How To Layer Rugs

How To Layer Rugs

We all love rugs for their capability to simply change a room's look and feel. Here at LivingStyles, we have compiled some of our pro tips on how to best layer rugs within your own home to optimize on styling. Bring interest to your interior by merely just layering different textures, colours and sizes through rugs

Let's talk about layouts. Rug layering works a treat when the sizes are different. Use a more cumbersome rug with a smaller one on top for a dramatic effect. We love placing a neutral larger rug (plainer the better) on the bottom, then teaming this up with your more colourful or bolder patterned rug layer for the top. The top rug is where you can bring out your statement, a unique piece. Let the top rug shine!

You can use two rugs that are the same in size but we suggest not laying them on top of another in a centered fashion. Slightly overlap the rug edges to give a unique layout and cover a little more floor space.

Found a rug that is the perfect colour and texture and you've absolutely fallen in love with it only to find it isn't big enough for the space intended? Never fear! Layering allows you to still use that rug so go ahead and still make the purchase. The secret to make this still work is to lay a larger, unassuming rug on the bottom layer. This will make that loved rug pop on top. Problem solved.

A general sizing rule when layering is to keep your top rug 60 -180cm smaller in each direction than your bottom rug when having both centered, but this all does depend on the size of your space of course and any other pieces you may have in it. The smaller the base rug, the smaller the variation in size of the upper rug.

In the bedroom we have the flexibility to change things up. We would suggest having that smaller top rug sitting from halfway down the bed frame to just past the foot end of the bed. Visually you should be able to see the focus rug jutting out on each side and end.

Although we love you to really build on your own unique rug  layering, the layout should never affect the functionality of the room or furniture. Always work within the allocated floor area for an aesthetically pleasing and practical result. A perfect example is if you're wanting to layer the rugs under your dining table. Please allow there to be enough room for your dining chairs to glide in and out from under the dining table with no means to have to lift the legs  over the rugs edges when putting your chair back in after seating. Pile height is another key consideration. You do not want to introduce a tripping hazard. 

The art of layering rugs is an excellent way to accentuate an interior space and we hope you find this an enjoyable way to explore and experiment with your inner stylist.

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