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How to: The Layered Outdoor Rug Trend + 6 Designer-Approved Combos

Layered rugs are one of my favorite home trends — there's a style for everyone, it's pretty inexpensive to pull off, and you get 2x the prints, pops, and texture.

Here's how to style the trend for your space + some layered rug combos I'm loving.

layered rugs at yellow front door » Never Skip Brunch by Cara Newhart

Layered rugs have been a hot trend for boho-style interiors for a while now, and they're starting to make their way onto porches and in front of front doors.

This trend works because it helps maximize visual interest by packing twice as much texture, pattern, & pops of color into the same space.

For a front door layered rug look, layer a 2'x3' doormat over a 3'x5' outdoor rug in a fun color or print to pep up your entry with some personality.

the trick to layered rugs

contrast

Layered rugs need to have contrast so that they help each other pop and create visual interest via adding some variety.

Opt for rugs that are opposite in:

  • COLORS  — Layer a black and white rug over a colored print or vice versa
  • PATTERN — Mix loud and muted prints or combo bold geometrics with flirty florals
  • SHAPE — Go bold and step outside the rectangle-on-rectangle boxiness
  • TEXTURE — mix rough and smooth textures or different piles for added interest

The trick to great contrast is that it also needs balance.

Your rugs should be different enough so that they don't visually blend together, but complimentary enough so that they're not competing with each other.

If you choose to contrast your colors — black and white with super bright colors — then you need another element that is more complimentary to tie both pieces together so that it's not too contrasted.

For example, keep the patterns simple and similar or the shape / texture the same.

layered rugs at front door — floral doormat with geometric rug » Never Skip Brunch by Cara Newhart

florals + geometrics

Favorite combo first. I love the variety in pairing a loud floral with a structured geometric.

The brown-beige on the geometric rug anchors the combo and ties into the brown tones on the floral rug.

layered rugs at front door — natural pineapple doormat with green rug » Never Skip Brunch by Cara Newhart

neutral + color

A bright green rug with a busy print is a perfect base to compliment the chic & simple pineapple doormat.

Anchoring bright colors with a neutral is my #1 rule for making bright pops work in your space.

layered rugs at front door — hello striped doormat with orange and white geometric rug » Never Skip Brunch by Cara Newhart

stripes + pops

The stripes + geometric pattern work together to create visual interest with lines running in different directions.

With bright colors all around, this look is bold but complimentary since neither rug drowns out the other.

layered rugs at front door — tropical plant doormat with black and white striped rug » Never Skip Brunch by Cara Newhart

Greenery + stripes

Bold black and white stripes contrast perfectly with tropical greenery for a summery vibe.

The black & white combo is balanced with pops of color, and the boxy-ness of the stripes is complimented by the more elegant organic shapes found in the leaves.

layered rugs at front door — welcome doormat with blue geometric rug » Never Skip Brunch by Cara Newhart

 simple + busy

A complex geometric print is balanced out by a sweet & simple welcome doormat for a look that's still fun, but not too bold.

This welcome doormat would pair perfectly with any colored pattern for an effortless way to rock layered rugs.

layered rugs at front door — watermelon doormat with green striped rug » Never Skip Brunch by Cara Newhart

 Curved + Square

A curved watermelon doormat adds contrast to a classic rectangle rug.

The green stripes on the rug helps keep the combo cohesive — tying directly into the green on the watermelon doormat.

 
What do you think? Ready to try the layered rug trend? Which combo is your fave?  Leave a comment below, or use #neverskipbrunch

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NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

I'm Cara, the designer & Chief Creative Enthusiast behind Never Skip Brunch. I'm a color & prints obsessed DIY queen who's here to help you create a beautifully lived-in life through home design advice and chic DIY tutorials I want to channel all the good vibes & 'grammable moments of brunch & curate a space that helps you grow your crafty side so you can make like a pro.

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