The kitchen is so much more than the room where meals are prepared. The kitchen is the gathering place and heart of the home. It’s where kids make finger paint pictures, where pets lounge at your feet, where teens have late-night chats over a bowl of ice cream or where your friends and family catch up. Whether your kitchen is small or large, a rug or two can make this room feel inviting, charming, and cozy all while protecting your flooring from the inevitable spills and high traffic.
Styling Your Kitchen Rug
Here are some of our favorite kitchen rug ideas:
- A rag rug is right at home in the kitchen. These rugs are typically made out of strips of cotton and are woven tightly with thick threads. Their flatweave makes them ideal for catching all kinds of spills and when they get dirty, you can just throw them in the washing machine. A rag rug in bright colors or an exciting pattern will not only add life to your kitchen, but it will also help hide drips and dribbles.
- For a french style kitchen, choose a striped flatweave rug in blues or yellows. If you’re going for french provincial, try a floral or medallion style rug in medium blues, pinks, and yellows. Rugs in a flatweave or low pile are best for the kitchen as they hold up to foot traffic and are easy to clean.
- If you don’t have space on your walls for artwork, add it to the floor with a contemporary rug. You can change the feel of your kitchen by adding a rug in an abstract design. Choose neutral tones for something more understated or bright colors to make a statement.
- Jute and sisal rugs are great for giving the kitchen an organic vibe. Jute and sisal are made from natural plant fibers and are native to the kitchen environment. They hold up well to lots of foot traffic and are easy to clean--especially those in tight weaves.
- If you’re looking for something to soften your minimalist kitchen, try adding a Scandinavian style rug. Scandinavian rugs are known for their woven and knotted texture. These rugs are typically made of wool (a great material for the kitchen) and usually come in neutral or mild colors. The flatweave or low pile of Scandinavian rugs makes them great for high traffic places and are easy to clean.
- Looking for that traditional Americana look? Add an oval or round braided rug in front of the kitchen sink or stove. These rugs have been a favorite in American kitchens for centuries and for good reason! Braided rugs are typically made from wool or cotton strips that are braided together. Wool and cotton can be dyed in an array of colors that last. The tight weave of the rug makes them extra durable and easy to clean.