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How to Layer Rugs

March 27, 2015 , , , , , , ,

Area rugs add texture and warmth — they’re basically the finishing touch in a well-composed room. Rugs come in not only an astronomical array of textures but nearly every shape, size and color as well. Finding the perfect rug can already seem like quite the feat, so finding multiple rugs to layer may seem impossible. However, layering rugs can solve many design dilemma, and when done right, this method can help define functional areas of an open concept floor plan, provide pattern and color inspiration for a room, add inviting texture, or even accent smaller statement rugs. Equipped with a few guidelines, layering rugs can become less daunting. Check out the following creative ways to get inspired!

Defining Spaces - How to layer rugs

A large sisal rug spans the entire room, while the layered hide defines the seating area. This look can accent many design styles.

Rustic - Rustic Room look

Contemporary - Contemporary Living Room - Contemporary Bedroom Look

Try layering a woven jute rug with either a faux hide rug or a gorgeous Kashmir wool or silk rug to lend an opulence to the room.

Color & Pattern - Colored & patterned rug

The texture and color in these rugs is mirrored in the other design components of the room including the bedding, upholstery and even the architecture of the room. - Color matching of rug with room

The colors and texture found in the aztec rug are also found elsewhere in this room. The brindle rug layered on top works perfectly with this Native-American-themed room. All these statement rugs are anchored by a neutral jute rug, highlighting the bold patterns and colors of the prints. - Transitional Living Room

The blues in this statement rug are found in other accents such as the sofa pillows.

Texture - Eclectic Living Room

This room is overflowing with texture, between the various pillows, sofas and rugs. A large oriental rug is contrasted by a bright white, fuzzy sheepskin rug, creating an inviting, cozy living area. - Traditional Living Room - Contemporary Family Room

To create the above look, layer a natural fiber rug such as jute with a bold, soft sheepskin or wool rug. Alternatively, layer a boldly-printed rug with a neutral-colored sheepskin or wool rug. This look is great in living rooms to create inviting areas for conversation or in bedrooms to create a comfortable retreat.

Small Statement Rugs - Traditional Family Room with Rugs

This small oriental rug would be far too small a rug in this large room, but by layering it atop a large neutral rug, it becomes a statement centerpiece in this living - Dining Room

Here too, a large neutral rug highlights the long, narrow oriental rug that is layered on top of it.

Stick with natural materials such as jute, sisal or seagrass in neutral colors to highlight a bold statement rug.

Do let us know if you liked these tips! And share this with your friends and family if you think you found it useful. 🙂


This blog article is part of our “Best Idea’s Series” where we look to bring you refreshing ideas related decor and lifestyle. The original article is attributed to Jane Blanchard. This has been desaturated from the original.

All pictures courtesy Houzz

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