Little Greene Exterior Paints: durable finishes with a stylish appeal

May 21st, 2020

Family-run British paint manufacturer Little Greene is the last independent company still making a complete range of high quality traditional and modern paints for domestic and commercial use. Its comprehensive palette of beautiful colours is drawn from many sources: global influences, fashion and contemporary design, as well as from extensive scientific and historical research including analysis of samples from period properties and the unrivalled archives of the National Trust.

But Little Greene is about much more than exquisite colours and timeless interior design: the company also produces a spectacular range of exterior paints, which not only look fantastic and have a superb finish, they are durable, practical and formulated to withstand the test of time, harsh weather conditions and UV Light. 

This hard-wearing, hard-working, ‘exterior family’ includes high-gloss paints and low-sheen finishes for exterior woodwork, joinery and metalwork as well as sumptuous matt finishes for brickwork and render; all formulated using the same technical expertise used to develop paints for bridges, boats, castles and even lighthouses.

Puck 298, French Grey 113, French Grey Mid 162 & Carmine 189

Intelligent Exterior Eggshell

Intelligent Exterior Eggshell is the choice of the practical homeowner for all exterior woodwork and metalwork including doors, window trims, timber buildings, gates and garden furniture. A very durable, water-based, low VOC and virtually odourless paint, it’s easy to maintain and is totally weather resistant. It has excellent penetration and inhibits mould and algal growth. Its technically advanced, self-priming formulation means Intelligent Exterior Eggshell can be applied straight onto new and bare wood, as well as to suitably primed metalwork. One of the smartest and most environmentally-friendly choices for all exterior joinery, Intelligent Exterior Eggshell has an elegant, smooth appearance that belies its inherent strength and durability. Available in all shades in the Little Greene colour palette, this paint is surface dry in 2-4 hours, and can be recoated in 16 hours.

Tom's Oil Eggshell

Tom’s Oil Eggshell is the preferred traditional finish of one of Little Greene’s senior chemists, after whom it was named, and is much loved by professional decorators. Oil-based and therefore extremely hard-wearing, it has excellent flow, deep adhesion, a beautiful low sheen and is fully weather resistant. Also available in all colours, this charming, washable paint is suitable for exterior woodwork and metalwork. It is surface dry in 4 hours and can be recoated in 16 hours.

Traditional Oil Gloss

Traditional Oil Gloss has a classic, deep gloss finish, which looks extremely smart on front doors and traditional joinery. It can be used on both exterior & interior woodwork and metalwork. Extremely hard-wearing, easy to look after and shiny enough to reflect a lot of light, Traditional Oil Gloss is both practical and elegant. Despite its traditional qualities, this gloss finish uses Little Greene’s innovative environmentally-friendly eco-oil recipe, which has been formulated using naturally-occurring vegetable oils.

Wood Ash 229, Lead Colour 117, Drummond 16 & Deep Space Blue 207

Intelligent Gloss

Intelligent Gloss is a water-based alternative to Little Greene’s Traditional Oil Gloss and is suitable for interior and exterior use. A tough, environmentally-friendly and fully washable paint with a chic, high sheen, Intelligent Gloss is a fast-drying finish, perfect for woodwork, but also suitable for use on metals and plaster walls, particularly in rooms that need to be cleaned frequently, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Masonry Paint

Gone are the days of a limited colour choice for exterior painting! Little Greene’s environmentally-friendly Exterior Masonry Paint is available in all colours – it can be used to achieve a long-lasting, matt finish on brick, stone or rendered walls. Water-based, Masonry Paint dries quickly to a pleasingly smooth finish. Extremely durable, it’s guaranteed to last at least 15 years on exterior walls before repainting is required*. It also benefits from being highly dirt resistant and its anti-fungal and anti-ageing properties ensure it looks good for longer.

Yellow Pink 46, Scree 227 & Lamp Black 228

Intelligent All Surface Primer

Intelligent All Surface Primer is the icing under the cake! Little Greene’s brand new, most technically-advanced primer is the sure way to provide the perfect preparation for your chosen finish. Getting rid of those confusing issues of which primer to use, this water-based Primer & Undercoat is a solid foundation for ALL interior and exterior surfaces (including wood, metals, ceramic tiles, laminated surfaces, glass and uPVC). Not only does it offer amazing ease of application on all building substrates, its super-speedy three hour drying time, makes this robust primer the go-to preparation for projects that need to be completed quickly. Intelligent ASP is tinted according to your final colour choice to ensure the full opacity – and longevity - of your top-coat is achieved quickly and efficiently.

*Suitable preparation is necessary to ensure full longevity of all paint finishes.

Little Greene products are available at Brewers Decorator Centres. To view the full list of Little Greene products available, please visit