Little Greene – Painted Papers: a compendium of striped wallpapers

‘Painted Papers’ is Little Greene’s eighth collection of wallpapers. Featuring a stunning range of striped wallpapers, each of the ten designs celebrates the historic and harmonious marriage of paint and wallpaper.

Little Greene Painted Papers Broad Stripe - Mullion

Little Greene Painted Papers: Walls: Broad Stripe – Mullion, £49 per roll. Paints: Woodwork painted in Portland Stone Deep 156 Intelligent Eggshell £26 for 1L

But ‘Painted Papers’ are more than just a range of wallpapers – they are an insight into history. Little Greene have scanned various archives (including English Heritage and Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery) to find historic patterns, before faithfully reworked selected period pieces using traditional surface-printing methods… producing an exquisite collection of tactile, slightly textured papers.

Little Greene Painted Papers Colonial Stripe - Morocco

Little Greene Painted Papers: Walls: Colonial Stripe – Morocco, £66.50 per roll, Paints: Woodwork painted in Oak Apple 63 Intelligent Eggshell, £26 for 1L, Walls painted in Hicks Blue 208 Absolute Matt Emulsion, £37 for 2.5L

The 1800’s saw a huge leap forward in both surface printing methods and room adornment. Architects bought fresh ideas about space and decoration, whilst designers gained first-hand awareness into how colour and pattern could help shape a room, rather than just adorn it. At the same time, a new fashion for stripes in interior decoration began to emerge – including the classic Broad “Roman” or Regency proportioned Stripe. This type of stripe sits on a softer ground of the same hue, creating a wallpaper that brings a relaxed structure to the room.

Little Green Painted Papers: Carlisle Street - Metal

Little Green Painted Papers: Walls: Carlisle Street – Metal, £71 per roll, Paints: Woodwork painted in Inox 224 Intelligent Eggshell, £26 for 1L, Below Dado: painted in Lamp Black 228 Absolute Matt Emulsion, £37 for 2.5L

The Colonial Stripe (circa 1840), on the other hand, uses ornate decorative details to provide an distinctly artisan quality whilst the Carlisle Street stripe uses a complex leaf pattern to create an all-over pattern that still manages to highlight an elegant stripe.

Little Greene Painted Papers

Little Green Painted Papers – Walls: Ombre Stripe – Lichen/Doric £66.50 per roll and Ombre Plain – Doric £57 per roll. Paints: Woodwork painted in Portland Stone Deep 156 Intelligent Eggshell, £26 for 1L

The Cavendish Stripe (circa 1965) was undoubtedly based on a much earlier original. Created from a fragment that emerged during English Heritage’s restoration work at Marlborough House on Pall Mall, London, this stripe gives a cleaner, more versatile stripe – the background strie effect is achieved using a horsehair brush. Ombre Plain and Ombre Stripe, on the other hand, is very much a 20th century design, circa 1956 and found in the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. The more complex design enables it to be used in both traditional and modern homes alike.

Finally, faithfully reproduced, but increased in scale, we have the an historical panorama of the River Thames – as published in London Illustrated News in 1851. The hand-drawn, hand-painted scene has been remastered to include a repeating section, meaning it can now be hung as a continuing frieze. The original would have been hung at cornice height; it’s now been designed to fit more conventional rooms that require it to be hung at either dado or skirting height too.

The Painted Papers range will be officially launched in Paris at Maison et Object on 23rd January 2015, and will therefore be available to order from the end of January 2015. Why not take a look at all the colour and pattern options on the Little Green website When you have found the wallpaper that is just right for you then pop me across an email with your order and receive a 10% discount.

Conditions: You are responsible for ordering the correct quantity of wallpaper that you need as any over orders cannot be refunded or returned. If you under order of course you can order more. The offer is valid on the Painted Papers collection from Little Greene only. (Those featured in this article). A delivery charge maybe added if the Little Greene minimum order value is not met. Send me an email at – include the style and colour numbers – from the website of the wallpaper you require, your name and delivery address and phone number, and of course the quantity required. I will confirm your order with an invoice which once paid will mean your order can be delivered direct to you. For your 10% discount include the code YOUGreene10 in the subject line of your email – Offer valid until 12th March 2015.

Little Greene Painted Papers

Little Greene Painted Papers – Walls: Thames Border – Latitude £108/roll (H) and Elephant Stripe – Bright White £49 per roll. Paints: Woodwork painted in Slaked Lime 105 Intelligent Eggshell, £26 for 1L, Below Border: Painted in Chocolate Colour 124 Absolute Matt Emulsion, £37 for 2.5L

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