The Right Rug for Your Rental Kitchen

updated Dec 17, 2019
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If your rental apartment kitchen floors are anything like mine (slightly iridescent and marble-inspired), they’re not going to win any design awards. And while it’s easy enough to cover up them up — and rugs are a great way to add color and cushion underfoot — many of us are opting for the wrong kind of rug. Here’s how to choose the right rug for your space.

When Choosing a Rug, Here’s What Not to Do

With regards to kitchen rugs, Homepolish designer Megan Hopp says people have a tendency to go too far in one direction — they go too plush or too spare, too big or too small. Here are a few mistakes to avoid when choosing a rug for your rental apartment kitchen.

  • A rug with too much texture will get dirty really quickly and it also looks out of place in your kitchen. “It doesn’t feel fresh and streamlined.”
  • On the other hand, a super-functional kitchen mat is “very uninspiring” from a design perspective.
  • Just as important as texture is sizing. “Cover up 80 percent, but not the whole thing,” advises Hopp. Otherwise, “all of a sudden, it’s like, what’s going on underneath?”
  • Finally, don’t design your kitchen around those ugly brown (or faux marble) floors. Just because you’re not hiding them completely doesn’t mean you have to make them a center point.

The Right Rug for Your Rental Apartment Kitchen

So, what’s the right kind of rug? “Indoor/outdoor area rugs are perfect,” says Hopp. “Durable and low-maintenance, they lay really flat and look super chic.” Another plus? They tend to be fairly inexpensive.

Hopp likes All Modern and Wayfair, both of which have huge selections in a number of sizes. Personally, I’m eyeing this gray geometric runner for my kitchen, but here are a couple other ideas.

  • 10 Rad Rugs for Less Than $100
  • The Perfect Kitchen Throw Rug

Do you have a rug in your kitchen? Share with us in the comments!