Little Greene Paint Blog

  • VISIT LITTLE GREENE AT IMM COLOGNE

     

    'Colours of England'

     

    We will be exhibiting at the international interiors show, IMM Cologne from 15th-21st January 2018.

    More than 1,200 exhibitors from around 50 countries will be in Cologne showcasing the latest in interior design trends.

    The Little Greene stand will feature our latest wallpaper collection, 'Archive Trails II,' and our recently updated 'Colours of England' card featuring 12 new colours.

    The Little Greene team will be on hand to advise you on combining colour, with all the Little Greene colour tools on the stand to assist you.

    We would be delighted to welcome you to the stand.

    Hall 04.2, B, Stand 21
    IMM Cologne
    Messeplatz 1
    50679 Köln
    Germany 

  • Little Greene Colour Advice With Brewers

     

     

    To help you to plan your next project, a member of the Little Greene team will be visiting Brewers stores throughout January to guide you through the journey of selecting colour.

    Little Greene will be on hand to help you plan an interiors scheme, combine paint and wallpaper or even help you to create a table-top moodboard to collate your ideas and inspire your project.

    Each session is free to attend, we would love to see you there.

    Please find below a programme of the events:

    • Monday 22nd January 10.00 - 12.00 Brewers Chester
    • Monday 22nd January 13.00 - 15.00 Brewers Wrexham
    • Tuesday 23rd January 10.00 - 12.00 Brewers Bangor
    • Wednesday 24th January 10.00 - 12.00 Brewers Birkenhead
    • Wednesday 24th January 13.00 - 15.00 Brewers Liverpool
    • Thursday 25th January 10.00 - 12.00 Brewers Morecambe
    • Friday 26th January 10.00 - 12.00 Brewers Leeds
  • Little Greene at Déco Off 2018

     

    The Little Greene Paris Showroom

     

    The Little Greene Paris showroom will be participating in the annual Paris Déco Off from January 18th - 22nd 2018.

    Over 100 brands welcome visitors to their showrooms in Paris to browse the latest trends in interior design.

    The Little Greene showroom will host the launch of our new wallpaper collection, 'Archive Trails II,' a beguiling compendium of archive floral wallpapers.

     

    Monroe - Night Flower

     

    Much like its highly successful predecessor, Archive Trails, this sequel collection comprises patterns drawn from a range of archive material, including precious remnants discovered and conserved by English Heritage and Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery. Exhumed and reimagined by a talented team of artists and historians, working closely with the Little Greene Studio, the designs have been judiciously re-coloured and their scale subtly adjusted to fit effortlessly into the 21st century interior.

    To celebrate the launch, our colour consultants will be on hand to provide expert advice on combining colour and an introduction to the collection of archive designs.

     

    Asterid - Lantern

    Visit our showroom for a preview of the collection:

    Little Greene , 21 Rue Bonaparte
    75006 PARIS
    France

    Tel: +33 1 42 73 60 81
    paris@thelittlegreene.com

     

     

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Thank You For Your Support

     

    Dorchester Pink Colour Scales

     

    Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, we donated 15p from every tin of paint and roll of wallpaper sold to Breast Cancer Haven. We are pleased to announce that with the help of both our customers and stockists, we raised £13,606.35 for the charity.

    This donation will help the charity to continue to support people whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. £13,606.35 will pay for a specialist therapist to provide aromatherapy massage appointments for nearly a whole year at the Breast Cancer Haven Centre in London.

    Breast Cancer Haven provide the emotional, physical and practical support that treatment alone can’t - their services include holistic therapies and advice on combating stress, healthy eating and exercise in an environment that is as far away from a hospital as you can imagine.

    On March 16th next year, we will be holding the 'Confetti Ball' at The Monastery in Manchester to raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Haven.

    Join us for a wonderful evening of dinner, dancing and a charity auction at one of Manchester’s most beautiful venues.

    Tickets are priced at £75.00 each or £700 for a table of ten. We are sure it will be a night to remember and we would love for you to join us.

    Simply contact the Sales Office on 0161 230 0880 to purchase your tickets or email confettiball@thelittlegreene.com to register your interest.

  • Introducing The Little Book of Colour

     

    The Little Book of Colour

     

    For a more hands-on approach to interior design, you can now order a copy of our new colour tool, the 'Little Book of Colour.'
    Described by MD David Mottershead as “colour consultancy in your pocket”, the Little Book of Colour will hold your hand, whether simply selecting the right ceiling colour or designing a fully coordinating, confident and personal scheme. Homeowners wanting to create a calm, harmonious interior can refer to each colour’s ‘related whites’ and ‘related neutrals’.

