Introducing English Heritage Colours in the Kitchen from Little Greene Paint Company

  1. Home
  2. Kitchen Design Advice
  3. Introducing English Heritage Colours in the Kitchen from Little Greene Paint Company

Our entire handmade kitchens are handpainted on site, with a brush stroke finish so you can see the grains of the wood. We use one of our favourite paint companies “Little Green Paint Company” to bring a little bit of English Heritage to the kitchen design.

Little Greene has history dating back to 1773, and the factory it started out from is one of England’s most ancient industrial sites for the making of paints and dye solutions. What iconic British History in the making of paint!

With over 50 colours in the Period range they have been accurately recreated to suit historic properties through the key ages of interior design, from the Georgian period right up to the 1970s.

Georgian– Georgian paint schemes are mainly “toned down” colours or “muted” colours, usually sage green, blue-grey and burgundy.

Victorian– Victorian paint schemes are strong, deep colours such as blue, green, red and yellow.

1950s– 1950s paint schemes were more pastel colours such as mint green, turquoise, pink, pale yellow and blue.

1960s– 1960s paint schemes were colours such grape, plum, red wine and olive green. Bright pink was also a very popular colour to make a statement in the home.

1970s– 1970s paint schemes were bright colours, and combinations of bright green and blue, black and white, yellow and white, pink and purple, yellow and orange, yellow and green and pink and green.

Some popular colours right now

Atomic Red

Atomic Red from Little Greene makes for a powerful, primary shade that made its way to the English decorative paint market from history dating back to the 1970s. It teams up perfectly with Shirting and Ashes of Roses to create a fabulous period kitchen.


Brighton from Little Greene is an extremely versatile, very clean blue-green shade, and comes from the 1960s paint colours. It was made to create a breath of fresh air in a space, and the pigments within make you feel like you are the seaside. It teams up with with Purpleheart and Celestial Blue for a calm seaside feel.

French Grey

French Grey from Little Greene contains subtle hints of blue and red and comes from the Victorian paint colours. The pigments make this fancy colour far from cheap, and provide a grand colour scheme in a period home. It teams up perfectly with Serenity and Lead Colour.

Deep Space Blue

Deep Space Blue from Little Greene is a shade that achieved its greatest provenance some time after its introduction to the colour chart. It has become a mainstay in Laura Ashleys cottage style, and has also featured in Terence Conrans New House Book of the 1980s. It comes from the 1970s paint colours, and matches up with Basalt and Yellow-Pink for a traditional historic decor.


Leather from Little Greene is the brightest of pinks. It was a signature colour in the 1970s, and was used in conjunction with Marigold and Purpleheart for the most arresting colour schemes of the time. It matches up with Chemise and Welcome Dark creating an abundance of pretty colours.


Marigold from Little Greene added a little spice to the colour palette in the 1970s. This bright paint colour was hugely popular in the hallmark orange and brown colour schemes. It teams up perfectly with First Light and Heat to bring you an outstanding pop of colour to your kitchen space.

Orange Aurora

Orange Aurora from Little Greene is a popular accent colour used with Magnolia on the walls and pinky beige on the doors. It comes from the 1950s paint colour chart, and perfectly matches up with Hollyhock and Attic II.

Turquoise Blue

Turquoise Blue from Little Greene is a reminiscent of the bluish greens found on Persian pottery, popular china and in jewellery of the 1930s. This colour brings classic sophistication to the home and teams perfectly with Canton and Starling’s Egg.

Sage Green

Sage Green from Little Greene was one of the colours Victorians loved and enjoyed. It has become a popular colour for the kitchen in recent years, and matches with Clockface and Theatre Red to provide a traditional contrast for a period home.

View more in the Little Greene – Period Colours on their website.

1970s paint colour scheme in our project in Chelmsford

1950s and 1970s paint colour scheme in our project in Royston

Victorian paint colour scheme in our project in Sawbridgeworth

If you want to create a touch of English Heritage in to your kitchen space, contact us today- we look forward to hearing from you.