Area Rugs on Carpet

I personally love area rugs on top of wall to wall carpet. I know it sounds a little funny, there’s already carpet installed, why cover it with MORE carpet? Area rugs define the space, and with many homes being built with an open concept layout, space definition is a must. Area rugs allow the furniture to feel grounded, instead of floating in the space. They’re also a great way to add subtle pattern or texture to a room that is lacking.

Putting area rugs on carpet may seem like just a decorative addition, but it’s also very practical, especially for families. Think about it, the area that gets the most use in the room is right around the furniture. Placing an area rug in that space (on top of a rug pad) adds added protection to the carpet. It’s much easier to clean a rug than remove a stain from wall to wall carpeting.

Here are a few examples…

Below the soft white area rug adds texture to a very neutral room keeping it interesting without adding additional colors.

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Here a patterned blue rug adds a pop of color to otherwise neutral decor in the space. It also pulls together all of the furniture pieces in the room.



The below rug adds texture as well as circular lines to the room breaking up straight lines of the furniture and frames.



Here the rug adds pattern, defines the dining space, and most likely acts as a crumb catcher in this eating area-protecting the carpet below.



Now try to imagine all of these spaces without the area rug. They’d probably be pretty bare, huh?

What are your thoughts on area rugs on top of wall to wall carpet?

PS If you’re in the market for a new area rug, I recently shared on my Facebook Page a link to a round up of great rug resources by Centsational Girl.  Here’s the link!

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