I believe I’ve mentioned a few times how Mike and I are planning on moving down to the Ghent area of Norfolk, VA within the next six months, and my mind is frequently abuzz with ideas on how to decorate my future home, although I have no clue as to the layout, size, etc! Regardless of those minor details :) I know my style much better now than when we got married six years ago, and there are general decorating themes I have in mind. For example, I know that I want to have rugs in as many rooms as possible!
I get daily emails from Apartment Therapy, and last week I read this great article about layering rugs. I was so excited that I wanted to share their tips with you, as well as some pictures that inspired me (Pinterest strikes again!) and several rugs I found that will offer you a range of price options. The bottom line is that rugs just ARE one of those items which require you to shell out more money than you might be used to, but if cared for correctly they will last for years and years, and you can’t put a price tag on the cohesion they will bring to your room.
So here you have the four “rules” to help you layer rugs expertly, according to Apartment Therapy and paraphrased by Yours Truly :)
Rule #1: Define
One rug helps to define a seating area, but layering rugs truly makes the space pop. At times seating areas can look like a haphazard group of chairs and couches, but add a rug (or two or three!) and suddenly everything has a sense of “belonging”.
Linon Chevron Yellow/White Rug - DL Rhein Rug
Dash & Albert Indoor/Outdoor Rug - Loloi Ivory and Berry Rug
Rule #2: Contrast
Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors, shapes and sizes. If you are someone who loves to make changes to your design often, then this “rule” is perfect for you! Replacing one small rug will satisfy your desire to vary things up, and keeps your home looking fresh and fun. Be willing to do things “wrong”, to step outside the box, and to inject humor and fun into your design. Decorating will become much easier and a lot more enjoyable!
Jaipur Vanilla Ice and Medieval Rug - Catamaran Striped Rug - DENY Designs Holli Zollinger Bright Stripe Rug
Loloi Enzo Ivory/Blue Rug - Shaw Living Global Tiles Rug - Butterfly Rug in Green - Surya Frontier Zigzag White/Aqua Rug - Nourison Vista Rug
Rule #3: Texturize
Layering textures, rough and soft, woven and fluffy…it all helps to elevate your room from simply pretty to AMAZING!!
Braided Twist Jute Rug - Safavieh Leather Area Rug - Maison De Vacances Sheepskin Rug
Assembly Chevron Rug - Maison De Vacances Sheepskin Rug - Cabbage Rose Rug
Rule #4: Highlight/Scale
By layering a small rug over a larger one, it helps to frame the room and also makes the smaller rug pop! This is great way to save some money but not loose any of the design…a large rug that costs a little more can be accented by a smaller rug that costs a LOT less! Choose rugs that are to scale with the room, long, lean rugs for longer rooms, etc. It looks SO sleek and put together!
Shana Rug, Indigo - Zara Home Primavera Rug
Shana Rug, Indigo - Jill Rosenwald by Surya Fallen Arrows Rug - Anthropologie Serpentine Rug
Hope this serves to inspire you! Follow me on Instagram @bellamarie_va and tag me with pictures of rug decor in your home!