Have you noticed the technique of layering rugs? It’s a wonderful thing. It’s happening more and more but I think it still seems like a foreign concept. In fact I don’t blame you for thinking it’s strange. I mean rugs are hard enough, why spend double the money and double the time looking for rugs to layer? Oh I will tell you.
Aside from it just plain looking great, there are genuinely some benefits to layering your area rugs. It’s cheaper to do, it provides much needed visual contrast, and it gives you a real styled look.
Rugs can be expensive, especially for good ones. However you can actually save money by layering rugs. Let me explain.
Lately we all want to go out and purchase larger rugs for our rooms. If they are too small they just don’t look right. However the larger rugs in our favorite patterns and materials are also the most expensive. So instead get yourself a large rug with a solid color or simple pattern and a lower quality material. This way it covers the whole space. Then find the rug that you really love in a smaller size and layer up your rugs in this way. It ends up being much cheaper buying the two and you are still getting the impact from the look of the top rug as well as the scale of the rug below. I know it seems crazy but it works.
Texture & Contrast
One of the greatest things you can give your space is texture and contrast. Seeing as how area rugs are what really tie the room together, why not bring in texture and contrast with your rugs? Think about providing contrast in the color, pattern, weave, or material. It is all going to give you a variety within the space and it can be either a large or small contrast. Either way it anchors the room and gives you more flexibility in the rest of the space.
It looks finished. Having these two rugs in the center of the space makes the room look slightly more polished. Layered rugs are one of those things that define the space and make it look and feel unique. If you want something that stands out I’d say this is a great way to do it.
Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is the owner of the Amber & Honey Design Co., and she is presently leading all design and staging projects. She writes for this blog and multiple other blogs frequently. Make sure you follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
Edited by Andrea Wexelblatt. Andrea is an editor out of Reno, NV. She is a mother to two wild little boys, a student, and a wife. When she isn’t editing text she enjoys spending time with her family in the Sierra Nevadas.