Little Greene Paint & Wallpaper Blog

  • Inspiring Green Schemes


    Green is the true colour of nature, one that we feel comfortable with in the home. It is a shade that we associate with the tranquility of the outdoors. From earthy, muted tones such as ‘Boringdon Green' and 'Ambleside' to the bold brightness of 'Sage & Onions' these shades are both elegant and reassuring.


    Bold And Beautiful


    Marlborough - Glacé, Sage & Onions




    'Sage & Onions,' the surprisingly bright green is the original colour of the garden gate at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s farm in the Lake District, which features in The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck™. It adds an element of vibrancy and energy to this contemporary kitchen scheme, complemented by natural greenery.





    Aquamarine - Mid, Ambleside



    Utilise colour blocking to pair the muted tones of 'Ambleside' with the classic blend of blue green, 'Aquamarine - Mid.' Accompany with natural wood and rattan furnishings for a tranquil environment, perfect for bedrooms.



    An Element Of Drama



    Pique, Jewel Beetle, Chocolate Colour



    These deep, sumptuous hues can be used as in all-over scheme to create immediate impact and warmth. Pair 'Jewel Beetle' with dark, rich shades such as 'Chocolate Colour' and use delicate, pale greens in place of white for ceilings and trim.



    A Natural Pairing



    Blush, Sir Lutyen's Sage, Invisible Green



    Gentle pinks such as 'Blush' and 'Confetti' work alongside earthy greens to create an interior scheme that is inspired by nature.


    Browse our 'Green' collection.

  • Choosing Colours For Your Kitchen

    Wall (main): Lamp Black 228
    Side wall: Loft White 222
    Flooring: Shallows 223


    The kitchen is often the heart of the family home. A place you can utilise colour to create a vibrant, inspiring space to reflect your interior style.

    Be bold with dark shades or produce a simple, neutral scheme with a highlight of colour to reflect your personal style.

    Our range of finishes provide a durable, beautiful effect for walls and woodwork including kitchen cabinets and have been specially formulated to withstand busy family life, little hands and even pets.



    Walls and cabinets: Hicks’ Blue 208
    Stool: Green Verditer 92


    When choosing colours for your kitchen, try to decide what sort of style you are looking to achieve, taking into consideration colours that already exist within the space. Furniture, flooring and artwork are all elements that should be included as colours within your palette.

    If there are any architectural features or areas of interest that you would like to draw attention to, consider using colour to highlight these.



    Units up to and including Shelf: Harley Green 312
    Above Shelf: Tea with Florence 310


    When selecting paint for your kitchen, you can choose from both water-based and oil-based paints.

    Our Intelligent Paints are breakthrough water-based paints which are quick and easy to apply. They are completely washable and can be used with utmost confidence on most surfaces including plaster, woodwork and radiators.

    Our Intelligent Paints are also certified as ‘Child Safe’ so are completely safe to use in all areas of the family home.




    Upper Wall: Aquamarine – Pale 282
    Lower Wall: Aquamarine – Mid 284
    Island: Aquamarine 138
    Worktop: Livid 263


    Water-Based Paints


    Intelligent Matt
    A totally matt, yet completely washable alternative to a traditional emulsion paint, perfect for busy homes, particularly on walls and ceilings. The finish has an extremely low gloss level of 5%, providing a beautifully flat, matt finish.

    Intelligent Eggshell

    Intelligent Eggshell is the perfect water-based finish for painting kitchen cabinets. Formulated to resist moisture, staining and general wear and tear, Intelligent Eggshell has a tough yet subtle finish and is perfect for woodwork and both kitchen and bathroom walls. It has a low-sheen level of 15% and is available in the full Little Greene colour palette.

    Intelligent Gloss
    For a high shine finish, Intelligent Gloss is a quick drying alternative to Oil Gloss. It is ideal for use on interior woodwork in rooms that require frequent cleaning. The gloss level is 85% and it is available in all Little Greene shades.

    Oil-Based Paints
    With a nine hundred year pedigree, oil-based paints have long been recognised as the classic finish for woodwork. By forming a deeper bond with the surface than is possible with a quick-drying paint, traditional oil-based recipes are renowned for their increased longevity, excellent flow and smooth finish.
    All our oil-based paints have been reformulated using naturally occurring vegetable oils to replace solvent ingredients.

    Flat Oil Eggshell
    Flat Oil Eggshell is a low-odour, modern oil-based paint which resists staining and general wear and tear making it perfect for woodwork and primed metals. It has a gloss level of 15-20% and is surface dry in just 4 hours. Designed specifically for interior use, the formula has been developed to give superior, glide-on application characteristics with extended workability and open time, making brushing out a real pleasure, even for the least confident of painters.
    The formulation provides a smooth, low-sheen finish, suitable for woodwork including kitchen cabinets. The finish is extremely durable, making it the perfect choice for a busy kitchen space.

    Floor Paint
    For wooden or concrete floors, our Floor Paint (also oil-based) is one of the hardest wearing paints available for domestic use and, like all our finishes, is available in the full spectrum of Little Greene colours.


    Brickwork: Confetti 274
    Cupboards: Lamp Black 228

  • 19th Century Wallpapers

    The 1800s were a key period in the evolution of wallpaper production.
    During this century, the introduction of continuous paper reels (from France) and subsequently roller-printing in 1840, replaced the traditional technique by which individual rolls were printed by hand.

    The flamboyant, decorative style of the Regency period championed the use of wallpaper. In particular, a fashion for striped papers emerged as they became commercially available, a direct result of this era’s innovative production methods.

