10 Gorgeous Kitchens That Prove You Need to Put a Rug in There

published Mar 16, 2018
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I’m the type of person who believes that every room deserves a rug (I’m also the type of person who doesn’t allow shoes on said rugs) — especially the kitchen and bathroom. I don’t mean a regular bath or kitchen mat, the kind that are just big enough to accommodate your feet as long as you stand in one place and don’t move. I mean an actual, full-blown area rug that you can take a few steps on — one you might have otherwise put in, say, your dining room. In fact, the one I currently have in my kitchen is a medium-sized jute rug that I used to have underneath my desk in my previous home.

Trust me: Your hardwood, laminate, or tile flooring is just begging to be accessorized, and your kitchen will instantly be warmed and feel more like a room of its own. Take a peek at these beautiful kitchens and you’ll see what I mean!

1. Light and Neutral

I actually have this rug in my own apartment, so it was kind of a given that I’d include it in my roundup. And I like it here, in this kitchen from AFP Design, for the same reason I like it in my place — its light, dusty palette is soft and neutral enough to work with any aesthetic.

See more of the firm’s work: Kitchens at AFP Design

2. A Long Runner

Becki Owens already scored big in my mind with her reclaimed butcher block island, white subway tile, and gorgeous blue cabinetry in this modern farmhouse-inspired kitchen. But the extra-long, red-and-blue runner to tie it all together and anchor the room knocks it out of the park.

See more kitchens: Becki Owens

3. A Cool Kilim

In this Spanish-style kitchen redo, Emily Henderson painted the cabinets a dark teal blue, which allows the kilim rug to really shine and punctuate the space with a vibrant splash of color.

See more of this renovation: Rustic Spanish California Home at Style By Emily Henderson

4. A Vintage Rug

The homeowners got their rug from Experimental Vintage on Etsy and now, it almost looks like it’s been there all along. I love how the age of the rug plays with the older appliances and the old time-y exposed brick.

Tour the rest of the space: A Cozy, “Southern Eclectic” Nashville Home at Apartment Therapy

5. A Runner in a Galley

What if you have a narrow galley kitchen? There’s less floor, sure, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve the same embellishments. Try a bold runner like this one from a feature on The Everygirl. Visually elongating the space makes it feel even more spacious.

See the rest of the home: Kate Davison’s San Francisco Home Tour at The Everygirl

6. Jute and Geometric

Well, we know now that I love jute rugs (I think every home should have one as a natural element to ground the rest of your design), but I especially love this one because it’s round and takes up basically the entire kitchen for happy feet. Plus, it looks like a flower, so, bonus points.

See more: A Vintage Desert Rock ‘n’ Roll Home in California at Apartment Therapy

7. An Understated Rug

Okay, I’ll admit it: It’s hard for me to concentrate on anything besides the to-die-for oven, but that’s also the beauty of the understated rug in this kitchen by Amber Interior Design. It quietly (but delightfully!) supports the main focus.

See more: Client Oh Hi Ojai at Amber Interiors

8. Nice and Traditional

I have been a huge fan of Garrison Hullinger‘s work for years. I mean, look at that mint-green cabinetry, those white agate countertops, and the La Cornue oven! And as if the kitchen weren’t lovable enough already, the traditional rug balances the room and covers just the right amount of ground.

See more of this 1901 Craftsman home: Thurman Street at Garrison Hullinger

9. A Bright Pink Rug

Want to get the same look of these cabinets? They’re painted with Frosted Sage by Behr. The neon pink rug (like, really neon) used to be sold at Urban Outfitters, but you might be able to find something similar there now.

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Lauren’s Before & After Photos: The Kitchen Reveal

10. A Long, Pink Runner

Okay, in addition to the point that kitchens deserve rugs, the bonus lesson of this post is that mint and pink make one of the best color combos for a kitchen. Here’s yet another kitchen that proves that.

Do you agree? Are you for or against rugs in the kitchen? And what about mint green and pink? Share your thoughts in the comments below!