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The Art of Layering Rugs

June 22, 2015

Layering rugs isn’t exactly a new trend, but with the recent explosion of bohemian decorating options for the masses, my pinterest page as been blowing up with kilim style rugs layered over larger jute rugs. It’s one thing to see these styled shots in photo shoots, or more often, editorial photo shoots for catalogs, but it’s much harder to make this look actually work at home. I’ve had a few projects lately where we (me and the client) were considering the layered rug look and it can be tricky business!

Layering is AWESOME for creating texture, which I think is really its main function (plus adding a good dose of color depending on your palette). Additionally, kilim style rugs are often pricy and found in smaller sizes since they are very labor intensive to make. Using a neutral backdrop, such as a jute or sisal rug allows you to showcase a gorgeous, smaller woven rug without the giant price tag.

I’ve pulled together some of my favorite photographs, which illustrate the methods or “looks” that I like best for layering and translate most easily into “real-life” decorating.

#1 – Layering in a Hallway: Transitional spaces are often overlooked and left empty. Using the layered rug look could bring some real life and color into an otherwise dull area of your home.

layering rugs hallway rug

Image via sarahkaye.com

layering rugs hallway rug

Image via highstreetmarket.blogspot.com

#2 – Neutral Area Rug + Highlight Rug: The key to this look is that your neutral rug and highlight rug are proportional. The base rug should be large enough for the space, and hold the highlight rug nicely with a border around all sides. You want to see the two rugs together, and how they interact with one another.

layering rugs living room

Image via nousdecor.com

layering rugs living room

Image via nateberkus.com

layering rugs living room

Image via creamylife.com

layering rugs living room

Image via stylemepretty.com

Image via clothandkind on instagram

Image via clothandkind on instagram

Image via ashleytstark on instagram

Image via ashleytstark on instagram

#3 – The Real Boho Look: This look is for the textile collector or true lover of bohemian style. It’s ultra layered, eclectic, and works best if the whole floor or area is covered. It’s best to work off a color scheme here. As you can see from the photos, each room has rugs with a central color or two.

layering rugs living room

Image from Ikea via Refinery29

layering rugs living room

Image via OneKingsLane – Katie Tarses home

Image via eliseblaha.typepad.com

Image via eliseblaha.typepad.com

Can’t wait to share some photos of my own projects with layered rugs, but for now these will have to do! What do you think? Do you like the layered look? Any of the three options appeal to you the most?


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Claire’s creative energy comes from her unique perspective on the world as both a trained interior designer and a passionate yoga teacher. Her affinity for kitchen design, timeless style and eclectic decorating are shared here, along with lots of interior design education and tips. Thanks for being here, please enjoy!

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