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Kitchen rugs are often a controversial subject. With the (very real) risk of spills, many people will shy away from them for the sake of easy cleanup after cooking. With just a few precautions, however, the right rug can be a great way to bring warmth, texture and color right into the heart of your home.
This week, we’re taking a look at the top 5 things you need to consider when choosing the right kitchen rug for your home.
1. Consider Kitchen Rug Materials and Construction Carefully
A lot of people are hesitant to pick up kitchen rugs because they’re concerned about upkeep. That’s certainly valid—in kitchens, it’s usually a question of when rather then if you will have to deal with a spill. The key to dealing with these unfortunate events is to prepare ahead of time.
Kitchen rugs should be durable and easy to clean. To this end, it’s usually recommended to pick up a low-pile, flatweave, or braided rug for your kitchen. With a low pile or no pile at all, there is nowhere for dirt and debris to hide, making clean-up much easier.
Our pro tip is to pick up an indoor/outdoor rug for your kitchen. Usually made of non-porous polypropylene, these rugs are water-resistant and extremely hard wearing. They’re perfect partners for busy kitchens.
2. Size Up Your Space
Kitchens can often be awkwardly shaped. When decorating, you’ll need to work around cabinets and islands, and consider where you’ll be standing as you move between your sink, stove, and prep stations.
Because they serve a more functional role than other rugs in your home might, kitchen rugs should use more of the available floor space. A good rule of thumb is to leave a 3 to 6-inch border of exposed floor around the edges of your rug. This should give you plenty of space to stand on the rug without crowding your cabinets.
For tricky spaces, runners and throw rugs are your best friends. Carefully consider all the spaces you stand most often in the kitchen, then use these small rugs to highlight them.
If you’re looking for a rug under your kitchen table or to use in a breakfast nook, then you’ll definitely want to check out our tips for dining room rugs as well.
3. Pick Up a Rug Pad
More than any space in your home, in the kitchen, rug pads are essential. The benefits of a good rug pad are manyfold, but in the kitchen we are most concerned with two: the anti-slip and anti-fatigue properties.
If you’re moving quickly around the kitchen, the last thing you want is for your rug to slip out from under you. Avoid this potential hazard with a good non-slip rug pad. These will not only keep your rugs locked in place but can also promote air circulation to improve their lifespan.
You might also consider a thick, felt-and-rubber pad in the kitchen. These plush pads are soft underfoot and will bring welcome relief after you’ve been working for a while!
4. Coordinate Your Kitchen Rug
Finally, carefully consider the colors and patterns of your kitchen rugs. After all, rugs play a fundamental role in how your home looks. Coordinate your rug with your kitchen décor, making sure neither overpowers the other.
A simple way to start is to just take one of the colors already present in the space and bring it out in your rug. Build contrast by pairing darker rugs with light cabinets or vice-versa. You can also inject some life into your kitchen with a bold multi-colored rug that will give you more flexibility with the rest of your décor.
One word of caution: avoid solid, light-colored rugs in the kitchen. As we mentioned before, spills in the kitchen are a question of when, not if. Dark, heavily patterned rugs will hide stains and look better for a longer time than their simpler counterparts.
Our Favorite Kitchen Rugs
With our collection of thousands of rugs in hundreds of styles, you have plenty of choices for kitchen rugs. You can start your search with one of our favorite collections.
Our chindi cotton collection is perfect for kitchens. Made with durable recycled cotton, and available in a wide variety of attractive colors, it checks all the boxes for a great kitchen rug. Natural color variations in the dye and the chunky weave adds visual texture and helps hide stains as well. Best of all, cotton rugs are machine-washable. So when the inevitable spill happens, you can just chuck it in the wash for cleaning.
The Timeless Collection is another great choice for kitchens. With bold printed patterns and a built-in non-slip backing, it’s a great choice if you want something ready to roll out as soon as it arrives.
If your kitchen is anything like mine, the tile floor is cold and uninviting, especially early in the morning when I am struggling to make coffee. My kitchen is an open concept floor plan that includes my breakfast nook, so trying to define the separate spaces was important. Another constant battle for me is trying to get my table level. A kitchen rug was the perfect solution for both of my issues.
You may have heard that a kitchen is off limits to rugs, but this way of thinking is outdated. Some people like to have a small rug in front of the kitchen sink, while others decide to cover the entire room or just use a runner to accentuate and cushion the high traffic areas. Here are some things you’ll want to consider as you search for the perfect rug for your kitchen.
1. Pick the Right Material for a Kitchen Rug
The first thing most people think of when choosing a kitchen rug is whether it is stain-proof. If your kitchen is more accident prone, a great option is a flat weave rug . They are ideal for high traffic areas because they are made of cotton and are washable. The low pile is also great for pets because they are less attracted to the smaller weaves. Many people choose to use indoor/-outdoor rugs with synthetic fibers for kitchens that seem to be the center of the home. They are great for those pesky spills and hold up well to the large amount of foot traffic.
I personally went with a tufted wool rug. The wool is a natural fiber and has a special thing called lanolin built into the fibers which serves as its own natural stain resistant. The tufted rug brings a splash of color to my all-white kitchen as well as adding the cushioning that helps to make my tile floor less cold in the mornings.
2. Get the Best Size Rug for your Kitchen
The options for accessorizing your kitchen follow far less rules than those of other rooms. A small 2×4 or 3×5 rug can mean a gentle foundation for your feet at the kitchen sink. A large 8×10 rug can complete a large open kitchen area and make you feel just at home in your kitchen as you do in your living room. Maybe your kitchen just doesn’t have the space for either. A soft area runner placed between cabinets can make a stroll to your morning coffee feel like walking on air. You just have to decide what areas you want to cushion and what size works best for your home.
3. Choose a Rug Shape That Works for Your Kitchen
Selecting the shape of your rug can be a fun challenge for many people decorating their kitchen. Placing a rectangular rug under moveable islands or small tables in the kitchen provide a warm reprieve from the hardwood and tile common in most kitchens. Small 2×4 or a 3 to 4-foot round rug can mean cushion while standing in front of the sink, fridge or stove. Rectangular runners can reinforce flow in a galley kitchen. Round rugs can be great for a kitchen with a reading nook, pulling together your home eating areas. While it is true the shape of your kitchen does carry some limitations, it is not the end all. Less traditional shapes are being incorporated into contemporary design. Along with highlighting geometric shapes, an octagonal rug is an exciting trend for many designing their home.
4. Add Color and Texture to Your Kitchen
Kitchens usually have simple color pallets and minimal design. The beauty of an area rug is it can help you affordably decorate without painting or remodels. A nice patterned rug can provide a texture your kitchen may be missing. While a solid area rug can reinforce the minimalist look and instill a sense of calm to the space.
A kitchen area rug can also provide color to a space often lacking in it. Choose a color that works well with your color scheme, but also consider the mood your want to feel when you are in your kitchen. Red can ignite a passionate creative side to your meal prep, while calming blues may be the tranquil addition you need after a long day of work. Dark colors are often best for this high traffic area due to the tendency of spills.
With rugs in high traffic areas, such as the kitchen, it is a good idea to consider safety guards. Nonslip rug pads placed under the rug provide the steady traction needed to prevent the rug from slipping when moving over it. It can also prevent having to constantly move it back to the correct spot and provide a little extra cushion to your rug.
Whether you are interested in grounding your furniture, cushioning your feet, or just adding a fun splash of color to your kitchen, a rug is the perfect addition to any kitchen. It is a great way to make your home feel like it flows from room to room. With so many options both natural and synthetic, the fear of outfitting your kitchen is a thing of the past.
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April 13, 2022 | Team Tumble
Traditionally we tend to think of kitchens as needing hard flooring, like tiles or wood — maybe with a doormat or anti-fatigue kitchen mat with some rubber backing . But adding a rug to your kitchen can add a degree of texture, color, and sophistication to your space that it may be wanting. Especially if you live in a rented house or apartment and your kitchen is frustratingly bland, a rug can be a great way to highlight and enliven your space without making any changes your landlord may not approve of.
But choosing a rug for your kitchen can actually feel more challenging than choosing an area rug for other spaces in your home. Where do you put it? How big should it be? And what do you need to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a kitchen rug ?
Well, wonder no more. Let’s talk about everything you need to know when it comes to choosing the right rug for your kitchen.
What Do You Need To Consider?
Choosing a kitchen rug is a little more challenging than selecting a rug for, say, your living room . For one, natural kitchen floors tend to be made from tile or wood for the simple and obvious reason that you’re much more likely to spill food or drink onto the floor of your kitchen than anywhere else in your home.
And unlike the bathroom, where there are specific rugs designed to absorb water and cope well with what tends to be a damp environment, you don’t necessarily want your kitchen rug to be solely functional. A kitchen mat with some polypropylene or PVC for waterproofing may be nice, but it’s not exactly revolutionizing home decor . It’s the heart of your home and sometimes doubles as a dining room — not something to be hidden behind a closed door. Style is just as important as function and accessibility in this case.
Will It Stain Easily?
The answer to this question should obviously be no! Your kitchen sees a lot of action throughout the day, especially if you have a large family or like to entertain. This isn’t the place for an antique family heirloom, nor is it a great room to place the whitest rug you can find (unless it’s one of ours.)
Look for a rug that is spillproof, stain-resistant , and water-resistant . Tumble rugs are coated with a water-based solution that helps to separate oils, stains, and liquids from the fabric of your rug. This cuts down on absorption and makes it much easier to spot clean your rug. So if you send a pot of spaghetti sauce flying, you don’t have to panic.
Tumble rugs are also non-toxic, which isn’t a given with all waterproofing techniques. In fact, many clothing items and household products that are spillproof are known to contain harmful chemicals , so be sure to do a little research before selecting your spillproof rug.
Is it Non-Slip?
Picture it: you’re standing by the sink washing dishes , and without realizing it, you’ve got the floor around you a bit damp. You turn away from your sink and step away, placing a foot on your kitchen floor mat , and whoosh — the water and the slip-prone mat fly out from under your feet.
It’s not just important for places that are prone to getting a bit wet like the space around your kitchen sink . Any high-traffic area should have a non-slip rug for safety reasons. After all, it’s all too easy to injure yourself slipping and falling on a rug.
