Layered rugs. It's seems like you either love this idea or hate it. I've been on the love end every since I saw the second photo in Domino magazine back in 2005. But I do think it can be tricky to get right. Without proper styling, it can come across as messy or just plain hazardous.
Layering rugs is much like layering your clothing. Your building on a style and - when done right - adding colors, materials, or textures can give a room depth and warmth. For those that are ready to take the plunge and pile on the rugs, here are a few tips.
- 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
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