With Spring blooming, we can’t help but crave an update to our nest. Whether that be through rearranging furniture, adding a bold color, or finding the perfect texture to rest our bare feet, this season makes us crave something fresh. Layering in a new rug is one of our favorite ways to redefine a room.

All the clichés apply to carpet and floor – laying a solid (and spectacular) foundation is essential for success. Gorgeous hard wood floors and old-world tile can’t be beat. But it’s important not to underestimate the power of a great rug to create atmosphere. What’s more, we cannot get enough of the layered floor look, exuding intrigue and style.

Layer rugs in your space to wow, and win out on a number of design challenges:

Define Space – Furniture laid out across uniform flooring can feel unintentional and incohesive. Simply adding a rug below a particular vignette in a room grounds the furniture and defines the environment. Dividing space in this way can actually makes a room look larger and more finished. Take, for example, the use of a statement rug to highlight the seating area in a living room, or the table in an entrance foyer.

Add Texture – The texture beneath your feet can set the mood for the entire room. Consider the effect of a plush sheepskin rug in the bedroom, a tight-woven dhurrie rug in your study, an exotic zebra hide in the lounge. Texture adds depth and warmth to the space visually and the feeling on your toes can set the mood for the entire room.

Provide Color – We decorate our walls, style our coffee tables and book cases, and collect decorative pillows for our sofas and beds, so why stop there? The floor is one of the biggest canvases we have. Use it to add a striking color or pattern, the same way you would add art to your walls.

Layering rugs is an effortless way to keep your digs fresh. We have compiled some tips and images to inspire:

1. Start with a large area rug. Pick a material and color that makes sense functionally and for your aesthetic. From there, you can begin layering. Consider something neutral, but textured, such as sisal.

2. Pile on interesting shapes. Large rectangular rugs are perfect to fill a room, but for accents, dare to use round or irregularly shaped pieces, such as hides. We also love to gather a few overlapping smaller rugs, such as kilim.

3. Consider a pop of color or pattern. Smaller, colorful and patterned rugs are very effective at highlighting a particular spot in a room. Treat this step the way you would accessorize an outfit.

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