Adding a rug is an easy way to add texture, color, and warmth to a room. But why would you want more than one? Layering rugs started as a trend, but it’s definitely stuck. Designers love it because it allows them to experiment with a pop of color. That’s way it’s normally done with a neutral base rug topped by a smaller more colorful rug. And they don’t have to both be area rugs. You can place a colorful area rug on top of wall-to-wall carpeting to better define a space and add color.
If you’re game to try it, here are four things to consider that will help you get it right.
- More space, less furniture. Layering rugs works better in a room that’s larger, or has less furniture.
- Color is key. You can mix and match patterns, but if your colors don’t coordinate, the room will look like a circus. And remember, this usually works best when you place a smaller rug of a bolder color on top of a larger, neutral rug.
- Highlight an area. Placing a smaller rug on top of a larger one can be used to direct someone’s eye to a specific area or piece (like a coffee table).
- Play with textures. Beyond color, another way to ensure your two rugs are distinct is using different textures. From jute to sheepskin, don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous.