Our Tips On Layering Rugs & How To Do It

Layering rugs is the new trend that’s storming the interior design world. When people think about a rug, it’s usually the concept of a standard, singular rug to warm up a room.

Layering rugs is simply the idea of placing rugs on top of one another. It’s an amazingly easy step to take for your decor that can create such instant interest and a real statement.

Just by doing this in your home, you can easily add texture, patterns and a real statement piece in your room.

It’s a wonderfully simple trend that instantly makes your interior look like a creative and inventive space that’s so on trend it could have been taken straight from a magazine!

If you’re still struggling to see how this trend will work for you, we’ve put together a few simple tips on how to best style layered rugs.

So, why layered rugs?

Use Layered Rugs To Define A Space

A layered rug can be a great way to help to define a space. If you have a large interior space that’s open plan, layering rugs can be the trick to help break that space up.

room layering rugs on top of wooden floor in a kitchen/living room to divide the space

If you have a living room that’s joined with a kitchen, try layering a rug on top of the carpet to create a border between the two space. Place it where you see the space naturally ending, like where the living room seating stops and there’s space leading towards the kitchen.

It doesn’t just have to be used to split up a room. You might have a piece of furniture that you want to really stand out. Try layering rugs underneath a kitchen table to help unify a space and make the table seem a complete part of the interior, and not just an afterthought.

layering rugs underneath a wooden table with white chairs and a brightly decorated window bench

Also, if you’ve got a fabulous statement piece of furniture – use layered rugs to accentuate it. Using a bold rug on top of a larger rug or a carpet can really draw the eye to the thing you really want people to be looking at.

Something like an upcycled side table or a funky chair – depending on your current interior style. But layering rugs underneath an eye-catching piece can really emphasise it and make that statement piece pop!

Make A Statement By Layering Rugs

If you’re short on any furniture that you really want to stand out, then let the layered rugs do the talking!

If you have a neutral or minimalist room and you’re getting a bit tired of the simple and one toned space, use a layered rug to add some extra style. Using a really bold statement piece can help to brighten a room if you think it’s looking a bit cold for the winter months.

layering rugs in traditional style over jute base in a neutrally coloured living room

The beauty with layering rugs is that it’s very easy and can be very temporary if you decide you don’t like it – or just want it for a short time. If you have a minimalist space, you can add in the rug or take it away whenever you need or want.

We love the use of hide when it comes to layering rugs. Some people are a bit wary with hide because of the unique-ness of the shape and colourings being hard to fit into a décor.

Use a hide as a statement piece to layer on top of carpets or rugs, and make use of that unique shape! Hide is very thin, so reduces the danger of tripping and looks beautiful layered.

If you’ve got a large space, even use two hides set together to make one larger rug for an elegant but extravagant look that creates instant style.

layering rugs with animal hide on top of jute rug in a living room with zebra print chairs and cream sofa

And just be creative with placement when it comes to hides – and all layered rugs for that matter! You shouldn’t feel you must centrally place when you’re layering rugs. Particularly with hides, as they have such a unique shape that doesn’t aid symmetry then don’t try and place them to look meticulous as they end up ‘floating’ a bit.

If you’re worried about the ethical side of animal hide, all our hides are a safe by-product of the food industry that are sources responsibly.

Add Fabulous Textures By Layering

One of the factors around interiors that is often forgotten about is texture. Mixing textures throughout your décor creates a level of depth and interest that can really help to lift a room – especially if it’s focussed around one colour or tone.

Just like with hide, using a sheepskin rug is a more subtle way to add texture. Faux fur is a great way to add a new texture very obviously, but it can be hard to layer fur rugs as they’re a bit too heavy for a layered rug.

layering rugs using white sheepskin on a larger rug with leopard print stools and green and neutral shade sofas in a bright living room

But sheepskin’s small and classic style helps create a subtle and chic look, have a read of our guide of how to style faux fur if you want to find out more!

If faux fur is still a bit too showy for you, opt for a similarly coloured neutral rug to place on top of a carpet or larger rug to add texture. If you want a similarly coloured rug on top of your carpet or rug, then you do need to focus and have a think on the texture to help differentiate it.

