The Little Greene Guide to Exterior Paintwork

Now that the days are getting longer and you have time on your hands, you may be contemplating adding some colour to your outdoor space. Nothing cheers up the garden quite like a fresh coat of paint after all. But before you rush out and buy the first tin in a colour you can’t resist, it may pay to do some research first. You not only want your newly painted garden to look good but you no doubt want it to have a superb finish, be durable, and practical. And also formulated to withstand the test of time, harsh weather conditions and UV light. Little Greene have released some stunning images to inspire us and some guidance on which paint to use.

The Little Greene Guide to Exterior Paintwork

Wall: Puck 298. Tree Stumps: Aquamarine Pale 282. Beam Support Pole: Pompeian Ash 293.

Intelligent Exterior Eggshell

Intelligent Exterior Eggshell is the first choice for all exterior woodwork and metalwork including doors, window trims, timber buildings, gates and garden furniture. It’s very durable, is water-based, has a low VOC and is virtually odourless. Plus it’s easy to maintain and is totally weather resistant. It also has excellent penetration and inhibits mould and algal growth. Temptingly it can be applied straight onto new and bare wood, as well as to suitably primed metalwork. Available in all shades in the Little Greene
colour palette, this paint is surface dry in 2-4 hours, and can be re-coated in 16 hours.

The Little Greene Guide to Exterior Paintwork

Back Wall: Yellow Pink 46. Right Wall: Scree 227. Window Frame: Lamp Black 228.

Tom’s Oil Eggshell

Tom’s Oil Eggshell is the preferred traditional finish of one of Little Greene’s senior chemists, after whom it was named, and is much loved by professional decorators. Oil-based and therefore extremely hard-wearing, it has excellent flow, deep adhesion, a beautiful low sheen and is fully weather resistant. Also available in all colours, this charming, washable paint is suitable for exterior woodwork and metalwork. It is surface dry in 4 hours and can be recoated in 16 hours.

The Little Greene Guide to Exterior Paintwork

Painted Bamboo Wall & Ceiling: Loft White 222. Kitchen Unit: Lamp Black 228 & Loft White 222.

Traditional Oil Gloss

Traditional Oil Gloss has a classic, deep gloss finish, which looks extremely smart on front doors and traditional joinery. It can be used on both exterior & interior woodwork and metalwork. Extremely hard-wearing, easy to look after and shiny enough to reflect a lot of light. Despite its traditional qualities, this gloss finish uses Little Greene’s innovative environmentally-friendly eco-oil recipe, which has been formulated using naturally-occurring vegetable oils.

The Little Greene Guide to Exterior Paintwork

Wall: Stone-Mid-Cool 66. Doors: Tea with Florence 310.

Intelligent Gloss

Intelligent Gloss is a water-based alternative to Little Greene’s Traditional Oil Gloss and is suitable for interior and exterior use. A tough, environmentally-friendly and fully washable paint with a chic, high sheen, Intelligent Gloss is a fast-drying finish, perfect for woodwork, but also suitable for use on metals and plaster walls, particularly in rooms that need to be cleaned frequently, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

The Little Greene Guide to Exterior Paintwork

Main Wall: Mid Azure Green 96. Left Back Wall: Air Force Blue 260. Door & Low Table: Slaked Lime – Mid 149.

Masonry Paint

Masonry Paint. Gone are the days of a limited colour choice for exterior painting! Little Greene’s environmentally-friendly Exterior Masonry Paint is available in all colours – it can be used to achieve a long-lasting, matt finish on brick, stone or rendered walls. Water-based, Masonry Paint dries quickly to a pleasingly smooth finish. Extremely durable, it’s guaranteed to last at least 15 years on exterior walls before repainting is required*. It also benefits from being highly dirt resistant and its anti-fungal and anti-ageing properties ensure it looks good for longer.

The Little Greene Guide to Exterior Paintwork

Wall: Linen Wash 33. Window Frame: Loft White 222. Table: Smalt 255. Chair: Bone China Blue 107.


Limewash is a very traditional finish, used to decorate and protect porous stone and lime-rendered surfaces. Water-based and completely natural, it has a breathable finish that makes it suitable for old walls, especially those prone to damp problems. Unlike conventional paints, Limewash penetrates the surface and its beautiful, charismatic depth is built up by applying successive coats. Very matt, it is available in a wide choice of colours.

The Little Greene Guide to Exterior Paintwork

Swing Seat: Harley Green 312.

Intelligent All Surface Primer

Intelligent All Surface Primer is the icing under the cake! Little Greene’s brand new, most technically-advanced primer is the sure way to provide the perfect preparation for your chosen finish. Getting rid of those confusing issues of which primer to use, this water-based Primer & Undercoat is a solid foundation for ALL interior and exterior surfaces (including wood, metals, ceramic tiles, laminated surfaces, glass and uPVC). Not only does it offer amazing ease of application on all building substrates, its super-speedy three hour drying time, makes this robust primer the go-to preparation for projects that need to be completed quickly. Intelligent ASP is tinted according to your final colour choice to ensure the full opacity – and longevity – of your top-coat is achieved quickly and efficiently.

The Little Greene Guide to Exterior Paintwork

Wall: Basalt 221. Shutters: Inox 224. Window Frame: Loft White 222.

Little Greene paints are available nationally and internationally, through a network of independent distributors. They can also be bought via
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1 Comment

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    Sue Nicholls

    May 1, 2020

    What lovely colours


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