Tumble rugs come with a rug pad , which tucks into pockets on the underside of the rug. The rug pad itself isn’t likely to go anywhere, especially when placed on a hard surface, like the one you likely have in your kitchen. This means it’s just as good in your entryway as it is in your kitchen because you’ll never have to worry stepping onto your rug will result in a skid or a slip.
How Easy Is It To Wash?
The next thing you should keep in mind is how easy your new rug is going to be to wash. You’ll want something low pile , and generally, natural fiber rugs are a bit more durable than others — although this isn’t universally true. Something like jute or sisal , for instance, might be great in your kitchen because it’s a material that’s often used for outdoor rugs .
But if you want an accent rug with a little more panache, consider a Tumble rug. Our rugs are 100% machine washable . That means that whether you choose a small rug to set in front of your stove or sink or a kitchen runner rug to complement your space, no matter what goes on while you’re cooking and entertaining, you can just pop your rug in the washing machine.
This makes your rug just as easy to care for as your other linens , because rather than shelling out for expensive professional cleaning, all you need to do is walk your rug into your laundry room , and it’ll be as good as new. Even if you run a tight ship and don’t expect much mess, keeping your rug clean is important to the air quality of your home .
What Is Your Kitchen’s Style?
Lastly, you’ll want to think about what style your kitchen is decorated in. Is your apartment boho in style, or are you more minimalist? Would a multicolor rug like our Flora Rug brighten up your space, or would your kitchen work better with something simple, maybe dark gray , or black and white ?
While a shag rug may be out of the question, there are so many rugs to choose from, you can definitely find one to fit in with your decor. Even if you tend to prefer things in pale neutrals, our Tabor Rug in Natural/Ash would work in your kitchen — because it’s easy to clean and spillproof, so nothing is off-limits. Even white.
Adding an area rug to your kitchen is a trending theme in home decor , and while choosing a comfort kitchen mat made of something like memory foam may seem like your only option, Tumble offers a wide range of rugs that would be as at home in your kitchen as they are in your living room .
Are you thinking about adding a rug to your kitchen? Are you wondering how you should style a kitchen rug? Adding a rug to your kitchen is a great idea. It can brighten up a space. A rug can add more texture and color to your kitchen. If you’re adding a rug to your kitchen, be sure to use this guide to help you out.
How to Choose a Kitchen Rug
- Be sure to measure. A rug in front of your sink should be 2 feet by 3 feet, which is standard. If you use a runner, leave a few inches of space on all of the sides. A rug under a dining table should be the area of the table. Then, add a couple of feet so that the chairs stay on the rug if you move them in or out.
- Look for a flat weave. Flat-weave rugs are easy to clean. You might consider using an outdoor rug because they do not absorb spills. As you search, read the labels on the rugs to see which ones are easiest to clean.
- Consider your kitchen’s style and colors. Whenever you add new décor to your home, you should make sure you are matching it to your existing décor. You can also use a rug to add a pop of color or offer some contrast.
- Shop for high-traffic options. As you look at rugs, some options will be listed as ‘high-traffic’. This means that they are durable and can handle lots of wear and tear. This is great in the kitchen because spills are inevitable. Plus, kitchens tend to get a lot of use.
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The kitchen has the potential to be one of the messiest places in any house. With meals constantly being prepared in it and people gathering to eat, there are bound to be crumbs dropping to the floor and stains from wine, oil and other fluids. It is no wonder that people shy away from including a rug in the kitchen. With proper maintenance and care, kitchen rugs are a blessing rather than a curse. Not only do they work to add style and personality in your kitchen, they also ensure safety within the kitchen and help improve your comfort as you work.
Choosing the right kitchen rug takes more than just pointing and paying for the first rug you come across. There are some things that need to be considered beforehand. A good starting point is to ask yourself why you need a kitchen rug. Is it for comfort’s sake or do you require it as a style piece? If comfort trumps style then woolen rugs or their anti-fatigue counterparts are what you should be looking for. They have the ability to cushion your feet as you stand thanks to their plush nature.
If having a stylish kitchen is the main drive behind your resolve to buy a kitchen rug then make sure it ties in with the rest of the kitchen. This does not mean that it has to be in the same color scheme as the kitchen. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, having a contrasting solid color in a more monochromatic themed kitchen could go a long way in breaking the color pattern. If you have a busy kitchen in terms of the already existing décor, then a more neural colored rug or one with a subtle pattern will do.
As we have already established, kitchens are bound to be messy. The ease of cleaning should therefore be a key determining factor when choosing a kitchen rug. Woven rugs such as sisal rugs or jute rugs are easier to clean than their woolen counterparts. Woolen rugs on the other hand are made stain and water resistant. Choose a rug that can be machine or hand washed for ease of maintenance.
You probably wondered how a kitchen rug can help to ensure your safety while in the kitchen. Well, the simplest answer is that they keep you from falling as a result of spilled fluids. Tiled and hardwood floors can tend to be rather slippery even without water or any other liquids having been poured. Rugs therefore help to improve the traction of your feet and keep you from falling. Anti-slip rugs are particularly useful when it comes to this. They are designed to be nice and comfortable on the top side while staying firmly in place regardless of the foot traffic that they encounter.
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Some people struggle with the question of whether to put a rug in their kitchen. They worry that the rug will get damaged by spills and stains, and they feel that having a rug in the kitchen simply is not worth the hassle. Let us make the answer easy for you: Yes! you should put a rug in your kitchen.
Placing a rug in your kitchen is a great way to add character and distinction to the heart of your home. Rugs can also compliment your kitchen space and protect your floors. Below, we will discuss a few factors that you should consider when choosing the best rug for your kitchen.
Think About Size
Take a good look at your kitchen and consider how much of the floor you want to cover with a rug. You should also think about where you want to put the rug and why. If all you need is a little cushioning for your feet while at the sink, then consider a hearth shaped rug that is thick and has a non-slip pad underneath it. If you need to protect a high-traffic area of your floor, then a Persian runner that can flow from the kitchen to an eating space or between an island and the stove is an excellent option.
The key to putting any type of rug in your kitchen is part utility and part aesthetic. Kitchen rugs should always have a rug pad underneath to protect floors and prevent slipping. If you place a runner in front of the stove or the sink, make sure to leave some floor exposed on either side. Not only does doing so add balance to the space, but it also makes moving the rug to mop or to clean up spills easier.
Create Looks with Shapes
Kitchen rugs can be round, hearth, square, rectangular, or many other shapes. The most important thing to consider when choosing the shape of your kitchen rug is, what is it going to add to the overall look of your kitchen?
Hearth shaped rugs are typically used in front of a sink or stove to provide cushion in areas where people stand. Square or rectangular rugs offer versatility because they neatly fit in many areas of your kitchen and are shaped similarly as counter tops and tables.
Kitchens get a lot of traffic and use in the home. It is important to choose a kitchen rug that is well manufactured so that it will stand up to the wear and tear it will receive in the kitchen. It is also important to choose a rug that can stand up to stains and spills, and that is easy to clean.
Rugs designed for use outdoors can work well in the kitchen. They are made from stain-resistant materials that are easily cleaned and are durable. If you prefer more traditional rugs in your kitchen, such as a Persian runner like we mentioned earlier, make sure you understand how to care for the rug because it will be subject to wear and spills.
Adding a rug to your kitchen can give the space a nice upgrade that also protects your floors and your feet.
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*Note- Safety is of most importance. Be sure to have an anti-slip pad under your rug to prevent it from moving and slipping.
Is there any relation why you should put a rug in your kitchen? Most people must find it weird. Surely, our activity in the kitchen is related to cooking. So, is it important to put it? The answer to that question is yes. Not only protect you from slippery but also it will decorate the kitchen to become beautiful than ever. That is why you need to choose the best Kitchen Rug for your beloved kitchen.
The first step you need to do is thinking about your safety. It is not funny if you purchase the slippery rug. Place a rug in a sink area is quite dangerous if you do not think the side effect. If you accidentally spilled the water from the sink, your rug will become slippery. To prevent that from happening, choose a cotton rug to drain all the water if the accident like that happens in the future.
Our Tips: Watch out if you spilled the water from your sink. You can use a heater to dry it immediately. If you keep it like that, your rug will get damaged.
Before you buy the kitchen rug, you need to measure your kitchen first. It is to prevent you from purchasing the wrong rug. Think about which area you want to cover. For example, in the sink area or cooking area. If your kitchen is quite spacious, just buy the one with the large size.
Our tips: Do not ever put your rug near a cabinet. Because when you open it, the rug will get stuck between your cabinet.
Think About the Shape
The next tips are about the shape of the rug. There are many types of shape from square, round, oval and so on. If your kitchen is not that big, choose the shape which suits your kitchen the best. Especially in the sink area. Also choosing the right shape will not disturb your activity in the kitchen itself.
Our Tips: Shape is important to make you feel comfortable. You can choose round rug if you want more space to place your feet.
Choose the Right Color
So, how is the relation between rug and color? Some of you must confuse why they need to choose the right color for their rug. Remember if you choose a bright color like red it will leave a stain for quite a long time. If you want to make your rug keep clean you can choose a dark color which
Our Tips: Why should you choose the color for your rug? It can protect you from stain. Especially if you choose black color.
Choose Rug Which Comfort You the Most
Choosing the best rug that perfect your feet is a must. Because you will standing hour an hour while cooking in the kitchen. If you do not choose the best one, your feet will hurt as the result. To prevent that from happening, you must choose the rug which can make you comfortable. You can choose a thick rug to pleasure your own feet.
Our Tips: Choosing the suitable rug will make your feet comfortable. If you are a type of people who spend a long time in the kitchen, this is a must.
Do not Forget About The Maintenance
The rug is a precious stuff which you put in your house. That is why a routine maintenance is required to take good care of your rug. If you are choosing the best material for your rug, You need to prepare a lot of money to keep it in the best condition.
Our Tips: In order to keep your rug in the best condition, you need to clean in every three weeks.
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That is the simple steps you can do to choose best kitchen rug. Now, it is the right time to buy your favorite rug. Oh yeah, we also have a recommended website which you can buy best kitchen rug. In that website, you can find many kinds of rug types. If you are looking for a high quality of the rug, this is the best place for all of you.
If you’re looking for a whole new area rug for the home, you may be asking yourself how to start. With so many available options, it might be hard to determine which one farmhouse kitchen rugs is right for your home.
Within this post, we shall talk about some factors to consider when choosing farmhouse cooking area athlete mats. We’ll provide some easy methods to discover the ideal one for your residence!
