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Country Living UK
This layering trend is going to take over living rooms in 2017
Very occasionally, more is more.
By Taysha Murtaugh
20 JANUARY 2017
One sure way to make a room feel cosy and add character? Roll out a rug. And, if you're feeling especially daring, make it two or three. Layering rugs, whether on carpet or hardwood floors, is a smart and simple way to give a room texture and take on another trend: pattern-mixing.
The unexpected contrast of weaves and prints may have guests doing a double-take but, if done well, layered rugs can pop in a playful way and, more practically, pull a space together.
The trick is picking patterns and colours that are complementary but still different enough. For example, a tightly striped red-and-cream rug would be too much against a tiny checkered rug, but a larger diamond-checked design in black-and-white is just right.
The result can yield a bohemian-luxe look, or a cosy rustic or vintage vibe — all depending on how you arrange them. Doubled- and tripled-up textiles are a look we've seen before, but they're trending now more than ever. We're taking these rooms as proof that the home décor trend is here to stay...
Layering rugs in a rustic bedroom
A mix of different patterns looks lovely in this rustic bedroom because they're all on-palette.
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Nautical layered rugs
A lush white rug adds glamour to the nautical striped textile below.
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Anna Burke Interiors
A juxtaposition of Navajo weavings warms up this rustic guesthouse.
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Layered persian rugs
These pretty Persian rugs are striking enough to stand on their own, but put them together and they make a grand statement in an otherwise minimalist setting.
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Layering colourful rugs
Layering Kilim rugs balances out the colourful shiplap wall in this space.
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Layered neutral rugs
A faux zebra hide atop a rug of the same hue adds a wild touch without sacrificing this bedroom's lovely neutral colours.
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Layering complementary rugs
This combination strikes the perfect chord of complementary yet distinct.
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Full floor of layered rugs
Leave it to Ralph Lauren to nail the vintage-meets-rustic Americana aesthetic. The rugs do so much here to set the foundation of the space.
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Layering rugs for effect
We love how the positioning of the faux cowhide over the jute rug helps anchor the coffee table in this airy living room.
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Holy City Chic
Layering rugs to add dimension
Rather than fight the low ceilings of this bedroom in a schoolhouse-turned-cottage, the owners embraced the size of the space, cosying up the floor with a green rug over carpet. Ironically, filling out the room added dimension, which makes it appear larger.
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Patchwork layered rugs
To warm up this large solarium, the owner actually sewed together patterned rugs of the same palette.
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One Kings Lane
For a warm welcome, why not layer the very first rug visitors will see?
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Diagonally-placed layered rugs
Placement of the layered rugs is key in this rustic-meets-modern sitting room.
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The Platform Experiment via Instagram
Layering rugs for a bordered effect
When placed just so on the larger rug, the vintage textile on top appears to gain a jute border.
See more of this New Hampshire home.
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Layered patterned rugs
A wide diamond-checked pattern in black and white is the perfect pairing for the tightly striped bottom rug.
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Layering rugs for texture
This silky cowhide rug provides a smooth contrast to the textured jute rug underneath.
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Rooms for Rent
Layering rug over carpet
The inset carpet in this living room gets a textured topping that nails the layered rug look.
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The Lily Pad Cottage
Rustic-luxe layered rugs
This angled cowhide adds a little rustic appeal to a glamorous jewel-toned rug.
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The White Buffalo Styling Co.
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Layered fringe rugs
Two basic rugs — one jute, one hemp — are instantly elevated when placed with their fringed edges perpendicular to one another.
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Three layered rugs
Arranging these rugs from light to dark opens up the entrance to this living room, making it all the more approachable.
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