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How To Add Personality To A White Bathroom

Posted by Abi Hugo

 It can sometimes be difficult to make a bathroom feel warm and beautiful as the majority of the room is fixed down and hopefully (if you haven't been stuck with some 70s vibe pink or brown) bright white with not much additional colour.  

With out pending some serious money to change it up you are normally stuck with what is already there when you rent or purchase the house.

This can be especially disappointing if you have moved into a home and don’t yet have the budget to renovate the room. 

So today we are going to be sharing some quick ways to update your bathroom to make it feel more homely and less like a cold sterile white room.

 

Shelves

Adding some open shelving allows you to display some of your trinkets which adds personality to a sometimes over looked room.

Checkout our blog post on how to style open shelving if you are not sure how to make them look the best they can. 

Open shelves can add colour and vibrancy to the stark white of a bathroom suite. If you have a blank wall, think about adding two or three reclaimed scaffolding shelves to add some character to the walls.

  

Acumen Collection | Rustic Shelves

You can also check out our Rustic Shelving Collection HERE 

 

Bathboard

A bathtub is a huge white piece of furniture and unless you are lucky enough to have some gorgeous taps there is not a lot to break up that expanse of white. 

That is why rustic bathboards are such a great addition. 

Not only are they functional, because who doesn't want a place to rest their wine, book or iPad whilst they relax in a hot steamy bath. 

But they are a great way to add texture, depth and warmth to an otherwise rather sterile room. 

Here at Acumen Collection we have the most beautiful reclaimed bathboards that give your bathroom extra atmosphere. And these can of course be ordered from us in different types of wood and sizes, all our bath boards are made using reclaimed materials and treated with a special coating so that they are water repellent. 

Check out our collection here to pick your perfect board

Towels

 

You want to invest in some luxury towels nothing makes a bathroom look better than soft fluffy towels hanging over the towel rail or radiator, you can even artistically throw one over the bath tub to make it slightly more ‘Instagrammable’

It is an item we use everyday like bedding, which is why so it is important to make sure you love them and that they are cozy.

They are also a great way of adding a quick dash of colour, or changing up the colour quickly. You can change the set from season to season to keep the room looking fresh and exciting.

 

Nice products

There are plenty of products that we need to use in the bathroom from hand soap to shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

And let’s be honest they don’t tend to come in the prettiest packaging.

But even if one of them comes in a nice bottle it’s unlikely to match the rest of the products.

One great idea is to get some beautiful and eco friendly amber bottles and decant your products into them – we recommend these ones https://amzn.to/3j53pu0 from amazon.

They are a great way to make your unsightly products look in keeping with the rest of the room and even better as we are very con if you have a refill shop you can also reduce plastic and save the environment.

 

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 It can sometimes be difficult to make a bathroom feel warm and beautiful as the majority of the room is fixed down and hopefully (if you haven't been stuck with some 70s vibe pink or brown) bright white with not much additional colour.  

With out pending some serious money to change it up you are normally stuck with what is already there when you rent or purchase the house.

This can be especially disappointing if you have moved into a home and don’t yet have the budget to renovate the room. 

So today we are going to be sharing some quick ways to update your bathroom to make it feel more homely and less like a cold sterile white room.

 

Shelves

Adding some open shelving allows you to display some of your trinkets which adds personality to a sometimes over looked room.

Checkout our blog post on how to style open shelving if you are not sure how to make them look the best they can. 

Open shelves can add colour and vibrancy to the stark white of a bathroom suite. If you have a blank wall, think about adding two or three reclaimed scaffolding shelves to add some character to the walls.

  

Acumen Collection | Rustic Shelves

You can also check out our Rustic Shelving Collection HERE 

 

Bathboard

A bathtub is a huge white piece of furniture and unless you are lucky enough to have some gorgeous taps there is not a lot to break up that expanse of white. 

That is why rustic bathboards are such a great addition. 

Not only are they functional, because who doesn't want a place to rest their wine, book or iPad whilst they relax in a hot steamy bath. 

But they are a great way to add texture, depth and warmth to an otherwise rather sterile room. 

Here at Acumen Collection we have the most beautiful reclaimed bathboards that give your bathroom extra atmosphere. And these can of course be ordered from us in different types of wood and sizes, all our bath boards are made using reclaimed materials and treated with a special coating so that they are water repellent. 

Check out our collection here to pick your perfect board

Towels

 

You want to invest in some luxury towels nothing makes a bathroom look better than soft fluffy towels hanging over the towel rail or radiator, you can even artistically throw one over the bath tub to make it slightly more ‘Instagrammable’

It is an item we use everyday like bedding, which is why so it is important to make sure you love them and that they are cozy.

They are also a great way of adding a quick dash of colour, or changing up the colour quickly. You can change the set from season to season to keep the room looking fresh and exciting.

 

Nice products

There are plenty of products that we need to use in the bathroom from hand soap to shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

And let’s be honest they don’t tend to come in the prettiest packaging.

But even if one of them comes in a nice bottle it’s unlikely to match the rest of the products.

One great idea is to get some beautiful and eco friendly amber bottles and decant your products into them – we recommend these ones https://amzn.to/3j53pu0 from amazon.

They are a great way to make your unsightly products look in keeping with the rest of the room and even better as we are very con if you have a refill shop you can also reduce plastic and save the environment.

 

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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 

 

Read more

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