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Flooring Trend: How To Layer Rugs

Layering is no new thing. From carefully selecting layers of clothes that perfectly complement each other to picking out bed sheets, blankets and pillows that all create a stunning and inviting bed - we use layering more than we think. 

But did you know that layering can also be applied to your floors? This is made possible by layering rugs

So mix them, match them and create instant interest in your room. In this guide, we walk you through how to layer rugs and why doing so can help you solve countless design dilemmas.  


Homes are built to be lived in. 

They aren’t works of art that must not be touched, but functional spaces which are used to their full potential - which can mean they aren’t always properly looked after. However, this doesn’t mean they can’t look stunning, especially with the application of smart techniques such as layering. 

For example, areas in your home that are heavily trafficked could benefit from extra rugs that will help act as a buffer on top of the permanent full room carpet, helping keep often expensive to replace flooring clear from scuffs, wear and tear. 

Rooms that are prone to little accidents and stains such as children’s bedrooms, playrooms and rooms where you commonly eat can all gain something from an additional rug. This helps prevent stains from spoiling the carpet. A well-placed rug can also be used to disguise some accidents that have already left their mark. Replacing the whole carpet is unnecessary, but adding in a rug or two? Much easier and more affordable. 

Furniture on wooden floors can also create a problem, no one wants scratches and scuffs on their beautiful floorboards. Adding a layer of rugs is an easy solution to this, ultimately saving you time and money on repairs. 


Large, spacious rooms can often feel a little bare and unfinished if they aren’t dressed properly. Layering rugs around the focal point, such as the seating area, can be a great way to bring focus into a larger room. 

Adding a level of detail such as patterned rugs on top of more neutral designs will help you fill larger spaces and create depth whilst also not making the space too busy and loud. 


Your living room may be broken into individual sections such as a TV area, a reading area and a play areas for the kids. If the space is large, you could zone each section using a separate, isolated rug. 

However, if your room is smaller, you can still benefit from zoning with rugs by layering them where each zone blends into the next. This is a great way to both clearly show which area is which, whilst also creating a natural flow around the room. 


When designing a room, it can seem like a good idea to match colours across the flooring, paint, rugs and furniture. However, this can lead to a ‘sea of hues’ and can often make rooms seem bland and lead to furniture getting visually blended into the rest of the room.

Using rugs in complementary colours can help break up blocks of the same colour and add more depth and interest to a room. 

This can be done in a number of ways. For example, if you want to keep a room calm and neutral you may use rugs in muted colours, which add a soft barrier between different elements of the room.

On the other hand, if you are more daring you may pick two or more brightly coloured rugs. This choice works well for those trying to really brighten up a room and make a clear statement. If you get bored easily and crave a change, then replacing just one of these rugs will completely change the look and feel of the room.


Have you got a rug you love but it is just that little bit too small to cover the area you need it to? 

This makes it the perfect candidate for layering. 

Simply place a larger, neutral rug underneath to cover the difference in space. The benefits here are various. Firstly, you cover the space whilst still being able to use the rug you love. The bottom, natural rug also helps to highlight and accentuate the top rug. Plus, using two rugs will add an additional layer of warmth, which can be very beneficial in winter months when used on a hard floor.


Laying Rugs at Home 

From breaking up potentially boring rooms, to adding an extra layer of warmth during cold winter days, there are lots of benefits to layering rugs at home. This guide has walked you through everything you need to consider when layering rugs. It can be an inexpensive way to completely change the look and feel of a room. So what are you waiting for? Why not check out our extensive range of quality, affordable rugs and give layering a try?

  • Posted On: 18 August 2021

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