When selecting a farmhouse home rug, one thing you’ll be thinking about is how big your space. You’ll need to make sure that this rug is big enough to pay for the full flooring area.
If you’re unsure what dimension carpet you want, it’s a great idea to evaluate your home before buying. This will ensure that you don’t get a area rug that’s too small or too big to your home.
Another necessary factor to consider when choosing a farmhouse kitchen area carpet will be the fabric. There are various materials offered, from all-natural fibers like wool to man made alternatives like polyester.
Every features its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s essential to think about your choices before making a choice.
As an example, natural fibers like wool are tough as well as simple to completely clean, but they could be more expensive than man-made choices. On the flip side, man-made supplies like polyester are less expensive and much easier to tend to, nevertheless they might not final so long as organic fibres.
When you’ve deemed all the elements earlier mentioned, you’ll be well on your way to finding the right farmhouse kitchen area carpet for your own home! If you’re still unsure how to begin, we recommend checking out a lot of our preferred online shops for ideas.
Get the best of both worlds with our favorite kitchen rugs that are comfortable, practical and good-looking.
Our Top Kitchen Rug Picks
- Best Overall:MontVoo Non-Slip Woven Kitchen Rug
- Best Budget:Threshold Green Stamp Kitchen Comfort Runner
- Best Runner:House of Noa Luv Rug
- Best Washable:Ruggable Kamran Coral Rug
- Best Cushioned Mat: NewLife by GelPro Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat
- Best Vinyl Mat:Threshold Penny Tile Vinyl Accent Mat
- Best for Small Kitchens: Ombre Pop Kitchen Rug
- Best L-Shaped:DEXI Cushioned Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat Set
- Best Vintage-Style:Bardia Indoor/Outdoor Rug
We’ve fallen hard for the homey look of rugs in the kitchen. A perfectly worn-in Persian runner adds warmth, character and charm to the hardest working room in the house. But, practically speaking, placing a very special vintage rug in front of the stove or sink is a recipe for disaster. If you want to cozy up your heavily trafficked kitchen and offer respite for tired feet, going with something a bit more durable and less precious (but still stylish!) is the smartest choice.
Keeping in mind price, reviews, aesthetics and practical features, we found some of the best kitchen rugs for a variety of styles, budgets and spaces. Plus, we’re sharing tips to keep in mind when shopping for a kitchen rug.
The Best Rugs for Every Room
How to Choose a Kitchen Rug
SIZE: Kitchen rugs and mats come in lots of sizes to accommodate a variety of preferences and room layouts. You may only have the space or need for a small mat in front of the sink, or, if you have a large open space in the middle of your kitchen, an area rug might be a better fit.
STYLE: Second to functionality, aesthetics should also be top-of-mind when shopping for a kitchen rug. After all, the kitchen is a room just like any other and deserves the same level of attention to design as a bedroom or living space. Consider your home’s overall look, but especially think about the colors and design scheme of your kitchen. Also, take into account whether you want a flat, unobtrusive rug or one with cushioning for fatigue relief.
MATERIAL: In addition to prints, patterns and colors, also take into account what the rug is made of. For the kitchen, you’ll want to stick with easy-to-clean materials like polypropylene, PVC or vinyl and rugs or mats with very low-pile. Avoid wool or cotton rugs that will easily absorb stains and tend to have a taller profile. Foam mats will offer the most support and comfort and are easily wipeable, but can’t be vacuumed and don’t stand up well to pets. Flat, low-pile styles in a durable material won’t offer as much padding but may offer a more stylish look and hold-up better in the long run.
Best Overall Kitchen Rug
This solid, budget-friendly Amazon find ticks all the boxes: it has a classic, neutral look that works in all kitchens; it’s low profile with just enough padding for support; it doesn’t slide around thanks to a non-slip rubber backing; and the polypropylene material makes it very durable, machine washable and vacuum cleaner-friendly.
There’s more than just color and pattern to choosing the right rug. Follow these basic tips to make certain the one you select will meet all of your needs.
By Jennifer Noonan | Updated Nov 9, 2013 8:23 PM
Nothing can draw the elements of a room together quite like a rug. It can make a cold room cozy and inviting, define different functional spaces, add color and pattern where none existed before, and create comfort where it’s most welcome—underfoot. Whether your style is traditional, contemporary, funky, or ultramodern, you have endless possibilities to consider. If selecting the right rug has you feeling a bit overwhelmed, here are some basic guidelines to help you make the best choice.
A rug needs to be more than pretty—it needs to serve the function of the room and home. Think about your family’s lifestyle and the kind of traffic your rug is likely to endure. “If you’re placing the rug in a high-traffic area, woven rugs will perform best,” advises Jennifer Palmer, a rug specialist from one of Bellacor‘s best rug brands, Mohawk. “Likewise, if you have pets, you don’t want a looped construction, as dogs’ and cats’ nails tend to snag and pull tufted loops, so a cut-pile construction is the smarter choice.”
Of all rug types, hand-knotted construction is the most expensive, because of the intensive labor involved in the process. But hand-knotted rugs also offer the longest endurance. A good hand-knotted rug can last 10 to 25 years; a great one, over 100. Machine-made rugs, which can be manufactured quickly on power looms, sell for more reasonable prices. They generally have a lifespan of about 20 years, although a high-quality and well-maintained product can last much longer.
Rugs are constructed of either natural or synthetic materials. Natural fibers like wool or silk generally last longer and are better quality but can be costly. You might want to go for wool or silk if it’s important that your rug retain its value. Less costly natural fibers, like jute and cotton, are more affordable. Synthetics are the least expensive and come in an incredible range of colors and styles. Among synthetics, polyester and nylon have the greatest stain and soil resistance, with nylon holding its color best over time.
Surya’s Cosmopolitan Green Round Rug at Bellacor.com
Size and Shape
Choosing the right size rug is key to making your space feel comfortable. You should use a rug to define the space rather than “float” in a room. And don’t get a rug so large that it touches the baseboards. Consider a range of shapes, and don’t just limit yourself to rectangles. Square rugs complement a modern room, but they look equally good under a pub-style table. Ovals can be used in place of rectangles in a living room, and round and octagonal rugs work well under similarly shaped kitchen or dining tables.
The placement of a rug can make all the difference in the feeling of a room. Use your rug to complement the design of your space and furniture. An area rug should be approximately the same length and width as the furniture in the space. If you’re putting a rug under a coffee table, place it so it can accommodate all four legs. A rug in a dining room should extend to just beyond the chairs when they are pulled away from the table. In a bedroom, multiple smaller rugs may look better than a larger area rug that is mostly covered by the bed, so don’t forget to consider runners. In general, maintain an equal amount of floor space around a rug to give the room a sense of balance.
A rug can be the focal point of a room or help to pull together an eclectic group of design elements. Think about the other details of the room design when selecting a rug. If you already have a busy patterned upholstery or wallpaper, choose a subtle rug, or one in a coordinating solid color, so it won’t compete. Conversely, if your room is more neutral and subdued, you can introduce some vibrancy by choosing a rug with a bold pattern. Overall, select a rug that complements your decor. The colors don’t necessarily need to match, but at least one color should coordinate.
Whatever rug you choose, proper care will ensure its lasting performance and beauty. Use a quality rug pad underneath to both reduce the wear on the rug and protect the floor beneath it. Vacuum it regularly to keep dirt from getting ground into the pile, and clean it when it is soiled. Different materials, construction methods, and fibers require different cleaning methods, so be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes time to clean your rug. With the proper TLC, an area rug can keep your room cozy and vibrant for years to come. For more information on rug design, selection, care, and maintenance, visit Bellacor.
You’ve finally decided to purchase a rug for that space that has been too long empty. You’ve started to shop and found there are a bewildering array of styles, colors and most important prices. We at Safavieh understand your situation and have put together this short guide on how to choose a rug. While this will not make you an expert, it will give you the basic information to make an informed judgement.
Watch as Safavieh’s Arash Yaraghi helps Martha Stewart choose a new rug for her home in East Hampton.
Pile rugs can be made by three basic methods -handknotting, hand tufting or by automated machine. Each method has it’s positives and negatives, a summary of which follows.
Machine made rugs, also called power loomed, are produced by a electronically driven machine whose pattern is contolled by computer or a punch card system to produce a repetitve patttern. As such, these rugs can be produced quickly and at a low cost. However to limit cost, the amount of detail and color is also reduced and in many cases the quality of the basic materials is limited by the stress of the machine.
Hand tufted rugs (also called hand made) are produced by punching individual yarns through a fabric sheet using a device called a “tufting gun”. Once the rug has been completed a second fabric is glued to the back to hold the yarns in place. Hand tufted rugs required more time to produce, generally contain higher quality materials and can be more detailed. However because they are looked at as a “step up” to machine made products at a modest premium they also tend to lack detail, are a compromise in materials, and if not finished correctly may have durability issues.
Hand knotted rugs are the cream of the rug world. These rugs are produced using ancient techinques, have unlimited design and color variations and may have investment value in years to come. Hand knotted rugs are made on a vertical frame called a hand knotting loom. Columns of threads are stretched from the top to the of the loom. These are called the warp threads and are the foundation of the rug. They also form the fringe ends of the rug and are very important to it’s longevity.
Once the warp threads are arranged up and down the loom, the actual production process begins. First the weaver begins by making a flat or non pile weave. This is intended to secure the knots which will form the rug from coming out at either end. After 10 -12 rows or more of flat weave are completed, the weaver begins the knotting process. He consults what is called a “cartoon” a graph paper on which each square represents a single knot tied in a specific color of yarn. The cartoon has been constructed by a master designer who may wish to produce an ancient pattern or create a vision of his own. The weaver ties individual knots in the specified color to the warp threads across the entire width of the loom – and then begins a second row of knots again corresponding to the cartoon. Every row or few rows of knots the weaver inserts a “weft”, a flat woven thread which holds the knots below in place. This process continues until the entire rug has been produced and the end is finished with a flat woven area similar to the one where the process began. Depending on the type of knot, the pattern and the number of knots required this process may take up to a year to complete. Once completed the rug is then “sheared” to produce a uniform surface, hand washed to develop luster and finally dried (some in the sun for authenticity).
