Introducing The 'Blue' Collection

Introducing ‘Blue,’ the new paint collection from Little Greene.

Blue Collection The 'Blue' Collection

Following 2013’s highly successful ‘Grey’ colour card, the fashion-inspired ‘Blue’ collection represents blue at its very best. Dispelling the myth that blue is a cold colour, the palette encompasses a wide spectrum of tones, from confident indigo to calm linen hues. And that’s not all! There is also the seductive ‘Ultra Blue’, a uniquely pigmented colour, which is mixed by hand in Little Greene’s paint factory and will only be available as a limited edition paint.

Alongside the paints, Little Greene has also produced a new compendium of ‘20th Century Papers’, which comprises the most popular designs from three previous collections: Retrospective Papers, Oriental Papers and 50s Line Papers. Existing designs have been re-mastered to harmonise with the ‘Blue’ paint range. A ‘brand new’ 1950s design, ‘Zingara’, has been added: a striking line drawing of boats resting at anchor, derived from a John Line collection in the Whitworth archive.

Working equally effectively in a classic or contemporary setting, and as flat colour or in pattern, the blue spectrum is vast. As a hue, blue is especially desirable in the northern hemisphere, where the light enhances the blue pigment. Blues are also known to aid concentration – so perfect for contemplating your next interior design scheme.

David Mottershead, MD of Little Greene, is delighted with the company’s new colours: “Blue is the richest of colours, and historically the most expensive to produce. In art, blue paint was reserved for depicting royalty, dignitaries and religious figures and still, to this day, holds the same luxurious appeal and hypnotic allure. Many people fear to use blue because of its reputation as being cold and masculine – we can show a new way with this carefully edited collection and make blue more useable than ever.”

Ultra Blue 264 - Portrait Ultra Blue 264


The jewel in this paint collection, Little Greene makes this limited edition colour in small batches using a single pigment: Ultramarine. Originally extracted from Lapis Lazuli by the Venetians in the 14th century, and having a value greater than gold, this pigment was, until c1520, exclusively reserved for the depiction of the robes of the Virgin Mary.

Regency Blue 253, Pale Berlin 258, Delicate Blue 248 Regency Blue 253, Pale Berlin 258, Delicate Blue 248

Delicate Blue

Offering just a hint of colour, this linen-blue shade will intensify considerably when used with a brighter white.

Pale Wedgwood 249, Arquerite 250, Delicate Blue 248 Pale Wedgwood 249, Arquerite 250, Delicate Blue 248

Pale Wedgwood

A colour derived from the 18th century blue ‘Jasperware’, popularised by the innovative industrialist Josiah Wedgwood at his Etrurian pottery in Staffordshire.



The mineral Arquerite is an amalgam of Silver and Mercury, and this warm grey shade will sit very comfortably against similar materials in the home; a natural partner for silver, chrome and steel.

Woad 251 Woad 251


A popular blue pigment used to dye fabrics in medieval times, woad is a plant extract that produces a charming muted-indigo quality. A perfect backdrop to gilded picture frames.

Dock Blue 252, Celestial White 262 Dock Blue 252, Celestial White 262

Dock Blue

With its deep indigo hue, Dock Blue is a generous and indulgent colour: a little warmer than its greener sister shade, Royal Navy.

Dock Blue 252.jpg Dock Blue 252

Regency Blue

A bold, signature shade in Regency times, a combination of the newly invented Prussian Blue pigment and a traditional lead-white base gave this beautiful pastel blue its vibrancy and greenish undertone.

Route One 254, Air Force Blue 260, Slaked Lime Deep 150 Route One 254, Air Force Blue 260, Slaked Lime Deep 150

Route One

Taking its name from the meeting of sun and sky on California’s Pacific Route 1 highway, this alluring shade provides an instant azure blue for interiors and lush exterior spaces too.

Camellia Smalt, Smalt 255 Camellia Smalt, Smalt 255


The origins of Smalt as a pigment – the encapsulation of cobalt into glass – date from as far back as 200BC. This technique resurfaced and rose to the height of popularity in the 18th century.

Mazarine 256, Air Force Blue 260, Ultra Blue 264 Mazarine 256, Air Force Blue 260, Ultra Blue 264


A truly neutral blue, not too green or violet, this stunning centrepiece shade takes its name from the tips of the wings of the Mazarine Blue butterfly.

Royal Navy 257 Royal Navy 257

Royal Navy

A sumptuous blend of Royal Blue and Navy Blue, this is a charismatic alternative to dark grey or black in a neutral colour scheme.

Pale Berlin

The Regency period was known for its delicate pastels and the popular Berlin Blue, another key colour during this era, used Prussian Blue as a pigment from which this reduction is derived.

Old School Blue 259 Old School Blue 259

Old School Blue

Little Greene’s research on 20th century colours unearthed this gem, originally cited as ‘Bermuda’, though its actual source is distinctly more north-west England!

Air Force Blue

Historically, Air Force Blue is in fact a generic term for a multitude of shades, mixed by individual squadrons. This version is deeper and richer than some; even more so when used on all the walls of a room.

Moon Shadow 261, Slaked Lime Deep 150 Moon Shadow 261, Slaked Lime Deep 150

Moon Shadow

The name of this classic 20th century shade was not inspired by a colourful lunar cast, rather the hue of the earth as seen by man, from the moon’s surface in 1969.

Celestial White

The reduction of our timeless and ever-popular Celestial Blue into a versatile white.

Fern Sage Blue, Livid 263 Fern Sage Blue, Livid 263


Tempered with black, ‘Livid’ blues range from pink to green; this version is a deep, moody yet restful shade, sitting somewhere between blue, green and grey.

1 - Celestial Blue-Marine Blue Celestial Blue 101

Celestial Blue

A dusky sky blue tone found on a rare surviving paint colour card of 1807.

Marine Blue

A confident 1950s blue, cited as being particularly effective when used in combination with a pale grey or a coral red.

Bone China Blue

A gentle understated blue tone from the 1930s, warmer and more muted than Pale Wedgwood.

3 - Hicks' Blue Hicks' Blue 208

Hicks’ Blue

David Hicks, one of the most important designers of the 60s and 70s, used this blue in the restaurant at the top of the London Telecom Tower in 1962.

In keeping with Little Greene’s quality-assurance, all shades on the ‘Blue’ colour card are available in the full range of traditional and modern paint finishes, with the exception of the limited edition Ultra Blue (available in sample pots and 2.5L Absolute Matt Emulsion only).

Moreover, the ‘flying chips’ on the hand-finished colour card are accurate samples of both colour and finish, being made from actual paint direct from a tin of environmentally friendly Absolute Matt Emulsion rather than in a factory-matched ink.

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