping with the original décor of the castle, a number of pedigree and heritage techniques were used to conserve the original features. Carried out with meticulous precision, the project has been recognised with the Highly Decorative Project of the Year award in the Premier Trophy Awards – a national competition promoting high standards of craftsmanship organised by the Painting and Decorating Association.

    SAM_2297 Images supplied by Campbell Smith & Co.

    Order your Colours of England Card and start working on your very own period project.

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