When people think about updating their interior décor, they usually think of painting, rearranging the furniture, or adding new accessories. Most don’t realize a simple solution could be right under their feet. Yes, I’m talking about one of the newest design trends: layering area rugs.
Many people consider their floor covering as set in stone (for some it actually is stone) and something that is difficult to change. However, even if you have wall to wall carpeting, you can create a plush new look by layering area rugs for added texture and visual interest.
When choosing area rugs for layering, look for colors and textures that work well together, so that your rugs will enhance and complement each other while adding unique style to any room. Consider your current flooring — whether carpet, wood, tile, or laminate — as the background. Then follow these easy tips to nail the layered rug look and you’ll create a plush new look that is big on style.
Choose Your Color Scheme
The layered look works best when you have two similarly colored rugs. Your goal is to make the two rugs look like one unit that flows together, not two separate rugs that compete for attention not only with each other but also your furniture. Picking a neutral layer will make mixing and matching easy and your rugs won’t overwhelm your room. When you have a neutral base layer, you can choose a patterned or colorful top layer to enhance the colorway of the entire space.
Texturize Your Floors
Mixing textures adds dimension and depth to your space. Natural rugs such as jute, sea grass, or sisal are good base layers under a smaller, more decorative layer. Add a rug with a bright pattern or high pile to finish your plush look. This will allow your area rugs to balance each other instead of competing for attention.
Size and Proportion Matters
Look for rugs that are similar in proportion, but not the same size. A small rug placed on a large one will look unbalanced. A good guideline is to have the bottom rug show approximately 12–18 inches around. Keep in mind that you don’t have to center the smaller rug over the base rug, you can angle it or set it off center. Just so long as it is big enough to anchor the space.
Once you feel comfortable layering rugs, you can up the ante by playing with patterns. This lets you combine different looks for a more eclectic feel. You can freshen up a traditional look by combining several small oriental rugs to make a patchwork pattern instead of using one large rug. Or you can get playful by layering a floral pattern over a striped pattern and keeping your base rug neutral.
Shape It Up
In most cases, your base rug will be a rectangle, but your accent rug doesn’t have to be. Try centering a circular or oval rug over your base layer. Adding odd shaped, textured, or patterned rugs helps define a space and create a conversation area.
Now that you have the basics of layering area rugs to create a unique look for your home, go play.