We love the classic look of hardwood and tile floors in beach houses – not to mention how easy they are to keep clean. However, these surfaces must be balanced out by a softer texture to help keep the room from feeling too cold. That’s why many designers turn to area rugs to create balance between soft and hard surfaces.
But why stop with just one rug? Layering two or more rugs can create a design that’s visually stimulating and texturally interesting. To get the layered rug look just right, consider these tips from the pros.
Lily Gahagan recommends using rugs to create contrast with the rest of the room. The traditional rug adds rich contrast to the ivory room, as well as the carpet it’s placed over.
Rather than contrasting colors, decorator Jim Westcott used a 19th-century hooked rug layered over a sisal rug to bring more textures into a guest bedroom in his Pennsylvania farmhouse.
Remember, asymmetry is one of the oldest design tricks in the book. In this example, designer Betsy Burnham uses an overlapping technique with runners to point the way to a cozy nook.
Ready to try out the look in your own coastal home? Here are some patterns and styles to get you started:
Our Trimaran Stripe rug in navy and white would be a perfect contrast to a neutral area rug.
The Hudson Park Orange Pavers Plush Pile rug can instantly warm up a room. This one would layer well with another orange and white pattern or on a solid rug.
You can’t go wrong with neutral rugs. The Icelandia Sand Hand Knotted rug is a great foundational rug for layering – the possibilities are endless!
Share your tips for layering rugs in a comment below! You can shop coastal and beach cottage rugs in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures and colors at www.cottageandbungalow.com/coastal-rugs.html