Decorating with Layered Rugs

One of my favorite looks as of late is layering with rugs. Similar to a sweater over a t-shirt, layering a rug over another rug or carpet brings depth, scale, and unique interest to a space.

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

My office + family room {see more here}

An eclectic mix of function + color + depth.

The last time I shared this space, the hide rug was the only decorative floor covering in the space on top of the wood.  It was pretty, but the room swallowed it up.  It got lost with everything else going on.  It was too small for the overall scale of the room.  By layering the sisal rug underneath which I got from Natural Area Rugs, the space finally feels grounded.  It looks complete.  The hide is still the focal point of the floor, but the layered sisal rug with midnight blue border underneath provides the appropriate scale for the room.

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

So why layered rugs?

Why not? We layer our walls with pictures. We layer our sofa with pillows.  We layer our beds with blankets.  We layer our coffee table with accessories.  So why not layer our floors with rugs?

1. Two small rugs layered on top of each other can create the scale needed to feel appropriate for the space.  One might feel too small, while the other might feel too big.  Together they create the right focal point and give depth to the room.

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This living room would feel simply okay  with the sisal under the sofa.  If only the oriental rug were used, it would feel too small, but together and positioned at an angle, the two make the perfect combination.

2. A slightly smaller rug atop a larger rug gives the floor depth and creates contrast.  Most of the elements in this room are neutral so the patterned rug on top becomes the focal point drawing the eye inward.

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netliving room via Mini Manor Blog

3. Hides come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  Unless you see it in person, you never know what you are going to get, but that’s the beauty of a hide.  Hides are ideal for creating a space around because they are one-of-a-kind and each are unique.  They are also very thin, so when layering them on top of another rug, the floor doesn’t become bulky.

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netliving room by Nicole Gibbons, So Haute Style

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netliving room by Danielle De Silva, Delaks

Hides are often on the smaller size, especially for the scale of a living room, so layering it atop a sisal rug is the perfect solution for covering the area underneath to create the right scale for the space.

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netliving room by Honey We’re Home

4. Love the look of a rug, but it’s too small for the space?  Then layer it on top of something basic.  Choose something that is simple, like a sisal or seagrass rug, and layer it underneath.  The contrast between the two will be dynamic and will be the perfect complement for the bold pattern.

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netoffice by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

Dining spaces are another ideal spot to show off a beautiful oriental heirloom.  Not the right size?  No problem.  The solution is easy – Layer!

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netdining / kitchen space by Kristen F. Davis Designs

5. Rug over carpet. YES! For two reasons.

1 – Protect or hide the carpet underneath.  When you love or hate the carpet, protect or hide it with a rug.  Fabulous rugs can be found for little money, but replacing a carpet because it’s gorgeous or hideous can cost a pretty penny.

2 – Scale. Wall-to-wall carpet covers every inch of a room so it doesn’t bring scale to the space.  Carpet doesn’t allow a seating area to be defined. Carpet doesn’t allow a bed to dominate.  The focal point of a rug does.  It draws the eye in.

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netvia

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netoffice by Centsational Girl

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netliving room by Honey & Fitz

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.netbedroom by PB&J Stories

Not sure how to get the look?

  • Whether a hide, bold print, or oriental, start with your top layered rug.
  • Choose a neutral background rug that complements and/or enhances the look of the top decorative rug.
  • Decide on a rug that is an appropriate scale for the space.  These room diagrams will point you in the right direction:

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Above sketches by Lisa Ferguson

I’m super happy with how my new sisal area rug grounds this room.  With the room dualing as an office and family room, it defines the functions and further enhances the conversational area.

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

I’ve been thrilled with the quality of rugs and custom rug selection that Natural Area Rugs offers.  I used their sisal carpet treads after my staircase makeover and I still love the look.

Staircase Makeover with sisal treads

Layering brings a room to life.  Have fun with adding layers. There is no right and no wrong.  Do what feels the best for you and incorporate what is most meaningful.  Ditch the idea that something is too small.  Think outside the box at how your treasure can be introduced into your everyday life to enjoy.

Disclosure: Natural Area Rugs has provided me with a sisal rug to review and share my thoughts with you.  They are also one of the fabulous Sponsors who is allowing me to attend the Haven Conference in a few weeks.  No one told me what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine!

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