Rugs can be used as a visual statement. Next to wall colour, flooring is the most dominant visual space within a room. Using multiple rugs opens up various design options such as establishing different living spaces within a large room or creating different floor treatments featuring different patterns, colours, textures or shapes.
Following these simple tips will help you to embrace multiple rugs and create a balanced effect in your own home.
Choose a Rug Colour Palette
The key to successfully having multiple rugs in a room is sticking to a colour scheme. Keeping the rugs within the same colour palette as the rest of the room enables the use of multiple rugs to remain aesthetically pleasing. Some designers will base the colour scheme of the room based the colours of the rug. Lighter rugs can help make a room appear bigger, this may be useful if you are short on space, whilst darker rugs will help make the room appear smaller. Check out Maria Killam’s 4 colour guide for choosing an area rug.
By sticking to a colour scheme it allows you the potential to be more adventurous with patterned carpets as well as simple bold colour rugs (check out our blog on how to introduce bold colours in a room). An easy way to add more than one rug into a room is simply by layering. This can be by adding a different colour or pattern rug on top of another one.
Make Your Rugs Interesting by Using Different Patterns and Textures
Using patterns and textures can be a very useful way of uniting multiple rugs in a room.
A simple way to do this would be to try a large scale print for one rug and then for another try a rug with a smaller print, for example the Padstow rug has such a small print it almost looks like a solid pattern.
Using different textures is also an easy way to incorporate multiple rugs into a room. Visually appealing textures such as wool, cotton, jute and sisal are popular rug choices as they can add a different dimension to the room, as well as being softer on your feet.
Use Rugs as Space Dividers
Use a different rug for different areas of usage. This is particularly useful if you have large spaces, such as an open dining area and living room. For example, placing an oval rug under a dining room table and then a rectangular rug under the sofas. This allows for greater flexibility with your rug choices and is often a great opportunity to use different patterns and colours (inside your colour palette) within the room.
Use Rugs of Different Sizes
Alternatively, varying the size of the rugs are a great way to incorporate multiple rugs into a room. Depending on the style of room you are going for using varying sizes of rugs can be more visually appealing. Using different sizes can give the illusion of greater space as well as creating a colourful floor treatment. For instance, if you are working towards a ‘boho’ look then using multiple rugs of different sizes can give the illusion of patchwork and so enhance the desired look. Check out our website to view our collection of rugs in varying sizes.
These are just a few simple and effective tips to show you how to style multiple rugs into a room. Hopefully this gives you confidence to have a play with different multiple rugs in different styles. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your rug decisions, rugs that have plenty of colour and pattern can be suited with other rugs as long as you stick within your colour scheme. Ultimately, rugs can always be moved around until they have found their perfect home.