How to layer rugs

How to layer rugs

Have you ever thought about putting a rug on top of another? Well, this trend of "layering rugs” has become one of the few new approaches to modern home décor. Typically, when you put a rug on the floor, it changes the whole room's atmosphere. But, adding extra new color, texture, and definition to the room can put it on another level. Think about it; two cozy, beautiful rugs on the floor! And, if you do know how to layer rugs properly, which you can get information in this article, you can start your day in a bright environment and impress your guests with a modern and rich touch. I mean, why would you limit yourself to a single rug when you can have multiple layers of rug which look fresh and rich, right? 

Go ahead and make up your mind about the patterns, freshen up your room with a light yet catchy rug or make the place glow with a vivid floor covering. What you need to know about how to layer rugs in your home, in bedrooms, living rooms, or hallways or your office, or wherever you want to layer, this blog post is all you need.

The Importance of Pile

First of all, to keep the eye focused, you can consider layering one narrow or small statement-making area rug over another. Usually, a larger sisal rug, which has a natural color, will work as a frame to the smaller one on top of it. Actually, it will highlight it. For this reason, the rug which is at the bottom has to have a lower pile. Otherwise, it will be a little bit strange and would not work that well. Pile refers to the thickness, So, from the very bottom to the very top, the plush is the "pile." 

The Size and the Weight of Carpets

Furthermore, you need to consider the size and weight of the rug you are layering on top. It should be fairly lightweight. On the other hand, you would not want it to be too thick or too heavy since it could also create a tripping hazard. In most cases, a Berber type of rug is recommended over sisal or a seagrass like a natural type of carpeting. In addition, you would not want the rug to shift or move around when you put it on top of another. To avoid this, use a rubber pad to create a bit more friction between the rug and the area rug, so it does not move around. 

Matched or Mismatched Colors 

When it comes to colors, you’ll want something that matches and will work with your space. It does not always mean picking up tones already in the room will lead you to the perfect match. Sometimes, it can be fun, and it can create a vivid atmosphere to choose colors that seem not in line with each other but work well. 

But of course, if in doubt, ensure that all carpets are from the same color family. It is always best to choose a color for your rugs from the existing color schemes. A typical color transition between multiple rugs will help unify the space. The key point for many carpets to look great together: Although each of the carpet patterns is different, the colors should be almost identical. By ensuring that the pattern densities are different, balance can be maintained, and basic integrity can be achieved.

The Power of Diverse Textures

Moreover, you can create a visual impact by blending carpets of different textures. Of course, if you are going to use different types of carpets together, you can choose all of them compatible with each other. However, if you want to take your design ability further, you should go beyond this and find pieces that complement each other instead of harmonious choices. For example, if one carpet is patterned, the other can be much more textural. Or, maybe in the living room, a tan and black geometric tile patterned carpet can be used under the dining table, while a knitted carpet in one of the carpet tile colors in front of the sofa in the living room can create a pleasant association.

What about Mixing the Patterns?

In addition, patterns are also important. You’ve probably heard that it’s not a good idea to mix patterns. However, to create a fashionable, modern space, it is always more than covering the floor. Thus, you can definitely mix your patterns, but make sure they go together if you choose two very different patterns. Or, you can simply pick one wildly patterned rug to combine with a simpler one. You can try differentiating the sizes of the patterns. You can create variety in the patterns of different carpets in a room. When you choose a large-scale pattern on one, you can go with small prints on the other. For instance, a large-scale Aztec-inspired wool rug in a linear style in silver and ivory tones can provide integrity because the stripe pattern is graphic but has fine lines.

An Exciting Look with an Odd Shape & Size

Also, feel free to use a rug that has an odd shape and size. If carpets are of different shapes or sizes, you can get a more exciting look and prevent your floors from competing with each other. When using carpets of different sizes, colors, and patterns on top of each other, attention should be paid to the similarity of their textures. A round carpet can work well when used with many carpets at the same time. In this type of arrangement, you can decide based on the size of the room and the area you are trying to determine.

The Vitality of Placement 

Add to these, how to place the layered rugs is also something you need to consider. It depends on the space you have and, of course, the sizes of the rugs. As the first choice, you can try basic layering. You basically place the larger carpet at the bottom and then the other in the middle of it. To go out a bit more out of your frame, you can try the diagonal method, in which you lay one rug down and then place the other on it, but rotating 45°, so the top rug is laying on the other one diagonally. It is a beautiful method to enhance the spotlight of the rugs in the room. Another technique is to overlap the edges to make the rugs seem larger. This method is usually used when you have smaller rugs but ample space. Never say, "these two carpets can never be next to each other." You can create a different effect in the room by using an eclectic style.  Also, if you have a larger rug and two small rugs, putting the smaller ones on either side of a larger rug to expand it is a great choice. This can also work well in the entrance or a hallway as you add a fresh touch to a boring place and create a runner.  Lastly, if you have a room or an office where there is wall-to-wall carpeting, that does not mean you can’t have an extra beautiful rug on them. Just choose your rug and place it as you would with a hard floor.

But for all these tips, you have to think about the place. You have to make sure that the carpet on top does not look like it is floating on the corner on its own. You need to make sure that it has a relation with your furniture. Hence, laying it on underneath a piece of furniture or at the foot of a bed is always a good choice.

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