Last time we discussed some of the area rugs trends for 2016. One of them was rug layering, and here we’ll talk about what makes this design trend fun and aesthetically interesting.
First of all, every hard floor needs a nice area rug. That’s our motto. It’s also true that hard floors allow for easier changes to design – which is good for people who don’t like to be stuck in a rut, but prefer to mix things up a bit every so often. Layering your rugs adds depth and scale to a room which not only makes it more interesting, but actually pulls the eyes down and gives your guests additional style elements to enjoy and admire.
The first rule of layering, of course, is to put your most interesting carpet on the top so that it can be seen, so it will be a highlight of your room. What rug layering does is allow you to work with a smaller but more interesting or valuable rug without that rug looking inadequate for the space it’s occupying. What you’re doing by layering rugs is giving that primary rug a frame and filling up the floor’s open area at the same time.
Any carpet that lies beneath that top layer must be fairly neutral and complement the primary rug. This means that the bottom rug can be a less expensive rug, a bound remnant even. One of the current trends is using natural fiber rugs, like sisal, underneath woven rugs. That way you can juxtapose two textures with each other. That bottom rug should cover most of the room’s floor space, ideally leaving only 12 to 14 inches of space between the rug and the walls.
As with other style elements, don’t feel compelled to color only within the lines. Most pictures are framed as rectangles within rectangles, yes, but sometimes it’s fun to include different shapes. Don’t be afraid to layer at an interesting angle or use a uniquely shaped hide rug as your top layer. An animal hide rug is often a small rug, given that it’s the shape and side of the animal that it belonged to. Many people are hesitant to use these kinds of rugs because they will be swallowed up in a large room. Layering solves this problem nicely.
Another problem layering can solve is covering up a bland carpet that you otherwise might get rid of. If one of the rooms in your house has a beige wall-to-wall carpet you despise, adding a beautifully bound area rug on top of it can fix that. You may have an area rug you love that has a stain or hole. Choosing a coordinating smaller rug to cover any issue will allow you to keep it and still use it in your design scheme.
There are so many fun design opportunities for carpet layering. Why not try this yourself in a room you’d like to spruce up? It’s a simple and inexpensive way to make a change, and if you need any carpet supplies to accomplish it, Bond Products can help.