Little Greene Paint & Wallpaper Blog

  • Bureau 110 Press Event


    French Press Agency, Bureau 110, held a press event on 14th February 2019 to showcase new collections from a variety of interior brands, including our latest wallpaper collection, ‘London Wallpapers V.’


    Carlton House Terrace display


    The event was held at Bastille Centre de Design, an art gallery in the centre of Paris. The venue was decorated with the lead colourways from ‘London Wallpapers V’, alongside the original designs from which they were derived.


    Brook Street display


    Plant pots and birdhouses were decorated using a variety of vibrant Little Greene shades.


    Painted plant pots


    Painted birdhouse


    French designer and artist, Phillipe Model presented the collections to journalists and bloggers, who enjoyed lunch prepared by Italian chef and food writer, Laura Zavan.


    Little Greene sample pot display
    Rolls of London Wallpapers V colourways


    To celebrate the event, Bureau 110 held a prize draw, with one lucky winner receiving a Little Greene scheme of their choice.

  • Secret Linen Store Features Little Greene


    Secret Linen Store have chosen to use Little Greene colours in their most recent look book, showcasing their latest range of luxury bed linen.

    For a tranquil bedroom scheme try our classic off black colour ‘Obsidian Green’ paired with a cool, white tone, ‘Gauze’.

    Dressed with fresh linens and chunky throws, this colour scheme creates a calm, soothing backdrop for a modern bedroom.

    Our ‘Clay’ colour accompanies this rose coloured linen perfectly. Used from floor to ceiling on the panelling of this bedroom, it gives the space a classic feel and brings an element of warmth.

    For a more dramatic effect, try using ‘Basalt’ all over in your bedroom. (We recommend using our ‘Intelligent Eggshell’ finish for the woodwork and ‘Intelligent Matt Emulsion’ finish for you walls).

    To recreate this feminine scheme, use our brownish pink tone ‘Ashes of Roses’. Combine with ‘Citrine’ for a sharp contrasting accent or ‘Cordoba’ for a darker combination.


    Images: @timyoungphotographer

    Secret Linen Store

  • Little Greene at the Scottish Interiors Showcase


    The Little Greene team exhibited at this year’s Scottish Interiors Showcase from 19th-20th February. The two-day event held at the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa showcased the latest spring collections of fabrics, lighting, furniture and accessories.


    'London Wallpapers V' display at the Scottish Interiors Showcase


    The stand received a lot of footfall with the new eye-catching ‘London Wallpapers V’ designs on display. The lead colourways of five designs – St James’s Park, Lansdowne Walk, Marlborough, Brodsworth and Carlton House Terrace were showcased, with the wallpaper book on hand so visitors could browse the full collection.


    The Little Greene stand


    Our colour experts guided visitors through our complete colour palette and assisted them with combining colour with various fabrics and furnishings.


    Thank you to everyone who visited us at the show.

  • Three Hundred Years of Wallpaper Production



    Wallpaper Manufacturing


    The manufacture of Little Greene wallpapers employs a range of traditional and modern print techniques, each chosen to best serve the reproduction, scale, surface quality and gravitas of the individual pattern.


    Wallpaper Manufacturing
    Wallpaper Manufacturing


    Some of our production methods haven't changed in hundreds of years. First commissioned in 1892, the machine used to surface-print many of our papers is capable of placing up to twelve colours over a variety of grounds. These include matt, mica and metallics, bringing a contemporary subtle interplay of light to a historic pattern.



    Browse our wallpapers.

  • ‘Why Be Exotic in Private?’ by Jenny Steele

    Little Greene paints have been selected for Jenny Steele’s ‘Why Be Exotic in Private’ exhibition at The Foundry Gallery, Chelsea.


    'Why Be Exotic in Private?' by Jenny Steele


    Created by Scottish artist, Jenny Steele who lives and works in Manchester,  the exhibition explores the architecture of South Beach Miami’s 1930’s architecture, inspired by the long sweeping streamlined curves and details of ocean liners.


    Wall painted in Carmine and Green Verditer


    Wall painted in Blue Verditer


    The walls have been painted in Little Greene shades Blue Verditer, Carmine, Green Verditer and Trumpet – used to encapsulate Miami’s vibrancy.


    Wall painted in Trumpet


    Wall painted in Green Verditer and Carmine


    The exotic architecture is demonstrated by Steele’s sensitive use of colour, challenging the parameters of art, design and décor by exploring the formal and decorative aspects through drawing, painting and print making.


    'Why Be Exotic in Private?' by Jenny Steele


    ‘Why Be Exotic in Private’ is currently running at The Foundry Gallery in Chelsea until 9th March 2019.

  • Colour Spotlight: Yellow


    Wall: Light Gold, Radiator: Urbane Grey, Architrave: Scree, Chair: Heat, Window Frame: White Lead


    Yellows have an inherent brightness, freshness and warmth that makes them an ever-popular colour all round the home - there are perfect yellows for kitchens, dining rooms, hallways and bedrooms.

    A timeless Victorian shade, 'Light Gold' is strong yet impactful, yet equally muted and easy to live with.

    It will project an all-day glow in a south-facing room, but it's also worth considering the dramatic warming effect this colour will bring to an east-facing room in the morning or a west-facing room in the evening.



    'Mortlake Yellow' contains less green and black pigment, whilst 'Mister David' is cleaner and brighter and perhaps better used as an accent colour. 'Trumpet' is a pure, zingy, acid yellow, whereas 'Middle Buff' exists somewhere between neutral and orange, and can look great in a larger expanse.


    Door: Mister David


    Walls: Trumpet, Chair: Sky Blue


    Wall: Middle Buff, Detail Stripe: Hammock

    Browse our yellow shades.

