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Presenting National Trust Papers III

Presenting National Trust Papers III

December 22nd, 2022
Little Greene

Continuing our partnership with the National Trust, we are delighted to present National Trust Papers III. This versatile new collection transforms historic designs into eight timeless wallpapers which have been designed in collaboration with the National Trust.

Available from January 2023, National Trust Papers III is an authentic collection of eight different wallpapers which represent over 200 years of decoration. Each design has been thoughtfully adapted and recoloured to create 45 beautiful colourways, perfect for use within the modern interior.

The wallpaper designs have been drawn from original source material found at three of the National Trust’s historic houses: Oxburgh Hall and Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, and Newark Park in Gloucestershire. To complete the collection, we have also recreated our treasured Upper Brook St. wallpaper in two bold new colourways.

Our Creative Director, Ruth, writes:

“Our collaboration with the National Trust allows us to uncover incredible designs and colours that can be shared through new wallpaper and paint collections. The contributions made from the sale of every roll of National Trust wallpaper and each tin of paint goes towards supporting the National Trust’s conservation work, to ensure the nation’s historic houses, gardens and landscapes can be enjoyed for years to come.”

Discover the collection…

Bird and Bluebell c. 1830-1870

Ceiling: Dorchester Pink

Window Frame: Green Stone - Light

Skirting: Puck

Wallpaper: Bird and Bluebell – Pea Green

This elegant mural featuring birds, bees and bluebells has been created from remaining fragments of wallpaper found at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk. Originally on a striped background, the remaining source material has been adapted, transformed and recoloured to suit the contemporary interior.

Available in four serene colourways including soft green, pink and blue, as well as a neutral.

Volières c.1950

Panelling: French Grey Pale

Wall, Dado and Skirting: French Grey

Wallpaper: Volières – French Grey

A more contemporary find, this wallpaper featuring 1950s style doves, ribbons and flowers is a reimagination of an 18th-century design. Found at Oxburgh Hall, an archived photograph revealed the location of this wallpaper in one of the bedrooms in the private family quarters. The wallpaper is thought to have been a visible reminder of Oxburgh’s last days under family ownership, having been put up for sale just months after the wallpaper was produced.

The soft pink original has been reproduced using colours from our palette, alongside four more contemporary colour combinations.

Poppy Trail c.1890-1900

Ceiling: Masquerade

Panelling and Dado: Yellow-Pink

Wallpaper: Poppy Trail – Masquerade

This flamboyant floral design featuring large, stylised poppies is a classic example of those in production during the late 19th century.

Although the designer is unknown, it is thought that it may have been the work of Arthur L. Gwatkin who produced papers of a very similar feel. This wallpaper was found on the walls of the corridor leading through to the top of the staircase at Felbrigg Hall, as well as a rolled sample in the attic stores.

Coloured in five tonal colourways, each with statement grounds.

Briar Rose c.1845-1915

Ceiling and Skirting: Mid Azure Green

Fireplace: Green Verditer

Window Frame: Whitening

Wallpaper: Briar Rose – Green Verditer

Ceiling, Wall and Upper Panelling: Green Stone - Pale

Lower Panelling, Dado and Skirting: Green Stone - Light

Kitchen Units: Book Room Green

Wallpaper: Briar Rose – Green Stone

Characterised as being in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style, evident in the densely stylised natural motifs, this wallpaper was originally designed by children’s book illustrator, Walter Crane. Many of Crane’s drawings became nursery wallpapers and ‘Briar Rose’ began its life as the background to a wallpaper called ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, which featured characters from Sleeping Beauty among the roses.

Found at Oxburgh Hall, little is known about where in the house the wallpaper was used, as much of the original exists today only as loose samples.

The paper was originally produced by the London firm Jeffrey & Co. and has been reproduced today in three gentle combinations and three vibrant colourways.

Upper Brook St. c.1920

Door: Pale Lime

Skirting: Puck

Wallpaper: Upper Brook Street – Soleil

Originally from our London V wallpaper collection, this design features brightly coloured kniphofia flowers, commonly known as torch lilies or red-hot pokers (African in origin but named after German horticulturalist Johan Hieronymous Kniphof). They were recorded as having been hand-painted and stuck over a pre-hung wall covering in a late 18th-century Upper Brook Street house as a bespoke decoration.

To replicate a natural scene behind the pokers, we have adapted a motif from our Stag Toile wallpaper.

As part of National Trust Papers III, we have introduced two bold new colourways: Soleil and Twilight

Lovers’ Toile c.1950

Ceiling, Woodwork and Dado: Puck

Wallpaper: Lovers' Toile – Puck

This contemporary take on a classic pattern is a post WWII reinterpretation of an 18th-century French Toile de Jouy design. Featuring vignettes of people in activity including fishing, dancing and gardening, this single colour design has been printed in five modern colourways.

Reflective of colour drenching, two of the colourways feature the same colours in different tones.

Dahlia Scroll c.1890-1900

Ceiling, Window Frame, Arch and Skirting: Silent White - Pale

Cornice: Slaked Lime - Dark

Wallpaper: Dahlia Scroll – Giallo

A scrolling floral design reminiscent of the early work of Voysey. Found at Newark Park, this two-toned wallpaper features an enlarged Dahlia, a motif typically found in Japanese design, whilst the sinuous plant forms based on a single flower are also characteristic of Art Nouveau.

Coloured in seven different ways, including elegant neutrals, bold blue and vibrant yellow, this pattern would have originally been block printed, possibly by Jeffrey & Co.

Hoja c.1890-1900

Ceiling and Cupboard: Shirting

Dado & Skirting: Air Force Blue

Wallpaper: Hoja – Air Force Blue

Used to decorate one of the attic stores at Oxburgh Hall, this classic pattern featuring scrolling foliage has been surface printed to achieve a traditional, painterly finish. Although the design features elements from 17th century Spanish embossed and gilded leather, it is actually thought to have been of late 19th century origin due to its print substrate being machine printed paper.

Created in six interesting colourways, four of which have tonal variation based around a single colour.

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