You installed wall-to-wall carpeting in your home because of its cozy appeal, but it's only been two years and already there are areas starting to look stained and worn out thanks to muddy shoes, messy kids and energetic pets. You'd like to replace the carpet or remove it altogether and install hardwood, but both of those projects are expensive and you simply don't have the budget for it right now. Fortunately, there's another way to protect your carpet and freshen up the living room. While some consider it a faux-pas, placing a rug on your carpet can actually bring color, contrast and texture to an interior in need of a little warmth. Let these three tips help you pull off the look. 

Choose textures based on your carpet

Low-pile carpeting works the best with rugs, and it gives you an opportunity to bring plush textures into your home. Consider placing a luxurious shag rug on top of your flat surface. If you have wall-to-wall carpet that is more plush and less flat in style, use a natural-fiber rug to create a balanced look. 

Select rugs that complement, and don't clash, with your carpet

A patterned rug on top of patterned carpet can feel overwhelming. Place a sisal or jute rug on top of patterns or bold colors to give your living room a calming appearance instead. If your carpet lacks color and patterns, however, then feel free to choose a vibrant rug. Just make sure the colors you choose complement the shade of carpet to create an overall look you love. 

Anchor the rug using a non-slip rug pad

One reason why people don't like placing rugs on top of carpet is because they move. To keep your rug anchored, our premium rug pad underneath the fabric which is made to keep the rug laying flat. You can also set furniture on top of the rug. 

When it comes to placing rugs on top of carpet, what it really comes down to is your style preference. After choosing the right color and size, play around with rug placement to design a sophisticated space.