Using rugs made from jute or sisal can create an obvious change in texture for the floor, and can stop it looking like a spare bit of carpet – which it can do if the material is too similar in texture and tone.

layering rugs using neutral rugs on a carpet with a red plastic chair on top in a living room

This way of layering rugs is a wonderfully subtle way to build on your décor without introducing anything bold and brash if that’s not your style.

Layering Can Mean A Pop Of Colour

The easiest way to really nail the layering rugs look is by using it for a bit of colour.

Use a neutral rug as the larger, ‘supporting’ rug and choose a brightly coloured piece on top. This is a particularly useful tip if you’ve found a rug you love but it just doesn’t have the right measurements for the space. Instead, use a neutral shaded larger rug underneath and place your dream rug on top!

This can also work to help adapt a beautiful rug that you can’t say goodbye to from an old house after a move. Simply layer a rug underneath and suddenly your old favourite rug fits the new bigger space and is instantly updated!

layered rugs in a brightly lit living room with wooden beams and bright bold furntiure

If you want two patterned rugs, it is difficult to get right. If you’re brave enough, make sure you choose two rugs that work together and complement each other in some way. It could be that they’re the same texture or have similar accent colours – but they need to pair up in some way or the look won’t work.

an aerial shot of layering rugs under a wooden table and wicker chairs with lots of brightly coloured traditional flatweave rugs

If you’ve got a rustic styled interior, you could opt for two opposing patterned rugs that aren’t directly placed on top of each other. This only really works for a casual and ‘undone’ look, so it can be hard to style if your interior doesn’t have that specific look.

As Well As Looking Fabulous, It Has Hidden Practicalities

If all these wonderful style plusses from layering rugs still hasn’t got you sold, this trend has a practical side as well.

Using a rug layered on top of a carpet can be a clever way to conserve your expensive carpet with an inexpensive rug. If you’ve got young children that you had after having beautifully expensive carpet laid, then layering rugs is the trick you need.

layering rugs in a nursery with bold designs and a white cot and bed

Place a rug over the carpet to help catch stains – or even hide some. This way you can easily change the rug when it gets messy for an easy tidy up! An interior design style that really can be used for a family home for effortless style that really can be lived in.

Another reason to use layered rugs is to protect carpet that has the danger of thinning in high traffic areas. For example, around a dining room table.

a brightly lit room with a wooden table above layering rugs in a traditional style

Tips On Styling Layered Rugs

  • If you love a rug that’s too small for your space, choose a plain or contrasting rug that’s bigger to place underneath it so you can have that perfect rug. Seagrass and jute work particularly well as diff textures
  • Be creative with placement! Don’t think you have to just place in the middle of a room on one on top of the other, making them uneven can add that extra special touch of creativity for your interior.
  • However, you should always use a larger rug underneath that has at least 6 inch of a border on show when placed directly on top. Otherwise, it can look as if you’re just trying out two rugs and look a little odd.
  • If you can’t choose which rug is the perfect layered rug, opt for a few smaller rugs and go all out on the layering for a really on trend look that is so effective.
a living room with big windows and wooden beams uses bold layering rugs to create a rustic look
  • Be careful when it comes to high-pile rugs underneath, they can look a bit like they’re eating the top rug. You want it to have more of a stacked look – opt for flatweave or natural fibre rugs or a standard pile can also work.
  • Don’t forget – it may be called layering rugs but that doesn’t mean it should be on top of another rug! Layering rugs on carpets can work just as well – so Don’t think you’re limited if you don’t have a hard floor to build on.
  • Opt for heavier rugs if you’re placing them on carpets as they tend to stay in place better. Or opt for rug pads to ensure that wrinkling doesn’t occur – as that can be a hazard!

Although these steps are all good ideas to follow to help get inspiration, our best advice is to get creative!

Layering rugs really is so simple to do, so go with whatever best suits your style to add that extra chic style for your interior.

Are you going to add that special twist to transform your home from regular interior to interior designer?