  • Using Carlton House Terrace - Blue Plume


    Carlton House Terrace - Blue Plume
    Carlton House Terrace - Blue Plume

    'Carlton House Terrace' is a flamboyant peacock feather design which was 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 surface-printed technique used to recreate it accurately reflects the feel of the original, whilst a judicious splash of colour in the feather provides something on which to anchor the rest of your scheme.


    Little Greene Colour Consultant, Jenny Luck


    Little Greene Colour Consultant, Jenny Luck from our Marylebone Showroom suggests using the design alongside grey-green shades to allow the wallpaper to remain the main focus.

    She says:

    'Carlton House Terrace - Blue Plume pairs really well with 'Putti' and 'North Brink Grey' from the 'Green' colour card for a coordinated look. If you wanted to create something a little bolder, you could use highlight tones and accent shades such as 'Mischief' or 'Orange Aurora,' perfect for adding a pop of colour to woodwork or furniture. '


    Putti, North Brink Grey, Orange Aurora


  • Combining Colour - 'London Wallpapers V'


    Marketing Director, Ruth Mottershead


    Our Marketing Director, Ruth Mottershead has selected two colour combinations to help you use some of the designs from our new wallpaper collection 'London Wallpapers V' within your home.


    Marketing Director, Ruth Mottershead


    Ruth says: 'Combining paint and wallpaper can sometimes feel quite difficult, particularly when using bolder designs. When you browse the wallpapers in one of our books, we always give three coordinating colours that you can use with each colourway, these are sometimes colours used within the design or complementary tones picked to create harmonious combinations.'


    Carlton House Terrace - Pompon


    Carlton House Terrace - Blue Plume


    Carlton House Terrace - Pompon


    Carlton House Terrace is a flamboyant peacock feather design, this wallpaper was 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 surface-printed technique used to recreate it accurately reflects the feel of the original, whilst a judicious splash of colour in the feather provides something on which to anchor.

    To create an impactful scheme, Ruth suggests using 'Ceviche,' 'Middle Buff' and 'Marine Blue.'


    Carlton House Terrace - Pompon


    For something a little more subtle, try a pairing of grey with an off white for a delicate contrast. 'Serpentine,' 'Cool Arbour' and 'Wood Ash' compliment the blue tones within the paper. Wood Ash is an off-white which is ideal for ceilings and walls in warm rooms.




    Brodsworth - Consort



    Brodsworth - Consort


    Brodsworth - Consort


    Brodsworth is 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 imitate 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, it was built between 1861–1863, privately owned and inhabited until 1990, and has since been conserved by English Heritage. The paper was certainly a family favourite – unusually it was used in both the library and the morning room in reverse colourways, and can still been seen in situ today.

    Combine with 'Portland Stone' and 'Portland Stone - Pale' for a feminine scheme that exudes elegance. A highlight of 'Tea with Florence' on skirting or a piece of furniture adds an element of vibrancy.


    Brodsworth - Consort


    Brodsworth - Consort


    For a brighter combination, use alongside 'Hellebore,' a dusky pink, providing the right amount of prominence and sophistication with 'Green Verditer,' a strong colour highlight that instantly adds a playful touch.


    Lansdowne Walk - Ash


    Lansdowne Walk - Nordic


    Lansdowne Walk - Ash


    Lansdowne Walk is an Arts & Crafts motif in the manner of Voysey, a leading light of the movement who was perhaps more famous as an architect than as a wallpaper designer. Although this colourful wallpaper was removed from a 19th century house in Kensington, its actual design dates it to the early 20th century.

    Pair with the sumptuous 'Chocolate Colour,' a deep shade for woodwork and furniture with walls painted in 'Mortar,' a very tranquil backdrop for this strong, colourful design.



    Lansdowne Walk - Ash


    If you're looking for a colour that will bring instant brightness to a room, combine with the warm golden yellow, 'Mortlake Yellow' and a shade of the same strength such as 'Sage Green,' a muted colour that pairs with the leaves in the design and adds harmony and balance.


    Lansdowne Walk - Ash


    Request your London Wallpapers V samples here.

    If you are struggling with combining colour or selecting shades for a project, our Colour Consultancy service will guide you through the process. Find out more.

  • ‘London Wallpapers V’ Launch

    Marketing Director Ruth Mottershead


    Our latest wallpaper collection, ‘London Wallpapers V’ launched at this year’s Paris Déco Off, receiving an overwhelming response.


    'Brodsworth' window display


    The Little Greene Paris Showroom’s window display featured the striking bird from ‘Brodsworth’, a new design that’s available in 3 colourways.

    The lively and engaging design features a delicate floral motif which surrounds the bird. This wallpaper was found at Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire, an elegant, Victorian home belonging to the Thellusson family.


    'London Wallpapers V' wallpaper dresses


    Visitors were able to browse the complete collection, with the help of our wallpaper dresses which were made out of the designs.

    The showroom hosted an evening to celebrate the launch with drinks, canapés and live music.


    Live music at Little Greene Paris Showroom


    Our colour experts were on hand to provide assistance and inspiration on pairing the new wallpapers with paint colours. Colour Consultant, Sophie Neveu, held one to one consultancy sessions with guests, assisting them with their latest projects.


    Little Greene Paris Showroom


    Thank you to all that attended the launch!

    Click here to order a free wallpaper sample.

  • Colour Consultancy Taster Sessions


    We are now offering complimentary colour consultancy taster sessions from our Chelsea showroom every Monday.

    Colour consultancy suite

    The 10 minute session is the perfect opportunity to meet with our colour expert and find out more about the range of colour consultancy services we offer.

    You’ll receive full information on our ‘In Home’ and ‘In Store’ packages from the comfort of our luxury consultancy suite.

    To book a taster session, call the Chelsea showroom on 0208 016 5380.

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