Layering rugs is a great way to add some variety and interest to your home decor. It’s also a great way to make sure that you have enough room for all of your beautiful rugs!

The art of layering rugs is not as complicated as it might seem. We’ll explain the rules, but we’ll also go over some of the ways you can bend them or break them!

Layering rugs is one of those things that’s simple in theory and a bit more complicated in practice, but we’ll break it down for you so you can master it in no time!

 Jessica Nelson Design

The first thing you need to know is that when you layer rugs, they should be complementary—meaning they have different colours, patterns, or sizes. You don’t want to have two rugs with the same pattern or colour because then they’ll just compete with each other.

You also want to make sure that each rug has a distinct size and shape. If all your rugs are large and rectangular, then there won’t be any contrast between them; instead, try using one rug that’s round and another that’s square.

Finally, make sure each rug has its own purpose: maybe one is meant to be more decorative than functional (like a small accent rug) while another serves as an actual floor covering (like an area rug). This will help keep everything looking cohesive when you put them together!

Decide on the area you want to cover.

It’s true, you can layer rugs to achieve your desired look. Start with a base rug and then add the other rugs on top. The first rule is to choose an area that will take up the majority of your floor space, but knows that it doesn’t have to be the whole room; you can even use multiple areas if they fit in with each other. Make sure that any rug(s) you choose are going to be big enough for what you want them for!

Start with a base rug.

Tying the colour of your rugs in with your decor (or vice versa) will help to create a cohesive look. Photography: Grace Picot

You may have heard it before: a rug is not just a rug. A good one can completely transform your room and add texture, colour and sophistication to your space. But what kind of rug should you choose?

You’ll need to consider your own personal style and the size of the room where you’re putting down floor coverings. The most important thing is that your base rug is neutral in colour so that it doesn’t compete with other elements in your home (like artwork or furniture). That being said, there are many different kinds of rugs out there—from wool-based options to synthetic materials—so take some time looking around before deciding on what type would work best for you!

Choose your pattern.

Now that you’ve decided on the size of the rug, it’s time to pick out a pattern. Rugs with patterns are always more interesting and eye-catching than rugs without them, but choosing one that complements your room is key. If both rugs in a room have similar designs, they will clash; however, if you have one large rug with a geometric pattern and then add another smaller rug with an ornate floral design over top of it, your space will look cohesive.

You can also choose to go for an entirely different size than what already exists in the room. This method is great for small rooms where trying to match two larger rugs could make the space feel cramped. Instead, consider bringing in several smaller ones instead!

Choose your colours.

To begin, you must choose your colours. Light colours make a room feel larger and brighter, while dark colours make a room feel smaller and more intimate. The colour palette you select should be cohesive, meaning that it should be easy to blend the different shades together in order to create a seamless look (more on this later).

You may also want to think about whether or not your rug will clash with its surroundings—if it does, then it’s probably not worth buying! If you’re going for something bold like red or bright blue, keep in mind that these can sometimes overwhelm other furniture pieces like sofas or chairs. But don’t be afraid: if those shades speak to something inside of you and make sense within the context of the rest of your home decorating plan, go ahead and give them a try!

For this example, we’ll use two rugs that are complementary but not too similar in colour tone: one is a medium grey with hints of dark green; another has darker shades like orange contrasted against light blue backgrounds.

Pick a texture.

A round jute rug lends itself perfectly to this round timber and rattan dining setting. Photo: Dave Wheeler

So you want to add texture to your room, but don’t know where to start. The texture is a great way to add depth and interest to any space. Layers of rugs and carpets can create interesting combinations—but be careful when stacking these textiles! Too many layers can make your space feel cluttered and disorganized, while too few layers might leave the room feeling plain and unfinished.

There are many ways of adding texture in small doses: try layering a wool rug on top of another rug or carpet that has a different pattern or colour scheme (this will also help hide stains). If you want something more permanent, consider painting the walls with one of these textures found in our list below!

Consider the shape of your space.

A rug and tables from Tigmi Trading create an intimate zone within the open plan living space in this sprawling sunlit new-build in the Byron Bay HinterlandPhotographer: Lynden Foss | Styling: Lisa Burden

You should also consider the shape of your space. A round rug, for example, will be much more effective in a room that has round furniture. Similarly, if you have rectangular furniture and want to balance it out with a rectangular rug, it’s best to do so using another rectangle rug or two.

In general, it’s easy to find matching shapes when working on larger projects; however, getting things right can be challenging when dealing with smaller items like pillows and rugs. If you have several small rugs in different sizes lying around your home (maybe they were gifts), try placing them down next to each other on the floor before buying new ones so that they complement each other while still looking balanced in size and colour scheme.

Layering rugs gives you another way to customize your home’s look.

Layering rugs is an easy way to add some whimsy and personality without making a huge commitment. It’s like the difference between wearing a scarf as opposed to having your hair cut in a new style: both are small changes that can have a big impact on how you look, but one is much more involved than the other.

For example, if you’re feeling bold and want to make sure everyone knows it, consider using multiple geometric patterns in different sizes and shapes. However, if you’re looking for something with more subtlety (and maybe less commitment), try layering two or three smaller carpets instead of going all out with something larger like an area rug!

Whatever your goal may be, this guide should help you find the right pieces that complement each other well enough so no one will know what could’ve been done differently–or better yet–what other room would’ve been perfect for them instead!


So there you have it: Layering rugs is an art form that can fit any style and budget! We hope these tips will help you create a look that speaks to your personal style. The important thing to remember is that layering rugs is all about creating contrast, and the bigger the contrast, the more interesting it’ll look. Now let’s get out there and start layering!

When we think of layered rugs, we usually think of a massive Persian rug or some other type of soft-coloured woollen rug on top of classic white sisal or jute woven area rug. But there are so many ways to layer textiles for a unique look. Whether it’s two woven area rugs in different patterns and textures or one natural fibre rug with a faux hide underneath it—layered rugs are all about creating contrast in patterns and texture!

Handmade Overdyed Turkish rug in Multi (2.45m x 1.7m), $2150, Matt Blatt. Vintage Anatolian “Karaman” Kilim rug (1.68m x 2.81m), $1700, Koskela. Lohals flatwoven rug in Jute (0.8m x 1.5m), $49, Ikea. Loom Vintage Anatolian “Damali” rug (1.59m x 2.72m), $2450, Koskela.

There are many different styles of layered rugs but what they all have in common is a high level of contrast between them. This high-level contrast creates interest which makes your look more dynamic than if they were just matching each other perfectly (which would be boring).

So, now that you know how to master the art of layering rugs, what do we mean by “contrast”? Basically, any time something has been done differently from its peers or looks like it doesn’t belong with them we call this contrast because those differences stand out against one another so strongly that people notice them immediately when looking at anything else nearby—like if someone wore bright purple shoes instead of black ones when everyone else around them was wearing something neutral coloured like browns or greys…they’d definitely get noticed because nothing else matches up with their clothing at all – no matter what kind! This concept applies perfectly when designing layered looks as well since contrasting colours might be used for one rug but not another. For example: If you were using a blue rug with a white one underneath it then your eye would immediately go towards whatever colour was most prominent within each layer (in this case blue).

The same goes for using different textures too which is why we recommend using both smooth and rough surfaces together when creating layered looks. For example: If you have a smooth surface on top then try adding some texture underneath it (or vice versa) so they work together in harmony rather than fighting each other

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Last Update: May 24, 2022