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Mistakes to avoid when decorating your space with rugs

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Besides protecting the floors from wear and tear, rugs are essential to styling any space, they tie the different styling elements of a room together, define the dimension of a room’s floor plan and visually anchor a space.

A space that doesn’t have a rug feels stripped bare, lacking in warmth and incomplete in styling.

It feels like it needs a little more love. A little more flavour. Rugs are as easy to style as they are not.

There are several mistakes people make when decorating their space with a rug. Here are four of those and how to get around them to style your space just right:

Mistake#1: A rug that is too small for your space

The dimensions for your rug are determined by the space in which it shall be used.

Take the living room for instance: you will know that your rug is too small if all the furniture in there – your couch and seats, your TV console – are floating around the rug.

Pulling them in to have at least an inch of them sitting on the tip of the rug turns your living room into this squeezed unliveable and uncomfortable space.

For your dining room rug, you will know it is small when you pull at a chair and the back legs immediately go off the border of the rug to the bare floor.

A bedside rug is too small if you swing your feet off the bed and you can only wriggle the toes of one foot on the rug.

An underfoot rug is too small if the bottom feet of your bed are not sitting within its perimeter.

The one way to avoid this mistake is to take the dimensions of your space – measure your living room, dining room and bed using a tape measure.

The dimensions of rugs are quoted in feet and inches. Use the same when taking dimensions. There are no standard dimensions for each room in a house.

Work with the space you are living in right now. For your living room, trim a few inches from the floor skirting then take the rug dimensions from there.

This is because you want to show some bare floor after placing your rug since it gives the illusion of space. For your dining room, use your dining table to guide you on how much wider and longer your selected rug should be.

Mistake #2: A rug whose patterns don’t match your already-existing decor style

Those who go for patterned rugs sometimes select patterns that are so ornate and so rich in colour, that they upset the harmony and cohesion that already existed in a space.

Imagine patterned curtains, patterned cushions and patterned poufs then in the midst of all this, you throw in a patterned rug…

One way to avoid this mistake is to invest in a rug as the final item in your decor shopping list, so it can reinforce your styling – avoid styling a room around a rug.

This may mean several weeks or months without a rug as you turn this town upside down searching for one that complements the styling of your space.

No matter how long it may take you to find the ‘perfect’ rug, it is far better to wait than to invest in one that will make your space look tacky and dizzying.

Another way to avoid this mistake is to play it safe and go for a rug in a solid colour.

A colour that picks up from an already-existing colour in your space, that way you have a coordinated scheme.

This especially works if your other items are already heavily or subtly patterned. Get the anti-slip rug gripper to prevent the rug from slipping.

Or a rug pad to add some cushiness to your floors. I like this description: protects rugs, allows air to circulate and enhances comfort underfoot.

Mistake #3: Not creating harmony for different rugs of different spaces

Rugs are a great way to visually define the different functional spaces in a room, especially where it is open-plan, or where the space is small.

A rug will define your living room; a different rug will define your dining, and another one can define your corridor.

You can also get creative with shapes, textures and materials as you use your rugs to define each of the spaces – from rectangle and oval shapes, to natural and synthetic fibres, and machine to hand-woven rugs.

The catch is, there must be harmony in how you style these different elements of your selected rugs. Colour is a default and strong elements of harmony.

Patterns may not quite get you there – imagine attempting to match a symmetric pattern with a floral one. However, you can be bold with your choices and go for it.

Use your eye to test how cohesive the rugs are with the other main pieces in your space.

Mistake #4: A rug that doesn’t feel good underfoot

Ultimately, a rug should feel as good under your feet as it does to look at.

You should want to squish your toes into it after a long day chasing paper.

Thinking functionality, bedside rugs should be plusher than living room and dining room rugs.

Dining room rug should be plusher than a living room rug but it should also be easier to clean or brushing off food particles that may fall off the table and get stuck in between its fibres.

Some like to have a kitchen sink rug. I imagine they want to make the experience of washing dishes feel less dutiful and more delightful.

