5 Tips for Layering Rugs

AUGUST 22, 2016

by Tehya Griffiths

Home Decor Specialist

Two rugs caught your eye? Get them both! Layering rugs is a trendy technique that will add visual interest to any space. When layering area rugs, it's important to find textures and colors that work in harmony with one another. This makes the layered rugs complement and enhance one another and add unique style to any room. To nail the layered rug technique, follow these five easy tips, and you'll create a new look that's both intriguing and big on style.

Layering Area Rugs:

1. Find a Color Scheme

Three different types of orange rugs including a trerracotta indoor/outdoor rug, an orange and white stripped rug, and a orange floral print rug

Layered area rugs look best when you mix two similarly colored rugs. The goal is to make the layered rugs look like one unit that not only flows together on your floor but also doesn't compete with your furniture. Neutrals work well as one of the layers because they are easy to mix-and-match without overwhelming the room. With a neutral base layer, you can then choose a more colorful or patterned top layer to both finish your layered look and set the color palette for the whole room.

2. Mix Textures

Three neutral colored rugs incluing a jute rug, hand woven trellis rug, and chevron cow hide leather rug

The key to making layered rugs work is mixing textures. This will add depth and dimension to your room. Natural rugs such as sea grass, sisal, or jute work best as a base layer placed under something more decorative. Plus, these types of rugs are normally inexpensive. Add a rug with a high pile or bright pattern to finish off your look. Your area rugs should balance each other rather than compete for attention.

3. Choose the Right Proportions

Mix Textures

Keep in mind that layering a small rug on top of a giant one can look slightly unbalanced, so look for rugs that are similar in proportion. Also, aim to have the bottom rug showing 12 to 18 inches around. Using a less-expensive base rug to cover most of your floor is a great money-saving option. Then you can splurge on a smaller rug that sits on top and garners more attention.

4. Play with Patterns

Three different rugs featuring a traditional flower persian rug, a veranda piled terracotta rug, and a metro stripe rug

Pattern play is a trendy decorative style that allows you to combine different looks for a more eclectic feel. Re-mix a traditional look by making a patchwork pattern out of small oriental rugs. Layer a floral print on top of a striped pattern to add a fun twist to your design and create a unique look for your space. Don't be afraid to mix patterns — just make sure they have a matching color scheme so they coordinate well together.

5. Use Different Shapes

Three different shaped rugs featuring a cowhide nautral skin rug, a round sukha polypropylene rug, and a oval jute rug

Your base rug will most likely be a rectangle, but the accent rug you place on top doesn't have to be. Try layering a faux cowhide rug over your base layer at the center of your living space to create a focal point. Adding an odd-shaped rug is a great way to define a space or create a conversation area.

Tehya Griffiths

by Tehya Griffiths

Home Decor Specialist

Tehya is a fun loving young adult living in Salt Lake City. She enjoys soaking up lots of sunshine, taking spontaneous trips, and decorating her home. Tehya is grateful for an amazing family and spends as much time with them as possible.