Safavieh is a leading producer of hand knotted rugs from a variety of countries including India, China, Pakistan, and Nepal. In addition, the company has a large selection of higher quality hand tufted products from around the world. We invite you to browse our selection by clicking on the web site button marked ” Rug Collections”, by contacting us directly via the web site, or by contacting one of our many fine dealers who will assist you. Here, should you choose to continue, are a number of frequently asked questions and the answers.
HOW CAN I TELL A HANDKNOTTED RUG FROM OTHER TYPES?
Look on the back. A handknotted rug shows the same pattern on the back as on the front. Hand tufted rugs almost always have a plain backing or show a glue residue on the back. Some machine made rugs tend to show a hazy pattern on the back. If you are unsure, the handknotted rug is the only one that can be folded in either direction (like a handkerchief) all others must be rolled.
HOW CAN I TELL THE QUALITY OF A HANDKNOTTED RUG?
The most important( but not the only) determinant of quality is the knot count. Generally the finer the knot, hence the more knots per square inch, the higher the rug quality. However wool quality, design, luster and dye method all play a role. The best way is to ask one of our professionals at Safavieh or visit one of our many qualified dealers across the country. We or they will be happy to assist you.
WHAT TYPE OR DESIGN RUG SHOULD I GET?
Study your decor and the feeling you wish to achieve. Contemporary designs go well with straight line clean furnishings, old world designs with more traditional rooms. However don’t be afraid to mix, some of the most beautiful rooms combine today’s looks with things of the past.
HOW CAN I DECIDE?
Ask your Safavieh dealer to bring the rug to your home on a trial basis. In most cases he will be more than happy to assist you in this process.
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Buy a book on the subject, Persian rugs have been around for roughly 3000 years. There are many fascinating stories about them. We suggest “The Splendor of Persian Rugs” by E. Grans-Gruedin. Or if you would like to hear some legends word-of –mouth, ask your salesperson. Tabriz, Kashan, Mashed, Heriz, Bohkara, Qum, Isfahan, Sarouk and Kerman are all names with which you will become familiar and will heighten the enjoyment of whatever style you choose.
Find out more about rug construction and materials, and to help keep your rug looking as beautiful as the day you bought it check our rug care and cleaning tips.
When it comes to putting a rug in our home, we are confused about where to put it and how it would be better functional? If you are a homeowner and want to add some rugs to your home or kitchen, you will know how and what kind of rug you can add.
If you are looking to add rugs to your home, you can check out the ideas on the interior fit out companies in Dubai. You will get to know what kind of rugs you can select for your kitchen. Moreover, if you are looking for an interior designer, you can hire joinery companies in Dubai.
What is your kitchen room size?
One of the most important things you have to check is your kitchen room size? You would be upset if you got home with a newly bought rug and it won’t fit out in the space you choose to like. Yes, put in some effort to make it worth it and get the best one instead of quickly doing it. Once you have taken all the measurements, you should check your rug’s layout, design, and pattern. It would help you to explore more rugs for your kitchen room. You can check out the joinery companies in Dubai for exciting ideas.
What size rug do you need?
Once you have done all the checking designs and patterns. You must know what sizes are available in the market and what would look good in your kitchen. When you step out to check and explore the rugs, you will get to know there are some dimensions. Let’s see what the dimension are:
- Large kitchen rug sizes = Over 200 Square Feet
In the large kitchen, you can place big rugs down, or if you have an island in your kitchen, you can place a runner or two on every side of the island. The main aim would be to set the outline of the length of your countertops.
- Medium Kitchen rug sizes = 100 to 200 Sq.ft
Suppose you have a medium-sized kitchen. The rug area options or the runner lining according to the length of the counter would be best. Don’t put multiple rugs in the kitchen, it may look awkward.
- Small kitchen rug sizes = Under 70 sq.ft
A small kitchen is not a shame. You can decorate it with a rug. If you have a rug in your kitchen, you can check 2’X3’ or 3’X5’
Where Should You Place A Kitchen Rug?
You can place the rug in the center of the place or line the side of the countertops. You can check the ideas of interior fit out companies in Dubai for more exciting ideas to make your kitchen wonderful.
Choose the rug for your kitchen perfectly!
Once you have decided on your kitchen structure and design, you can go with rugs. Moreover, when you explore the rug, make sure you measure all your kitchen room sizes to better fit where you want. These are the tips that make your search easy for you.
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The reason you choose a dining room rug goes beyond protecting a floor or even creating a soft texture underfoot. Most often it is for the aesthetics or you are looking for a rug to complement the furniture and add more visual appeal to the area.
But a rug also helps muffle sounds and add warmth, both literally and figuratively. It protects your feet from cold, bare floors, while also helping hide less-than-attractive floors.
A rug is not limited to bare floors. You can throw one over carpeting or use a special one as a wall hanging to accentuate or create more visual interest. But how do you go about selecting the right floor covering? Colors and patterns primarily drive choices. And, in a dining room, you have to take into account several factors like size, shape, color, and material.
While size is an important consideration when choosing any rug, size is even more important to consider when buying a dining room rug.
- Match to dining set: Ideally, a dining room rug should be large enough to let you place your dining table and chairs on it. There should be enough room so that when chairs are pulled away from the table, they still have their back legs on it.
- Do not forget the table leaves: When measuring your rug, do not forget to take into account the length of your table fully extended. Measure to account for any leaves that you use.
- Measure the room: Check to see how your rug fits in the room. It is best to leave equal amounts of space on the sides for a balanced effect.
- Do not cover too much of the floor: Choose a size that lets the rug end before it reaches the front legs of a sideboard, china cabinet, freestanding bar, or any other furniture other than the table and chairs that you have in the room. Never rest just the front legs of a piece of furniture on the rug because it affects the balance. If there is no way to avoid this, prop up the rear legs on rubber or wood shims.
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Choose a rug shape to complement your dining room furniture. Most dining room rugs are rectangles, but any shape can work. It is most pleasing to the eye for the rug to reflect the shape of the table. For example, a long, narrow table looks best on a narrow rectangle, and a round or oval rug emphasizes the shape of a round or oval table.
Consider that your dining room rug will have heavy pieces of furniture sitting on it. Chairs are pulled out and pushed in. Accidents with food may happen, and there will be crumbs even if there are never any major spills. The material you choose is important for the longevity of your rug. Understandably, your budget might also play a part in choosing a material.
- Think about wear and tear: A dining rug is likely to get a lot of foot traffic, so a rug material that cleans up easily and can stand up to heavy use gets points on the plus side of the balance sheet. If you prefer natural material, be aware that silk or cotton rugs are not likely to stand up to this kind of use. Wool is a good choice, but it is also an expensive material.
- Easy upkeep: Human-made fibers are easy to clean and maintain.
- Indoor-outdoor rugs: They have come a long way and have considerably improved in look and feel.
Color and Pattern
Choosing a color or pattern is an important consideration. Those two elements provide eye appeal and interest in your dining room.
- Decide on the rug’s intent: The color of your rug can provide a starting point for your room’s color scheme or a way to tie together colors. Decide on how the color of your dining room rug will be used: as an accent, create drama, bring warmth, or tone down the mood.
- Multicolor and patterned rugs: These rugs have the advantage of disguising spills.
- Medallion prints: While medallion prints are often chosen for dining rooms, an all-over pattern can be more visually appropriate. The medallions often get hidden under the table.
- Stripes: This popular design element can make the room look wider or longer.
- Match the theme or period: Choose a pattern that harmonizes with the furniture period. A Persian or Oriental rug sets the right mood with traditional furniture, while a plain-colored rug with interesting texture or a striped or geometric pattern works better with midcentury modern pieces.
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Do Not Forget the Rug Pad
While you will never see the rug pad once it is installed, you will feel it every time you step onto the rug or clean it. The rug pad helps anchor the rug to the floor and keeps it from wrinkling or slipping. That makes a rug safer as well as more aesthetically pleasing to look at. A dense rug pad makes the rug feel more plush and luxurious. It also makes it easier to clean.
Antique and Vintage Kitchen Rugs: Unexpectedly Beautiful
If you’ve spent any time on social media lately, whether it be Instagram, Pinterest, or anywhere else, it’s likely you’ve seen an antique or vintage rug adding spice to a kitchen. It is a design trend that has been blowing up in the last few months. People are selecting bright, bold antique and vintage rugs, often in a runner length, and using them to add color and visual interest to their cooking space. Kitchen rugs are trendy and beautiful, and we’ve put together some tips on how to do it right.
Why Have Area Rugs In The Kitchen?
The kitchen, to many, is the heart of the home, where family and friends gather and much time is spent. However, kitchen floors made of linoleum or other similar materials are cold and hard and don’t produce the welcoming, warm, homey feeling that a kitchen should have. This is where a rug comes in. Adding texture and warmth to the floors in the form of the rug is the best way to breathe life into your kitchen.
Rugs add texture and warmth to the kitchen.
Which Area Rugs Are The Best To Place In Your Kitchen?
It is hard to go wrong when picking a rug for the kitchen, as they can all look spectacular, but there are some general guidelines that can make the selection process easier. First, consider the size of the rug. You may find a rug that you love but is just too big to fit in your space. In this case, custom bespoke rugs that can be made in any size you need might be a good choice. However, if you want to stick with something authentically vintage or antique that has a story to it, your best bet is probably a runner length rug. This shape rug generally fits well in most kitchen spaces and between counters. Runner rugs come in all different lengths and widths, so browse around until you find one that is just right for you.
Runner rugs are a good shape for the kitchen.
When it comes to materials, there are some that are better than others. Unless you want to dedicate the time and effort to more maintenance, shag rugs or rugs with delicate materials like silk might be better saved for other rooms of the home. A wool rug is perfect for the kitchen: it is strong, durable, and can be cleaned if necessary. Kilims are a popular choice for the kitchen. The flat weave texture and the fact that they often come in vibrant, bold tribal prints make them the perfect choice to add a pop of color to the space. Whichever rug you choose, make sure to use a rug pad underneath.
Decorating Your Kitchen With Rugs
Oriental rugs and other genuine vintage or antique pieces are a trendy and beautiful way to add that extra “something” to your kitchen. They make a statement and add personality. Luckily, there is no shortage of design styles to choose from, so you will be able to find one that fits your own style easily.
