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Design Dish: Rug over carpets

  1. Julia Ryan says:

    I love this look! My in-laws have wall to wall carpet in their home and my MIL has done an amazing job layering rugs. She has the most beautiful rugs in every single room adding in a layer of pattern and color. Such a great look!

  2. laurie says:

    Absolutely love the look of layering rugs. Happy weekend.

  3. LindsB says:

    psssttt of course layering rugs is cool! It creates a mini space within a space- I love it and think its the only way to go in some spaces. I LOVE what you did in your parents room, it was totally needed 🙂

    • effortless says:

      Thanks Linds! Miss ya lady! Please come to NY soon. I think I might be in the Boston area at some point in Feb with Jon and Hudson! We need to see each other if I’m there.

  4. Sarah says:

    Totally on board with this! I tell clients all the time that rugs over carpet is perfectly acceptable as long as you do it right (which you’ve laid out so clearly in your post!).

  5. Andrea says:

    After reading this today, I pulled out a rug I was storing and rolled it out in the living room. I love the look of it, but I may change out the rug in the future.

  6. Michele says:

    Please oh please tell me where you got that rug!

  7. Lisa says:

    Did you do anything special to keep the area rug from bunching under the weight of the bed? I have an area rug over my low-pile apartment carpet with a storage ottoman on top of it but the ottoman pushes into the rug (without a hard surface under it) and creates some wrinkling in the area rug.

    • effortless says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I had a similar problem recently occur. I haven’t found the perfect solution yet. Typically it helps when I vacuum the rug the wrinkles disappear for a couple of days.


  8. Amanda says:

    Any ideas for keeping the rug in place? I have a few rugs on top of our wall to wall carpet, but they shift and I am constantly adjusting them.

  9. Ann says:

    I have a medium shade of blue wall to wall carpeting in my living room that I hate and and would love to cover up. It’s hign pile and shows wear but I can’t afford to replace it. Do you think I could place a large area rug on top of it and have it look good?

  10. Greta says:

    Hi, stumbled upon your website (google searched “which rugs look good over carpet”) Love your classy photos and style.

    I got a little bummed when you wrote rugs only look good on low pile carpeting — I got off white shaggy wall to wall carpeting. ;( Do you think it would look okay if I put a large sisal rug over it (to create a flatter surface) and then layered a cool rug on top of that (either a Moroccan, Persian or cowhide rug)?

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