    The Pigment Guide identifies the key raw ingredients within each shade and illustrates whites and neutrals with common pigmentation, creating proven combinations that are scientifically guaranteed to work.

    Moreover, a selection of ‘coordinating colours’ is shown; these shades are tonally-related and serve to give depth to a room scheme, without being overpowering. For the more confident designer, ‘contrasting accents’ are also suggested for adding highlights to schemes, alongside ‘related dark’ hues to achieve drama and impact.
    David Mottershead admits, “Colour runs through my veins but, just like everyone else, I have indecisive moments when picking colour combinations from the comprehensive array we have on offer. We’ve produced this guide to imbue our customers with a confidence in the colour combinations they are instinctively drawn to – and to find the courage to use combinations they might not otherwise have thought of!”

  • Coming soon, Archive Trails II...

     

    Brooke House - Cinder

     

    Little Greene launches Archive Trails II, a beguiling compendium of archive floral wallpapers.

    We continue our quest for authentic archive wallpaper designs, adapting patterns and colour palettes to suit 21st century living. Our latest range, Archive Trails II, will be launched at Paris Déco-Off in January 2018.

    Much like its highly successful predecessor, Archive Trails, this sequel collection comprises patterns drawn from a range of archive material, including precious remnants discovered and conserved by English Heritage and Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery. Exhumed and reimagined by a talented team of artists and historians, working closely with the Little Greene Studio, the designs have been judiciously re-coloured and their scale subtly adjusted to fit effortlessly into the 21st century interior.

    Spanning a period from the early-18th to mid-20th centuries, the eight designs in Archive Trails II represent a spectrum of printing methods throughout that time, united by themes of freely-flowing flora and occasional fauna.

    As is customary with Little Greene’s wallpapers, each design has prescribed its own print techniques, including tactile surface print and shimmering mica grounds, to achieve a timeless surface finish of the highest quality.

     

    Asterid - Lantern

     

    Asterid (c.1964)
    Unlike most of the source material for Little Greene wallpapers, this design is not drawn from a conventional pattern but rather is a reinterpretation of a fine illustrative painting from the mid-20th century. It represents the high-society trend for hand-painted murals, which were the precursor to commercial wallpapers. The fine detail of the original painting, combined with an ability to print this as a three-panel design, provides a cleverly repeating floral trail with the sensibility and touch of a fine artist. Available in four colourways.

     

    Brooke House - Cinder

     

    Brooke House (c.1922)

    Found by English Heritage at Brooke House in Hackney, the document from which this pattern was drawn is identified as 1920s in origin, notably because of the way it had been printed: a ‘gravure’ technique, which only became commercially viable after the turn of the last century. In fact, the design is likely to have been copied from a much earlier paper and the five colourways have been made using the rather more painterly, textural surfaceprint technique which is more typical of the older, original wallpaper.

     

    Crowe Hall Lane - Gilt

    Crowe Hall Lane (c.1898)
    A large-scale, late-19th century wallpaper with a bold pattern of exotic birds and flowers. The paper had 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. This design is an existing and much-admired part of the Little Greene portfolio; it is available in three new colourways as well as four existing ones.

     

    Loriini - Jasper

     

    Loriini (c.1935)
    A surface-printed design featuring exotic Lory birds and oriental blossom, which has been inspired by a charismatic 20th century piece held by the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. The exotic subject matter and almost symmetrical repeat are typical of 1930s designs and reflect the aspirations of travel to distant lands and a show of wealth to visitors to the house. Although recoloured for today’s home, the selected colourways bear testament to the use of bright colours, commonplace in the 1930s, and the Lory may have been chosen as a subject on these grounds alone! Available in five colourways.

     

    Monroe - Night Flower

     

    Monroe (c.1867)
    The second paper in this collection taken from Brooke House in Hackney, East London. For a long period, Brooke House was home to a private hospital and this design takes its name from one of its significant 19th century owners: a Dr John Monroe. The pattern is recreated from a relatively small remnant found by English Heritage before the house was pulled down in the 1950s. It is undoubtedly inspired by the Art & Crafts Movement and its familiarity would have been used to help hospital patients feel comfortable and aid their recovery. Available in five
    colourways.

     

    Woodblock Mono - Knightsbridge

     

    Woodblock Mono (c.1735)
    Created through the simplification and reduction of the larger ‘Woodblock Trail’ paper and represents the trend throughout the ages for varying the scales of designs to create different visual effects. Rather more delicate, and infinitely usable in a smaller space, this monochrome version is available in five colourways.

