Both layering area rugs and wallpapering ceilings can make a room feel more intimate and cozy and, especially in winter, that sounds like a great idea.
In consultation with a number of interior designers, the San Francisco Chronicle gleaned 10 design trends upcoming in 2010. Overall the trends are going for more of the same: more mix and match of colors, styles, and textures, a continued interest in the collection of artisan works as opposed to brand name items, and an anything goes attitude when it comes to fitting pieces into your decor.
But what interested me most were the posited trends for layered flooring and wallpapered ceilings, again trends that resurfaced recently, but ones I think that can make the biggest bang for your buck.
Here are some examples of rug layering which may give you some design ideas of your own.
First is a great blend of rugs with similar designs and colors, but varied placements and color tones. Musical Chairs
Musical Chairs (Kelims by FM Janssen)
Apartment Therapy shows how several of the same small rugs can be layered to create a more uniform look...
... also sharing what the Lost Art Salon, in Chicago, has created in its library....
Zebra skins are often used as floor coverings. Layered, they provide a warmer feel to the room.
Image from RugDesignBlog.com
Here's a skin (perhaps faux?) of another kind used to create cozy white-on-white layers.
Image from Jubella.com
Non-traditional floor coverings, like this vinyl patchwork rug, are in too, and they're great to mix and match, but place them carefully - or purchase a lot of home accident insurance!
A wallpapered ceiling adds interest to a square room, but avoid using the same wallpaper for walls and ceilings, unless you have woodworking at the edges to break them up. Otherwise your square room will make you feel boxed in. Flickr.com