Little Greene Paint & Wallpaper Blog

  • Using Masonry Paint...

     

     

    Little Greene's unrivalled colour choice for exterior walls means you can find just the right shade to complement or contrast any natural materials in your home's external structure, or in your garden.

    Masonry paint is a highly effective, water-based paint with a matt finish.

    A 100% acrylic formulation provides the best exterior performance on stone, brick and cementitious surfaces.

    This quick drying finish is completely weather resistant, inhibiting mould and algal growth.

    Our masonry paint is available in almost all paint colours and provides the perfect finish for exterior walls.

    Browse our masonry paint here.

  • Using Sample Pots

     

    Sample Pots

     

    Testing colours in situ is an essential part of the colour selection process.

    All of our 191 shades are available in tester pots so you can see how the colour will look within your home.

     

    Sample colours in situ

     

    Many site-specific factors will affect the way colours appear - the two main ones being lighting conditions and adjacent colours.

    With this in mind, it's a good idea to test in more than one location, applying two coats over as large an area as you can. Observe them in daylight and artificial light, the difference can be quite significant.

    Little Greene Colour Album

    Avoid positioning small swatches of several colours immediately next to one another - each will affect the way the others read. Also, try and avoid comparing the swatch to bright white - this can be equally misleading.

  • Colour Focus: Hicks' Blue

     

    For the 1960's, often remembered as an explosion of colour and culture, Hicks' Blue is in fact quite muted in character.

    Originally used by David Hicks in the restaurant at the top of the London Telecom Tower in 1962, it's an easy colour to use in place of a safer neutral.

    It combines perfectly with white (a slightly off-white colour such as Slaked Lime or French Grey Pale works perfectly) and provides an authentic retro feel against natural wood, particularly teak.

    Blues are often incorrectly perceived to be cold colours. Varying from cool (Bone China Blue, for example) to warm (Juniper Ash), blue is an extremely versatile palette to work within any room of the home.

    Hicks' Blue and Green Verditer

    Combine with Green Verditer for a vibrant colour highlight.

    Hicks' Blue

    Click here for more information.

  • Little Greene joins forces with National Trust

     

    Little Greene - National Trust

    Little Greene is delighted to announce a brand-new collaboration, producing paint in association with the National Trust.

    With more than 500 places in the National Trust’s care, including some of the most significant historic interiors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the association offers Little Greene a unique opportunity to delve into a prestigious and eclectic mix of decorative styles.

    Our Managing Director, David Mottershead, is thrilled about the new relationship: “Little Greene and the National Trust have a real synergy: conservation, restoration and reinvention are at the heart of both organisations. The National Trust preserves centuries of heritage for the benefit of future generations, a sentiment echoed by Little Greene’s approach to the rediscovery and use of historical colour and pattern in the 21st Century.”

    Clare Brown, Head of Brand Licensing for the National Trust, adds: “We are delighted with this new association, which will help everyone to bring the nation’s heritage into their own homes. The collaboration offers people another fantastic way to support the work we do to care for the nation’s special places and conserve them for everyone to enjoy.” A contribution from the sale of every can of Little Greene paint will be made in support of the National Trust’s conservation work, to ensure the nation’s historic homes and open spaces can be enjoyed for generations to come.

    In addition to this, Little Greene will be supporting the National Trust’s conservation and restoration programme by donating paints to bring colour and life back to some of the UK’s most beloved properties.

  • Little Greene at House Dublin

     

    Asterid - Lantern

     

    We'll be exhibiting at House Dublin from 25th to the 27th of May at the RDS Main Hall in Dublin.

    The event provides advice and inspiration whilst showcasing the latest interior design trends.

    The stand will feature our latest wallpaper collection, 'Archive Trails II,'  a beguiling compendium of archive floral wallpapers.

    The Little Greene team will be on hand to provide colour and finish advice for your latest project.

    Visit us on Stand B22, we look forward to seeing you!

    Address

    House Dublin
    Stand B22
    The RDS Main Hall
    Ballsbridge,
    Dublin 4

    Opening Times

    Friday 25th May 2018: 12pm - 7pm
    Saturday 26th May 2018: 10am - 5pm
    Sunday 27th May 2018: 10am - 5pm

  • Münchner Stoff Frühling

     

    Our new Munich showroom participated in Münchner Stoff Frühling, an annual Spring event for showrooms in the heart of the city.

    Little Greene Munich Showroom

     

    Over 30 showrooms presented their new collections, creating an exhibition of the latest in interior design from March 16th-19th 2018.

