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Layering rugs is a great way to change up a space, define an area, and add texture and color. It's easier than you think and it doesn't have to break the bank. Room-sized vintage rugs, like a 9 x 12, can be pretty expensive but often a smaller version of your dream rug can be just as great when layered over an inexpensive base rug. The even less expensive route is opting for a look-a-like version of your dream rug.

My best advice is to start with a good base rug. Pick a neutral base like a jute, sisal, stripe or black and white pattern. This is what I have done in almost every room in our house. All of our base rugs work on their own when we are feeling minimal or want a clean slate but can be totally transformed simply by layering another rug over the top.

Once you have a good foundation rug that you like the sky is the limit. Think of it like mixing pillow patterns or outfits, a neutral and a pattern always compliment each other just as a small pattern and large pattern always work together. A stripe and a pattern work together just as well. Try to pick patterns and colors that compliment each other.

You absolutely can layer a rug over carpet as well. In fact, I recommend it. Rugs are the best way to define an area. Use them over the carpeting in your living room, under your dining table, and at the end of a bed! It will break up the sea of carpet and give you the layered look.

If you have an open concept house a rug is your best friend. Throw a few rugs down where you want to define specific areas and build your room around it.

How you layer them is up to you; there are no rules. You can layer a skinny runner at the sides of a bed, a wide runner at the end of a bed, throw one down in your foyer for a pop of color or pattern, or chose a larger size for the middle of your family room. You can't go wrong.

I have put together some examples below. All of the rugs are linked below the photos and there is a round up at the bottom.

Here are a few examples of layered rugs in our house.

Rug Layering Examples

This would be a beautiful combo anywhere but I see these two in a bedroom or living room. I used a larger size top rug for a living room example but a smaller version would work just as well at the end of a bed for any of the combos below.

bleached jute rug | multi-colored rug

Stripes and patterns play so well together. This combo reminds me of Hazel's room but I can see this in a boy's room or playroom too. Here I've added a smaller rug towards the end of the larger rug to show you what it would look like at the end of the bed. These work together because the colors compliment each other so well.

gray striped rug | rusty rug

Mudroom, foyer, playroom, this combo goes anywhere. The plaid would be great on a smaller pattern like this or a jute. Layer this one over your beige carpet to kick it up a notch!

neutral rug | plaid rug

These two both act as neutrals but the layers make it so much more cozy and inviting. These would be beautiful in a den, master bedroom or family room.

bleached jute | blue black rug

I have to include my old foyer rug which has been a great base for so many vintage rugs. Hazel has the same rug in her room. On it's own it acts as a graphic neutral but pair it with any of the above and they'll be best friends. The rug I chose with it below comes in a ton of color ways and the quality can't be beat especially for the price.

black & white rug | blue & red rug

Here are a few more neutral and patterned rugs you might like...

one | two | three | four

one | two | three | four

Whatever you choose, have fun with it and forget the rules! I guarantee you'll love the option of switching up your room whenever you feel like it!

XO, Meg

Instead of guessing what you might like or might like to give I've compiled a list of my favorite things from this year. Some are actually hold overs from years past that are still in heavy rotation, some I've never shared with you before. Either way you can be sure that I've used and loved these items so whether you are shopping for yourself or someone on your list I would 100% recommend them all. Shop them all through the numbered links below and be sure to check out the codes because most of these items are already on major sale.

We'll have a few more lists coming throughout the week, in the meantime you can check out our Amazon storefront here and our pre-black Friday master list here for everyone else on your list.



01 Cashmere Sweatshirt | 02 Skinny Flare Denim | 03 Leather Wallet Clutch | 04 Cigar Band Ring

05 Red Wing Mocc Boots | 06 Wool Socks | 07 Jute Shopper Tote | 08 Sunglasses | 09 Vans

10 Wide Leg Chinos | 11 Santal 33 Perfume | 12 Tinted Chapstick | 13 Nail Polish | 14 Serum

15 Leather Make Up Bag | 16 Smart Watch Hybrid | 17 Pajamas | 18 Lip Balm | 19 Beanie

20 Winter Parka | 21 Turtleneck Sweater | 22 Pendant Necklace | 23 Buttom Front Denim

24 Mascara | 25 Hand Cream | 26 Leather Zipper Tote | 27 T-shirt | 28 Doc Martins | 29 Eyebrow Set

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

I meant to have this list up on Friday but got knocked down by food poisoning. That's alright because it gave me a chance to really check out all of the best sales happening this weekend. So many of these pre-sales just can't get any better, I like to grab the stuff we really want before they have a chance to sell out next weekend. Thought some of you might do the same so here is the best of the pre-black friday sales happening right now.

Abercrombie- 50% off select styles

Amazon- Black Friday Countdown

Anthropologie- 50% off select clothing, 30% off select home - ENDS TODAY Bloomist- $25 off orders of $100 or more with code "THANKS25"

Crate & Barrel- Buy More Save More Gap- 40% off everything with code "FORTY" + extra 10% flash bonus H&M- Up to 60% off Pre-Black Friday Deals

J.Crew- 40% off your purchase with code "WHYWAIT"

Lands End- 40% off your order with code "FAMILY40"

Madewell- 25% off your purchase with code "STARTEARLY" McGee & Co- 20% off with code "SNOWWHATFUN" Old Navy- 50% off sweaters, jeans & outwear + 30% off your purchase at checkout Overstock- Black Friday Week of Deals

Pottery Barn- Up to 40% off Everything & Free Shipping Rejuvenation- 20% off Mirrors, Rugs & More

Rugs USA- Up to 75% off Everything Shopbop- Up to 50% off  Target- Save $10 when you spend $40 on Clothes, Shoes & More Urban Outfitters- Take an Additional 40% off Sale

West Elm- Pre-Black Friday Sales + Free Shipping & Extra 30% off Clearance with code "SWEET"

Willams Sonoma- Countdown to Black Friday Deals World Market- 40% off all Furniture

Happy Shopping!

XO, Meg