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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.

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Shopfitting Tips for Rustic Crafts and Gift Shops

by Regina Barnett

Whether you're setting up a brand-new shop or are planning a refurbishment, your shopfitting is the most important thing to get right. There's a lot to think about, including how effectively your products can be displayed and how easy it is for customers to access and navigate the shop.

But often, it's the way your shop represents your branding that is of most interest to business owners. Each aspect of your fittings and furnishings says something about your business, coming together to create an appropriate atmosphere that can impact your sales. If you run a traditional, rustic shop stocking crafts and gifts, here are some things to think about when you plan your shopfitting.

Furnishings

To create a warm, traditional environment, you should use real wood wherever possible. This includes your shelving, counter, and other items of furniture used to display goods.

Real wood can be expensive, so if your budget can't stretch to it, veneer or laminate can look just as good as solid timber. In some cases, you may find there's a wider range of styles available in veneer or laminate furniture.

Depending on how rustic you want the overall effect to be, you can either choose matching items or a mismatched jumble of different styles. The latter can be highly effective if it's done carefully.

Lighting

Unlike ultra-modern, minimalist clothing shops or electronics retailers, you don't want your lighting to be too bright. Instead of bright spotlights or neon strip-bulbs, look into more traditional shaded lights, similar to what you'd find at home.

Remember, though, that you don't want things to be too dark, as this can create a negative atmosphere and even make it difficult to show off your stock properly. Use lighter shades, and perhaps include a floor-standing lamp or two to keep things warm and well-lit.

Layout

Avoid too many wide, empty spaces, as this will make the shop feel less homely. It's important to strike a balance between filling up space and leaving room for people to make their way around the shop easily.

Some small tables can use up space in the middle of the shop, and adding some floor-standing display units around the edge of the room in addition to wall-mounted shelving makes a shop feel less sparse.

Colours

While you don't want a bright white shop that looks like it's from the future, white walls can work well if you have dark wooden fittings and furnishings. Alternatively, off-white colours look a bit less stark.

You could also use darker colours, but stick to warm tones and take care not to make the room feel oppressive and overpowering.

Contact professional shop fitters for additional advice.

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