When you’re decorating, consider the other colors in the kitchen. Is the kitchen mostly white and neutral? A deep hued red Persian rug can add a much needed burst of color. Is your kitchen decorated in dark colors? Again, going colorful can help soften things up and make the space more welcoming. Consider your decor accents as well when choosing a kitchen rug. Match some of the key colors in the rug to the decor in your kitchen to keep the space looking clean, streamlined, and intentional.
Antique or vintage rugs in the kitchen add visual interest.
The best thing about choosing antique and vintage rugs to decorate your kitchen is that they are completely unique. You likely won’t be able to find an identical item anywhere. Having a piece like this brings life and personality to the kitchen, and is certainly a conversation starter. If you use these rug in your own designs, make sure to tag us and let us know!
Here are some perfect kitchen rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection:
Antique Shabby Chic Khotan Rug
Antique Northwest Persian Runner
Antique Persian Senneh Kilim
Vintage Moroccan Rug
Antique Serab Persian Rug
This interior design blog about kitchen rugs was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs.
An area rug in a dining room can not only add comfort and style and color to a room but can actually frames the dining room table and make the whole room visually pleasing! Rugs are a soft piece of furnishing that carpet the area under and around the table grounding it and the dining room chairs too.
But choosing the perfect rug can be a little tricky. It’s usually an investment, so we want to do everything we can to choose the right one! Here are five rules to help you choose the PERFECT dining room rug!
1. ARRANGE YOUR DINING ROOM FURNITURE WITHOUT A RUG
Before you add a rug to your dining room, now is the time to arrange and rearrange ALL of your dining room furniture and get the placement of everything exactly how you want it. Doing this will make it easier to measure and pick the right rug for your space.
We did this when we replace the wall to wall carpet with hardwood floors. We tried several arrangements and different pieces until we came up with arrangement we have now.
2. THE PERFECT SIZE
Here’s a great rule-of-thumb for finding the perfect size rug for a dining room. Measure your dining room table and add 20-30 inches. Now you have a the perfect size rug for your dining room.
Some say that you should measure your table with the leaves in and then add 15-30 inches for the right size rug, but I say… how often do most people use the leaves AND how many of our dining rooms are adequate and comfortable for dining (except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and big get togethers) with the leaves in on a regular basis.
If you have the room, by all means go ahead and use the measurement with the leaves in.
I chose to measure my table without the leaves and the rug is very comfortable. If you choose to measure your rug the way I did, use the higher end of the measurement spectrum.
The rug overhangs my table on the long sides by about 25 inches and 30 inches on the short side.
3. LET YOUR ROOM BREATHE
Your rug should not be so big that it covers your entire dining room. Let the edges of your room “breathe”! Make sure you have at least 6-18 inches of floor showing all the way around the room. This will define your eating space and supporting furnishings.
4. CHOOSING THE RIGHT PATTERN AND MATERIAL
Experts say to choose your rug FIRST and then coordinate and style your room around it. That is great advice but what if you already have all your furnishings? Well, then you are just like me. I changed up a more traditional oriental rug from one that was a little more updated and modern.
So, I looked for a rug that contained the colors in my room and chose a large geometric pattern that would not compete with the patterns that were already in the dining room.
Think of a rug like art that goes on the floor!
A rug can set the tone for the whole room! Changing out my rug made a huge difference in the whole look of my dining room!
5. GO FLAT
It’s important to choose a rug with a low nap or one that is relatively smooth. When a rug is too thick or too high or too nubby it becomes difficult to move chairs in and out from under the table and can actually become a hazard.
My personal favorite are the great new indoor/outdoor rugs on the market. They are easy to clean, have a smooth surface, are durable and come in fabulous colors and patterns. Many are very suitable for even the most formal and elegant dining room.
My new rug is the Saybrook from Ballard Designs. The color is black with yellow and the size is 8’x 11.2′.
Here are a few other tips that might be helpful…
- it’s okay to go without a rug… just make sure to put felt pads on the legs of your chairs
- a round table does not need an round rug… measure the table at it’s widest part and add 15-25 inches for a rug
- a cut carpet remnant works great as a dining room rug
- a rug can be placed over low-nap wall to wall carpeting
- always use a rug pad
Now I need your help. My beautiful new rug still has some fold “waves” in it. I’ve vacuumed it many times, put a rug pad under it, put it out in the sun and sprayed it down with water and even tried to stretch it using Downey Wrinkle Release. It’s a whole lot better, but the photograph picks up the little ripples that still exist. If you have any ideas to get the wrinkles out of an indoor/outdoor rug… PLEASE let me know! Thanks!
Remember to pin this to your DECOR or DINING ROOM Pinterest boards. You can follow me on Pinterest and see all the great things I am finding to pin HERE.
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Choosing an area rug may seem simple at first glance—surely you can just eyeball it, right? Wrong. There is much more than meets the eye when it comes to choosing a rug that will fit your space and furniture perfectly. Yes, it’s a science that interior designers have perfected for decades, but it’s actually easy to follow, and it follows one simple rule: Measure twice.
Interior designers often warn that the biggest decorating mistake they notice is area rugs that are too small for the space. “I’m a firm believer that the rug is a unifying element that pulls a room together and should anchor the furniture pieces,” interior designer Stefani Stein told MyDomaine. “Sometimes finding the perfect rug in the perfect size can be tricky, and going custom isn’t always an option. So if the rug of your dreams isn’t quite the right scale, try layering. Just be careful to avoid textural overload.”
In most rooms, the rules are simple: Leave at least six inches between the end of the rug and the walls (or counters, in the case of kitchens); leave all furniture legs off rugs in busy thoroughfares like entryways and hallways, and let the space dictate your choice of rug size. But in other rooms—the bedroom, the living room, and the dining room—the rules are a little trickier.
Ahead, we break down everything you need to know for choosing an area rug.
Meet the Expert
Stefani Stein is an interior designer based in Los Angeles. She just recently launched a bespoke furnishings and wallpaper brand, August Abode.
In the Living Room
In the living room, choosing an area rug size more or less follows the same rule as in the bedroom, but depends on a few factors.
The first option is to have all furniture legs—including the sofas and accent chairs—sitting on the rug. With this layout, the rug should extend at least six inches past each piece of furniture. The ideal size for this option is a 9-by-12-foot rug or larger.
The second option pertains to a smaller space. In more cramped quarters, you can also opt to have only the front legs of the furniture sitting on the rug, with the back legs on the surrounding floor. This works especially well if a sofa is up against a wall or if you want the rug to act as the area rug that it is and not a glorified wall-to-wall carpet.
Lastly, you could choose to only have your coffee table on the rug and leave your living room seating off the rug entirely, though interior designers warn that this is the number one decorating mistake they notice in homes as small rugs can actually make your space look even smaller. We suggest only using this option if you’re dealing with an abnormal layout that doesn’t actually make sense with the above central area rug concepts.
When laying out your furniture, ensure that only the front legs of all pieces are sitting on the rug. Consider an 8-by-10-foot or 9-by-6-foot rug for this layout.
In the Bedroom
A rug is a great alternative to carpeting in a bedroom. It keeps it cozy and warm and prevents the whole room from echoing. With an area rug, however, you still have the ability to gaze upon the gorgeous wood floor that lies beneath while still having the ability to layer on a soft topper.
When choosing a rug for your bedroom, there are three main rules that you should be focusing on, however. And they all have one thing in common: The bed is your focal point.
The first option is to place all legs of the bed and surrounding furniture—like nightstands and a bench at the foot of the bed—on the rug. With this option, you should leave 18 to 24 inches of space around the outer edges of the furniture.
As a general rule, for a king or queen bed, a 9-by-12-foot rug is ideal if you have a bench at the foot of the bed. If you don’t, an 8-by-10-foot rug should suffice. For a twin or full-size bed, aim for a 6-by-9-foot rug or bigger.
The second option is to place two-thirds of the bed on the rug. What that means is that the rug should start just slightly in front of your nightstands. Here, the rug should extend 18 to 24 inches on each side of the bed (including the foot of the bed). For this layout, consider an 8-by-10-foot rug for a queen bed and a 9-by-12-foot rug for a king. This layout can also work if you have a deeper piece of furniture at the foot of your bed, like a small sofa or settee.
Lastly, you can opt to simply have runners on each side of the bed, which is a great choice if other larger rugs don’t fit in your room or if your layout is asymmetrical. Look for runners that won’t extend beyond the bed itself but that are slightly wider than the nightstands. The runners should be placed on either side of the bed, not touching the furniture itself.
In the Dining Room
In the dining room, there is one simple rule to follow when choosing a rug: Make sure that all chairs sit comfortably on the rug by ensuring sure that the rug extends 36 inches beyond all sides of the table (and no less than 24 inches). This goes for both rectangular and round rugs.
If you want to be confident that you’re choosing the right area rug size for your dining room table, simply add at least 60 inches to the length and the width of your table to get your ideal rug size. For instance, a 40-by-60-inch table should be paired with at least an 8-by-10-foot rug but would work best with a 9-by-12-foot rug. For round tables, add at least 60 inches to the diameter.
Let’s face it: It’s hard to justify splurging on a nice rug for the kitchen when you know it will get spilled on, walked over, and worn out in just a matter of time. But there are many kitchen mats and carpets that provide the best of both worlds, striking the ideal balance between style and function. “Take the time to think through the functions and aesthetics specifically associated with your kitchen and your level of participation in its stewardship,” says Keith Miller of Miller Interior Design. He notes that whether you’re someone who spends hours in the kitchen or barely makes use of the space, the “benefit of a softer cushion underfoot and a rug’s added beauty has its advantages.”
Kitchen rugs provide comfort during long hours spent cooking or baking, and they’ll keep you cozy while you’re washing dishes after dinner. Even on nights when takeout is on the menu, the furnishing will add a little something extra to your kitchen’s overall aesthetic. If you’re someone who spills often, consider something with an abstract pattern that will easily hide hard-to-remove messes, like this Ruggable Alessia Dark Wood Rug ($119, ruggable.com). Not only does its deep color palette and complex design conceal spills, but it’s also washable, so you can easily pop it into your machine for a quick spin on the delicate cycle and it’ll be good as new.
If you choose the right design, kitchen rugs not only help tie the room to the rest of your home, but they can also provide more support in a space where you do a lot of standing. Ahead, we’re sharing some of the best kitchen rugs available right now.
