How to Layer Rugs Like a Pro

These genius tips are sure to add interest and texture to any space. Here are our best tips for how to pull off a designer look by layering your area rugs.

Add a Splash of Colour

If you're not ready to commit to a big, colourful rug, try buying a smaller size and placing it on top of a neutral area rug. The colours will have just the right amount of impact, and the small rug can easily be swapped out later if you change your mind.

Create a Base for Decor

Layering rugs can be done on a smaller scale, too, like in this bold entryway. Pick a fun, yet neutral pattern for your bottom layer, like black-and-white stripes or checkers, then layer your doormat on top. A good base size for most doormats is 2' x 3'. Keep the base all year and swap out the mats with the season.

Adapt to the Season

Just like with pillows and bedding, layering rugs allows you to easily change them out with the season. Choose a versatile base rug that can work with multiple colours and textures, then keep smaller accent rugs on hand that coordinate with the season, like this sheepskin that provides a cozy spot to warm your feet in the winter. Swap it out with a boho woven mat when the weather warms up.

Pair Patterns – the Right Way

To get that perfect maximalist look, choose a neutral base pattern with a simple repeat, like diamonds, circles or checks, then add the more colourful and complex pattern on top, like in this boho style space. The colours and patterns won't compete with each other but are still a treat for the eyes.

Mix Textures

Layering rugs is a great way to bring in texture and give a room bohemian flair. If you have a soft and fuzzy rug, choose a rug made of natural materials to place underneath. The mixture of soft and coarse textures will provide perfect contrast to one another. Be sure to keep in mind the thicknesses of your textures. A too poufy rug stacked on top of an already thick base can become a tripping hazard or cause furniture to be off-kilter.