How to Create the Perfect Layered Rug Look

I’ve rounded up my favorite rugs to show you how to create the perfect layered rug look!

How to Create the Perfect Layered Rug Look. Tons of rugs and inspiration for which rugs to layer and how to pair rugs together. Goes with any design style and adds texture and style to any room


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Happy Friday!

A little while back, I posted about one of my favorite design trends: layered rugs!  You can read that post here (with tons and tons of inspiration photos).

I love rugs in any room.  Seriously, any room.  They have a way of bringing a design together while also adding texture and warmth to the space.  And, rugs come in all types of colors, patterns, and designs so you’re sure to find something that fits your unique style.

It took me such a long time to put this post together because I really wanted it to be extremely useful to you!  There are just entirely too many rugs out there today.  And, if you’re like me, you’ll get sucked into the internet abyss staring at nearly identical rugs for hours/days/weeks and never //actually\\ picking anything.

So, I did that part for you.  I tried to pick rugs I liked, thought were in style, and could fit into multiple types of design styles.

In general when layering rugs, you want to consider 4 things:

  1.  The location of the rugs in your home.  For me, I’m layering rugs in our dining room so I had to consider the fact that I have children and they will most likely get spills/food/everything ever on them.  So, I picked rugs that are easy to clean and vacuum (but I’m not telling which ones yet!!) and are dark in color to hide the spills that I will inevitably miss.  The easiest place to layer rugs is your living room  –  no spills and low foot traffic with shoes on.  But, be mindful of where it is you’re putting the rugs.
  2. Whether or not you have pets.  Some of these rugs are thick.  Like sheepskin rugs (which are so cute and trendy!).  But, we have a lab who sheds more than anything I’ve seen before so unless I want to pick out all of his hair from the sheepskin rug manually, that’s not happening.  A lower pile rug is probably best!
  3. The general layout of your room and how two rugs can fit in your space.  For me, the dining room is pretty easy to map out for two rugs.  The larger rug spans the majority of the room and the smaller accent rug fits just under the table.  That’s an easy space to define.  When you’re dealing with your living room or bedroom or space in general that’s awkward, you have to really think about what will and will not fit.  I used painter’s tape and measured out exactly where the rugs will go and fit before I bought anything.  It’s easier just to pick one rug.  It’s hard to visualize the exact placement of two rugs (at least for me).
  4. What rugs compliment each other AND your space!  But, I kinda did that first part for you 🙂

Again, I posted a TON of inspiration photos here but here are a few of my favorite looks:






Alright, on to the rugs!

I rounded up a bunch of rugs that I think will layer well.  At the very bottom of the post, I matched up a few of them as examples!  But, mix and match as you see fit and {remember} to consider the furniture and decor you already have in the room!

I started with base or bottom rugs.  Mostly these are neutral, natural fiber rugs.  Starting with a neutral base rug leaves open a ton of possibilities for the top or accent rug.  The top or accent rugs are listed below the neutral rugs.

Last, I added in some cowhide and sheepskin rugs since they are so trendy right now and layer beautifully!  They are particularly my style but I’ve seen them look great in others’ spaces!

Neutral (Base) Rugs

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Neutral (Top) Rugs

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Accent (Top) Rugs

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Sheepskin and Cowhide Rugs

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Okay, now it’s time for the fun part!  Mixing and matching those rugs!

I came up with a few combinations of rugs that I think look great!  Spoiler alert: I actually picked one of these combinations for the dining room.  BUT, I’ll reveal that with the dining room reveal in a few weeks (hopefully).

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So, how are you feeling about layered rugs?  Any design combos you find particularly interesting?

Have a great weekend!

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