Little Greene Paint: Confidence With Colour


Little Greene have recently pulled together a series of ‘highlight’ shades from their Book of Colour. Their aim was to find a way to make their heritage shades – which were originally made with natural earth pigments and often contained black, which gave them a muted quality – to work in more contemporary settings. I was interested to learn that Little Greene didn’t wish to change the colours in order to modernise then. Rather, they kept the colours true to their origins and architecture and changed the colours paired with the heritage shades instead. I can’t get enough of the Basalt and Orange Aurora pairing – total #makeyousmilestyle, I think!

I’ve said many a time that colour is sociable; it really comes alive when paired with another hue. In fact, this was the reason I started my Colour Cocktail series, which ended up as a whole chapter in my new Bright Bazaar book, too. So, naturally, I was in complete agreement with Little Greene’s MD David Mottershead when he said: “One colour in isolation can be attractive, two in combination can be beautiful and three shades used together can be quite exquisite.” So true! Personally I love this eclectic mix of hues and sophisticated base shades paired with bold accent or highlight hues. Which of these colours are catching your eye, folks?

// Photography by Little Greene


  • Reply Alexandra June 20, 2014 at 2:20 am

    This is a wonderful, calming color scheme.

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 20, 2014 at 7:56 am

      @Alexandra – I agree, the heritage shades have a very soothing quality thanks to their faded appearance.

  • Reply Fiona duke June 20, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Couldn’t agree more – beautiful images and particularly loving the celestial blue, marine blue, bronze red combo

    Happy Friday 🙂

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar June 20, 2014 at 7:57 am

      @Fiona – Yes, I really like that combo as well – a cracking version of red and blue!

  • Reply Nenad June 20, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Yellow-pink? Wow, I learn sth new every time I read your blog. I guess that is a good thing. 🙂

  • Reply Serena June 20, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Really masculine and elegant, don’t you think?

  • Reply latteLisa June 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

    hick’s blue, basalt and orange aurora speak to me!

  • Reply June 20, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Beautiful pics, wonderfully arranged – thanks Will! It’s really helpful to see colours paired up together like this. The guys at Little Greene can do no wrong.

  • Reply dawnb June 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Ooh I love the hicks blue and green! Love Little Greene paint. Currently painting some old IKEA bookcases matt loft white, with Thai sapphire backboards, paints lovely 🙂

  • Reply Lauren June 20, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    All of them are such beautiful colors. So much depth and calm. The basalt and orange aurora are definitely my favorites though.

  • Reply Martyn white June 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    What wonderful colour combinations. I agree with you about the basalt and orange. Little Greene can do no wrong in my book.

  • Reply Alysa June 21, 2014 at 2:59 am

    These are so sophisticate and soft. I love the grey and orange aurora, but also the first combination of blues. And the staircase. Ok. They all need to be in my house.

  • Reply Jay June 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Love the bronze red! and all the deep hues!

  • Reply Mobila June 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I just found this blog and I absolutely love it 🙂
    The Basalt and Orange Aurora combo is great.

  • Reply Maison white June 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Who says blue and green should never be seen? Hicks’ blue and Green Verditer works a treat!

  • Reply lisa June 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Love the little green paint combo, and the velvet chesterfield sofa in marine blue – where is it from?

  • Reply Annabelle scott February 13, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    I love hicks blue are these in Matt emulsion or eggshell on the kitchen units?

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