A kitchen is not typically the room where you'd think to put an area rug, but interior designers in recent years have convinced us that this bold move is actually quite genius—as evidenced by the beautiful kitchen above by L.A.-based design firm Amber Interiors. Kitchens often feel less decorated and put together than living and dining rooms, but more and more, people are embracing adding rugs, art, and other decorative accents to their kitchens to make them feel more lived-in and less clinical.
If you're looking to try the look in your own space, the key is picking the right rug: one that is hardwearing and durable enough to withstand the stresses of a high-traffic area, one that's ideally dark and patterned—maybe even vintage—so that it won't show spills easily, and one that has a flatweave to make it easier to clean and harder for people to trip on. Think you're ready to try the trend? We handpicked the 10 best area rugs for the kitchen.
Vintage Oushak runners were made for kitchen floors. Their flatweave and worn-out look make it ideal for high-traffic areas that are prone to spills.
For a larger kitchen, consider a flat-weave Indian dhurrie. The dark vintage-inspired pattern is fresh and beautiful while the cotton is durable and soft.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a more affordable runner for your kitchen than this $30 IKEA rug. The banana is ultra-durable, and the look is fresh, clean, and would look great on a glossy white floor.
If you're looking for a small rug to ground a tiny bistro table, try Armadillo & Co.'s Marigold rug. The patterns are beautiful, and the material makes it hardwearing and easy to clean.
Use this beautiful striped CB2 runner to brighten up a dark kitchen floor. The flatweave is durable and perfect for high-traffic areas.
This affordable jute rug is available in three colors and a variety of sizes (including a runner) to fit most kitchens. Use it to make a clinical space feel more layered and lived-in.
Kilim rugs are great contenders for the kitchen. They are usually vintage and patterned—so they won't show spills easily. They're also extremely hardwearing and affordable.
Use this round jute rug underneath a small round table to anchor it in the space. You'll love the textured vibes it'll give your kitchen.
Vintage Swedish runners are super affordable and great for high-traffic areas. They also come in many different sizes. Their colorful patterns mean you won't notice small spills or stains.
Try this striped Dhurrie in a bigger kitchen to give your space a warm glow. We can picture this one in a midcentury Palm Springs home with light terrazzo floors.
If you want the look of a vintage Oushak rug without the price tag, Lulu and Georgia have a few Turkish-looking rugs that are extremely affordable.