Little Greene Paint & Wallpaper Blog

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Little Greene

     

    This October, Little Greene will be supporting Breast Cancer Haven throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month raising money for the charity for the sixth year.

    Throughout the month, 15p from every tin of paint and roll of wallpaper sold will be donated to Breast Cancer Haven, a charity providing holistic treatments, advice and care for people whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Last year our stockists and customers managed to raise and incredible £10,000 for the charity.

    Paradise - Pink

    To commemorate our long-standing support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have launched a capsule collection of eight pink shades and a limited edition pink colourway of our ‘Paradise’ wallpaper. The ‘Pink’ collection provides a delicious choice of shades from soft, delicate tones to bolder more seductive hues.

    Hannah Daws, Fundraising and Communications Director at Breast Cancer Haven said:

    “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). It is a time when we encourage everyone to join us in raising money and awareness to support people affected by a diagnosis of breast cancer. We are honoured that Little Greene have once again chosen to support Breast Cancer Haven during BCAM 2016 through the sales of their beautiful range of paints and wall papers. All donations raised by Little Greene during October will go towards helping us to continue to provide our free one-to-one programme of care and support to those who need us, helping them to cope with the emotional impact of breast cancer and the physical side-effects of their medical treatment.”

    For more information on Breast Cancer Haven, visit the website.

    To browse the 'Pink' collection, click here.

  • Redecoration project at Leeds Castle

    Last Spring 2015, Little Greene collaborated with Campbell Smith & Co. on the restoration and redecoration of the library & dining Room at Leeds Castle, the aim of the project was to restore the rooms to their former glory. Our job was to ensure that the colour palette chosen remained in keeping with the historic style and character of the building.

    Dining Room: Normandy Grey 79 Dining Room Frames: Pearl Colour 167 Dining Room: Normandy Grey 79
    Dining Room Frames: Pearl Colour 167

    Leeds Castle is a Tudor building and a fascinating piece of architecture, with records dating back to 1119. Catherine of Aragon is probably the most publicly recognised permanent resident of the castle.

    Detailed research was carried out before the work commenced, enabling Campbell Smith & Co. to match the scheme to a precise specification using our Colours of England Card, featuring 62 authentic English Heritage shades. Combined with our colour expertise and specialist formulation, it made for a fantastic result.

    Library Walls: White Lead Deep 171 Library Walls: White Lead Deep 171

    In keeping with the original décor of the castle, a number of pedigree and heritage techniques were used to conserve the original features. Carried out with meticulous precision, the project has been recognised with the Highly Decorative Project of the Year award in the Premier Trophy Awards – a national competition promoting high standards of craftsmanship organised by the Painting and Decorating Association.

    SAM_2297 Images supplied by Campbell Smith & Co.

    Order your Colours of England Card and start working on your very own period project.

  • Little Greene At Design Junction 2016

    Little Greene will be exhibiting at the innovative ‘Design Junction’ at Kings Cross from the 22nd - 25th September.

    The four-day event provides a platform for brands and designers, presenting contemporary design ideas in an industrial location.

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    Hosted during the London Design Festival in September, the Little Greene stand will present our new collection, ‘Pink.’ Comprising eight shades, the collection provides a delicious choice of colours from soft delicate tones associated with femininity and sensitivity, to bolder, seductive hues. Designed to work harmoniously together and with other Little Greene shades, these versatile pinks include seven new colours and one shade from the existing colour card.

    Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266, Carmine 189, Cordoba 277 Paradise - Pink, Hortense 266, Carmine 189, Cordoba 277

    The stand, which will be located in The Canopy, Stand 30, will showcase the new Little Greene shades and display the new ‘Paradise-Pink’ wallpaper colourway, launched to accompany the new paint colours and support Breast Cancer Awareness month. Re-coloured in a gentle pink, with a subtly shimmering mica ground, this limited edition colour way reflects the growing trend for soft delicate colours in today's interiors.

    French Grey Pale 161, Jack Black 119, Cape Red 279 French Grey Pale 161, Jack Black 119, Cape Red 279

    Visit the stand to find out more about our luxury paints and wallpapers and to speak to one of our colour consultants.

    We would love to see your photos from Design Junction, you can share them using: #LGPink

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  • Little Greene ‘Pink’ Collection – The Press Launch

     

    We celebrated the launch of the new ‘Pink’ collection with a press event at the Little Greene Marylebone showroom.

    DSC03314 The Little Greene London Showroom

    Journalists and bloggers were invited to browse the collection comprising eight related pink shades. The new limited edition ‘Pink’ colour card provides a delicious choice of colours from soft delicate tones associated with femininity and sensitivity to bolder, seductive hues. Designed to work harmoniously in combination and with other Little Greene shades, these versatile pinks include seven new colours and one from the existing colour card.

