As a magazine home editor, I’m practically drowning in amazing home design inspiration day-in and day-out. My Shelter Pinterest board has hundreds of design ideas I’m dying to try and I have a wish list a mile long of goodies I want to add to my own home—it’s becoming an addiction…seriously!
A trend that I’m seeing (and loving) everywhere lately? Layered rugs! It’s an unexpected way to bring color, texture and visual interest to everything from tiny entryways to expansive great rooms and cozy bedrooms. Before rolling out the trend in your own home, there are a few basic tips you should keep in mind. First, you want to use layered rugs to do one of a few things—define a space (for example, setting a seating space apart from the rest of your living room), add some texture or contrast a heavily prevalent design aesthetic (adding a masculine, heavier rug to a lighter, airy space). Second, you have to find the right match—something that seems intimidating at first, but if you stick with a basic formula (a neutral + a piece of interest) it becomes surprisingly easy. Here are a few combos to get you layering up!
To ease into layering at home, just like in fashion, it’s good to start with a neutral—in this case, an unassuming beige rug like this Sisal one from Rugs USA. I tend to like the look of a neutral, natural material (like sisal, jute, rattan or seagrass)—but if “neutral” means white or black or gray for your style, that’s fine too! From here, the type of “accent” rug you add will determine the overall feel of your combo.
To bring a little global bazaar feel to your home, opt for a bohemian combo of your neutral base topped with a colorful, ethnic-inspired piece. Try searching for “Moroccan” “Turkish” “Indian” “Aztec” or “Kilim” rugs on some of your favorite sites (I love Rugs USA, One Kings Lane and Etsy for this type of buy). When figuring out placement of your rug, just play around a bit! Centering a smaller, accent rug over your larger neutral is always a safe bet, but sometimes off-center or angled rugs can look even color. Try this combo:
If your style is more understated, you may want to stick with a neutral-on-neutral color scheme. A faded vintage Victorian, Oriental or other traditional rug is perfect for a combo like this—it’s not a scene stealer and will compliment almost any room. Try this combo, below:
I am highly conscious of rooms being overly-feminine. It’s just not my style, so I always try to add a more gender-neutral or “masculine” element to my decor (imaginary or otherwise). And come on, is there anything more manly than a piece of (faux) animal hide? Not really. Plus, it adds a very cool, “Oh I just threw this amazing room together” vibe to any space. Who doesn’t want that?! Try this combo:
Ok, layered rugs 101 is over—go forth and layer!