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Little Greene paint :: Posted by: Admin on July 14th, 2014

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Little Greene paint Company

I have recently finished a job painting three bedrooms for a client who had chosen the colour and wanted to use the Little Greene Paint Company’s paints. I have used these paints before for the same client around six months previously when I painted the hall, landing and stairs, kitchen, utility room, study, toilet, bathroom and en-suite and main bedroom, again using all Little Greene paints.

I have been impressed with the coverage these paints give and the finish. I used the Absolute Matt Emulsion throughout the rooms mentioned above. The Absolute Matt Emulsion has a sheen level of just 3% so a very matt finish. These emulsions are water based paints so cleaning up is simple, they are also safe for childrens rooms and meet ‘Toy Paint Regulations’ BS EN 71-3:1995.

Little Greene Paints

Little Greene Paint Company produce a range of paints, from primers and undercoats to emulsions, satin, eggshell, gloss, floor paint and masonry paint as well as traditional paints such as distemper and limewash.

Buying British

I always try and buy British where possible so Little Greene paint fits the bill perfectly. Little Greene paint company is an independant paint manufacture, and they are also a partner with English Heritage so if you want to match a period colour they have over 50 to choose from. These paints have been accurately recreated from paint analysed from historic properties. So if you are looking for a period paint to match Georgian, Regency, Victorian, 1930’s, 1950’s, 1960’s or 1970’s you will find a colour to suit your needs.

Eco and environmentally friendly

Little Greene paints are very eco and environmentally friendly, their water based paints have nearly zero VOC’s within them. And their oil based paints have been reformulated to use sustainable vegetable oils.

Little Greene also produce wallpapers, these wallpapers only use paper from sustainable forests and non toxic pigments in the print.


Little Greene produce a range of wallpapers and collections ranging from London wallpapers, oriental wallpapers, and 1950’s wallpapers to mention just three. The wallpapers can recreate a period house or simply be used for a contemporary modern look.

Designs range from floral to parrots, so a wide range to choose from. I have never used their paper but maybe in the future I will have the opportunity.


Samples of wallpaper in a4 size, paint samples for colour matching and testing as well as their current paint charts can be sourced from their website or any local stockist. Stockists can be found via the Little Greene website.

Little Greene company paint chart

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How to measure for paint :: Posted by: Admin on November 23rd, 2012

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How to measure for paint

If you wish to paint an entire room, a feature wall, a ceiling or just trim such as skirting boards and architraves you will need to know how much paint to buy, now you can guess but wouldn’t it better to have a more accurate quantity so you don’t over buy? Paint can be expensive, especially specialised paints so knowing how much paint to buy is a good thing.

Calculate how much paint to buy

To calculate how much paint to buy you will need the following:

  • A notepad
  • A pen or pencil
  • A tape measure

To measure for painting all the walls in a room, you should measure each wall’s width and make a note of each width, for a typical room with four walls you would measure as so 3.6m, 2.9m, 3.6m, 2.9m, you would then add these figures together, so for this example 13 metres. Make a note of this on your notepad.

If you are only going to paint one wall as a feature wall you would only measure the width of this one wall and make a note of the width.

Now you need to know the height of the wall or walls you are going to paint, a typical room maybe 2.4m high. If you are only painting above a dado or picture rail you would only need the height from the dado to ceiling or dado to floor.

Next, what you need now is to know how many coats of paint you are going to apply, emulsions, masonry paints etc should have 2 coats normally, undercoats and topcoat normally only need one coat of each, you should check with the manufacturers website or on the tin of paint as for how many coats are required. Note this down.

Finally how many squared metres do the manufactures say a litre of the paint will cover, if for example the can or website says a five litre tin of paint covers 65 square metres then divide this by 5 and this will give you a figure of 13. Write this figure down.

Calculating how much paint to buy

Now you have the following four figures written down:

  • Wall or walls width
  • Wall height
  • Number of coats you are going to do
  • How much 1 litre of paint will cover

Use this great free paint calculator, input the four figures written down, hit the calculate button and the calculator will give you the results of how many litres of paint to buy.

For our example, painting all four walls with emulsion. The walls measure 13 metres and the height of the walls are 2.4 metres, giving the walls 2 coats of emulsion that covers 13M² per litre returns a result of 4.8 litres, now as you can’t buy 4.8 litres I would buy a 5 litre tin.

Calculating how much paint to buy for a ceiling

If I wanted to calculate how much paint I need to paint a ceiling, I can still do this by measuring the length and width of a room, one figure would be the width and the other the height then decide on how many coats and look up how many square metres one litre covers. Input these into the paint coverage calculator to get the result.

Watch this short video to see just how easy this paint calculator is to use.

How much paint do I need for a feature wall

To calculate how much paint you need for a feature wall is simple, measure the width, height and put these figures as well as number of coats and coverage per litre to get the result.

How much paint do I need to paint trim

Trim such as skirting boards, architraves can also be included and can be calculated using this paint calculator, again work out the width, for skirting his would be linear metres and height would be the hight of the skirting say 4 inches / 100mm which is 0.1000 metres. Again include number of coats and and coverage of paint per square metre. So using our example room from before, the width of all skirting would be 13m (same as walls) and the height of the skirting is 0.1000 (4 inch/100mm), as I’m using satinwood I will do 1 coat and coverage per litre is 15M². So I need 0.1 litres, so I would buy one litre of satinwood, but I would be using this for the other woodwork such as doors, windows etc. so not going to waste!

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