A G Plan Vintage Compact and Cosy Home

As Tilly Hemingway pointed out in our recent blog post about mid-century living, homes have reduced in size since the 1950s, and so designing for compact and cosy living has become a much bigger focal point. Interior designers are constantly blogging about these types of style challenges so let’s take a look at the trend and see how we can create a homely atmosphere that keeps the illusion of space, and welcomes visitors in.

Furniture design has particularly reflected this trend, with more compact and multifunctional designs gracing interior showrooms. A superb example would be East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes Village. HemingwayDesign recently furnished and designed these residences, turning them into privately rented flats. Working with limited spaces and choosing robust furnishings, some truly outstanding homes have now been created and best of all, many of them feature the G Plan Vintage collection. You can see The Fifty Three in one of the East Village flats below.

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East Village: The Fifty Three

So how did the Hemingway’s go about creating this compact and cosy look?

Take a look at the sofa positioning. You’ll see they placed stylish and inviting sofas at the core of the open living room space. It’s easy to push furniture against a wall as it seems like the obvious space-saving solution. But your sofa may look more inviting in the middle of the room?

The Sixty Seven Snuggler

New: The Sixty Seven Snuggler in Marl Grey

Our Vintage furniture is compact with sleek arms, so it fits well into today’s smaller rooms. Many of our models offer a small sofa option, and we’ve just added The G Plan Vintage Sixty Seven Snuggler to The Sixty Seven range, now available to order in any John Lewis store.

Cosiness most often translates to comfort after you’ve taken in all the aesthetics of a room. Often there’s a gap between furniture that’s lovely to look at and furniture that’s wonderful to sit on. With 60 years of continuous quality improvements, The G Plan Vintage collection can confidently make a style statement and offer a fantastic comfort experience.

Here’s some further tips on how to create a compact and cosy home:

1. Be organised. Have you considered a floor to ceiling bookshelf? Not only are they exceptionally practical, but they look great too.

2. Use colour. Bold doesn’t always mean bright. A deep plum or a cocoa brown can add a luxurious, inviting feel. Have a look at our fabric colours here for some inspiration.

3. Add light. Draw in more natural light by using blinds rather than curtains. Additionally, lamps add a cosy touch and you can add extra warmth by swapping ‘cool’ light bulbs for ‘warm’ bulbs.

4. Use texture. Fill your house with things you want to touch, like a fluffy throw or a patterned rug – they’ll add a snug feel.

If you have any tips of your own, we’d love to hear them. Pop over to our Facebook page and join in the conversation.

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