This is a little look that I’ve been wanting to try for a while now, and so when Frith Rugs asked me to work with them and choose a new rug for my home, it was a great opportunity to give it a go and give you a few tips on how to layer your living room rugs.
Whilst I would have loved a Persian rug, budgets on neither side ran to that and so I was more than happy to select a beautiful wool rug in a very deep blue to really bring my dark living room to life.
How to Layer Your Living Room Rugs:
Let me show you how the Frith Rug looks in my living room. It’s a dark room, painted and updated last year, but I love bright colours so it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s punctuated with sharp colours, bright blues, greens and yellows and plenty of pattern too.
I think you’ll agree the bright blue of the Indian wool rug works well with my other accessories and the look in general. The floor is a luxury vinyl and calms and lightens the room, but I love a colourful, warm rug under my feet too.
This rug, from the Modern Rugs section, is a beautiful 100% wool rug designed with a lattice pattern. Handmade in India, the pile is a slighly thinner 15mm, exactly what I wanted for the layering look but also perfect for the living room on its own.
Whilst I don’t mind a thicker rug, when you have children, they can trip on a thick rug, and the younger ones lose their small toys in the plusher pile.
You can see more of the Indian Lattice Design Rug HERE.
So let’s discuss how you can use a beautiful piece like the Frith Rug to achieve a layered rug look in your living room. Why not pin now in case you want to come back later:-
5 Top Tips to Successful Rug Layering
- Choose a base colour to work through your rugs and help them hang together. Don’t worry if they’re different patterns or prints, it will work if they have a connecting colour.
- Get the rug depth right. Choose 2 or more thinner rugs when layering to avoid tripping or an odd uneven look.
- Play around with sizes. If you have one very large rug, layer a smaller one over the top allowing a ‘border’ to show and be on display.
- Offset the rugs, one on top of the other to get a more geometrical look and fill a bigger space than you could by using just one rug
- Use rugs of different shapes and sizes to get a more eclectic, random effect. This works well with different patterns, or with one print and one plain. Play around and see what works and what you love.
The other rug underneath the Frith rug is one from La Redoute that I’ve had for a while. It’s a thin cotton style which lies flat against the floor.
Together the two rugs take up much more floor space and give the effect of one single, much larger rug.
I lived with this look for more than a week to see if I could live with it. I appreciate it’s quite a busy look and won’t be to everyone’s taste so if that’s case, look at the tips above and choose a plain rug with your patterned one to get a calmer, quieter effect.
How do you like the layered rug look?
Frith Rugs have many different sections on their website including Pakistani, Indian and Chinese rugs so do take a look if you’re hunting for a new piece for your home. Check them out HERE.
All images copyright Jen Stanbrook
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