How To Layer Rugs Perfectly

Layering isn't exclusive to fashion after all

Photography: The Fox & She (Main Photo)

In most Middle Eastern houses, it is common to see that the family's collections of exotic rugs are layered one on top of another for extra character. If you love this look, you'll be happy to know that layered rugs aren't just for Bohemian homes. In fact, the added textures and colors can liven up even modern spaces. Here are some handy tricks to try: 

1. Layer a colorful, woven rug over a flat plain rug. 

If you have a large plain rug or a seagrass rug, layer a flat woven rug with a vibrant color and pattern for added interest. 

2. Combine different patterns, but stick to one color scheme. 

Try various rug types—kilims, tufted wovens, and Persian-style rugs—but with one, cohesive color palette to prevent wild clashing of patterns and colors. 

3. Use rugs of different shapes. 

A round, solid-colored rug can create an amazing focal point if placed on top of a large, rectangular patterned rug, for example. 

4. Layer rugs slightly over each other to expand a space. 

Nothing is more luxurious than an entire room covered in rugs. Short of installing wall-to-wall carpeting, go for more relaxed decor by overlapping the rugs lightly over each other until the entire room is covered. 

This snippet originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of Real Living Magazine. Main photo by The Fox & She

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