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Innovate with mat overlay

If you take a quick look, right now, at website publications and decoration magazines, you will come across a very curious trend. It’s the layering of rugs and this trend is here to stay. Check out how to use this technique and the ideal way to use it in your home.

What is mat overlay?

What is superimpose? It’s putting things on top of each other. But in the case of overlapping rugs, although everything seems to be done in an improvised way, there is a logic behind it. There are basically two reasons for this overlap.

First, fill a larger floor area with small rugs, if these are the only pieces available for a room. Second, create something unique, unlike anything else, to customize a decor.

The overlay of rugs can generate a series of different designs on the floors of decorated rooms. It is possible to group the mats symmetrically and asymmetrically as well.

Everything will depend on a design strategy, mainly taking into account the main characteristics of the rugs used in this design technique. But the overlap must never compromise the safety of residents.

“Every rug can be part of an overlapping composition, it is important to pay attention to their height to ensure comfort when walking, the combination of colors, textures and designs to achieve harmony in the environment.” – Bruno Vianna and Ivana Seabra.

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Which mats can be layered?

There are no fixed rules in interior decoration. However, in this case, we can make an exception. Well, it’s not suitable to superimpose a thin, short-haired rug over a furry rug, that is, one with longer threads. This could make walking on them quite uncomfortable and even unsafe – something no one wants.

It should be emphasized that it is also not coherent to place a rug with little monetary and aesthetic value over an expensive, historical or affective rug.

The color combinations and prints of these rugs is another thing that needs to be thought about. Smooth, same-colored rugs together wouldn’t make much sense; or else with very striking prints and in different styles. Let’s explain. If you want to make a correct overlap, use, for example, rugs of the same material, on the bottom a plain one and on top rugs with similar prints and the same colors.

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You can just use any visual movement generated by the mat overlay to guide the movement of people in the direction you want them to go.

Or you can create, with the overlay, a different movement in a decor considered too “still”, monotonous. Regardless of the case, it is always interesting to try to create a harmonious combination for the house.

One way to go in this type of decoration is to place plain rugs of different shades together.

“(…) to create harmony, it is important to have communication between colors, mixing a patterned and a plain piece, in addition to working with textures.” – Interior designer Maju Hosken, in a report by Correio Braziliense.

Or rug with a border at the bottom and a smaller rug with a different design, framed right in the center of this false frame. Carpets of different prints in the same color; or identical prints in different shades. Always layered on mats made from fibers of the same origin – natural with natural, synthetic with synthetic. And in the same style too – handcrafted to handcrafted, mass-crafted to mass-crafted.

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Where is it possible to overlay rugs?

“Overlapped rugs demonstrate great compositional capacity, it’s the possibility of daring, while maintaining elegance.” – architects Bruno Vianna and Ivana Seabra, in a report by Emorar.

Carpet overlay, for many reasons, is not advisable to do in service environments – such as a garage, kitchen and laundry, or even in circulation environments – such as entrance halls and hallways.

However, in other areas of the house it can work very well. You can see examples of beautiful room and bedroom decorations with overlay rugs. Why not try it at home?

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These rug overlay tips were created by the Viva Decora team.