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Layering Rugs For Beginners

Layering Rugs For Beginners

At Rug Mountain, it may be hard to decide on just one rug that you like the look of. So instead of choosing – why not have both?! It is possible to ‘layer’ multiple rugs for a stylish look which shows off your sense of interior design, is unique, and uses multiple colours, patterns or materials to accent other décor in the room. But where do you start? Here we provide some tips on layering rugs for beginners.

The Base

For best results, choose a neutral toned base. Neutral tones include black, white, brown, grey or beige. With these, any colour for the top layer will easily fit in without clashing, enabling you to create any look you want. Natural materials like jute work wonders too, as they are much flatter and allow for a nice contrast on top with thicker rugs without creating too much bulk. Natural materials are also typically built in as borders on some rugs, so you can rest assured this is a tried and tested look. If you instead wish for a colourful base, use a plain rug on top so colour or pattern can be incorporated whilst retaining a mainly plain look.

The Top Layer

In colour and style, you should base the top layer on other furniture and décor in the room. For example, if you have neutrals overpowering the rest of the space, use this opportunity to incorporate colour or pattern. This will make a rug really pop and make the room’s decor stand out more. On the other hand, colourful and pattered rooms should stick to neutral or single colour rugs on the top to ensure the look doesn’t draw negative attention and cause crowding. Regardless, make sure there is at least one colour on the rugs matching something else in the room, and that you use materials to create appropriate depth. For example, a shaggy rug can create depth as a top layer, perfect for intimidating and large rooms, whereas thinner options can offset small rooms that are on the verge of appearing crowded. Hide rugs can create a funkier look due to their shape, and are recommended on top of rectangular base layers for a characterful and sophisticated look.


Firstly, the rugs themselves need to be layered correctly. The most common look is the bordered look, in which a larger rug is used on the bottom, and a smaller rug of the same shape is used on top. The top layer can be centred or not, depending on where the rugs are in relation to the furniture and which piece you wish to accentuate. If you wish to be even more daring, you can lay rugs alongside one another for a patchwork effect, with some even overlapping. Many rugs incorporate this within themselves, but creating the look with multiple can cover an entire room to save you money on carpet and give your home a unique, personalised feel. It is common with traditional rugs, but be careful that you include a running colour theme across them all to offset the strong patterns.

In terms of furniture and room borders, it is important that the bottom layer is 12 inches away from the walls, and should be placed under a large section of furniture. For example, in a living room, you may place them so there are three couches overlapping the rugs with their front legs. In a bedroom, the rugs may extend to the middle of the underside of the bed yet still stick out significantly at the foot of the bed. In simple terms, make sure the rug doesn’t appear to ‘float’ and is rather largely connected to its surrounding furniture, yet isn’t hidden entirely underneath it either.

We have plenty of styles, sizes, colours and shapes to suit all your needs, so browse our site now and get creative!

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