Not only is it chic, layering rugs is an effective way to utilize your rug collection and combine eclectic styles. And, for mini modern lovers, this is a great way to create a very modern atmosphere with the traditional and Victorian rugs that are abundant in the mini sales market. Let's begin!
Warm and CoolsClashing styles are most effective when there is actually some sort of unifying element. Add some harmony to different patterns or textures with thoughtful use of color. In this 1:48 scale room, yellow and orange dominate, but I have also pulled in a soft blue rug, the complimentary color to orange and it too, has a little yellow.
Combining Modern Patterns
As mentioned before, use color to unify your different patterns. In this example. both rugs have navy blue and cream, while the small addition of red adds a little pop and extra interest.
Old On Top of NewFinding smaller, traditional rugs and throwing them on top of a larger, modern rug is not only attractive, but is an effective use of the abundance of traditional, antique and Victorian rugs you'll find in the miniature market. Unify them with similar colors or similar patterns. In this example, both rugs have cream, blue and interpretations of floral patterns.
Similar Patterns, Different Cultures
Selecting a pattern theme, such as Kilim in these examples, and then pairing them with samples from different countries will simultaneously add unity within variety and can very quickly create a fascinating Boho or world traveler look.
Similar Patterns, Different Periods
If the above technique still feels to traditional to you, add some modern pop by selecting old and new samples within a theme. This sample uses antique Navajo and Tibetan with a contemporary geometric for a more to-date Kilim pairing.