There are people who are afraid of mixing two rugs or layer two rugs. And then there are people who can't even think about layering rugs over carpet. If you are one of them, you need to learn that placing area rugs over carpet is not a sin, but an art. In fact, you can even use this method to enhance your home decor and hide ugly stains on the carpet.

Having a carpet doesn't exclude the use of a rug. You should be looking at the carpet as a type of flooring, as this is what they actually are. Rugs, on the other hand, are pieces of art, which can tie together different elements of the room and change its look.

Use contrasting colors and textures

Carpets usually come in one color and they are plain, featuring no patterns at all. Also, most of the times, the color of the carpet is basic, neutral shade, like beige or cream. Take advantage of this and look in a vintage rug shop for patterned rugs, which can bring new life into the décor. Choose a rug in contrasting colors, for example one that features red, blue and black, to layer over a cream carpet.

If your carpet has a pattern, you need to look for a rug that has no pattern, as layering two a pattern in different colors is not advisable.

You can also play with the textures and layer rugs with a completely different texture over your carpet. Depending on the origin and manufacture method, rugs can come in jute, sisal, high or flat weave. They need to stand out as a different element in the room, so avoid rugs which might blend in with the carpet.

Avoid piling high textures

When you want to layer rugs over carpet you do need to stay away from high, ultra-plushy rugs, which are going to look too much. They can also be dangerous, as they can become a tripping hazard. You should use rug pads to make sure the rug is not going to become a danger for you and your family.

Use multiple rugs

You can play with multiple rugs of multiple sizes to define specific areas. For example, you can get a rug for the dining area and another one for the living room area. Make sure they are different sizes, but complement each other. Try to avoid rugs which look like floating in the middle of the room, without any actual purpose. The rugs need to be connected to the furniture; they must be part of the decor and look that they can't be removed from the space without ruining its design.

If none of the above guidelines look good to you, just experiment with your rugs until you find the best layout. After all, each house is unique, so general guidelines are not to be taken literally. Customize your own home decor and play with the size, texture and patterns of the rugs and carpet until you find the best design.