Layering carpet certainly an option
Q: The broadloom in my living room and dining room isn’t looking great in spots. It’s low pile, and I would say from the early 90s. I’ve noticed on Pinterest different rooms with rugs on top of broadloom. Will this look terrible if our carpet is old? I think we need to have a rug in the dining area, too. Will we be throwing good money after bad? We aren’t ready to remove the wall-to-wall broadloom yet as there are plywood floors beneath. If you feel rugs are a good idea, should I use the same rug in the dining room as in the living room?
A: You can absolutely layer a rug on top of your old wallto-wall carpet. Though you’ll want to think about putting the money toward having your carpet replaced, because it’s from the ’90s. People tend to get sneezy around rugs from the ’90s, especially if the fibres have started to shed, and if you’ve steam cleaned it over the years, there is the possibility of the under-padding being mouldy.
Unlike in the ’70s and ’80s, wall-to-wall carpet today is reserved more for bedrooms and basements instead of the entire house because so many of us suffer from allergies.
You won’t go wrong using the same rug for your living and dining area.
Two different rugs will work, but the pattern and colour should be harmonious with each other and with the fabrics in the space.
A foolproof way to select your rugs is to make sure the colour of your existing broadloom can be found in your new rug.
In the living area, it’s best to have an entire piece of furniture on the rug, but you can get away with at least the front legs of your sofa and armchairs on it. A living room rug that accommodates only the coffee table is too small. In the dining room, make sure the carpet is large enough that when the dining chairs are pulled away from the table, they’re still on the rug.
If you have a lot of pattern in your home, consider a twotoned rug. Generally, geometric patterns with medallions, diamonds and fretwork will keep your home from feeling like a carnival tent.
You won’t be throwing good money after bad unless you buy a rug you don’t really love. Even though this is a temporary solution (which may last a few years), buy your rugs as though you will have them for a long time.
Disposable decorating is just a waste of money.
When layering, a foolproof way to select your rugs is to make sure the colour of your existing broadloom can be found in your new purchase.