‘Blue’ is the latest capsule collection from Little Greene of trend-setting paint shades and coordinating 20th Century wallpapers. There are 21 paint shades in all encompassing a wide spectrum of tones, from confident indigo to calm linen hues. All of them set to dispel the myth that blue is a cold colour! And that’s not all. There is also the seductive ‘Ultra Blue’, a uniquely pigmented colour, which is mixed by hand in Little Greene’s paint factory and will only be available as a limited edition paint.
Wallpaper: Camelia Smalt. Walls and woodwork: Smalt
Alongside the paints, there is also a new compendium of ‘20th Century Papers’. A selection of existing designs have been re-mastered especially to harmonise with the latest paint range. There is also a ‘brand new’ 1950s design, ‘Zingara’, which is a striking line drawing of boats resting at anchor, derived from a John Line collection in the Whitworth archive. This has to be my favourite!
Wallpaper: Zingara Cerulean Sea
Back wall: Mazarine. Floor: Marine Blue. Curved stool: Air Force Blue. Vase: Ultra Blue
David Mottershead, MD of Little Greene, says: “Blue is the richest of colours, and historically the most expensive to produce. In art, blue paint was reserved for depicting royalty, dignitaries and religious figures and still, to this day, holds the same luxurious appeal and hypnotic allure. Many people fear to use blue because of its reputation as being cold and masculine – we can show a new way with this carefully edited collection and make blue more useable than ever.”
Wallpaper: Hampstead Penumbra. Walls: Celestial Blue. Top of Skirting board: Celestial Blue. Bottom of skirting and fireplace: Dock Blue
Wallpaper: Fern Sage Blue. Flooring: Bone China Blue. Panel and woodwork: Livid
And if you don’t fall in love at first sight, I challenge you not to fall for the evocative names such as Dock Blue, Moon Shadow, Smalt and Livid. Or how about, Bone China Blue, Celestial Blue and Hicks’ Blue.
Let’s dive in together.
‘Blue’ and ‘20th Century Papers’ will be launched at Decorex in late September 2015 and will be available nationally and internationally through Little Greene’s network of distributors, as well as via mail and phone order and online at www.littlegreene.com.