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Layer up with a rug
Adding a rug can really nail it when it comes to making your home look and feel like a real home!
Already have carpet? - you might not have even considered adding a rug to your space, you should, it can make all the difference.
Have floorboards or tiles and already have a rug, - then add another?
4 great reasons to layer with rugs:
1. BETTER DEFINE YOUR SPACE
Choose a rug that pulls out a colour in the adjacent space, it not only provides continuity but helps define the area.
2. ADD TEXTURE
Texture typically refers to the material itself, but patterns can also serve as texture, especially in a neutral room void of other pattern!
3. SAVE $$
Area rugs can be quite expensive depending on the size, materials, and manufacturing process! If your budget doesn’t allow for you to purchase the rug you want at the size you need, consider using a less expensive full-size rug on the bottom with a more expensive accent rug on top. You’ll still fill the space you need but achieve the look for less.
4. JUST BECAUSE
Despite all of the “rules” and “guidelines” there are for decorating, not everything needs a reason! It’s okay to do something just because you feel like it! Layering rugs can add depth to a space or even allow you to easily change up the look of a room.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions when it comes to decorating with rugs:
Q. Should I have the rug in front of the furniture or under the furniture?
A. It is a very subjective decision and really depends on the room layout.
As a general rule, dining table rugs should have a 70cm minimum distance from the table edge to accommodate the chairs.
When a rug is placed under furniture we recommend the rug be positioned no less than 20cm past the outside legs.
If the rug is in front of the furniture place the edge of the rug close to the furniture legs so that the person's feet are on top of the rug while they are sitting.
Q. If I place my rug on top of carpet what will happen?
A. Carpet provides very little structural support for rugs, and therefore all rugs placed on carpet will appear to shuffle (wrinkle).
This is not a fault of the rug, and cannot be avoided. The problem is exaggerated when heavy items are placed on top of the rug.
Make Your House A Home sells Rug Lock which provides a buffer between the rug and the carpet and helps to alleviate this problem.
Additional Tips & Tricks
- Neutral or natural fiber rugs and carpeting make a great backdrop to all types of prints and patterns, helping to take some of the guesswork out of the layering process!
- You can use multiple patterns and colors together, just make sure that they coordinate.
- Think outside the lines! Your layered rugs don’t need to be the same shape or perfectly lay on top of one another. Feel free to turn one diagonally or let it spill over!
- Be wary of high-pile rugs. When placed on the bottom, they might look as if they are eating the top rug, whereas you want the top rug to have more of a stacked look.
- Size matters! When layering two rugs of the same shape that will be placed in the same direction, make sure the bottom rug is large enough to allow for a significant border around the smaller rug so that you achieve an intentional look. If the two rugs are too similar in size, it might look like you are just testing them out trying to decide which to use!