What to Look for When Buying Kitchen Rugs
Before purchasing a rug for your kitchen, it’s important to consider what materials and colors can stand up to such a highly trafficked, spill-prone area of the home. Since there are so many options to choose from, we’ve outlined a few things experts say to keep top of mind when shopping.
If you’re adding a kitchen rug to your home, one of the biggest reasons is likely comfort. After all, standing on a hard, flat floor can get uncomfortable after a period of time. Although cotton isn’t stain resistant, it will feel great under your feet and is typically machine washable. If you want something extra durable, Miller says to look for a tightly woven, low pile material (about a quarter-inch thick). “Woven sisal can weather the wear if you’re fastidious and don’t mind its rough texture or the way it shapes over time,” he notes. Additionally, manufactured synthetic materials, like nylon, polyester, and olefin, are great for kitchen rugs, since they repel oil and dirt.
You can find kitchen rugs in a variety of colors and patterns, and while you can certainly opt for something neutral that goes with the aesthetic of your kitchen, Miller recommends colorful or patterned options that effectively hide messes. “If you’re starting from scratch with a color palette, aim for warmer hues in reds, oranges, and golds. The busier the pattern, the easier to conceal inevitable spills, so long as you schedule routine cleaning,” he says. If you want a rug with a pattern, Miller suggests searching for something with an antique or worn look that can stand up to regular washing.
The Best Kitchen Rugs
- Best Runner:Unique Loom Sofia Collection Traditional Vintage Runner Rug
- Best Anti-Fatigue:Sky Solutions Oasis Anti-Fatigue Mat
- Best Set:K-Mat Kitchen Rug and Mat Set
- Best Stain-Resistant:Ruggable Jonathan Adler Inkdrop Lapis Blue Rug
- Best Polyester:Ruggable Kamran Royal Blue Rug
- Best Area Rug:Maples Rugs Georgina Traditional Area Carpet
- Best Water-Resistant:iDesign Bamboo Floor Mat
- Best Vintage:Ruggable Alessia Dark Wood Rug
- Best Kitchen Sink Rug:Cosy Homeer Half Round Rug
- Best Washable:ReaLife Rugs Machine Washable Rug
- Best Accent Rug:NuLoom Moroccan Blythe Accent Rug
To help you find the best kitchen carpets, mats, and rugs, we sorted through thousands of customer reviews from popular online shops to identify nine superior options. Shop these top-rated kitchen rugs below.
Having just the right rug in your space can really make or break the look and feel of a room. It can effortlessly be that “one thing” that ties the room together. But determining how to choose the perfect rug can be overwhelming given there are so many options, styles, and price points. I wanted to share some useful tips that will make the decision-making process much less daunting. Let’s dive in!
#1 | Purpose
First, you’ll want to determine the primary purpose and function of the rug. Do you want a statement piece to bring a room to life, or do you need something functional to help with sound buffering and prevent slips from your two-legged and/or four-legged family members? Identifying the purpose is critical to then choosing the right size, color, and texture.
#2 | Size
Generally, I tend to think bigger is better when it comes to rugs. A small rug in a large room can actually dwarf the room.
Living Room & Dining Room
If your furniture is up against a wall (couch or chairs) you’ll want to make sure at least the front legs are on the rug. If you have a floating seating area such as a dining room table or sitting area, the rug should contain all furniture even when the chair legs are pushed out, with ample space around.
For a spacious bedroom, you can opt for a large rug that fits entirely under the bed, but for smaller spaces, it should fit under at least 1/3 of the bed. Alternatively, you could place area rugs on either side of the bed or under your bedside tables.
Kitchen & Entryway
For kitchens and entryways, smaller rugs or runners work best. These are typically high-traffic areas so make sure your rug is secure! For more on how to find the perfect kitchen runner you can checkout this post.
#3 | Colors & Patterns
This is the fun part! If you already have a neutral palette in the room and you are looking to spice it up, a colorful or patterned rug can add interest the same way jewelry or a scarf would accessorize a basic outfit. BUT, if you already have a colorful room with various patterns and hues, choosing a neutral rug can anchor the room and bring it warmth and texture without overwhelming it. You’ll want to consider things like pet hair color and foot traffic when choosing the right color rug. Patterned rugs are more useful for hiding stains in high-traffic areas. Persian and vintage-inspired rugs are timeless. This rug in turquoise is definitely one of my favorites for adding some color and camouflaging stains.
#4 | Texture
Read the material details for the rug you are considering. This will save you some heartache later! Natural fibers like wool and jute are most durable but typically require professional cleaning. Synthetic fibers are more affordable and often stain-resistant but may need replacing sooner than natural fiber rugs due to wear and tear. If you are placing a rug under a dining room or kitchen table, finding a stain-resistant fabric is essential. When the inevitable spill occurs, have a great carpet cleaner on hand. I love this one and it has saved me in a pinch more than just a couple of times. The key is to spray the stain immediately, and then just BLOT with a white or light-colored cloth…don’t rub!
I’ve Got You Covered
Have you ever wondered, “Can you put a rug over carpet?” Well, in my opinion, absolutely, if it is done right! Rugs work best over low pile carpet. Make sure the color of the carpet and rug complement each other and the rug is heavy or anchored by heavy furniture. Layering rugs can look very chic. There’s no need for a floor pad either; the carpet under the rug serves as padding. With a layered rug, you can also conceal damage, such as small holes or stains that could not be adequately cleaned. I love this pelt rug for just that purpose…and how cute is it draped over a chair?
Rug Pads A Must
While not the sexiest or most exciting purchase ever, rug pads not only protect your floors from heavy furniture dents but can also help stabilize the rug and keep it in place. For high traffic areas like an entryway or bathroom, opt for a rug pad that comes with gripping. For rugs placed in the living room or bedroom, a cushioned rug pad adds an extra-plush layer which is sweet for your feet.
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Somehow we find choosing a rug to be the hardest part of designing a room. Pattern or solid? Dark or light? And my own pitfall: choosing the right size. (The last time I bought a rug, I tried to economize and chose one just slightly too small for my space; it floated awkwardly at the end of my bed.) So we asked Luke Irwin, the UK-based rug designer to the stars (he’s created rugs for Kate Middleton and the Obamas) for his tips, from what textures to use where to how to position a new rug. His cardinal rule? “Do not scrimp on size or it will look ridiculous and out of proportion—you would not buy a dress that was four sizes too small for you.” Lesson learned. Here are more rules of thumb.
Above: The Marble rug, from the Mosaic collection.
1. Whenever possible, buy the rug first.
“There are two key components of styling a rug: color and size. You can tell very quickly if you like a design or a pattern, so that is the easy bit. Be sure that the colors work for the room. That is why you should always begin with the rug. Cushions, fabric and accessories are very easy to find which go with the rug, rather than the other way around.”
2. Don’t skimp.
“Never ever make the false economy of making a rug smaller than you need: what might save you a couple of hundred dollars will drive you crazy for the rest of the time you have that rug. A very easy way to judge what is your ideal size is to lay out newspaper to what you feel is your perfect dimension and then measure that. Alternatively you can do this with tape.”
Above: The Cumulae rug, properly proportioned to create a living space.
3. Err on the side of subtlety.
“If you are totally refurbishing a room, start with the rug and build the room from the ground up in terms of colors and fabrics etc. If you are looking to refresh a room with a new rug take a balanced view of what the general palette of that room is and choose your rug color accordingly. I would strongly recommend that you do not use strong colors in your rug unless you are 100 percent sure of what you are doing—it is far easier and cheaper to use fuchsia pinks and canary yellows in cushions and change them if you tire of the strength.” Above: Irwin’s past collection for Anthropologie, in neutral tones.
4. Know your rhythm and flow.
“Essentially there are two types of rug: rhythm (pattern) and flow (abstract). You need to have a clear idea whether the room you are putting the rug needs the structure of pattern or whether you would like it to be more understated and have an abstract design. Pattern obviously gives room structure and balance but this can be overpowering if the colors are too contrasting. Rugs in a room are always subliminal, you notice them out of the corner of your eye but it immediately sends a message. I like juxtaposition, so putting the regularity of Ikat in an informal setting and mosaics in a more formal one. Equally, mosaics work wonderfully under dining tables.”
5. Position properly.
“In a large space a rug can create a room within the room by clearly delineating an area. It provides focus to a particular area. As a rule of thumb, the front legs of furniture should sit on the rug, and the rug should go about fifty percent of the way under a sofa etc. However, I always feel that this can look slightly truncated and make the furniture look like it is cut in half. I prefer, and this is only my preference, for the furniture to sit entirely on a rug.”
Above: The Spring Clouds rug from the Fresco & Nimbus collection.
6. Use rugs to structure the room.
“I like to use octagonal rugs in a hall under a round hall table. It gives you the sense of directional flow and movement (which is essentially what a hall is) but also gives you an angular feel which somehow to me works better than a round rug.”
7. When in doubt, choose wool.
“I would generally use a cashmere rug in a bedroom, wool and silk in a drawing room, and wool everywhere else. This is not a hard-and-fast rule—basically wherever the design works best, and that design may be dictated by how it is made in order to get the best design result. For instance, our Mosaic collection is predominantly silk but there has to be wool in it, which is then oxidized to create the mosaic effect. These rugs can used in any room.” Above: The Vespasian Rug from Irwin’s Mosaic Collection. The rugs are hand-knotted and available in a range of sizes in wool, silk, and cashmere.
8. Sometimes, forgo rugs.
Is there anyplace that Irwin advises going without? “Kitchens and bathrooms,” he says.
We’re longtime fans of Irwin’s; see some of our original posts at New from Luke Irwin: Rugs Inspired by Roman Ruins and Magic Carpet Ride: Luke Irwin for Anthropologie, and check out his new collaboration with Williams Sonoma. For much more on sourcing a rug, consult his Buyer’s Guide.
- Ideas & How To’s
- How to Choose the Perfect Rug
From size to texture and over 400 choices to choose from, we’ve done the homework for you.
Step 1. Start with size
Consider your room’s size. The way a rug looks in a studio apartment will differ from the way a rug looks in a house with multiple bedrooms. To make your space look largest, consider how best to display your furniture pieces, either around or on the rug.
Living Room Look
Step 2. Take time for texture
Think about the room you’re decorating. Will there be a lot of traffic? Or is the rug more for show? Choosing a rug texture is just as important as the pattern and layout. Select a texture that can accommodate your traffic flow, as well as the level of comfort you desire.
