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7 Ways to Master the Layered Rug Trend

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Rugs are warm, decorative and, as they occupy such a large space in your room, they can create a big impression on your interior design. So, why limit yourself to just one?

Layering rugs is a great way to add more texture, colour, and depth to your interiors.

While you can achieve this effect by playing around with a variety of your favourite rugs, there are some tips you should take on board if you want to ensure your layers are bang on trend.

Nick Acaster, Managing Director of Rugs Direct, shares his tops tips for achieving that wonderful multi-layered effect.

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use layered rugs to create space


This trend can be used to define space, particularly in larger rooms.

If you have an open plan kitchen diner, for example, you can use multiple rugs to subtly section off the different areas while making sure they’re still connected.

Layered rugs can also be used to make features out of your furniture. With a large rug to define your seating area, you can then pop a smaller rug on top of it underneath your coffee table to turn the table into a focal point.

create a focal point with your rugs

 You could try to angle your second rug towards a piece of furniture that you want to showcase, which should draw the eye to it.

Alternatively, layered rugs can be a focal point all on their own if you have a large amount of empty floor space.

layering rugs


If this is the case, you can afford to be a little bit more daring with the style of rugs you choose.

block colours

Rugs are a great way to pack colour into a room, particularly if your décor is quite minimalist.

The easiest way to pull off layering them is to stick to colour blocking complementary tones, such as black and white or teal and orange.

Clash Patterns

layering rugs


If your style is more decadent, layered rugs are the perfect opportunity to try pattern clashing. Pattern clashing is mixing prints to achieve a busy but appealing look.

When it’s done incorrectly it can be quite jarring, but when co-ordinated well it’s one of the most chic and impressive ways to decorate.

The secret is to choose one dominant print that is bolder and on a larger scale, and one accent print that is finer and more complex. So they’re cohesive, both patterns should be from the same colour family.

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Add Bold Patterns

layering rugs


Layering rugs can also be used to add bold patterns to a room in a more subdued way.

For example, placing a vibrant zebra striped rug on top of a more neutral design helps integrate it into the room better, and putting a plain rug over the zebra print will allow more subtle glimpses of it to come though.

Both are less overwhelming ways to introduce the design, so they’re perfect if you like a bit of pattern but you don’t want it to take over your whole room.

combine Shapes


There are two approaches you can take when choosing the shapes of your layered rugs, depending on your personal style.

You can stick to the same shape and vary their sizes or go for completely different styles. A good example is to place a cowhide-style rug, with its curved edges, on top of a crisp, rectangular rug.

This brings out the best of both shapes and makes a great feature rug combination.

You could also try using round and square rugs as a combination.

Some rugs are even abstract and shaped like flowers or characters, which are great for children’s bedrooms. So, shop around and see what unique mashups you can come up with.

mix up your Textures


Don’t underestimate how important texture is when it comes to interior design, especially soft furnishings.

By mixing up the fabrics of your layered rugs, you can add depth to your design and give the whole room a high-end polish.

Rugs can be made from all kinds of materials, from rough to smooth to fluffy. So, try combining two rugs with opposite textures to elevate your design.

Some examples include pairing shaggy and flat weave rugs for different levels of softness, but you can also try combining shimmering silks and matte natural fibres to contrast their levels of shine.

Layered rugs can be a great way to add more colours, textures, and shapes to a room. Using the tips in this guide, you can make sure you’re layering your rugs correctly and pull off this cosy interior trend.

Nick Acaster is Managing Director of Rugs Direct, an online seller of both modern and traditional rugs informed by the latest interior design trends.