    DSC03089 The Little Greene London Showroom
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    Alongside the paints, we also showcased ‘Paradise – Pink,’ a limited edition pink colourway of our ‘Paradise’ wallpaper from the Little Greene ‘Archive Trails’ collection. ‘Paradise’ (c1940) celebrates a truly rich mix of styles. The English Heritage-owned document from which this paper is drawn is actually a 20th Century piece, but the subject – exotic flora and the familiar oriental ho-ho birds - is classic ancient Chinoiserie, whilst the colouration in the original is very much in the style of a 19th Century French paper.

    DSC03298 Paradise - Pink

    Guests at the launch sampled colour-matched cocktails, ‘Carmine Cosmopolitan’ and ‘Dorchester Delight’ and viewed the new colours in the showroom which featured floral displays, pink balloons and a Little Greene mural. Managing Director, David Mottershead presented the new collection and revealed the inspiration behind the colours.

    DSC02952 The Little Greene London Showroom

     

     

    For more information on the Pink collection, visit www.littlegreene.com

  • Flora and Fauna at Hampton Court Flower Show

     

    Little Greene presented a selection of summer colour trends at Hampton Court Flower Show from the 5th-10th of July.

    Hampton_left wall Wallpaper: Vine-Bleu

    The exhibition, celebrating the best of summer, featured floral displays, live demonstrations and trend talks.

    The Little Greene stand displayed two beautiful sheds from The Posh Shed Company, which showcased our exterior paint range and were decorated with a selection of wallpapers to create the perfect garden haven.

    Hampton_sheds1 Left Shed: Lamp Black, Citrine, French Grey. Right Shed: Lamp Black, Yellow-Pink.
    Hampton_sheds2 Left Shed: Lamp Black, Citrine, French Grey, Florette - Acid Drop. Right Shed: Lamp Black, Yellow-Pink, Fern - Yellow.

    The two sheds were painted in Yellow Pink 46, with Lamp Black 228 and Citrine 71 and decorated with Fern - Yellow and Florette - Acid Drop. The sheds were displayed alongside our ‘Blue’ paint collection and latest wallpaper compendium, ‘Archive Trails.’

    Our Colour Consultants provided guests with information on colour trends and design inspiration.

    Hampton_back wall The Little Greene Stand.

    Thank you to everyone who visited the Little Greene stand over the course of the five-day exhibition.

  • Münchner Stoff Frühling

     

    The Little Greene Munich showroom participated in the three day event, Münchner Stoff Frühling. The annual exhibition from the 11th-14th of March saw the Little Greene showroom decorated with the latest wallpaper collection, 'Archive Trails' and featured the lead design, 'Vine.'

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    Guests enjoyed black and white cakes to celebrate the show’s colour scheme, whilst the showroom window was decorated with wooden birds painted in a selection of vibrant Little Greene shades to demonstrate how paint can be paired with wallpaper.

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    Thank you to all the guests who visited the showroom.

  • Explore The Archives

    Every roll of wallpaper we create has been drawn from an historic pattern we have found. Some were originally hand-printed pieces, discovered as fragments behind layers of wallpapers in prestigious period homes. Other documents have been carefully preserved in archives at English Heritage or the Whitworth Art Gallery in Little Greene’s home in Manchester.

    Founded in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth has recently been transformed by a £15million development. Having been awarded the Art Fund’s ‘Museum of the Year 2015,’ the gallery has an extensive wallpaper archive featuring wallpapers dating back to the 17th century.

    From January 29th to September 4th 2016, The Whitworth’s Wallpaper exhibition features highlights from their collection of 50’s and 60’s wallpapers including designs by Roger Nicholson and John Line.

    The exhibition features the original documents of three Little Greene designs.

    Most recently acquired by Little Greene for the ‘20th Century Papers’ collection, ‘Zingara’ is a design from a John Line collection produced in 1960. The colourway Cerulean Sea is completely faithful to the document found in the wallpaper archive at Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery. The elegant freehand line quality of the original drawing serves additional charm to this relaxed scene of boats resting at anchor.

    20160129_160012 Original Zingara Design - Whitworth Art Gallery

     

     

    Zingara Cerluean Sea, Jack Black 119 Zingara - Cerulean Sea, Jack Black 119

    ‘Florette’ is a striking, light-hearted design that embodies the 1950s, this paper was found in “The Architects Book of 100 Wallpapers” published in 1954. The original paper shows a selection of line-drawn dandelions, almost lost against an informal freehand trellis. The contemporary interpretation is a little easier on the eye, featuring the six subtly varied flower heads on a solid ground of colour.

    20160129_155712 Original Florette Design - Whitworth Art Gallery

     

    01 Florette Acid Drop Florette - Acid Drop

    ‘Hampstead’ was inspired by the hand-printed ‘Apsley Collection’ by John Line & Sons, this relaxed interpretation of an urban Hampstead scene is attributed to designer Els Calvetti. All the line detail is retained and even the original colourways of grey and blue were accurately recreated by Little Greene for the 21st Century interior.

