Post First Published: 13th May 2016
Post Last Updated: 6th May 2022
The approach to both function and décor in the kitchen has come a long way over the last few decades.
First we embraced the kitchen-diner, realising there was an opportunity for social cooking and enhancing the dinner party experience by combining these traditionally separate rooms.
Next came the kitchen-family room, in which living space, eating space and cooking space were all combined.
These changes to the way in which we live in and use our kitchens means that the approach to décor had to follow. No longer are kitchens primarily used for cooking, today they are usually the most used space in the home, the most lived in, and the décor should reflect this.
Kitchens of course still need to be practical, but how can you add that cosy touch and tie your kitchen in to your open-plan dining and/or living space, while keeping it as a separate space too?
A kitchen rug could be the answer…
The kitchen is a place for many activities from baking to frying to washing up. In other words, the kitchen can be a haven for mess, especially spillages, crumbs and grease.
Keeping the kitchen looking spick and span can often be a tedious task, even more so if kids and animals are added into the equation. So, would a rug be a good idea to incorporate into your kitchen. Let’s look at the pros and cons...
Kitchen Rugs Explained...
A rug might not be something you’d have considered introducing in your kitchen, as surely this would be impractical?
The truth is that when chosen carefully and considered, a rug in the kitchen is a great way to lead the space on into the dining or seating area, and soften what can sometimes be a clinical space in the home. Here are a few key points…
Rugs are an excellent way of adding colour and texture to an otherwise quite bland living area. Kitchen floors tend to be in neutral shades, so adding a rug can give you that pop of colour that your kitchen needs. It is also good to tie this colour in with your existing kitchen accessories, or take inspiration from your rug and update your small appliances to match.
A lot of time is spent in the kitchen, therefore a cosy rug could feel amazing underfoot and reduce the need to wear slippers on cold tiles, particularly in the winter months.
A rug in the kitchen might not seem particularly practical. Crumbs and bacteria can get harvested in the weave of a rug and this might be difficult to clean. Because of this, it’s important to consider the type of rug you use in your kitchen, selecting styles that won’t trap dirt and dust easily, and that are easy to clean.
If you're looking for even more practicality with your kitchen rug, you may want to purchase a washable rug from Land of Rugs. These rugs look amazing and are machine washable too! Perfect for the kitchen in our expert opinion.
Finding the Perfect Kitchen Rug…
If you do choose to invest in a rug for your kitchen, it is important to select the right one.
Style is very important, but the material plays a big factor too, as some textures are much tougher to clean than others, and some are prone to collecting crumbs and dust.
This is a crucial component to consider. For example, having a wool rug in the kitchen will be very hard to clean properly without damaging the texture.
When looking for the best kitchen rug we would suggest selecting ones made from a synthetic material such as polypropylene as this is easy to maintain and regularly clean.
Kilim Rugs and Outdoor Rugs also work very well in the kitchen. This is because they are made from hardwearing and easy to clean materials.
Length of Pile
We would suggest a flatweave rug rather than a rug with a thick pile for use in the kitchen. The longer the pile, the harder it is to clean.
Avoid shaggy rugs, and instead choose something like jute which can easily be shaken out on a weekly basis to remove any dirt and crumbs.
Check out our collection of flatweave rugs that would be perfect for any kitchen.
When it comes to selecting the best size rug for your kitchen, it's important to consider the size of the space and rug placement.
If you have a large kitchen, you have more choice when it comes to size.
A kitchen runner will work well in almost every kitchen size, and is generally the most popular choice for a kitchen rug. Runners come in all sorts of styles, and will add a high-end finish to your space.
Kitchen Décor Ideas…
To soften your space, a rug is a must.
If you favour the Scandi style, try something made from natural materials. A jute or sisal rug is a great choice.
As mentioned above, jute is a practical choice for the kitchen and features warm and natural tones. Pair this style with an all-white kitchen to soften the look, and install natural wood shelving to enhance that laid-back Scandi style.
If your kitchen is neutral and you want to create a bolder look, try a rug in a bright colour, or pastel tones. If the space allows, tie the look together with artwork that features the same colours on the walls, or introduce a few accessories in the same tones, such as tea towels, ceramic storage pots, or even a beautiful dried bouquet on the countertop.
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