Little Greene Paint & Wallpaper Blog

  • 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

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  • 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!


    House Dublin
    Stand B22
    The RDS Main Hall
    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



    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



    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



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

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  • 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 >

  • 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.

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