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5 Top Tips for Perfectly Styled Shelves

Posted by Abi Hugo

Layer – Start with Large Items First

Start by finding a spot for the largest items first, and build from there. Make sure you place the large items in a balanced way. For example, place one large item on the top left shelf, and another on the bottom right. You don’t want all of your heavy items to be grouped together. You want your eye to travel through the items and spreading out the larger pieces will help the whole look come together and feel balanced.

This idea also goes for smaller pieces and varying textures and shapes. Spread out your greenery, your vases, your boxes, etc. Work in layers by adding items to the back, leaning against the wall, as well.

 Check out our rustic shelving - they can be customised to fit any space

Work in Groups of Three

Groupings of three feels balanced and is visually appealing to the eye, especially in smaller spaces, such as shelves and table tops. By grouping the items together it feels more organised and less overwhelming. It is also important to leave areas of negative space between the groupings. Negative space allows the eye to rest and wander around the visual and helps the shelves to not feel cluttered.

Add Baskets to Minimise Clutter and Hide Bits and Bobs

Using woven baskets, helps to add texture and warmth, not to mention storage! They also help keep the shelf from looking too cluttered. They can also act as one of your larger focal points as mentioned in our first point. 

Use Plants to Add Texture and Visual Interest and Focus

Plants just make a space feel fresh and clean! Use them to decorate the same way you would use baskets i.e. a lot!

We recommend looking our for succulents and cacti as they are lower maintenance which is favourable on shelves.

There are a lot of great faux options available these days. 

Shelf Styling | Acumen Collection

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

Switch Up Your Decor Seasonally! 

Each season has its own unique traits - draw on nature to style your shelves.

In Autumn you could go out and pick some leaves and clip them to some twine to make a beautiful autumnal garland. You could do the same in Winter with pine cones. 

Be thrifty and always be on the eye out for something to forage that you can use to style your shelves by adding texture and visual interest.

View our entire Shelving Catalogue HERE 

 

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Layer – Start with Large Items First

Start by finding a spot for the largest items first, and build from there. Make sure you place the large items in a balanced way. For example, place one large item on the top left shelf, and another on the bottom right. You don’t want all of your heavy items to be grouped together. You want your eye to travel through the items and spreading out the larger pieces will help the whole look come together and feel balanced.

This idea also goes for smaller pieces and varying textures and shapes. Spread out your greenery, your vases, your boxes, etc. Work in layers by adding items to the back, leaning against the wall, as well.

 Check out our rustic shelving - they can be customised to fit any space

Work in Groups of Three

Groupings of three feels balanced and is visually appealing to the eye, especially in smaller spaces, such as shelves and table tops. By grouping the items together it feels more organised and less overwhelming. It is also important to leave areas of negative space between the groupings. Negative space allows the eye to rest and wander around the visual and helps the shelves to not feel cluttered.

Add Baskets to Minimise Clutter and Hide Bits and Bobs

Using woven baskets, helps to add texture and warmth, not to mention storage! They also help keep the shelf from looking too cluttered. They can also act as one of your larger focal points as mentioned in our first point. 

Use Plants to Add Texture and Visual Interest and Focus

Plants just make a space feel fresh and clean! Use them to decorate the same way you would use baskets i.e. a lot!

We recommend looking our for succulents and cacti as they are lower maintenance which is favourable on shelves.

There are a lot of great faux options available these days. 

Shelf Styling | Acumen Collection

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

Switch Up Your Decor Seasonally! 

Each season has its own unique traits - draw on nature to style your shelves.

In Autumn you could go out and pick some leaves and clip them to some twine to make a beautiful autumnal garland. You could do the same in Winter with pine cones. 

Be thrifty and always be on the eye out for something to forage that you can use to style your shelves by adding texture and visual interest.

View our entire Shelving Catalogue HERE 

 

Read more

How to be more productive whilst working from home

Posted by Abi Hugo

Follow these simple tips to stay on top of your work and keep organised whilst working from home

We are sharing seven simple tips to help you stay organised and productive whilst working from home

With working from home becoming the new norm you might be thinking about updating your office space.

Perhaps it was previously just a dumping ground for paperwork or maybe just somewhere you stored things before they needed to be moved into the attic or garden shed.

However, if it has become your primary workspace you may need to have a rethink to ensure you’re making the most out of the space and that you feel both comfortable and productive.

Studies have shown physical environments influence an individual’s well-being and directly influence their work performance and productivity.

Try these tips to perk up your space and productivity today…

 

1.   Find and create a beautiful desk and office space

First of all, you want to create a desk that reflects you and what you think looks good. This will mean you have more pride in your space and you are more likely to want to keep it clean and tidy. 

A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

Having an office desk that you love to look at and spend time at is going to instantly improve your mood whilst being at it.

Check out our industrial office desk collection:

https://acumencollection.co.uk/collections/office-desks/

2.  It doesn't have to stay on your desk

A lot of people keep piles of paperwork or books on their desk so that it is easy to reach for whilst working.  However, it can look cluttered and messy which ultimately will affect your overall productivity

Not everything has to stay on your desk at all times. Dedicate some shelf space nearby for some of your office supplies. This means everything is kept together but out of your sight when you are not using it. 

