7 Tips for Choosing the Best Kitchen Rug

Choosing the perfect kitchen rug will not only add a final touch to your interior, but it will also create a comfortable working space for you and your family. Follow these 7 simple tips to create an inviting feel and choose a rug that adds color, warmth, and style into the kitchen space. Read on and discover how to choose a rug that will make your kitchen look complete.

1. The size

First of all, measure the space. To have a better understanding of how the rug will look on the floor, use a painters tape. The standard size of the rectangular mat that is placed in front of the sink is 3 feet by 2 feet. If you wish to buy a runner, it’s size should be a few inches less than your galley, on all sides. If you’re placing the rug under the table, it’s better to place all legs on the mat, so the size should a 3-4 feet longer than the table is on all sides.

2. Choose a rug that is easy to clean

Kitchen messes are inevitable! That’s why it’s important to consider the rugs that are easy to clean and maintain.

Rugs made of the natural fibers such as jute or sisal are long-lasting and can also be spot-cleaned, while wool is the easiest natural texture to spot-clean, although all of them will require more complicated care than a polypropylene rug.

The most practical option is a polyester or polypropylene rug since they are non-flammable and rather stain-proof. Also, flat-weave rugs are a better choice for the kitchen compared to the high-pile ones. Whatever rug you choose, always read the care instruction first, to make sure you minimize the cleaning effort.

3. Pick the foam-filled mats instead of the thick and fluffy ones

While a high-pile rug may look nice, it can never provide the comfort that anti-fatigue mats have. If you’re looking for the kitchen mat for hardwood floor, foam-filled products are the best. They support the feet, and can even prevent the back pain and muscle tension. This is the perfect option if you stand long hours in front of the stove or washing dishes.

Place these mats where you stand the most, and place a larger high-pile kitchen rug in the table area, to create a finished look. 

4. Think about the safety

If you have a freshly painted hardwood floor or tiles, it’s important to think about safety before buying a rug. We all know that the kitchen is where spills happen, so your task is to choose the rug with a non-slip backing, which keeps the rug in its place even the floor is wet. 

Another solution is to match a rug with a non-slip rug pad.

5. Go for the material that fits your needs

The best rugs for the kitchen are created of durable materials. They have to be waterproof to hold the slip of water, and super soft to provide support during the long periods of standing. If you have tile floors, consider getting a high-pile rug under the table or in the area of the walkways. This will instantly enhance the decor and add warmth to the interior.

6. Durability is the key

No one wants to spend an extra budget on replacing the fastly worn-out rug. Choose flatweave rugs or foam-filled rugs, they are most durable and easy to clean, compared to wool or acrylic.

7. The rug should correlate with your existing kitchen design

Buying a rug is a comparatively low-budget way to change up the feel and look of the interior. If you wish to add a pattern to the decor, choose one of the colors which are already present in your kitchen. If you wish to spice up the interior and add color, go wild! From a style perspective, you can choose a rug that perfectly fits the tone of the room, or provides a contrast. I would also highly recommend to refrain from having a light solid-colored rug since all the marks and stains will be too visible.

When choosing the color palette, follow a simple rule: 60-30-10. It means that the main dominant color should be 60% of the total decor, 30 percent of decor should be in primary accent color, and the remaining 10 percent should be the extra accent color. When picking a rug, match it with the secondary (30 percent) color to keep the balance.

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