Best Rug Materials for Layering

Color-coordinated Patchworks

There are many ways to decorate a room and it’s fun to change the decor often. One way is to rotate art on the walls. Another way is to move around items like lamp shades, vases, clocks and coffee table items or add some colorful pillows. Still, another is to change your area rugs.  But rather than moving out one rug and putting down another, why not just layer them?

Layering your rugs can add color to a room. With a neutral bottom rug, you can use a bolder rug to pull out those blue or red tones in your decor. Layering rugs can also add texture to a room. The average rug might feel a bit flat but overlay it with a texture and the room’s dynamics can change dramatically. And, what’s better than stepping out of bed onto a fluffy rug?  You can layer your plain rugs for more comfort.

Start with a base rug

GH-01 from Giana by Loloi

The best rugs to start with can be neutral in color.  Try a natural colored sisal rug as your base rug for layering, to cover and protect your floor. Sisal rugs are easy to care for and come in a wide range of sizes. Low-pile wool rugs make a wonderful base rug for layering, too. Wool is a popular material because it is easy to clean and there are many options for prints, patterns, and colors.  But the best wool rug to layer on is a soft design or neutral color.

Jute rugs, in warm, earthy colors also make a fantastic base rug for layering.  While they nicely compliment any wood or tile floor, jute fibers look great with other rug weaves and patterns. And, finally, use your wall-to-wall carpet for layering. While it is harder to pull up a wall-to-wall carpet regularly to redecorate a room, using the carpet you have as a backdrop to another rug will add color, texture, and comfort to your room.

Best materials to add color

layering rugs Pattern-on-Pattern

While neutral is nice to start with, there are really no rules for color. A gold rug has plenty of companion rugs to layer with. A black base rug offers loads of companion rugs for layering, too.  It’s all a matter of your design taste but the one rule of thumb is to keep your layers from low-pile on the bottom and either add thicker piles or maintain low piles as you layer.

Pull out colors from around your room by layering with rugs.  Those green shades in your bedspread will spill across the floor by adding a rug layer with similar colors. Need a green rug? Try’s EGF-1008. Add complimenting colors with rugs. A yellow room would look awesome with a pop of purple shades. Compliment green with red, or blue with orange.  If your walls are bold with color or wallpaper print,  carry one of the colors to the floor with a layered area rug. It doesn’t need to be an overpowering rug design. A muted design in a similar color can add a dramatic effect.

Cotton, silk, and leather are rug materials that hold their colors well and look fantastic as a top rug layer.

Best materials to add texture

COT-1935 from Continental by Surya

Texture can refer to the pattern, unique design and feel.  A texture of pattern would include, for example, layering your base rug with a trellis or a geometric design rug. Another texture of pattern is a cotton braided rug or bold patterned design such as HV-10 rug in red.

Rugs with a unique or novelty design can add much texture to any room.  Novelty rugs are used in kid’s playrooms and bedrooms, or anywhere you have a special design theme going, like a coastal design.  Layered over a base rug, novelty rugs can serve to designate an area in a room as a special place, for example, where the kids can play. This wool hopscotch rug is an example and can easily layer over another rug.

Another unique design is a rug that is a different shape. Layer with a round rug or an animal hide to really grab the eye and change up the decor. Rug examples of texture you can feel include chenille, leather, animal hide, and shag.

Best materials to add extra comfort

Color-coordinated Patchworks

You can pile several layers of rug in a variety of directions to add color and texture but also to add extra comfort. The best rugs for comfort should be plush and feel rich underfoot.  These include sheepskin, fluffy polyester, tufted faux sheepskin, and shag.

Once you have the fluffiest layer, stop.  You’ve probably achieved the extra comfort by this point. It defeats the purpose of layering by covering thick, plush rugs with anything more so enjoy your thick comfort and enjoy the soft and fluffy feel underfoot.

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