Natural rugs, like a jute, are handwoven using hessian and other plant fibers, lending an organic “feel” to your home. They’re also durable enough high traffic areas and feel great under your feet.
Wool and cotton rugs offer a variety of colors and patterns. They’re also flexible enough for almost any room in your home and easy to clean.
Step 3. Pick the perfect pattern (or go solid)
From geometric to floral to solid – the options are endless. You can go bold or stick to solids, the choice is yours.
A few key tips to make the perfect choice.
- Choose your rug first, then style your room around it
- Mixing patterns within the same color family can add depth to your room
- Patterned rugs add personality to a room with solid colored furniture
If you’re nervous about rug patterns competing with other decor in your home, ground your design in a neutral palette or opt for a solid color rug.
Once you’ve selected a rug and are beginning to pick out decor colors, make sure to select the non-dominate color within the rug’s design. For instance, see below how the cream color is the most prominent color used in furniture and decor.
Choosing a kitchen rug to use on vinyl floor can be overwhelming since there are just too many kitchen rugs to choose from available on the market right now.
If you are looking for a high-quality kitchen rug that is comfortable to use on vinyl floors but don’t know which one to buy, then you came to the right place.
In this article I’m going to recommend what I personally believe is by far the best kitchen rug I have ever used on my vinyl floors.
I have vinyl floor installed in my kitchen and it took me about 2 weeks to finally find the right rug to buy.
Vinyl flooring is very sensitive that is why you need to be very careful when looking for a rug because most rugs can easily leave marks on vinyl or laminate floor.
So which rug do I recommend for vinyl flooring?
The only kitchen rug that I highly recommend for sensitive floors such as bamboo floor, laminate floor and vinyl floor is the Carvapet Microfiber Moroccan Non-Slip Soft Kitchen Mat Runner simple because I have been using it for quite some time now and it awesome.
I use this rug as my kitchen standing mat, I use it when cooking and it awesome, plus it doesn’t slip or move around.
This rug has a high-quality latex rubber backing that keeps it from sliding…
There are a lot of kitchen rugs that are better than the Carvapet Kitchen Rug, but the reason I recommend it is because I have been using it on vinyl floors and it great.
There is no such thing as a perfect kitchen rug, but the only thing I can promise you about this rug is that you are not going to have a single regret from spending your hard-earned money on it.
This kitchen rug is worth every penny plus it doesn’t cost a lot of money but it high quality at the same time.
Out of all the kitchen rugs I have used, the Carvapet Kitchen Rug is got to be by far the best one, it looks good on both dark and light vinyl flooring and it matches any décor.
What are the things that I love about this kitchen rug?
- It safe to use on vinyl flooring
- it doesn’t leave marks
- It doesn’t scratch the floor
- It doesn’t discolor the floor
- It doesn’t slide even when you use it on slippery floors because of the rubber backing that keeps it in place
- It is easy to use and easy to wash
- It absorbs water very quickly
- It protects your vinyl floors from liquids
- It doesn’t cost a lot of money but high quality at the same time
- It is machine washable
- It looks good
- It matches any kitchen furniture
- It makes your kitchen stylish
- It makes your kitchen look nicer
- It has six different colors to choose from to match your vinyl floor or your kitchen décor
- Its microfiber, it feels good to the feet
- It soft and comfy
Please note: this rug is not only a kitchen rug, you can also use it as a door mat, laundry rug, bathroom rug or patio entry way mat
CLICK HERE TO READ AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEWS just to hear what other people are saying who are also using it on vinyl floor.
Will this rug protect the vinyl floor from water damage?
Yes, yes and yes…
This rug absorbs water within seconds to protect your floor from liquids.
If you are looking for a bathroom rug that absorbs water quickly than this rug is exactly what you need to get in order to protect your floor from water.
Is this rug machine washable?
Yes, you can also wash it using a washing machine, but you need to wash it separately and only use cold water.
- Do not use hot water
- Do not bleach it
- Do not use fabric softeners
- Do not wring it
Make sure to line dry it after you are done washing it for best result.
What are the things that I didn’t like about this kitchen rug?
It only comes in two sizes to choose from… it 20×63 and 20×31.
You can’t custom size it if you want a larger one for your kitchen.
Does this rug stick to the vinyl floor?
Yes, it stays in place… it doesn’t slide even on high traffic areas.
It has a very good rubber backing that keeps it in place… the rubber backing was specially made and designed for vinyl floor and laminate floor in order to prevent the rug from leaving marks on the floor.
Is this kitchen rug safe for vinyl floor?
Yes, this rug wont harm or ruin your floors… the rubber backing is latex, and it doesn’t leave marks or discolor the floor.
How much does it cost?
Is this kitchen rug heat resistant?
I don’t know how to answer this question properly but the only thing I can tell you is that I place mine Infront of the oven and it great.
If you are looking for a soft high-quality pretty rug for your kitchen than this rug is what you need because it matches both dark and light vinyl floors very well.
I have wasted a lot of money trying different kitchen rugs that were garbage until a friend told me to give the Carvapet Kitchen Rug a try and I’m very happy with my purchase.
I didn’t buy this kitchen rug just because a friend of mine told me too, but I only bought it after reading the customer reviews as a lot of people were also highly recommending it.
Where to buy?
I also bought it from amazon, it was nicely rapped, it was folded on a box, but it laid flat as soon as I took it out of the box, and it was delivered on time… I’m very happy with my purchase.
I’m not good when it comes to convincing people, but the only thing I can promise you about this rug is that you are going to love it.
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If you want to bring style to your home than you are going to love these rugs, I’m going to list 4 but you need to choose the rug that you think will look good on your dining room, but also make sure to choose a rug that will also match the décor of your dining.
I’m also going to list all the things that you need to know when selecting dining room chairs, and how to find the perfect ones for your home. When choosing dining chairs, you need to make sure that you choose the chairs that will also match the décor of your home…
A carefully selected area rug has the power to transform a space. It can lend warmth, style, and cohesion to any room in your home. Choosing the right floor covering and settling on the right area rug size and placement are the foundation of a harmonious space. Thankfully, there are a few fundamental design principles you can follow to create balance in all types of rooms.
Tricia Fortin, Senior Interior Designer at Acampora Interiors, has guided many of our clients in sourcing the ideal area rug size in a variety of residential spaces. In this rug size guide, Fortin shares room-by-room fundamentals for selecting and placing rugs perfectly in each type of space.
How to Choose Rug Size
Because each home is unique, there is no one rug size that will be universally appropriate in all living spaces. However, Fortin offers an overarching principle for choosing the correct rug size for any room in your home. “Your rug needs to cover the furniture. Everything needs to sit on it,” she says.
The proper rug size will allow some or all of your furniture to rest on top of it. In living rooms, this means you should place all four legs of couches and chairs on the rug, or at the very least the front two legs. A telltale sign that your rug is too small? When the furniture floats outside its borders.
Some homes have large great rooms or open floorplan living spaces. In these instances, Fortin suggests creating discrete sitting areas, each with its own rug. For example, a great room might have a seating area with a sofa and two armchairs anchored by a rug and a separate dining area with chairs and table arranged atop another rug.
When creating multiple seating areas in one room, Fortin says the key is to select proportional rugs. “I always make sure that the rugs fit both spaces, but that they look right together, size-wise,” she says. “So if my dining room has a 9 by 12 rug and a 9 by 12 works in the sitting area, I would do the same size. If they need to be different sizes, they need to be proportionate to each other so one doesn’t dwarf the other or make the room feel heavy on one side.”
The correct area rug will ground the space and create harmony, not chaos.
Rug Placement Tips
Once you have selected a rug with the appropriate dimensions, it’s time to place it within the space. The rules of rug placement vary from room to room, but here are some general guidelines we tend to follow when designing client homes.
Bedroom Rug Placement
In a bedroom, the size and placement of an area rug are determined by the room’s central focus: the bed. “When you swing out of bed in the morning, your feet should touch the rug rather than the cold hardwood floor,” Fortin says.
When it comes to bedroom area rug placement, a queen-size bed pairs nicely with an 8-by-10 rug, while a 9-by-12 rug is the proper size for a king. When determining rug placement under the bed, your rug should be centered with the wood floor exposed near the headboard to leave space for nightstands. The area rug should rest approximately three inches from the front of the nightstands. If a bench or settee sits at the foot of your bed, the legs of that piece should also land on the rug.
For additional bedroom rug placement ideas, opt for cut-to-fit rugs, a custom option the Acampora team often embraces for bedroom spaces.
“It’s not uncommon for us to have a custom rug sized with a rug vendor,” Fortin says. “We follow the shape of the room. We give ourselves a four or five-inch reveal off the wall, so you still see a little border of wood floor, but you’re basically going the whole span of the room.”
Cut-to-fit rugs add a feeling of warmth and coziness to master bedrooms. In children’s rooms, they serve a practical purpose: providing young ones with a soft surface on which to play and protecting the wood floors from wear and tear.
Living Room Rug Size
When placing a rug in a living room, you should think of the rug as an anchor for the furniture. The legs of your furniture should all sit on the rug.
Chairs and couches can rest on the rug in one of two ways. You may choose to place the rug entirely under all four legs of the furniture, or you may opt to have only the front two legs on the rug. End tables, however, should not straddle the rug. Ideally, they will sit on the rug fully. Otherwise, they may wobble.
So what happens when you fall in love with a rug that is too small for your space? Add a neutral layer as a base. “We’ve layered rugs before, which is always a really pretty look,” says Fortin. To achieve a layered rug look, reach for a sisal or neutral natural-fiber rug to fill the space and ground the furniture, then layer your special rug on top.
When you do mix and match rugs in a living room, either through layering or in creating separate seating areas, the goal is to create visual harmony between different floor coverings. “The patterns and the colors should coordinate,” Fortin says. “They should all be the same color palette. They don’t have to be the same pattern, but you have to make sure they talk to each other.”
Dining Room Rug Size
A dining room rug has its own unique considerations. First and foremost, it should be large enough to fit the entire table and the maximum number of chairs. “This gets hard when you have a table that expands because when the table expands, your chairs change location,” says Fortin.
If your dining area has an expandable table, be sure to measure your space with your table fully extended and all chairs at the head and sides of the table. The best rugs for dining rooms should accommodate all furniture, and chairs should remain fully on the rug when guests push out from their seats.
