I love rugs!!! You can listen to the podcast episode about how to choose the best rug for you BELOW.
I also talked about choosing the tips for choosing rugs HERE and HERE.
Today I want to focus on layering rugs.
Why would you want to layer rugs? Well what if you wanted to use a rug that had a gorgeous pattern but it didn’t come in the larger size that you needed? Or the larger size you needed was super expensive? You can always layer a less expensive larger rug underneath.
For the Texas Flip N Move house I worked on. I found the larger rug, but honestly it was a big lumpy. I needed something to make it look better, so we found this gorgeous wool rug to use on top. Using the cheaper rug underneath gives the patterned rug the illusion it is bigger. Notice it is not exactly the same shade of blue, but it doesn’t need to be.
Here we have situation when I wanted to add some color to the room. I don’t like the way this rug below is sitting. The top rug is extending beyond the lower rug.
I like this arrangement much better. Note that I put a wood patterned rug on top of a sisal rug. The colors are very different, but I think it works.
The next room I used the rugs in an angled manner. The Aubusson rug is much smaller than the bamboo rug. There are few colors so it works. Aubusson rugs are very expensive. For me to use one large Aubusson rug here would have been cost prohibitive. Layering the rugs is an easy fix.
Next I have some furry hide rugs. They are small and one is not big enough to use under the table. They had to be layered to be large enough to work.
I hope that gave you some ideas about how to layer rugs and why you might want to.
Barbara Chappelow says
I have a couple of small rugs that I love but looked awkward in the large space I wanted to use them. Your guides on layering rugs was fantastic. Thanks again!
Can you layer differently shaped rugs; i.e. oval and rectangular?
I think so LJ. I would just test it to make sure it looks okay to you.
Marcy Leonard says
Love the look of the animal hides—but does no one ever spill stuff? We had cowhides in the living room of our house in Portugal (to remind us of Texas) when I was a kid, but being a kid then I do not remember how they were maintained.
We rarely spill, but the hides clean up very easily. We have had hides under the table for years, and no problem with stains.
Julie B. says
I actually NEVER thought of doing this! Looking forward to hearing about it on the podcast as I drive home today!
Barbara Harilaou says
Anita I never ever thought of layering rugs in a room. I love the look of what you did in your home .It is beautiful really changes the look . Have a great day …..
Thanks for all the good ideas. I really like being able to see the results of you swapping the rugs around.
Karen Hobson says
I love the bamboo and Ambusson rug layered. Looks very country-chic (is that a word or style) 🙂
Theresa at Winterberry Lane says
Anita, I like your choice of rugs in your home,the different patterns and textures work well together and are welcoming.
Marcia Hollon says
Love all the tutorials. They are so easy to follow.
Kathi Steimer says
I love the idea of layering rugs and it’s a perfect fix for me right now. I have a beautiful oriental Taft is too small for my dining room, but perfect colors for that room. I’ll now look for an inexpensive sisal rug that is the proper size and layer. Thanks!
I love how you layer rugs!! Fell in love with the room where you used the Aubusson rug over the bamboo rug. Am I aloud to put a picture of that room on my instagram page with credit going to you?
I will not put it on until I have your answer. Thank you for this idea of layering!!
Have a great weekend!!