July 5, 2019

A new colour moodboard for my home with Little Greene


You might have read the last post about my home changes, have a look here if you missed it: Soft Minimalism | Masterplan 2.0 In the post I showed you a few inspirational pictures and talked briefly about trying out some colours from the Little Greene collection and my search for the perfect colour to fit the atmosphere I have in mind.

Running this blog, I come across many paint companies and get to visit different colour events where new collections are introduced. It must have been some years ago I first got to meet Little Greene, an independent, British paint manufacturer, committed to the socially and environmentally responsible production of high quality paints and wallpapers.

With records dating back to the year 1773, the Little Greene Dye Works of Collyhurst Wood, on the outskirts of Manchester is one of England's most ancient industrial sites for the making of paints and dye solutions. More about the history of Little Greene can be found here


A Grey Colour card
I personally really don’t like strong colours, and I have been using mostly plain white and black over the years. Recently I painted a bedroom wall in soft grey and I loved it so much I decided to learn more about, and study different colour options to use at home. As many of you I love to use Pinterest when working on something new. The pictures in this post are some of my favourites from my Colour moodboard.

Impressed by the ‘Grey’ colour card of Little Greene I decided to try out different shades of grey. I discovered there are many shades of white and even if they all look the same a small nuance can give a total different feel to a room. I personally really love that particular colour of freshly plastered walls and it was this almost stone like colour I was after.

The Grey collection consists of a palette of 28 greys, four variations in seven degrees of intensity, and embraces shades of grey from the palest, almost white, tones through to charcoal, brown and blue-black hues. A proven palette of graduated greys, which have been formulated using four naturally-occurring pigments as standard: verdigris, umber, ochre and red oxide. These pigments have, for many centuries, been used to create harmonious, balanced and tranquil interiors…. Just what I am after for my own home!



I have always learned that even if a colour looks great on the colour card, once tested in your home it can look totally different. Testing different colours from the Grey colour card confirmed this theory, I ordered a few sample pots from the different variations except for the ones at the far left of the colour card as I thought those would look to cold, and it is a more warm colour I am after.

Once testing at home I discovered the colours I thought I would love most actually didn’t matched the light in my home after all. So far so good… I selected two colours, the lighter Tusk 237 and a matching variation Limestone 238, another favourite is Mortor 239 which is a bit darker. The three colours match beautifully together. Little Greene has a great guide called ‘The Little Book of Colour’ that offers a variety of related colours for interiors to help you make the best combinations. The colour card can be found also in my Pinterest album: New colours for my home

Finally it was good to see, after showing the two colours to a friend who I asked to design the actual kitchen’s work space, in consultation with me, the colours I have chosen perfectly fit the plan she made. Now it's time to finally finish installation, order products and start painting soon.. I will keep you posted... meanwhile have a look at Masterplan 2.0 to keep up with my latest home changes.

'Tusk' colour sample on my wall & new ceramic
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 a colour test with the colours all next to each other I did first




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moodboard photography: Benoit Linero and Damien de Medeiros / pedro paulo venzon / kinfolk / vosgesparis | picture 2 Norm Architects | picture 3 x+l | picture 4-6 vosgesparis | picture 7 Koen van Damme