Flooring Trend: Layered Area Rugs

Let this decorating trend unfold in your home with guidance from inspiring spaces and top designer tips.

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Large, rectangular living rooms are blank canvases for rug layering. Dress up a jute with a more expensive wool rug like Los Angeles-based designer Kristen Hutchins did here. "I love jute because it is softer than sea grass and more stain friendly than sisal," says Hutchins, who says the key to layering rugs is making sure the larger, main rug is neutral. "If you start out with a larger, neutral rug as the base, you can add a fun, patterned rug to define just the seating area." This means your top rug would fit within the sofa and chairs and be anchored by the coffee table. Photo courtesy of Kristen Hutchins.

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