How to Layer Rugs

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We layer our beds with blankets and comforters and we layer our clothing to get cozy. So what about our floors? That’s right, it’s time to conquer the great layering frontier for that boho chic look! All it takes is a little thinking outside the box. When it comes to rugs, mix them up, match them and create interest with this stunning trend.

Sure, the last thing you may want to think about when you’re shopping for a rug is shopping for two, but layering can be your friend. There are just so many design dilemmas you can solve with a simple second layer.

 

Layering Can Define a Space

from Elle Decor
from Elle Decor

In some spaces, a lack of rug on rug action can leave a room looking unfinished. Layered textures and shades, though, can look like an intentional design choice and bring together a room instead of leaving furniture looking untethered and floating about on an enormous area rug.

 

Layering Adds Contrast 

from Jenna Burger
from Jenna Burger

Even with all the different styles and colors of rugs on the market, sometimes you just want something a little customized. That’s where layering comes in handy. You can choose two rugs that don’t exactly match perfectly and it’s just that touch of mixture that leaves a room feeling a little quirky and a whole lot warmer. Better yet, if you love to change things up frequently, all you have to do is replace one of the rugs to completely alter the look of the space.

 

Layering Adds Texture

from Twine
from Twine

If you have a bedroom full of neutrals, that’s okay. Why not add an extra layer in the form of a lush sheepskin rug to transform the room into a rumpled, textured haven?

 

Layering Adds Highlights

from Elle Decor
from Elle Decor

If you already have a large, neutral rug, try layering it with a smaller or narrower statement rug. The larger rug will serve to cover a large area of floor space while framing that smaller rug to make it pop. This little hack also allows you to cut your spending by investing in a smaller statement rug while still getting the rug coverage you need for the room.

 

Smaller Rugs On Top of Sisal Rugs

from Apartment Therapy
from Apartment Therapy

Layering smaller rugs over sisal rugs is a classic combination, especially with a Persian rug. This kind of layering can be stunning in cases where an accent rug is a little too small for a space or even when a larger sisal rug is just too solid. What’s more, if you love eclectic styles, this look will work in just about any of your spaces.

 

Neutral Rugs Layered with a Solid Cow Hide Rug 

from So Haute
from So Haute

The combination of a neutral rug layered with a cowhide rug brings with it an unimposing sense of change of line or pattern to the space thanks to the curved outline of the animal hide. The larger rug beneath will help give the hide a little more mileage in its textural and organic aura. It also makes the hide just “fit” in bigger spaces. In a really neutral room, any detail can be enhanced and a cow hide rug is ideal. It’s a rather comfortable-chic look that will work well with just about any room style.

 

Zebra-Print Layering

from Lonny
from Lonny

Similar to the above, the smaller zebra print rug tends to become larger when layered on top of a more neutral rug. What’s different with the zebra print, though, is the pattern – when a space tends to have a lot going on around the perimeter, bringing such a pattern right into the center tends to bring complete cohesion. A zebra rug is perfect for this function, and it can appear larger and bolder with an extra rug beneath it, especially a solid or neutral-colored rug.

 

Smaller, Identical Rugs Layered on Top of One Another

from Desire to Inspire
from Desire to Inspire

What about layering three rugs? This design idea can work for several reasons. For starters, circular rugs mean no awkward corners to contend with. Secondly, three neutral rugs, that makes the rings of their shapes stand out, offer a very interesting line to the space. Triple-layered rugs can visually define or emphasize individual pieces in the room, simultaneously merging them in one large conversational piece.

 

Multiple Layers – And Then Some

Four layered rugs may sound like a bit much, but it can work in certain spaces, particularly if the set-up matches in form and content. While in some spaces four layered rugs may seem out of place or overdone, some rooms cry out for this type of layering. In this case, keep the colors on the rugs neutrally thematic and ensure they complement the theme and décor of the room.

 

If you’re looking to create sensational layers in your home, take a look at the selection of rugs at Plush Rugs today.

 

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