Our Top Design Tips for Rugs on Carpet

The topic of whether to place a rug over carpet is a rather controversial one in the interior-design world. Some feel extremely offended by the prospect, whereas others don’t feel limited at all by the presence of carpet. We firmly believe that, if done right, rugs over carpet can be a match made in heaven.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Check out our top design tips for rugs on carpet to master the look.

Variation in Texture 

To successfully place rugs on carpet, it’s extremely important that the texture of the rug differs from that of your carpet. If you have a thick, plush carpet, we recommend styling it with a woven or low-pile rug. This way, you’re creating a contrast. On the other hand, if you have a short-pile carpet, you can place a thick and shaggy rug over it.

Pattern is Important

If you have a plain and simple one-colour carpet, placing an area rug onto the carpet can be a great way of introducing some pattern and excitement; particularly if your carpet is neutral. Geometric patterns are very on-trend, and they can look great over a neutral carpet. A geometric rug can introduce some style and interest to your space! Distressed Persian rugs are also extremely popular at the moment, and they can work well in both a traditional or modern space. One of the advantages of choosing to place rugs on carpet is that you can experiment and keep up with trends without committing to a whole new carpet. This is costly and much more effort!

Bold Contrast 

Under most circumstances, contrasting rugs and carpets can be a little too much. However, there are situations where this can work. If your carpet is very dark in colour, you could choose a rug that has a major contrast with bright bold colours and intricate patterns.

Importance of Colour Consideration 

The benefit of neutral carpets is that you can introduce coloured rugs on the carpet. Bold modern coloured rugs are a great statement as long as they don’t clash with your existing rug or the rest of your room – this could be a busy nightmare that you will want to avoid. A pop of colour doesn’t have to be introduced with no pattern, the two can work together in perfect harmony. Traditional rugs often incorporate a few colour tones, which can work really well over a plain carpet. Some rugs combine new with modern, placing a bold and modern colour over a traditional pattern. It’s all dependent on the look you want to go for!


Before deciding on the size on a rug to place over carpet, you first need to identify the purpose of the rug. Is it to introduce some pattern? Break up a space? Or cover as much of the carpet as possible? If the latter, bigger is obviously better. But if you’re going for something bold and patterned, less is often more. You don’t want to consume a space with a busy rug. If you’re looking to segment your space, you can introduce a few different rugs in the space, as long as they complement each other.

Be Confident

With our useful design tips up your sleeve, you’re bound to create a good combination of rug and carpet. Trust your instincts and enjoy the space you have created! Rugs are a great way of updating a space without having to replace your carpet. Check out our blog for more useful design tips!

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