I shared a few weeks ago that our living room got a new addition – a second rug. We already had this great classic jute in a 9x12 size that filled the space perfectly and added tons of texture, but I wanted to change things up a bit.
Layering a second, smaller rug over a larger natural fiber one is a design trick I'm seeing more and more. It adds tons of depth and interest to a room, and can even introduce a different mood or color palette. In our case I wanted to lighten things up a bit and break up all the brown, so I chose this very affordable ivory and gray 5x7 to go on top. On its own it would be far too small for the space, but since the jute rug is the proper size, it's a nice contrast.
Usually natural fiber rugs are fairly affordable, so this is a great way to save a bit if you need to fill a large space but still want that wow that a statement rug brings – it's certainly much cheaper to buy a 5x7 vintage oushak than a 9x12!
It's also great for those of us who like to change things up often. A natural fiber rug like jute or sisal is timeless and can last you through many trend changes. But it's so simple to give a space a different feel by just adding a secondary rug on top.
The possibilities are pretty endless here - add a pop of color with an overdyed rug, extra detail with an intricate kilim, or even more texture with a shag, fur or hide rug.
I rounded up a few picks for inspiration if you're looking to do some layering of your own. Most any natural fiber rug would be a great base, although I'd love to try it with a white jute on bottom and then more of a pop on top. Which is your favorite?
Row 1: Base Rug + Black and White Layer Rug | Base Rug + Pink Layer Rug | Base Rug + Navy Blue Layer Rug
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