If you’ve read my blog post on How to Find the Perfect Rug you’ll know why I Iove layering rugs. My favorite way to do so is by layering a larger natural fiber rug at the bottom of a smaller rug with a bold print or traditional pattern.
Always think about sizing. If you’re going to layer rugs the bottom rug needs to be at least a couple of inches bigger than the top rug. If there isn’t a size difference, then you’re just simply stacking the rugs. If you’re having trouble with the sizing, an easy rule of thumb to use is picking a smaller rug that is 2/3 the size of the bottom rug.
Although this rule is something that could help you choose a rug, it is not a “rule” per say; and that brings me to the second tip.
This image depicts the perfect sizing for layering rugs! The bottom rug can be seen but it’s not too much bigger than the top layer.
Have a small rug you want to use but it’s way too small for the space? Layer it! My rule of thumb on sizing is not a “rule” per say, more like a guide if you are feeling stuck on sizing. Many people will layer a smaller rug that looks like a postage stamp above a larger sisal or jute rug to give it the size it needs. Not only does this allow you to use that vintage or antique rug, but the sisal or jute rug underneath will add texture to the room. This still looks just as amazing as using the “rule of thumb” but now you get to use your favorite piece.
I love the way this vintage rug is layered! Without the bottom layer, this rug would look like a postage stamp in this room. I love that the sisal rug adds size to the vintage rug and makes it look 100x better in the room.
Layer rugs of imperfect shape. Finding a way to place a cowhide or sheepskin can be tricky because they aren’t very large and their shape is irregular. I love layering these pieces with a jute or sisal rug for that reason! Just like layering a tiny rug, it will give your piece the size it needs.
This picture shows the perfect way to layer cowhide to be showcased in your home. Because of the bottom layer, it doesn’t look like it is floating around in the room and it also looks like it fills up the space.
One thing I have been seeing a lot is the layering of sheepskin on top of a Persian rug. I love this look because Persian rugs have such vibrant colors and their designs are very complex, the sheepskin rug dials that down a bit.
This image is a perfect depiction of a sheepskin layered with a Persian rug. The vibrant colors are toned down by the solid color of the sheepskin.
Not sure what to layer? I personally love layering a natural rug, such as one made of jute or sisal under a one with vibrant colors or a unique design. You could also layer a solid color rug on the bottom of a rug with an intricate pattern.
Don’t pick rugs that are too thick. Especially for the bottom layer, go with a rug that is thin as opposed to thick. When you stack two rugs that are on the thicker side it will look bulgy and unpleasant. Not to mention it would make it harder to move furniture like a rolling chair, not to mention, it would create a tripping hazard.
I hope these tips are helpful.
Until next time!
** None of the images posted on this blog post are mine, that have all been credited to their rightful owner in the hyperlink below the image