     

    Woodblock Trail - Union

     

    Woodblock Trail (c.1735)
    An early block print design, the original paper once adorned the walls of a ground floor room, most probably a dining room, in a historic house in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Its simple graphic elements are typical of a design that would have been cut from wood and applied by hand with the assistance of a suspended block press. Although the application of several print colours required the dedication and accuracy of a master craftsman, wallpaper as decoration at this time was the preserve of the privileged few and, as such, expensive statement designs were in higher demand than cheaper alternatives. Available in four colourways.

     

    Wrest Trail - Pink Plaster

     

    Wrest Trail (c.1848)
    Derived from an interesting piece in the English Heritage Archive, this design is particularly noteworthy for the style of drawing used to create the all-over trail effect. A structured, wandering stem is adorned by rather relaxed, almost sketch-like interpretations of leaves and fruit. At a glance, it is more mid-20th century in style than its actual origin of a hundred years earlier. Available in five colourways.

    David Mottershead, MD of Little Greene enthuses: “From watching fragments of fragile, antique wallpapers come to life from the archives, journeying through the hands of the artist and, after an intricate process of research and re-colouring, to see them rolling off the printing press is akin to alchemy. Our team of experts works in that very special place between trend and tradition to create rejuvenated, re-energised wallpapers – designed with today’s interiors in mind but with one foot still proudly rooted in heritage and tradition.”

    ‘Archive Trails II’ will be available nationally and internationally through Little Greene’s network of distributors, as well as via mail and phone order and online at www.littlegreene.com.

  • Your Invitation To The Confetti Ball...

     

    The Monastery

    Join Little Greene at The Monastery in Manchester for a three course dinner, dancing and charity auction on Friday 16th March 2018.

    Every October, we commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month by donating 15p from every tin of paint and roll of wallpaper sold throughout the month to Breast Cancer Haven, a charity that is very close to our hearts.

    Breast Cancer Haven provide the emotional, physical and practical support that treatment alone can’t - their services include holistic therapies and advice on combating stress, healthy eating and exercise in an environment that is as far away from a hospital as you can imagine.

    We are hoping to raise as much money as possible to help Breast Cancer Haven to continue to provide their invaluable services to those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.

    The ‘Confetti Ball’ is an opportunity to come together to commemorate the work they do and raise as much money as possible for such a fantastic cause.

    ‘The Monastery’ in Manchester will provide a wonderful setting for an evening of dinner and dancing with a live band in a beautiful venue.

    To register your interest simply email: confettiball@thelittlegreene.com or contact our Customer Service Team on 0161 230 0880.

  • One Square Club - Tom Pope

     

    Artist, Tom Pope has created One Square Club, the most exclusive private members' club in the world.

    The club measures one square metre and offers facilities including a bar and live music events.

    Tom Pope

    There is only ever one member at the One Square Club with membership lasting for just one day.

    Tom Pope

    The artist selected Little Greene paint and wallpaper for the exclusive club, using Paradise - Nightshade, Basalt, Orange Aurora and Marigold. 

    Tom Pope

    Based in Central London, the club is built in a wooden shipping crate that has the capability to travel the world.

  • The National Painting & Decorating Show

     

    Little Greene will once again be exhibiting at the National Painting & Decorating show in Coventry from 28th-29th November 2017.

    Visit us on stand 91 for product demonstrations, colour advice and an introduction to the latest Little Greene shades on our updated 'Colours of England' colourcard.

    Chief Chemist, Sean Tormay will provide a talk on exterior coatings and help visitors to demystify the chemistry of quality.

    Our Colour Consultants will be on hand to guide you through combining paint and wallpaper and provide an introduction to our new colour tool, the 'Little Book of Colour.'

    We look forward to welcoming you to the stand.

     

     

     

  • Clare Elise Interiors - A Neutral Scheme

     

    Clare Elise Interiors created a beautiful neutral scheme which flows from kitchen to living space using 'Shallows' and 'Inox.'

    'Shallows'
    'Shallows'

    Shallows contains the deftest touch of pigment which gives it a cool, understated depth.

    This was combined with a seating area painted with the beautiful light, silver grey, 'Inox.'

    'Inox'
    'Inox'

    They also created some bespoke joinery wardrobes finished in 'Scree,' a shade with humble provenance; the use of this grey was widespread in the nineteenth century as a cheap mix of leftover paint colours – an early example of paint recycling.

    'Scree'

    Photography: Chris Snook

    Styling: Clare Elise Interiors

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