A kitchen rug should just be plush enough to wriggle your toes in but not too plush that it takes three days to dry from some water spillage.

A shaggy rug is, therefore, a no-no for your kitchen and dining room but a winner for your living room.

A faux fur rug or sheepskin rug is a winner for your bedroom but an unwise choice for your corridor.

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The year 2020 has stretched us in many ways! It has thrown to us numerous twists and turns, while offering us a number of highs and many lows.

But as the year ends, we would love to give you, your family and your loved ones a big smile, especially on these last days of the year with our special December offer, #GoGreenNaOptiven

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Sukari Heights is magnificently designed luxurious and executive residence offering world class lifestyle.
Starting from Ksh 2.7M. Sukari Heights is located in the most exclusive Kahawa Sukari neighborhood just 15 minutes drive from Nairobi CBD.

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The FIVE levels of Optiven properties

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Here at Optiven, we usually have FIVE Levels of properties. Each level has its set of value additions. The levels are also based on location, proximity to infrastructure. Market prices are thus based on these factor. This ensures that we cater for low, middle and high end customers.

Here are our property Levels:

1. Plots that are Bare: They do not have any value additions on them at all. Their price range from 495, 000_ per plot.

Hope Gardens in Kajiado
Price tag Kshs. 675,000 per plot

(Read more about Hope Gardens here: https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/hope-gardens-kajiado-county/) and Favour Gardens in Kajiado. We do not have many of this type since they are plots that are a bit far from development.

2. Limited Value Added Plots: These plots have graded roads, fence with barbed wire, power not too far and there is scarce settlement. Examples are Rafiki Gardens along Kangundo Rd. @ Kshs. 695, 000 per plot ) – Read more about Rafiki Gardens here: https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/rafiki-gardens-kangundo-road/) and Peace Gardens in Nyeri

@ Kshs. 695, 000 per plot (this is only 500 meters off Tarmac)

3. Standard Value Added Plots (Medium Value Added Plots): On this properties; we do murrum roads, Water on site, elevated water tanks, fence by Mesh and care taker on site. Examples are:

Shekinah Gardens in Kajiado Township

Price tag Kshs. 750, 000

– this project is only 900 meters off Namanga highway.

Shekinah Gardens – Kajiado

Watch more about Shekinah here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6pqSDS1OAo&t=14s)

Shalom Gardens in Machakos

Price Tag@ 1,295, 000,

Shalom Gardens Phase 2 Value Add Ons

Garden of Joy in Machakos

Price tag 1.495M per plot.

Garden of Joy – Machakos County

Watch more about Garden of Joy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAIQGde-D7A&t=10s

4. High level Value Additions:

Price Tag: cash Kshs 2,295,000

We do fruits parks, playing fields, elevated water tower, piped water to every plot, we plant hundreds of trees, drainages done, power, house designs and gated community with manned security, community regulations, Home owners Association and a care taker. Example is Victory Gardens Phase Three, Four & Five.

Victory Gardens Phase 3, 4 & 5 taking a new Positive Twist

Watch more about Victory Gardens here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StH4xI_7Oxg&t=1s

5. Super Prime Value Addition:

Price range: Kshs. 5m to 12.5m (determined by size of Plot)

This is where we do cabro internal roads, provision of club house, very high end entry gate, stone wall, laser wire, CCTV, water Fountain, high end Steel Galvanized 15 meter high 100,000 liters elevated tank, Orchards, green public parks, house designs, appointed Architect, registered community regulations by the county government, Home owners association, Uniformed Security guards. Two caretakers on site. Example is
Amani Ridge the Place of Peace in Kiambu.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace – Kiambu

Watch this video on architectural projections of Amani Ridge the Place of Peace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os3nubny8Vg&t=2s

Would you wish to own any of these properties? Get in touch with Optiven Today:

Contact Optiven Group:
+254 790 300 300
+254 723 400 500
Website: www.optiven.co.ke
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