Rugs are a great solution if you’re hoping to cozy up your floors and make an easy and affordable impact on your overall interior design. As opposed to traditional carpeting, rugs are affordable, and can be easily swapped out at any time to create a new look for your room. One look that never goes out of style involves not one, but multiple rugs.
Layering multiple rugs started out as a trend, possibly derived from the Boho style–but now it’s here to stay. The art of rug layering can offer infinitely more options for your space. We’re convinced that with an open mind and the right inspo, anyone can learn to love the layered look and use it to rock their home! Our how-to tips and large inventory of designs all but guarantee that you can craft layers that you love.
Benefits of layering multiple rugs
We’ve already mentioned the budgetary benefits of choosing to layer rugs instead of opting for carpet. There’s no need to sacrifice style for savings–purchasing multiple rugs for layering allows you to create a custom design for your room, without the custom price tag.
Beyond design, paired pieces can add texture and comfort to a room. Mixing and matching different materials and weaves creates a one-of-a kind look of your own design. Doubled up rugs will also add an extra layer of softness.
Can you put one rug on top of another?
Layering rugs certainly gives you an outlet for your creativity in design… but are there rules to follow? Fortunately, the sky’s the limit with this highly customizable style.
Rugs look great when they’re doing more than just covering hardwood floors. They later beautifully over existing carpet, on top of a different rug, or both! The only thing you’ll want to ensure is that your top layer is the smallest rug, ensuring that the pattern and texture of the bottom piece can still be seen and appreciated. Because they’re so long-lasting and affordable, it means that there’s no reason not to purchase all of your favorites. With layering, you won’t even have to worry about rotating out your collection. Pair your favorite pieces together to bring a plush personality to every room in your home. You can’t go wrong, as long as you end up with a look that you love.
You can even use your rugs to highlight other furniture favorites in a room. If you treat a coffee table to its own personal rug on top of a larger piece, you’ll draw guests’ eyes to the piece and help to make all of your design elements work together.
Start from the Bottom
Jute and Sisal rugs are among the most popular options for the first layer. Neutral and natural feeling, they add texture and allow other colors and textures to shine. Jute rugs’ durability is also a great benefit for the base layer, since they can be easily washed.
What size should a layering rug be?
The size of your layering rugs is largely informed by the size of the space you are decorating. The typical living room, for example, is well-accommodated by an 8×10 option. Once you establish your base layer, you’ll want to ensure that your second piece is small enough to still showcase the rug on the bottom.
How much border to leave when layering rugs
It’s typical best practice to allow 12-18 inches on either edge of the centerpiece.
How do you layer multiple rugs?
Layering is a way to express your own personal tastes. However, if you need some help finding inspiration, there are many classic pairings that you can build upon.
Consider the texture
A large reason many people buy rugs is to give their feet a soft place to land. Why not give them this resting place and a little variety? Pairing different textures side-by-side will add dimension and excitement to your room. Incorporating texture through layering also allows you to play with bolder styles, without fully committing to the look.
If you’ve always been a secret fan of shag, but worry it may be overpowering, layering is your solution! A small shag rug can be placed on top of a larger, more neutral piece. It will bring all of the cozy, with none of the chaos.
Use the right color combination
Struggling to find a rug that encompasses your room’s color scheme? Create a pair that is personalized to your exact needs. You can choose two shades of the same color, a complementary duo, or use a base-layer neutral as the background to a pop of fun.
If the color scheme of your room is fairly simple, this is a time when you can let the rug really shine. If you’re looking for something especially bold, try opting for a pattern!
Think about the patterns
Purchasing a patterned rug, or a cowhide rug, may already seem like a risky move. After all, no one wants to make their room too “busy.” With this in mind, the prospect of layering patterns may seem like a recipe for disaster. But hear us out!
It’s true that a highly decorated room probably doesn’t need a rug that attempts to steal the show. In other situations, though, brightly patterned and/or layered rugs are a super easy way to add a bit of spice to your spaces. If you’d like, you can off-set a more commanding pattern with a more “safe” neutral. Otherwise, you can craft eye-catching pairs from different eras, perfectly blending modern and traditional styles.
Think about the shapes – of the rugs and your room
When you’re done planning the aesthetics of your rug, it’s time to think about the structure! Though many beginners to layering prefer to choose two different sized rugs of the same shape, there’s nothing stopping you from mixing things up!
Play with your eyes’ expectations through a circle in the middle of a square, or vice versa. With this component of design, you get to — quite literally — think outside of the box!
Can you overlap area rugs?
Layering doesn’t have to mean completely stacking two rugs. If you’re hoping to cover more ground, slightly overlapping multiple pieces can help you span a wider area while incorporating diverse designs.
Smaller area rugs can be used to create a collage of sorts, right underneath your feet! Pair bright colors with complementary patterns and hues. You can even invest in smaller pieces to keep handy. That way, if you host a large group, everyone can have a clean and comfortable place to sit. When they choose where to sit, they’ll be adding to the artwork!
If you decide to overlap your rugs, you may want to invest in some carpet tape or non-slip grips. This will ensure that the ridges of each addition don’t get caught under foot. They say beauty is pain… but your design doesn’t need to be dangerous!