    20160129_155745 Original Hampstead Design - Whitworth Art Gallery
    Hampstead Penumbra, Celestial Blue 101 Hampstead - Penumbra, Celestial Blue 101

    The ‘Wallpaper’ Exhibition will continue until September the 4th 2016 and is free to visit.

    Visit www.littlegreene.com for more information and to browse our range of historic paint colours and wallpapers.

  • Archive Trails - The Colouring Book

    Little Greene’s latest wallpaper collection, ‘Archive Trails’ is an archive-inspired anthology of English and French wallpaper motifs.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 05_LR Darwin - Serein

    Featuring floral patterns from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries, these seven charming designs have been carefully redrawn and printed in a range of beautiful Little Greene colourways to grace the 21st century home.

    To celebrate the launch of the collection, we're giving you the opportunity to create your own colour stories using the outlines of these authentic historic designs.

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    Download and print the 'Archive Trails' colouring book and share your artwork with us on Twitter and Instagram using #archivetrails.

    Click here to download the Archive Trails colouring book.

  • The Perfect Backdrop

    The Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London recently refreshed their interiors scheme with the help of the Little Greene Marylebone showroom.

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    The gallery worked with one of our colour consultants to select a variety of shades to complement the individuality of the artwork on display at their London gallery.

    Little Greene assessed the space and light in the building and researched the personal style of the gallery. They then explored a range of shades, before being guided through the process of selecting colours and choosing the correct finishes to use.

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    _MG_7940 Inox 224, Lamp Black 228

    Frankie Cherry, Director of Communications at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery said the new paint colours have already been complimented by their customers:

    'As long-time admirers and customers of Little Greene, we were delighted when the showroom opened round the corner from us in Marylebone. Colour Consultant, Robert Paul is absolutely first-class in his knowledge of paint combinations and ideas, which we have implemented in the gallery to great effect. Our latest scheme involves Little Greene's ‘Angie’, ‘Orange Aurora’ and ‘Mister David’, and is going down a wow with customers of the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery.’

    _MG_7799 Fern - Pink, Starflower - Peacock

    She has also noticed a difference in the galleries atmosphere and believes the colours have helped to create a more engaging environment:

    ‘Having colour in a gallery transforms it into a warmer, more homely space - collectors can really imagine the artworks on their walls. What's more, we've been able to establish some exciting colour relationships in our installations and exhibitions. Certain walls really bring artworks to life and unexpected connections form across the gallery space.'

    _MG_7936 Inox 224, Fern - Off Black
    _MG_7827 Urbane Grey 225, Inox 224

    For more information on the Little Greene colours featured, click the links below:

    Marine Blue 95

    Orange Aurora 21

    Inox 224

    Lamp Black 228

    Urbane Grey 225

    www.littlegreene.com

  • Archive Trails - Wallpaper Focus

    Launched this month, our new wallpaper collection, ‘Archive Trails’ is an archive-inspired anthology of English and French trailing wallpapers.

    Trailing florals have been the subject of decorative pattern since long before the mechanisation of wallpaper production and the ensuing fashion for repeating pattern. Traditionally, the scenes depicted in early 18th Century interiors were painted by hand; in effect, bespoke murals. This artisan form of decoration was the precursor to the tighter, more structured designs we have come to understand and appreciate as conventional wallpaper over the last two Centuries.

    Explore the history behind three of the beautiful ‘Archive Trails’ designs:

    Vine

    Vine offers an unmistakeable nod to the father of the late 19th Century Arts & Crafts movement, William Morris. A traditional surface print method has been employed to recreate the bold, original paper from 1932. The ‘Bleu’ colourway is very close to the original in colour, ensuring an authentic, yet contemporary version.

    Combined with Lamp Black 228 on trims and furniture, the design can be used in a contemporary setting.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 09_LR Vine - Bleu

    Darwin

    The oldest design in the Archive Trails collection, was discovered in the archives of The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. This 1760 English piece was found intact at 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, identifies it as English in origin. The colours interpreted in the ‘Serein’ colourway are very true to the original – a surprisingly well preserved archive document.

    Complemented by vibrant accessories and the muted, soft qualities of Lamp Black 228, the intricate pattern and bold colours within the wallpaper create a striking focal point.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 05_LR Darwin - Serein

    Paradise

    This 1940’s design celebrates a truly rich mix of styles. The English Heritage-owned document from which this paper is drawn is actually a 20th Century piece, but the subject – exotic flora and the familiar oriental ho-ho birds - is classic ancient Chinoiserie, whilst the colouration in the original is very much in the style of a 19th Century French paper. This design retains the original’s oversized repeat and has been reproduced in six stunning colourways.

    Combine two colourways of this exotic design with bold, statement upholstery and floral displays that complement its beautiful depiction of nature.

    Little Greene 2016 Archive Trails 17_LR Paradise - Feather

    Browse the full collection on the Little Greene website.

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