Can You Put a Rug Over Wall to Wall Carpeting?

Many people purchase homes that have wall to wall carpeting in them, while others opt to have wall to wall carpeting put in because they want to have warm feet or warmer floors. Invariably many people decide, later, to eliminate this carpeting style. You may be one of the lucky ones who can pull it up to reveal beautiful hardwood floors underneath, but if your wall to wall carpeting was placed on concrete floors, you're stuck. One solution that many people ask about is whether or not they can put area rugs right on top of carpeting. Is this an acceptable thing to do or is it a fashion gaffe?

The Solution

When you think about whether you can place modern rugs over your wall to wall carpeting, you may try to think about homes you've seen in the past with the same type of style. Chances may be good that you don't know someone who has done this, as many people believe that it is not something that is considered acceptable in the world of home decor.

In reality, however, it is absolutely permissible to put an area rug over your carpeting, if you do it correctly. First of all, don't try to cover all of your carpeting with modern rugs. This is an instant giveaway that you dislike your carpeting and that you're simply trying to cover it up. What you want to do is to accent the wall to wall carpeting that you have, as well as to accent your furniture.

The first thing you should think about when you're trying to determine size is what you're trying to do. Are you simply trying to make your carpeting more enjoyable and livable, or are you trying to cover up a worn spot? If you're trying to cover up a worn spot, you'll know about how large your rug needs to be in order to cover up the worn area. Don't be afraid to go larger, as this can help your room to look even better. Once you know how large you want it to be, start trying to figure out what direction it should be in. It's perfectly acceptable to put modern rugs diagonal in your room, and it can add a huge amount of dramatic flair as well.

Colour is also important. You'll want to select a colour that compliments the carpet without contrasting it too much. If you have a neutral coloured rug then you have a lot of leeway as to what you can get for your modern rugs. You can get brightly colored ones or more muted tones. If you have neutral coloured rugs, try to match the modern rugs to the furniture that you have if you're looking to get the best result. At the end of the day everybody's taste are different, there is no right or wrong way to add rugs onto a carpeted area, if you do it tastefully then you can create a wonderful looking space.

Simon Tuft is the marketing manager of Rug House a leading supplier of superior quality Rugs, including, Wool Rugs, Contemporary Rugs, Cowhide Rugs, Goatskin Rugs, Reindeer Rugs and Sheepskin Rugs. To view their Collection go to

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