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How to Layer Rugs Using Different Colors and Textures

How to Layer Rugs Using Different Colors and Textures


What could be better than sprucing up a room with a beautiful area rug? Using two! That’s right, Rugs.com customers are getting creative this season with rug layering. Layering is a popular trend where people feature unique combinations of rug styles, colors and textures in their home.


There really are no rules to rug layering except that the top rug needs to be smaller than the bottom rug. Beyond that, the rugs you choose to layer in your home are up to you. Feel free to try out different texture combinations, color combinations and rug styles until you find the perfect match. The best part of layering with Rugs.com rugs is that we provide free 30-day returns, so you can try layering risk-free. 


Below we will discuss how to layer rugs using different colors and textures.


What is rug layering all about? 

It is difficult to say where rug layering began. Trends like this just seem to become more and more popular over time. 


The best thing about layering is that it is a great way to have fun with colors, shapes and textures when decorating a room. Layering is also a great way to feature rugs in a room with wall-to-wall carpeting.


The important thing to remember is that this is your home and your style, so feel free to layer any type of rugs that you want. You’ll find that some rugs work better than others, however. For instance, you would never want to layer a low-pile rug on top of a high-pile rug. But feel free to layer a shag rug on top of a low-pile area rug. An example of this would be taking this Charcoal 7’10” x 7’10” Arlo Square Rug and using it as a bottom layer to this Snow White 3’3” x 3’3” Solid Shag Square Rug


Rug layering is most popular in the living room and the bedroom


You can use rug layering anywhere you want in your home. But we suggest that you stick to areas of your home that does not get too much foot traffic. One drawback to rug layering is that the different layers could pose a tripping hazard if you aren’t careful. So this may not be an appropriate technique in high-traffic areas like entryways or hallways. 


Layering projects comfort, which is why it is most popularly used in living rooms and bedrooms. Rugs.com customers love to use large area rugs that are monotone or have a simple pattern as the bottom rug and then place intricate, colorful smaller rugs on top in their living room space.

We suggest that in your living room or bedroom, you layer rugs like this Gray 9’x12’ Finsbury Rug on the bottom and this Gray 4’x5’10” Deepa Rug on top. Typically, you do not want to layer rugs of similar colors because they can get lost together. But, these two rugs are different enough to be distinct. The bottom rug is bold and patternless while the top rug has an intricate pattern and light coloring. 


Large jute rugs are a popular bottom layer on Rugs.com

Jute is a very popular rug material because it is durable, textured, and comfortable. Rugs.com customers overwhelmingly love to use jute rugs as the bottom layer when layering because they have a neutral color scheme and a distinct texture.


A perfect jute rug bottom layer is this White 9’x12’ Hand Braided Jute Rug. This rug has a neutral color and a simple border to be distinct enough to serve as a bottom layer, but won’t take away from the top layer. 


The top layer is where you can get creative. Think of the bottom layer as your canvas and the top as the painting. Try this Multicolor 4’x6’ Cherokee Rug as the top layer to the jute rug. It features a beautiful color pattern and varying textures that will match the texture of the jute rug. The fringe at the ends will help to blend the two rugs together. 


Rug layering is more art than science. Rugs.com customers enjoy layering because it allows them to be creative and have fun decorating their home with different rug combinations. 


Check out the incredible selection of layering rugs on Rugs.com today! 







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