How to Master the Rug Layering Trend

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The perfect rug is key to making a room feel complete and comfortable. When styled correctly, it adds a touch of fashion-forward flair, gives your feet an extra layer of plush comfort and ties elements of the room together. In fact, having the right rug can make or break an entire room design. So, shopping for that ideal fit can be a pretty daunting task.

Enter the latest home design trend that has everyone talking: layered rugs. As if finding the rug of your dreams isn’t hard enough, sometimes the perfect design solution for your room is finding more than one and layering them. Don’t stress over it though, because Homemakers is here to help you master the rug layering trend!

What is rug layering?

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Rug layering is fairly self-explanatory – it’s all about layering rugs on top of rugs! Why? Because it’s a great way to add texture, depth, color and visual interest to any room in your home. This trend can lend an inviting and relaxing feel to any sleeping, living or dining space.

At Homemakers, our visual team has been layering rugs since before the trend caught the public eye. They love this technique because it’s fun to do, adds a stylish focal point and comes with some major perks!


Definition is important for any home and room, big or small. With a single rug, you can divide a room into separate spaces by clustering furniture around and within it. For a large room, this helps break up the space and create focal points. In a smaller area, rugs add depth and make the room appear larger.

By introducing a second, layered rug, this defined space is further enhanced. It highlights a specific area or furniture piece, drawing the eye where you want it to go. Place a coffee table, chest or bench on top of a layered rug to make it the center of attention.


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Add warmth and comfort to your hardwood floors with layered rugs. Rugs can help prevent scratches, water damage and more while also making the room feel cozy. Don’t forget to invest in a rug pad that will prevent shifting and slipping, keep your rugs anchored and add an extra level of protection!

Layering isn’t just for hard flooring, though. If you have wall-to-wall carpet, you can layer too! Layering on top of carpet makes your space look great and protects your high traffic, mess-prone rooms from stains. Replacing stained or unattractive carpet can be a major hassle, so rug layering is an ideal way to spruce up a space!


Love the layered rug look but worried about the cost? Layering rugs might actually save you money! That’s right, two rugs just might be more budget-friendly than one. As rug sizes get bigger, prices get higher. So, if you absolutely love a rug’s design but cannot afford one that fills the room, buy a smaller size and layer it. Find a base rug that fits better in your budget and you’ll have a beautiful room design you love with more money in your pocket!

According to our visual designer, Brandon, this trend is perfect for shoppers in a budget crunch – even in the long run. “When you buy a smaller rug and layer it, it makes it a lot easier and cheaper to switch it out. You can always change the smaller rug to create a completely different look for minimal cost.”

Master the rug layering trend!

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Now that you know the “what” and “why,” it’s time to learn how to get this look for your home! With these tips and ideas, you’ll be layering like a pro in no time.

1. Design Style

 Layered rugs can succeed in just about any design style, but they work especially well in eclectic, contemporary and transitional room designs because mixed patterns and pops of color tend to appeal to these styles. Our rugs come in a wide spectrum of sizes, materials and design styles, so you are sure to find something that complements your home.

This trend might not work in every room design, however, so it’s important to decide whether layering will be appropriate with your current design and furniture group. “Sometimes it might not make sense or be appropriate for the furniture group, so you might not do it in a super traditional room,” Brandon says. “But never be afraid to try something new. If you love it, keep it. If you don’t, try something else.”

Don’t stick to just one style of rug, however! As long as they complement each other, mixing patterns and styles is what makes rug layering fun. If you have an eclectic room design, try layering an oriental rug atop a contemporary base, or vice versa, to create a truly unique look that showcases your personality.

2. Color

Color is one of the best places to start when shopping for your rugs because some of the best combinations come from finding a similar color you can hone in on. “As long as you have something that ties them together, you can pretty much do anything,” Brandon said. For example, if your base is a solid gray, your layer could incorporate a range of colors but have gray details. The slight similarity harmonizes the rugs while still creating a beautiful contrast!

A rug layering formula that is sure to succeed is to choose a base rug in a neutral color like black, white, gray or brown. The base should be solid or have a subtle pattern so it can match any crazy pattern or color palette you pair it with. Layer with color, like in the example below, to add a pop of color, character and eye-catching style.

