Get the Look: Layered Rugs {How to Layer Rugs Like a Pro!}

If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, you might not have ever considered adding an area rug to you space.  After all, why would you when you already have carpet!  Or maybe you have hardwood floors and already have a rug, would you add another? Well, there are a few good reasons why you should!  I’m sharing those reasons with you today, plus tips for layering like a pro!



1. Better Define a Space

My living room has wall-to-wall carpeting, but that didn’t stop me from adding a cowhide rug underneath the coffee table.  Not only did the rug help me to bring in some of the darker browns found in my adjacent living room {for continuity}, but it also helped me to better define my seating area.



Below, a natural fiber rug serves to connect the space between the piano and the side chairs, with a smaller rug on top to better define with seating area.

{via Better Homes & Gardens}

{via Better Homes & Gardens}



2. Add Color

If you’re like me and change your mind about accent colors, small area rugs can be a great way to add color continuity and give your room a little “wow” factor!


In the bright and airy room from Sally Wheat Interiors below, the white rug serves to give the floor the same look as the rest of the room and continues the use of white accents throughout the room.


3. Add Texture

Texture typically refers to the material itself, but patterns can also serve as texture, especially in a neutral room void of other pattern!


Below, a fluffy rug adds a sense of coziness to what could otherwise, be a stark white room.


4. Save $

Area rugs can be quite expensive depending on  the size, materials, and manufacturing process!  If your budget doesn’t allow for you to purchase the rug you want at the size you need, consider using a less expensive full-size rug on the bottom with a more expensive accent rug on top.  You’ll still fill the space you need but achieve the look for less.

{via Apartment Therapy}

{via Apartment Therapy}


5. Just Because

Despite all of the “rules” and “guidelines” there are for decorating, not everything needs a reason!  It’s okay to do something just because you feel like it!  Layering rugs can add a bit of whimsy to a space or even allow you to easily change up the look of a room.


Additional Tips & Tricks

  • Neutral or natural fiber rugs and carpeting make a great backdrop to all types of prints and patterns, helping to take some of the guesswork out of the layering process!
  • You can use multiple patterns and colors together, just make sure that they coordinate.  You can find guidelines for mixing and matching patterns {HERE}.
  • Think outside the lines!  Your layered rugs don’t need to be the same shape or perfectly lay on top of one another.  Feel free to turn one diagonally or let it spill over!
  • Be wary of high-pile rugs.  When placed on the bottom, they might look as if they are eating the top rug, whereas you want the top rug to have more of a stacked look.
  • Size matters!  When layering two rugs of the same shape that will be placed in the same direction, make sure the bottom rug is large enough to allow for a significant border around the smaller rug so that you achieve an intentional look.  If the two rugs are too similar in size, it might look like you are just testing them out trying to decide which to use!


Happy layering!


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4 comments on Get the Look: Layered Rugs {How to Layer Rugs Like a Pro!}

  1. Mari
    October 1, 2015 at 2:55 PM (2 years ago)

    I have several layered rugs but to date have a problem with the upper rug ‘walking’. If there is a coffee table or chair on the rug it will actually ripple up under the furniture legs. Do you know of any solution to this?

    • Tidbits&Twine
      October 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM (2 years ago)

      Hi Mari – Thankfully, I haven’t had that issue with my rug that is on my carpet. I’m assuming that you’ve tried the rubber rug pads (or less expensive shelf liners) already? I’ve also heard that lines of rubber caulking can be used on the backing to help keep them in place, or even velcro. If you find something that works for you, please share!

  2. Patricia Krank
    October 2, 2015 at 4:56 AM (2 years ago)

    I love all of the images! I’d like to add a sheepskin rug on top of an oriental rug in my living room to warm things up for winter.
    Thanks for all of your great ideas,

  3. Kathy
    October 2, 2015 at 7:55 AM (2 years ago)

    Not a fan of the layered look shown in these pictures. It looks redundant to me. However, I do like the look of the first picture in #5.


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