    Lower George St - Carousel, Ambleside

    Lower George St

    Despite its contemporary appearance, this abstract design dates back to the early 1800s when such patterns were hugely popular. The original colourway, featuring orangey stars on a pinky yellow ground was discovered on the upper floor of a commercial property.

    Lower George St - Carousel

    Lauderdale - Stone, Lamp Black


    Lauderdale was found in a property overlooking Hampstead Heath, this design results from stencilling as oppose to block printing. A plain green paper would have been cut up on a hessian scrim, stretched over the wall and then stencilled in situ.

    Lauderdale - Stone, Lamp Black

    Wrest Trail - Pink Plaster, Perennial Grey, Lamp Black

    Wrest Trail

    A structured wandering stem is adorned by rather relaxed almost sketch like interpretations of leaves and fruit. Particularly noteworthy for the relaxed quality of drawing used to create the all over trail effect, this design is more mid-twentieth century in style than its actual origin of 100 years earlier.

    Wrest Trail - Pink Plaster, Perennial Grey

    Brodsworth - Empress, Marine Blue


    Based on early 18th century French textiles encompassing panels, scrolls andcross hatching -the pattern was originally designed to imitate stamped leather. Unusually, it was used in both the library and the morning room at Brodsworth Hall in reverse colourways.

    Brodsworth - Empress, Marine Blue

  • Embrace The Colour of Spring

    Mister David

    Spring Shades

    Refresh exterior woodwork and metalwork this Spring and bring colour to your outdoor space.

    Our range of exterior finishes are specially formulated for the long-term protection of exterior woodwork and metalwork. Choose from quick-drying intelligent finishes or traditional oil-based versions. Our eggshells have an elegant low sheen whilst gloss paints are extremely smart.


    Intelligent Exterior Eggshell

    Use this superb quick-drying finish on any exterior joinery, it needs no separate primer on bare wood.

    • Available in all colours
    • Virtually odourless in application
    • Extremely durable
    • Inhibits mould and algal growth
    • Weather resistant
    • Low sheen

    Lead Colour

    Intelligent Gloss

    This tough, high sheen, quick-drying finish is a smart choice for exterior doors and windows.

    • Available in all colours
    • Suitable for woodwork, plaster walls and primed metals
    • Fully washable
    • Virtually odourless in application
    • Environmentally-friendly


    Tom's Oil Eggshell

    This oil-based finish benefits from excellent flow during its application and superior penetration, making it extremely hard-wearing. The connoisseur's choice for exterior joinery and great for a low sheen finish.

    • Available in all colours
    • Can be used on all suitably primed exterior woodwork and metalwork
    • Extremely durable, flexible finish
    • Weather resistant
    • Fully washable
    • Virtually odourless in application

    Juniper Ash

    Traditional Oil Gloss

    A traditional oil-based paint with a low-odour, use this as a high gloss alternative to Tom's Oil Eggshell.

    • Available in all colours
    • Suitable for woodworks and primed metals
    • Fully washable

    View the finishes.


    Normandy Grey, Turquoise Blue

    Celestial Blue

    Lamp Black, Turquoise Blue, Trumpet

    Normandy Grey

    Deep Space Blue, Spearmint, Pale Lime, Carmine, Purpleheart, Garden on Dark Lead Colour

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Wallpaper focus: London Wallpapers V


    Wallpaper: Brook Street – Etruscan
    Left Wall & Stairs: Lamp Black 228
    Ceiling & Trim: Tuscan Red 140


    ‘Brook Street’ sits on a lightly brushed ground and incorporates a soft texture within its motif.

    The woven cane-like design is typical of the late 19th century. The Etruscan colourway can be used in combination with black for a contemporary finish. This hallway features contrasting ‘Jack Black’ woodwork and the chalky and intense, deep terracotta, ‘Tuscan Red’.


    Wallpaper: New Bond Street – Hide
    Wall: Chocolate Colour 124
    Fireplace: True Taupe 240


    Based on one of the oldest surviving documents in English Heritage’s wallpaper archive, ‘New Bond Street’ originates from an embossed leather wall hanging which actually predates wallpaper.

    This bold motif combines with the soft neutral, ‘True Taupe’ on woodwork and the rich ‘Chocolate Colour’ which adds warmth and  depth to the scheme.


    Wallpaper: Bedford Square – Acorn
    Window Frame & Skirting: Acorn 87
    Right Door Frame: Puck 298


    ‘Bedford Square’ is a design typical of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. New colourways include an uplifting green option that incorporates the Little Greene shades ‘Acorn’, ‘Acorn Mid’ and ‘Puck’.

    In this study space, the design is combined with a bolder colour, ‘Puck’ on the doorframe and the subtlety of Acorn-Mid on the skirting. Pair the floral design with rustic wooden furniture to create a look that is reminiscent of the outdoors.

  • Little Greene at Paris Déco Off


    At this year’s Paris Déco Off, the Little Greene showroom will welcome visitors to the launch of London Wallpapers V from 17th to 21st January.


    Little Greene Paris Showroom


    The showroom will be decorated with the 11 designs from ‘London Wallpapers V,’ which include 4 new designs and 15 fresh colourways from seven existing patterns found in London Wallpapers II and III.


    Paris Déco Off 2018


    Our expert colour consultants will be running a series of colour workshops on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th January to guide visitors through the Little Greene palette. Create your perfect ‘London Wallpapers V’ scheme with the help of our experts, who will be providing advice on combining colour and wallpaper.


    London Wallpapers V Press Preview


    On Saturday 12th January, the launch will be celebrated at the showroom with a drinks reception and live music, where guests can also discover the new collection.

    Our colour workshops can be booked here:

    We look forward to welcoming you to the showroom.

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