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National Trust Partnership

Founded in 1895, the National Trust looks after special places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for everyone to enjoy. Their work as Europe’s largest conservation charity preserves sites from coastlines, forests, woods and islands through to archaeological remains, villages, historic houses, gardens and one of the world's largest art collections.

As proud custodians of historic decoration, Little Greene undertake an ongoing programme of research in which we discover, reformulate, and publish original paint colours and bygone recipes. In doing so we are also committed to the care and conservation of the properties in which they were originally used.

With more than 500 places in the National Trust’s care, including some of the most significant historic interiors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this collaboration offers Little Greene a unique opportunity to delve into a prestigious and eclectic mix of decorative styles. A contribution from the purchase of every tin of Little Greene paint and every roll of Little Greene wallpaper is made to support the Trust’s important work.

Since the beginning of 2018, in collaboration with their curators and conservators, an extensive paint research project has been undertaken in National Trust houses and gardens to find original colours, and to tell the stories of the people who first enjoyed them.

Little Greene and the National Trust have a real synergy: conservation, restoration and reinvention are at the heart of both organisations.
Managing Director, David Mottershead

Our latest collection, ‘Stone’, is a versatile palette of natural colours offering warmth, tranquillity, timelessness and harmony.

Eleven of the new colours included in the collection have originated from Little Greene’s ongoing colour research across the portfolio of properties in the National Trust’s care, continuing the cataloguing of original colours from key periods of interior design. Readings were taken from paint colours, architectural elements, tapestries and indeed stone itself.

‘Stone’ brings together a harmonious palette of colours from an eclectic mix of grand and humble spaces; from statement walls of prestigious entertaining halls, to delicate shades from more modest quarters, to accompanying tones of decorative features, including woodwork, plasterwork, stonemasonry, soft furnishings, ceramics and wall coverings. Deep earthy red, ‘Arras’ can be found on the tapestry hanging in the chapel at spectacular Elizabethan house, Hardwick Hall, ‘Book Room Green’ was found in the neoclassical Book Room at Wimpole Hall, whilst the authentic grey limestone ‘Baluster’ was taken directly from the carved balustrade which accompanies the ‘Castell Pink’ stonework in the great stairwell at Penrhyn Castle.

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National Trust Papers & National Trust Papers II

Following the success of the first wallpaper collection, ‘National Trust Papers,’ 2021 sees the launch of ‘National Trust Papers II.’

Comprising 42 colourways across seven designs; the collection is a celebration of enduring design, with the origins of these contemporary wallpapers spanning over 400 years of historic decoration.

Each wallpaper in the collection has been redrawn and recoloured, whilst respectfully acknowledging the traditional methods and materials from which they were originally crafted. Design elements are taken from Georgian and Victorian block-printed papers and also from older, decorative objects including a leather wall-hanging and a 15th century tapestry. The contemporary interpretation of each design makes this a truly timeless collection of papers for homes of all architectural styles.

Patterns include the delightful, trailing ‘Massingberd Blossom’ from Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire, the playful and charming ‘Burges Snail’ from Knightshayes Court, authentic late Georgian ‘Beech Nut’, uncovered at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, ‘Mandalay’ a tree of life design taken from a leather wall hanging purchased by Rudyard Kipling, scrolling damask design ‘Tulip,’ small-scale print ‘Moy’ and delicate botanical ‘Millefleur’ inspired by a lovingly conserved tapestry at Montacute House.

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Our Managing Director, David Mottershead, is thrilled about the relationship: “Little Greene and the National Trust have a real synergy: conservation, restoration and reinvention are at the heart of both organisations. The National Trust preserves centuries of heritage for the benefit of future generations, a sentiment echoed by Little Greene’s approach to the rediscovery and use of historical colour and pattern in the 21st Century.”

A contribution from the sale of every can of Little Greene paint will be made in support of the National Trust’s conservation work, to ensure the nation’s historic homes and open spaces can be enjoyed for generations to come.

In addition to this, Little Greene will be supporting the National Trust’s conservation and restoration programme by donating paints to bring colour and life back to some of the UK’s most beloved properties.

The National Trust website contains further information on their conservation work.

Alternatively, browse our National Trust 'Green' collection online now.

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