     

    Little Greene Munich Showroom
    Little Greene Munich Showroom

     

    The Little Greene showroom invited guests to browse our latest wallpaper collection, 'Archive Trails II' and explore it's new surroundings featuring a mesmerising colour wall which spans the length of the store.

    Thank you to everyone who visited throughout the exhibition.

     

  • Little Greene for Little Hands

     

     

     

    Walls: Bone China Blue - Pale Chalk Board: Hicks' Blue 208 Chair: Trumpet 196

     

    Our most environmentally-friendly paints; our tough and washable Intelligent Matt Emulsion, the supremely resilient Intelligent Eggshell and also our Absolute Matt Emulsion have all been certified as Child Safe under BS EN 71-3: 1995 (also known as the Toy Paint Regulations.)

    These paints are completely safe to use in all areas of the family home, making them the perfect choice for nurseries, furniture and toys.

    Intelligent Matt and Intelligent Eggshell have been designed to withstand the wear and tear of modern family living. They are:

    - Easy to apply
    - Dry quickly
    - Any marks can be washed with soapy water

     

    Image: Upper Wall: Brighton 203, Lower Wall: Pale Lime 70

     

    Drawers: Marigold 209, Stool: Chocolate Colour 124, Walls: Bone China Blue: Pale 182, Building blocks: Marigold 209 & Carmine 189 Flooring: Bone China Blue 107 & Bone China Blue -Pale 182
  • The Confetti Ball

     

     

    Confetti Ball
    Confetti Ball

     

    200 guests attended our Confetti Ball at The Monastery in Manchester to support Breast Cancer Haven.

     

    Confetti Ball

     

    The evening began with a drinks reception and acoustic entertainment before flamingos on stilts lead guests through to The Monastery for a three course dinner.

     

    Confetti Ball

     

    Confetti Ball

     

    The Brothers of Swing serenaded guests throughout dinner before a live charity auction was held featuring football memorabilia, dining experiences and even a day with our Managing Director, David Mottershead.

     

    The Brothers of Swing
    Confetti Ball

     

    Thank you to everyone who attended the ball. We are still calculating the total, but with your support we have raised a considerable amount for Breast Cancer Haven.

     

     

  • A Spring Refresh...

     

    Refresh your garden for the Spring months with Little Greene.

    For exterior surfaces, protection, durability and longevity are paramount considerations and in their own way, the six finishes in our exterior family are the toughest paints in our range.

    Choose from eggshell or gloss finishes for woodwork and metalwork, or brighten up your stone, brick and render walls with Masonry Paint or Limewash.

     

    Mister David

     

    EGGSHELL FINISHES

    Intelligent Exterior Eggshell is a self-priming, quick drying finish designed to last because of its high flexibility.

    Tom's Oil Eggshell is a traditional paint, giving an excellent, smooth finish and superlative bond with the surface beneath it.

     

    Lead Colour

     

    GLOSS FINISHES

    Intelligent Gloss is a quick-drying, water-based gloss paint.

    With a 90% sheen, Traditional Oil Gloss is the ultimate paint for the smart front door and exterior trim.

     

    Normandy Grey
    Turquoise Blue

     

    LIMEWASH

    One of the oldest types of paint, Limewash is 100% natural and completely breathable - the ideal finish for traditional exterior walls.

    Browse our exterior paints: https://www.littlegreene.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=exterior

  • Styled by Laura Stephens...

     

    London - based Interior Designer, Laura Stephens has used a selection of Little Greene neutrals in some of her recent projects.

    China Clay Mid -  Image & Styling: Laura Stephens

     

    China Clay Mid was inspired by the raw clays of St Austel used in ceramics throughout the ages. Its delicate warmth produces a beautiful feminine finish.

     

    French Grey Dark - Image & Styling: Laura Stephens

     

    Rolling Fog Mid - Image & Styling: Laura Stephens

     

    Rolling Fog is a beautiful warm neutral - used historically as a white with darker colours. Here it is complemented with vibrant pink furnishings.

     

    Portland Stone - Image & Styling: Laura Stephens

     

    Our Portland Stone shade was originally matched to an example of original Portland Stone and used to paint the facades of Victorian town houses.

     

    Slaked Lime - Image & Styling: Laura Stephens

     

    Slaked Lime is a pure and neutral white made with a combination of minerals to give a warm and soft appearance, perfect for bright rooms for a clean, simplistic scheme.

    Browse Little Greene neutral colours here > https://www.littlegreene.com/paint/colour/neutral-paint

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