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5 tips for styling rugs over carpet

Need to disguise carpet stains or liven up dull wall-to-wall carpet? Maybe you want to change up your look by bringing a new pattern or texture into your space. Either way, it’s more than okay to style a rug over carpet; in fact, we encourage you to give it a go by following these five tips on how to choose a rug for carpeted rooms.

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1. Complementary colours

Your existing carpet’s colour plays a vital role in the rug you should choose. Trust us, even if you hate your carpet, the best way to make the most of a stained, worn, or garishly coloured area is to work with it, as too much or too little contrast will only make it stand out more.
Beige carpet: Lighten your room with a rug that’s not quite white, such a creamy coloured Scandinavian rug. You can also opt to add subtle spice with muted sunset colours and patterns across a distressed Persian-style rug.
Grey carpet: If you’re after a neutral look, choose a rug cast in a lighter or darker shade of grey, black or white—and don’t be afraid of rugs featuring geometric line work. When it comes to colour, rugs cast in shades of blue are the perfect match for grey’s cool tone.
Charcoal or navy carpet: Contrast is key when working with dark hues. Choose a rug that's lighter than the carpet to create depth and freshen up your space.
Pink carpet: If you’re a fan of pink, complement the hue with a rug featuring vibrant shades of magenta or yellow—though it's a good idea to incorporate some white accents to break up the bold colour. Rather hide the carpet? A neutral beige rug or grey rug will help ground the space.

2. One pattern at a time

Patterned rugs are a fantastic way to add visual interest to any room. However, If your existing carpet features a pattern, whether it’s printed or cut and loop, it is best to go with an area rug sans print. Luckily, there are plenty of solid-coloured rug options that are guaranteed to make your space shine.


3. Consider texture

It can be fun to vary the texture between your carpet and rug, especially if you’re working with neutral tones and minimal pattern. Add complexity to your look with natural fibres such as a grainy jute rug, or, if your carpeting has a short pile, a thick shag rug can blanket the room with softness. If you already have plush carpet, a flat woven rug is your best bet. 


4. Size matters

Choosing the right size rug is just as important as deciding on the right colour, pattern and material. You want to aim for a size that anchors your furniture and makes your space feel balanced—a small rug that floats in the middle of a zone without touching any furniture will just look awkward. Check out our complete guide to choosing the right size rug to determine what you need.


5. Anchor it

Avoid folds and trip hazards by ensuring your rug is weighed down when styled over carpet. Thinner rugs are less likely to bunch up, but you also keep your rug in place by laying it under heavy furniture or investing in a non-slip rug pad.
Natalie Mell 22 April, 2022

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