The other concern in a dining area is durability. “Anywhere that is high-traffic or where there’s food involved, you’ve got to go wool,” Fortin says. Wool is a durable fabric and takes spot-cleaning well. While manufactured fibers like polypropylene may carry the strength to hold up in a family-friendly home, they do not have the same cozy and soft feeling underfoot. Fortin says that a patterned wool rug can also hide any crumbs and stains on a dining room rug.
The perfect area rug can change a space dramatically. It enlivens a room, adding color and texture. It provides a soft, cozy environment and offers a gentle surface on which children can play. It grounds furniture and creates unity. Selecting the appropriate area rug and placing it in just the right way can transform an ordinary space into a serene, harmonious space to relax in and enjoy for years to come.
A Kitchen rug completes the look of a beautiful kitchen. An easy DIY craft tutorial idea to make a custom kitchen rug. It’s easier than you may think!
Do you like to make things for your home? There is something satisfying about seeing that beautiful thing you made, being put to good use.
Recently I received a fun little package from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store.
My kitchen has been looking a little drab and I have been wanting to add something to give it a little bit of new style. That is when I decided to make some new kitchen rugs!
Supplies Used: Some links may be too similar items when exact items couldn’t be found online.
The finished rug measures 17 x 27 inches.
Begin by cutting the top layer of fabric to 29 x 19 inches, and both the towel and easy liner to 17 x 27 inches.
Sew the towel to the Easy Liner. Keep the layers as smooth as possible because you don’t want to feel wrinkles inside the rug when you are stepping on it. I sewed three lines to keep the Easy Liner and towel together.
I sewed three lines throughout the rug to keep the Easy Liner and towel together.
Serge around the edges of the top piece of fabric. If you don’t own a serger sew a hem around all four corners of the top piece of fabric.
Place the top piece of fabric with the wrong side facing up on a table and center the towel and Easy Liner piece on top with the Easy Liner facing up. Fold the edges over and pin. Sew around all 4 sides of the rug.
Here is the underside. Not gorgeous but I am not worried about it because that is the side that most people won’t see.
Now you have your own Custom Kitchen Rug that you can make to match any decor!
To wash your custom rug, simply toss in the washing machine and lay flat or hang to dry.
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Adding a rug to your kitchen and dining room can be a great way to add color, texture, and comfort to the room, whether it’s a runner between the island and the cabinets, a small mat in front of the sink, or a full-size rug covering up hardwood. And, while it might seem counterintuitive to some, given the room’s proclivity for spills and messes, the right kind of rug will improve the space without adding your workload.
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Tile, stone, and wood floors are all cold to the touch. This is something that an area rug can help with. A pleasant style and design will help to create a welcoming environment in the kitchen and dining room. An open floor plan, a loft apartment, or a dining room with vaulted ceilings may be a noisy setting. In the kitchen, an area rug can help with noise reduction. Noise is amplified by tile floors, stone counters, steel appliances, and windows, while a rug absorbs it.
Purchasing a rug for the kitchen or dining room should be done carefully. Choose a quality rug and use a rug pad. Inexpensive rugs tend to curl on the edges and provide a tripping hazard. Here are a few things you want to know before purchasing a rug for your kitchen and dining room.
1. Consider the size of the rug
Calculate the size of your region. Rectangular mats for use in front of your sink are usually 2 feet by 3 feet, but if you want more coverage, you can tile them. If you want a runner, measure the length of the galley and subtract a few inches on the sides (at least three inches, but more likely six) to allow room between the cabinets and the rug. Same if you’re getting a rug to fill the space. If the rug is going under a dining table, a good rule of thumb is that it should be the area of the table, plus about three feet all around to keep the chairs on the rug when you scoot them in and out.
Rectangular rug works rectangular dining tables. This solution works in any room size, and the appropriate rug size is determined by the room’s and dining table’s measurements. If you have a rectangular table, a rectangular rug is a way to go. Make sure the rug is large enough for all of the chairs to stay on it when they are brought out – if chairs slip off the rug’s edge, the space will feel smaller and unbalanced.
Consider the smaller options if you’re still undecided on whether an area rug in the kitchen is right for you. In front of the counter where you do the majority of your work, place a patterned, mat-sized rug. By a long area of cabinets and counter room, place a runner-length rug. Is there a seating area on your kitchen island? To protect the floor, place a rug underneath the chairs. Experiment with small rugs and graduate to a larger one to fill your kitchen space.
2. The material of the rug
Flat-weave rugs, in general, are the perfect option for kitchens because they are easier to clean than rugs with a higher pile. Indoor-outdoor rugs (typically made of polypropylene) are a good option because the fabrics won’t absorb spills, but cotton or a mix may be a good choice for a smaller rug that fits inside your washing machine.
There are three methods for minimizing stains. First, pick a rug that can be washed. Synthetic fabrics like nylon and polypropylene are the best to care for when it comes to rugs. Second, look for fabrics that are stain-resistant. Since natural fibers like seagrass and jute are naturally stain-resistant, they’re easy to maintain. Third, pick a style with a variety of colors and patterns. Spills and stains are more noticeable on a solid color rug. If a small stain cannot be removed, chalk it up to Wabi-sabi styling for your kitchen and enjoy it. Remember to read the care directions before you buy a rug to make sure you’re able to put in the effort.
3. The potential for slips
If the rug’s backing isn’t non-slip, put it on top of a non-slip rug pad to keep it from sliding around when you’re working. On tile floors, make sure to use a rug pad and apply rug tape under the edges to keep the rug in place. If you want to put a rug in front of the sink, put a thicker rug pad underneath it to add anti-fatigue properties to make it easier to clean.
4. Matching your Rug with your Kitchen Design
The beauty of a rug is that it is a reasonably low-cost way to update the look of a space! If you just need a pattern, choose one that matches the colors in your kitchen but has a graphic design. If you’re looking for a splash of color, go for it. You can choose something that matches the mood perfectly or provides a contrast (for example, a casual rug in a more formal kitchen) to draw the room in a new direction. A solid-color rug in a lighter shade, on the other hand, should be avoided because it can reveal stains more readily than one in a darker color or pattern.
Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before you buy your rugs. So that you don’t scratch the floor under your rug, clean it. It’s possible that steam cleaning a rug on a wood floor isn’t a smart idea. When you see a spill, wipe it up right away. This will add to the life of your rug if you aren’t using a material that’s stain resistant.
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Learn how to coordinate rugs in an open floor plan.
My dining room is open to my living room/office, kitchen, and entryway. All of those rooms have crazy-colored rugs. Choosing a rug for my dining room that coordinates with the other rugs took a little thought.
Today, I’m sharing how I chose a rug to coordinate with my other crazy rugs.
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This is the rug I chose for my dining room. It’s sold out now, but here’s a similar rug.
How to Coordinate Rugs in Adjoining Rooms
Whether your house is open-concept or you just want to know how to pick rugs for adjoining rooms, it takes a little bit of planning to have a cohesive look.
My personal preference is bold, colorful rugs.
I love how well they hide dirt (I have a labrador who sheds like crazy and 2 kids, plus I live in the country surrounded by mud apparently.)
These rugs are inexpensive, so if they got ruined, I wouldn’t be out of tons of money. And they make me happy.
Coordinating rugs doesn’t have to be hard.
Use some of these guidelines to get you started. Decorating “rules” are not set in stone. Breaking them is part of the fun.
Mix, Don’t Match
I’m not a fan of anything matching. Matching rugs* would look as bad as a 3 piece living room suite from the discount furniture store.
It would be pretty boring if all of my rugs were the same. In my home, I have mismatched stair runners (due to a shipping error) and I love them!
*If you choose neutral rugs, matching looks fine. For instance, seagrass rugs look great together. Consider layering some smaller rugs on top for added interest.
Choose Similar Colors
Every rug in my house is tied together through color. They almost all have teal or pink in them.
Choose A Similar Vibrancy
All of my rugs are similar bright colors. I used to have a gray rug in my living room and I didn’t love it the way I love these bold choices.
Bold colors look intentional together, but the gray rug always looked like a mistake.
Choose Similar Pattern Types
All of these rugs are vintage-style rugs. If geometric is your thing, do geometric.
If you love abstract rugs, choose all abstract rugs.
Can you break a few of these “rules”? Of course, you can! Buy what you love. It’s your home!
Tips for Finding Good Deals on Rugs
- Shop on holidays. Most stores offer discounts on any holiday weekend. Black Friday is a great day to get amazing discounts. But normal bank holidays are great too. Stores love a reason to hold a sale.
- Shop around. Sometimes you can find the exact rug at more than one place at different prices. For instance, the rug I have in my hallway can be found at Amazon, Overstock and RugsUSA. (They are normally named differently at each shop, so search for the color and style of the rug to find it .)
- Check your local Home Goods or TJ Maxx stores. They often have amazing deals on rugs.
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Picture your dream living room. Chances are, it’s got Joanna Gaines’ magic décor wand all over it. Thankfully, if you can’t hire JoJo in the flesh, she just wrote a new Magnolia At Home blog post on how to choose the best rug for your space.
“When I was first starting out as a designer, it was typical that I had a tight budget to work with. Often times, that meant when it came time to add texture to a space, I would go looking for any 4×6 or 5×7 rug that I could get for under a 150 bucks. At the time, I thought I was doing the right thing, but in reality, many times this choice would end up making the room feel much smaller than it actually was, because I wasn’t incorporating the correct size rug and not at all considering the floor plan I was trying to create,” she writes. “Here’s what I learned from that experience: When it comes to choosing a rug, size plays a critical role, and often times, in order to bring in the right size rug that will fill a space correctly, it’s going to be an investment,” adding that she now often considers a rug first when setting out to design a room or space.
“A good rug adds a sense of warmth and comfort to any space it’s placed in, while also bringing in some color and texture to the room,” she explains. Isn’t that the truth? As the post continues, Gaines breaks down how to pick a dream rug based on style, space, and lifestyle. She even includes a handy rug buying guide for fans to save for reference. Read her full post here.
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Our favorite tip from Mrs. Gaines? Avoid light-colored rugs in your kitchen, entryway, dining, or mudroom. “These are all areas with high foot traffic in my house, so choosing a rug that can hold up is key,” she notes. Go for a smooth rug with a 1/4-inch pile height or shorter (typically called “flat-weave” or “low-pile” rugs) which can withhold heavy use. Sing it, sister.