This means that you won’t be moving things around your desk constantly to make room for what you are actually working on. Your workspace will then be a more calming space. 

Check out our industrial office desk shelving collection:

https://acumencollection.co.uk/products/3-shelf-industrial-pipe-shelving-unit

https://acumencollection.co.uk/products/caracas-magazine-holder

 

 

3.  Invest in your chair

It’s not new news that sitting on a chair all day isn’t the greatest for our health. However, having a fully adjustable chair with a good supportive backrest is essential for good posture and comfort.

Check out our industrial office desk chairs collection:

https://acumencollection.co.uk/products/vintage-industrial-office-chair

4.  Phone Charging Port

Having a stand for your phone is so handy, it takes up less room and you don't have to keep losing your charging cable down the back of your desk. 

If you just put it on the stand each time you sit down which means you will never be stuck without a charge. 

We recommend this stand or wireless charging pad:

https://amzn.to/32mtjD8

https://amzn.to/34EjGlW

5.  Make sure you have good lighting

Sitting in darkness helps no one – it decreases our productivity and makes us feel genuinely rather glum. Make sure you have good lighting even better if its an industrial office desk lamp that fits in with the rest of your decor!

Check out our industrial office desk lamps:

https://acumencollection.co.uk/collections/table-lamps/products/madrid-desk-lamp-black-copper-raw

6.  Decorate with personal items

 Unlike corporate office spaces, our home offices have the potential to be very personal and loved spaces. You should love sitting there and be proud of the space you have created.

Make sure you decorate it with some of your prized possessions whether that is a framed qualification, some carefully chosen stationary or some carefully curated and in theme artwork.

The more aesthetically pleasing the space the happier you will be in there.

7.  One final thought - Straighten Your Desk

At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

Whether you use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy having a beautifully designed rustic industrial office space that is clutter-free!

 

Read more

Follow these simple tips to stay on top of your work and keep organised whilst working from home

We are sharing seven simple tips to help you stay organised and productive whilst working from home

With working from home becoming the new norm you might be thinking about updating your office space.

Perhaps it was previously just a dumping ground for paperwork or maybe just somewhere you stored things before they needed to be moved into the attic or garden shed.

However, if it has become your primary workspace you may need to have a rethink to ensure you’re making the most out of the space and that you feel both comfortable and productive.

Studies have shown physical environments influence an individual’s well-being and directly influence their work performance and productivity.

Try these tips to perk up your space and productivity today…

 

1.   Find and create a beautiful desk and office space

First of all, you want to create a desk that reflects you and what you think looks good. This will mean you have more pride in your space and you are more likely to want to keep it clean and tidy. 

A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

Having an office desk that you love to look at and spend time at is going to instantly improve your mood whilst being at it.

Check out our industrial office desk collection:

https://acumencollection.co.uk/collections/office-desks/

2.  It doesn't have to stay on your desk

A lot of people keep piles of paperwork or books on their desk so that it is easy to reach for whilst working.  However, it can look cluttered and messy which ultimately will affect your overall productivity

Not everything has to stay on your desk at all times. Dedicate some shelf space nearby for some of your office supplies. This means everything is kept together but out of your sight when you are not using it. 

This means that you won’t be moving things around your desk constantly to make room for what you are actually working on. Your workspace will then be a more calming space. 

Check out our industrial office desk shelving collection:

https://acumencollection.co.uk/products/3-shelf-industrial-pipe-shelving-unit

https://acumencollection.co.uk/products/caracas-magazine-holder

 

 

3.  Invest in your chair

It’s not new news that sitting on a chair all day isn’t the greatest for our health. However, having a fully adjustable chair with a good supportive backrest is essential for good posture and comfort.

Check out our industrial office desk chairs collection:

https://acumencollection.co.uk/products/vintage-industrial-office-chair

4.  Phone Charging Port

Having a stand for your phone is so handy, it takes up less room and you don't have to keep losing your charging cable down the back of your desk. 

If you just put it on the stand each time you sit down which means you will never be stuck without a charge. 

We recommend this stand or wireless charging pad:

https://amzn.to/32mtjD8

https://amzn.to/34EjGlW

5.  Make sure you have good lighting

Sitting in darkness helps no one – it decreases our productivity and makes us feel genuinely rather glum. Make sure you have good lighting even better if its an industrial office desk lamp that fits in with the rest of your decor!

Check out our industrial office desk lamps:

https://acumencollection.co.uk/collections/table-lamps/products/madrid-desk-lamp-black-copper-raw

6.  Decorate with personal items

 Unlike corporate office spaces, our home offices have the potential to be very personal and loved spaces. You should love sitting there and be proud of the space you have created.

Make sure you decorate it with some of your prized possessions whether that is a framed qualification, some carefully chosen stationary or some carefully curated and in theme artwork.

The more aesthetically pleasing the space the happier you will be in there.

7.  One final thought - Straighten Your Desk

At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

Whether you use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy having a beautifully designed rustic industrial office space that is clutter-free!

 

Read more