Little Greene Paint & Wallpaper Blog

  • Creating a beautiful bathroom scheme...

     

    Whether you're looking to create a classic colour combination to accompany period features or a bold contemporary look, be inspired to create the perfect bathroom scheme.

     

    The age of Cavendish Stripe is perhaps misleading in terms of its provenance. Dated at 1965, this particular fragment emerged during English Heritage’s restoration work at Marlborough House on Pall Mall, London, though this paper in itself was based on an original from much earlier. In our interpretation, the motif – in fact a flock – has been completely removed to leave a cleaner, more versatile stripe. Pair with Celestial Blue, a dusky variant of sky blue which provides a tranquil calm.

     

     

    Stitch (c1940) is inspired by embroidered chintz cottons. The use of stippling (dot-work) was popular in embroidery and printing, particularly at a time when block printing was seen as an indication of status. In the late 19th and well into the 20th Century, ornate patterns in the home were a conspicuous symbol of wealth and associated with prosperity. The use of two print colours makes this paper especially easy to coordinate with paint colours and other elements in the room.

     

     

    Camellia is a a moody tree and petal damask effect floral on a silken background. Create a co-ordinated scheme with the bold and beautiful Smalt.

     

     

    Created through the simplification and reduction of the larger ‘Woodblock Trail’ paper, 'Woodblock Mono' 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.

    Click here for more inspiration: https://www.littlegreene.com/inspiration

  • Celebrating the launch of the new Munich Showroom...

     

    Munich Showroom Manager, Petra and Colour Consultant, Gabi

    The new Little Greene showroom in Munich celebrated its launch with an evening of colour, live music and traditional English fish and chips.

    Munich Showroom Launch

     

    Munich Showroom Launch
    Munich Showroom Launch

    The new showroom features a full wall of colour cubes, and Little Greene colour tools to help guests to select the perfect shades for their project.

    Little Greene Managing Director, David Mottershead and Marketing Director, Ruth Mottershead
    Munich Showroom Launch

    The Munich showroom will also provide an at-home colour consultancy service for those struggling with selecting shades or concerned about colour combinations. Our Munich team of professionally trained consultants will guide you through choosing the best colours, finishes and wallpapers to bring beauty and personality to your home décor.

    The showroom is located:

    Westenriederstr. 47, 80331
    München
    Tel: +49.89.5506.5757

    Thank you to everyone who attended the launch!

  • Colour Consultancy Drop-In With Brewers

     

    Great Ormond St

    The Little Greene team will be at two Brewers branches on Friday March 9th, providing a drop-in colour consultancy session.

    We will be on hand to provide advice on combining colour, using paint alongside wallpaper  and selecting the correct finish for your project.

    We would love to see you there.

    Brewers Birkenhead: 10.00am - 12.00pm
    Brewers Liverpool: 13.00pm - 15.00pm

  • Inspiring Bedrooms

    A bedroom should provide the perfect haven, a calming retreat for relaxation at the end of the day.

    Take inspiration from our bedroom schemes to create a soothing environment within your home.

     

    Unlike most of the source material for Little Greene wallpapers, 'Asterid' 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.

     

    Darwin - Serein

     

    'Darwin' (c1760) represents one of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s most important recent acquisitions and, with a twist in its story, this exemplary English piece was actually found intact in a house in Aix-en- Provence, France. The exotic scene accurately imitates a typical 18th Century hand-painted Chinese paper, but the tax stamp, still visible on the back of the original rag paper, categorically identifies it as English in origin. The colours interpreted in the ‘Serein’ colourway are very true to the original - a surprisingly (and wonderfully) well-preserved archive document.

     

    Fern - Sage Blue

     

    The popularity of screen-printing amongst mid-twentieth century designers and artists was testament to the quality of print, versatility of mark and subsequent expression in colour that was suddenly achievable. Decorative silhouettes like 'Fern' were particularly effective and a number of sources cite a design based on ferns or other ornamental plants. The inset picture shows the actual bracken fronds that were originally used to create this particular design.

     

     

  • Little Greene at 'Strata: structures, transformation and solidarity'

     

    A new exhibition at Experience Burnley by artists Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan features our 'Obsidian Green,' a classic off-black colour.

    In the 1970s, 'Obsidian Green' provided a dramatic backdrop to natural wood furnishings and khaki.

    The exhibition , ‘Strata: structures, transformation and solidarity’, explores themes relating to the region’s social, cultural, industrial and natural histories. The main focus of the exhibition is a video installation, which combines landscape and architectural cinematography with voice-over interviews and archive film, forming an immersive picture of shared experience and collective memory.

    Maxine Peake and Exhibitions Officer, Alison Cooper. Image by: Kyte Photography

    Actress, Maxine Peake attended the gallery for the exhibitions launch event, held on the 3rd of February. The exhibition will run from Wed 31st January - Sat 3rd March.

  • Déco Off 2018

     

    The Little Greene Paris Showroom participated in Déco Off from the 18th-22nd of January.

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

    Guests were invited to the launch of the new wallpaper collection, 'Archive Trails II,' a beguiling compendium of archive floral wallpapers.

    Much like its highly successful predecessor, 'Archive Trails', this sequel comprises patterns drawn from a range of archive material.

    The showroom hosted a party on Saturday night to celebrate the occasion with live music and drinks being served whilst guests browsed the new collection.

    The Little Greene Paris Showroom

    Thank you to everyone who attended! Click here to browse 'Archive Trails II.' 

  • Thatched Cottage Kitchen Project

     

    Fawn Interiors Studio used Little Greene in their recent design project to create a classic kitchen scheme for a thatched cottage.

    Fawn Interiors Studio

    They used the classic off-black colour, 'Obsidian Green' which provided a dramatic backdrop to natural wood furnishings and khaki in the 1970s. This was accompanied by the deep grey, Scree and the perfect neutral, Loft White.

    Fawn Interiors Studio
    Fawn Interiors Studio
  • Have you got your tickets for the Confetti Ball?

     

     

    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.

  • 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

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