Little Greene Paint Blog

  • 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


    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

  • 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: 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 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.'


    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.


    Photography: Chris Snook

    Styling: Clare Elise Interiors

  • Secret Linen Store - Little Greene


    The Secret Linen Store used a selection of Little Greene shades for their latest photoshoot.

    Hicks' Blue

    David Hicks, one of the most important designers of the 60s and 70s, used powerful colours in combination to dramatic effect. Besides domestic projects for English aristocracy, Hicks also worked on many commercial projects and used 'Hicks' Blue' in the restaurant at the top of the London Telecom Tower in 1962.

    Sage Green

    'Sage Green' was one of the colours enjoyed by the Victorians "on account of their repose to the sight, and their solid and quiet tone."

    French Grey

    Usually mixed with a little blue and a red, when a "middle tint" was required, French Grey was far from cheap to produce, it provides the perfect background for blue accessories.

    French Grey

    Click here to browse the shades.

  • Little Greene At The Whitworth - Raqs Media Collective


    The Whitworth Art Gallery have recently collaborated with Raqs Media Collective on their first major UK exhibition. 

    Image: Whitworth Art Gallery

    The artwork creates questions and haunting memorials through new and existing work. The exhibition will give viewers an exceptional opportunity to experience Raqs Media Collective's ideas, insights and art.

    Image: Whitworth Art Gallery

    The exhibition will give viewers an exceptional opportunity to experience Raqs Media Collective's ideas, insights and art.

    Image: Whitworth Art Gallery

    The gallery selected a neutral backdrop for the pieces using Little Greene's 'Shirting,' a pure white based on natural minerals without optical brightener- a classic heritage white.

    The exhibition will run from 30 September 2017 – 25 February 2018.

  • Little Greene At VT Wonen & Design Beurs


    Little Greene exhibited at VT Wonen & Design Beurs in Amsterdam from the 3rd - 8th of October.

    Our updated 'Colours of England' palette was displayed on our colour cube wall, complemented with Upper Brook St wallpaper in Minuit.

    Wallpaper books were available for guests to browse our latest wallpaper collections and our colour consultants were on hand to provide advice and information for visitors on their projects.

    Thank you to everyone who visited us on the stand.

  • Paint It Pink This October



    For the seventh year running, the Little Greene Paint Company has joined forces with national charity, Breast Cancer Haven, to promote and support Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    For the whole of October 2017, Little Greene customers will be actively helping to support people with breast cancer. We've pledged that 15p from every tin of paint and roll of wallpaper sold via our 270 UK-wide stockists, or through our website, will be donated directly to Breast Cancer Haven.

    Managing Director David Mottershead confirms: “What better way to support a charity and raise awareness than to pick a shade of pink to brighten up your home? Last year our loyal customers raised just over £12,000 for the charity – and I’m completely confident that we’ll beat that record total this year. Pink is such a joyous colour that imbues the home with a sense of life and wellbeing – the same focus that Breast Cancer Haven adopts to help improve the quality of life those affected by cancer. Breast Cancer Haven provides free personalised care and support for patients nationally and the funds Little Greene helps raise make a significant difference.”

    Pamela Healy OBE, Breast Cancer Haven’s Chief Executive adds: “This is the seventh time we have worked with Little Greene and we are thrilled that the company has once again chosen us as the charity to benefit from its support during Breast Cancer Awareness month. We receive no Government funding, so every penny raised is hard won and spent wisely on life-changing and life-affirming services. Pink is the colour of the moment, so update your home all
    the while knowing that you’re supporting a fantastic charity. Paint it pink in October!”

    Click here to browse our pink shades.

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