How to Mix & Match Rugs in an Open Floor Plan: Your Complete Designer Guide

Time Several Hours

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WORDS BY Kelsey Clark

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Published on April 4, 2022

Whether you have a cool industrial loft space, a studio apartment, or a modern home with a quasi-open floor plan, these free-flowing layouts all pose the same design dilemma when it comes to selecting rugs. How does one mix and match different rug styles without creating visual chaos?!

While open floor plans maximize square footage and offer the light, bright, and airy aesthetic that’s dominated the last decade, they make it virtually impossible to give each room its own signature style. Instead, all rooms exist in the same visual plane and therefore should complement one another, starting with the rugs.

Ahead, Havenly designers answer the age-old question: how do you coordinate rugs in an open floor plan? Find our six pro tips below, alongside real-life client projects that nailed it.

1. Go tonal

How to layer rugs

For a foolproof rug aesthetic, work within a consistent color scheme, but choose mixed patterns for a sense of complementary separation. In the above living room, for example, the black and ivory tones carry through from the entryway to the living room, while the patterns are distinct. The first is a grounded, centered design, while the second contains repeating motifs in a smaller scale.

2. Coordinate colors

How to layer rugs

Always work within a coordinated palette to tie disparate rug styles together. But you don’t have to go with a monochrome color scheme — choose shades that play well with each other and complement the surrounding tones in the furniture and decor. Take this playful, boho vintage ensemble: the front Reading Room rug boasts a mix of berries, blues, and blacks in a global-inspired aesthetic, while the second is a navy Persian number. 

3. Contrast texture

How to layer rugs

You can also create balance and contrast via texture in addition to color palette. In the above home, for example, the dining room boasts a subtly patterned wool rug with tassels, while the living room features a neutral, textured jute rug. The look is very Scandi minimalism, and so cozy.

4. Mix old and new

How to layer rugs

When in doubt, juxtapose a modern abstract rug with a vintage beauty, like in the above home. The area rug is a neutral modern print, while the kitchen runner adds a high-contrast edge with a black palette and vintage charm. Not only do the colors harmonize with each other, but the mix of geometric patterns with old-world designs keeps things feeling fresh and interesting.

5. Play with patterns

How to layer rugs

Again, working within a consistent palette (notice a theme here?), juxtapose patterns for a sense of contrast. In the above open floor plan, an area rug with a linear print is set against a more intricate, yet still geometric, global-inspired motif. The rugs are just different enough to play well off each other.

6. Bring in hides

How to layer rugs

Hides can be a wonderful addition to an open floor plan — they add natural contrast in both texture and shape. Here, both rugs boast a neutral hue to complement the otherwise high-contrast palette of the space, but the living room area rug features a modern graphic repeat that pairs beautifully with the ash gray hide in the adjoining dining area.

From mixing rug styles to perfecting room flow, our designers are chock-full of expert tips. Check out our design packages to work with a design pro one-on-one.

Words by Kelsey Clark