It might be a family-run business, but there's nothing provincial or small-scale about the Little Greene Paint Company, which now has over 300 years of paint and wallpaper expertise behind it.

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The history of Little Greene Paint Company

Little Greene is a British, independent, family-run paint manufacturer. They have a strong ethos centred around sustainability, creating paint and wallpaper with minimal impact on the environment.

Their paints and wallpapers are heavily inspired by historic decoration trends stemming back 300 years, focusing on designs from the 17th century through to the late 20th century. Colours and designs have been carefully chosen and created based on in-depth research of historic homes and archives through the centuries.

What are the best Little Greene paint colours?

As winter approaches, Little Greene suggests embracing darker shades such as inky Basalt for wrap-around comfort, or pairing sumptuous shades like Jewel Beetle with dark, rich hues like Chocolate Colour.

There are just shy of 200 colours in the range, and over 50 of these have been accurately recreated from paint analysis in historic properties, from the Georgians right up to the 1950s, making them an appealing choice for period homes.

1. Basalt

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2. Jewel Beetle

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3. Chocolate Colour

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4. Invisible Green

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5. Pompeian Ash

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6. Sage Green

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7. Ambleside

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Are Little Greene paints eco-friendly?

In 2004, Little Greene was one of the first UK paint manufacturers to achieve the European standard for Environmental Management Systems, which helps organisations to reduce their environmental impact.

All of its water-based paints carry the industry’s lowest eco-rating (the VOC content is now virtually zero) and are made in the UK. Paint tins are made using over 50 per cent recycled steel and can be recycled again after use.

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More recently, the company’s oil-based paints have been reformulated using sustainable vegetable oils, while their Absolute Matt Emulsion, Intelligent Matt Emulsion and Intelligent Eggshell are tested to ‘Toy Paint Regulations’ which makes them a safe choice for decorating children’s rooms.

Overall, the company has reduced its waste by 57 per cent in the last three years, showing a real commitment to the environment.

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