Founded in 1895, the National Trust's aim is to preserve special places in the UK for everyone to enjoy. Their conservation work 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, the association 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 is made to support this important work.
Since the beginning of 2018, 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. We have identified an unrivalled selection of 31 beautiful greens, each with a noteworthy origin, and each with an important place in contemporary interior design. There are 20 National Trust-derived shades, plus several important greens from the Little Greene archives and the current ‘Colours of England’ colour card.
Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as Beatrix Potter’s Cumbrian farmhouse, George Bernard Shaw’s revolving writing hut and even mythical birds featured on the wallpaper hung by Chippendale at Nostell Priory, the 'Green' colour card features some intriguing stories and a gamut of glorious greens in a comprehensive array of hues.
Little Greene's Managing Director, David Mottershead, is thrilled about the new 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.” The National Trust website contains further information on their conservation work.