Interiors How-To: Paint a Room

We asked David Mottershead, MD of independent British paint manufacturer Little Greene, for his advice on choosing wall colours


Choosing paint is a very personal thing

We’ve all got our own preferences and associations with colours, so it’s important to follow your instinct and base a palette around something you already adore. It could be a piece of furniture, a fabric remnant or an old poster. Take that as your starting point and don’t be led by trends.

how to paint a room - Little Greene paints
Wall: Celestial Blue 101 Below dado rail: Marine Blue 95 (50s) Picture frame: Bronze Red 15 (V)


Light plays an important part in choosing paint

So use tester pots on large pieces of paper and move the paper around a room during the day and experiment with it in different lighting. Don’t just paint a small patch in one corner of a room because it won’t give you a fair idea of how the colour will work overall.

how to paint a room - Little Greene paints
Wall: Invisible Green 56 Chairs: Leather 191


Choose paint finishes based on the use of a room

High traffic areas like halls and open plan spaces need to be wipeable, so opting for Intelligent Matt emulsion means you can keep your walls looking as fresh as the day they were painted, but without compromising on matt finish.

how to paint a room - Little Greene paints
Walls: Loft White 222 Skirting (from top to bottom): Urbane Grey 225 and Lamp Black 228 Flooring: Shallows 223


Generally, if you live in a small space, having a palette that works throughout is ideal, so that transitions from one room to another are harmonious.

For assistance and advice
Little Greene London Showroom 020 7935 8844