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A chic rug isn’t just for the living room or bedroom. After all, it’s the kitchen that's the heart of the home, isn’t it? The right rug can add warmth and sophistication, no matter the size or style of your kitchen. Not to mention that if changing cabinets and countertops isn’t in the cards, changing—or adding—a rug is an easy way to instantly transform any design aesthetic.
Given that we’re talking about a very high-traffic space, not to mention the high likelihood of spills, the key is choosing a rug that marries both fashion and function (and is easy to clean). Ahead, kitchen rugs that are equally as beautiful as they are practical.
Ruggable Marrakesh Beige Ivory Rug
Yes, we are suggesting a cream colored rug for your kitchen. We know, you’re probably envisioning tomato sauce and red wine stains galore, but all Ruggable rugs are not only spill- and stain-resistant, but also machine washable. Credit an innovative, two-part design that features an underlying rug pad and detachable rug cover. All you have to do is take off the cover and toss it in the washer and dryer (all of the sizes, even the largest, will fit in standard size machines).
So go ahead and pick up this ivory beauty, with touts a minimalistic and versatile motif that works beautifully with a variety of design styles. Also nice: If you decide you want a new rug down the line, you can simply purchase a different cover—there are over 600 designs—to pair with your existing pad.
Dash and Albert Herringbone Gray Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
One easy way to ensure your kitchen rug is ultra-durable? Choose an indoor-outdoor hybrid, like this one. Handmade of a flatweave polypropylene, you don’t have to worry about piling or snags; it’s also easy to quickly spot clean any spills. The dark grey tone is neutral enough to work on any floor or color scheme, while the geometric herringbone pattern adds visual interest. (Though if it doesn’t strike your fancy, the brand has a wide array of varied prints and patterns.) It also comes in several rectangular sizes perfect for a kitchen, as well as different runner sizes for narrower spaces.
Otis Hand-Tufted Wool Bright Blue Area Rug
Make a statement with this rug, which features both a bold geometric design and a gorgeous pairing of blue, neutral, and yellow tones. Hand-tufted with a .4 inch pile, it’s the ideal thickness to be durable, yet still feel soft and comfortable enough when you go barefoot in the kitchen. Put it under your kitchen table to help visually separate the "cooking" part of your kitchen from the "dining" area.
Tufted Janan Rug
If you’re working with a tight kitchen, consider adding a small, mat-size rug by the sink or stove. It will help define the space, not to mention give you something cushy to stand on while you do dishes or cook. Choose a bold pattern or color scheme to make sure the rug pops—this vibrant, geometric option fits the bill. Made of tufted wool, it’s still suitable for high-traffic areas, just be sure to rotate it occasionally for even wear.
Rugs USA Indoor/Outdoor Tribal With Tassels Area Rug
Another indoor/outdoor option, this Turkish-made beauty would be ideal in a boho-style kitchen, a chic complement to a more organic aesthetic. Added tassels enhance the tribal print, and it comes in both a light grey and beige. The smallest size is 5 by 8 feet, however, so this is best reserved for anchoring a larger kitchen or under a small dining table in a breakfast nook. This site is choice for any rug shopping, with free shipping, easy returns, and plenty of sales and discounts.
West Elm Cubic Vinyl Mat
If you really don’t want to deal with any kind of fabric or fibers in your kitchen, this vinyl mat offers a smart solution. Made of an easy-to-clean PVC, you can quite literally wipe of spills in seconds, so there’s no need to ever stress about stains. There are several designs, all inspired by traditional tile patterns, though we’re partial to this one for its three-dimensional feel. Also nice: You can chose from either a mat or runner size, so your rug will look proportional to the rest of your kitchen.
Revival Rugs Frame Flatweave Wool Rug
Minimalists will appreciate the simple design and neutral tones of this classic runner. Choose from three colors—oat, fog blue, and charcoal—each of which pops with an inset rectangular design. Six-inch, hand-braided fringe keeps thing interesting and lends to the handmade aesthetic. The undyed wool is naturally stain-resistant and low-shedding for easy maintenance, and it comes in both short and long sizes.
Urban Outfitters Reversible Colorblock Rug
Already ringing in at a very wallet-friendly price, you get even more bang for your buck with this reversible rug which features two sides with different, complimentary colors. There are seven combinations to choose from, with both neutral and bolder choices. All of the rugs are made from 100 percent woven cotton, feature fringe tassels, and come in three different sizes to fit any and every kitchen space.
Lulu and Georgia Kye Rug
This runner is simple yet makes a statement, thanks to a modern upgrade on the traditional stripe. An offset linear pattern coupled with a graphic black and white color pairing is fresh and classic, and ideal for those who shy away from vibrant tones, but like strong patterns. A wool and viscose blend keeps it nice and soft, though it does need to be professional dry cleaned if you spill on it.
House of Noa Namamat-Seaside
Those foam, anti-fatigue kitchen mats you see at big box stores are definitely practical and comfortable to stand on, but they tend to be somewhat lacking in the aesthetics department. Enter this brilliant hybrid, which looks like a rug but feels like one of those mats. Made of ¾ inch polyurethane foam, it feels cushy and comfortable under your feet and has an anti-slip bottom to keep it in place. It’s topped with a printed fabric—in this case a vintage, coastal-inspired pattern in a calming blue and white palette—that’s spill-resistant and easily wiped clean.
Beija Flor Mediterranean Vinyl Mats
Transform your kitchen into a Mediterranean oasis with the Beija Flor Mediterranean Vinyl Mats from Food52. These colorful and bold mats are made from a partially recyclable vinyl material that's super durable and washable (just use soap and hot water), so they're great for high-traffic areas like the kitchen. While these mats aren't the thickest, they can be paired with a rug pad or anti-slip mat for added cushion.