- Rug pads, rug pads, rug pads! Nobody likes to trip or slip on a loose or bunched-up rug. This is especially important when layering rugs. A traditional rug pad for the base layer will help keep it from moving as well as protect your floors. They come in a variety of styles, so if you want a cushier surface, choose a heavyweight rug pad. For layered rugs that want to bunch up, try a rug pad like the ones from Teebaud to keep it in place. This is a super-thin, non-skid underlay that won't add bulk!
- Throwing a patterned rug over a sisal, seagrass, or jute rug is a foolproof approach for those a bit hesitant to combine intricate patterned rugs. A simple earth-tone texture for the base layer can help anchor the room, while the patterned rug can help define an area. This can also be a great approach for many other reasons:
- If you need a durable rug for a high-traffic area (or have kids or pets), you can still have a soft place to rest your feet by adding a cozier rug to your seating area.
- Natural fiber rugs can be found quite reasonably priced, especially when compared to their hand-loomed counterparts. Using rugs this way might give you extra money to put towards a higher quality, albeit smaller, accent rug.
- You're afraid the room will be chaotic or overwhelmed by a large patterned rug, but you still need a rug to pull the room together. By using the neutral rug as your base, you can introduce color and pattern with a smaller-sized rug on top.
- From Domino, "When using more than one area rug in a room, consider how the pieces will relate to each other. Adjacent rugs that are too similar could... look like merchandise in a rug store."
Check out these posts for more rug-related inspiration:
Hot or Not? Layered Rugs Bedroom Rugs Decisions, Decisions: Picking the Right Rug Sewing Two Rugs Together to Make a Larger Size? Layering Rugs for a Uniform Look 5 Sources for Rugs on a Budget
Images: 1, 6, 7 : Elle Decor via PointClickHome, 2: Domino Magazine, 3: Lost Art Salon via Rug Design Blog, 4, 5: AtticMag