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Base: Loloi Magnolia Home Drake Storm 8’ x 10’ | Layer: Sphinx Kaleidoscope 4’ x 6’

Think of your base as the canvas and your layer as the artwork. Together they create a masterpiece and you get to decide how bold or subtle the final product is. For the hottest color trends, check out our Pantone Color Series!

3. Texture

Texture is an integral part to any room design. It helps dictate how a room feels on the first glance. Is it warm and welcoming or cool and streamlined? Does it feel light and airy or weighed down and sturdy? These are all affected by texture! The texture you want for your room depends partially on your design style, as smooth textures are common in modern designs whereas rough and earthy textures fit better with country or rustic styles.

Rugs are a great way to incorporate levels of texture in your space. Choose jute or natural fiber foundations and layer with an intricate kilim, fur or hide for contrasting but elegant texture combinations. Be careful, however, when choosing your top layer in a high-traffic area. Having thick rugs layered in a busy hallway can be a potential tripping hazard.

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Base: Ashley Alonso Teal 5’ x 7’ | Layer: Nourison Couture White 5’ x 8’

Create a beautiful focal point heaped with texture without the risk by using hide or faux-hide rugs as your top layer. Hides are ideal for layering because they are very thin (and therefore harder to trip over), add great texture and their unique shapes require a rug underneath to fully cover the area anyway.

4. Pattern

If pattern layered atop a solid color doesn’t appeal to you, try layering pattern-on-pattern. While this can be trickier to achieve, it can look great once you find the perfect pair. Try using colors that are a similar color intensity, have a motif or color in common or complement each other’s style.

For example, a simple shag looks comfortable when layered on a chevron pattern, like in the combination below, whereas a striped layer would make the space look busy. Pairing the different patterns and textures creates a beautiful balance.

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Base: Loloi Francesca 8’ x 10’ | Layer: Loloi Callie Shag 8’ Round

Brandon says finding the right patterns is a matter of trial-and-error. “You just need to try things out, have fun with it and don’t over think it. If you aren’t sure, get a second and third opinion. Don’t be afraid to mix-and-match.”

5. Scale and size

Ensure the best look and full coverage of your space by choosing the correct rug sizes. Rug size can mean the difference between a cozy home and a cramped one, so know how to choose area rugs for every room in your home before shopping.

Buying the correct rug size is especially critical when buying more than one rug. Keep in mind that you are not only making sure the rugs will fit in the space, but also that they will go well with each other and the surrounding furniture in a way that doesn’t look cluttered.

According to Brandon, “you want them to look proportional with one another and with the entire room. If your layered rug is too small, it looks like a bathmat floating in the middle of the room. If it’s too big, it doesn’t look layered – it just looks piled.”

A good rule of thumb is to leave a significant border around the layered rug so the base looks more like a frame than an overly thick rug pad, but keep the layer large enough to highlight whatever furniture or area you are highlighting. Also, keep a border of flooring (whether that’s hardwood or carpet) around the base rug so you can see all the beautifully contrasted layers.

rug layering Homemakers Furniture

Base: Sams International Pixley Gray 8’ x 10’ | Layer: Nourison Couture 5’ x 8’

Try using our HM Room Planner if you aren’t sure how a certain rug’s size will look and fit in your space. This planner makes room design and layout planning a breeze! Choose the shape and dimensions of your room, drag and drop your desired products into the room and visualize how your rug will fit in!

6. Ask for help

Still not sure if you can pull it off?  The best advice when it comes to rug layering is to take a chance and try it out. You might not find the perfect combination the first time, but you aren’t in it alone.

At Homemakers, our rug gallery staff is always happy to help you find the perfect rug layering combination. They know all about this trend and are full of ideas that are perfect for your home. Take pictures of your space so you can reference the surrounding furniture, flooring, wall colors and room layout when you are shopping.

Ready to start your rug layering journey? Come visit our showroom! With more than 1,200 rugs on display, you are sure to find the perfect rug combinations for your home.

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