Much more than something soft underfoot, rugs are an ingenious way to energize a kitchen. Whether you’re looking to add a finishing touch to a newly remodeled kitchen, or just looking to make a pre-remodel space more bearable until demo day, a rug is a low-lift hero. When you consider the few opportunities to infuse a kitchen with character apart from built-in appliances like cabinets, counters, and sleek appliances, the appeal of a kitchen rug becomes even clearer. Kitchen rugs can impart color, pattern and, perhaps most importantly, texture. If you’ve chosen to go the painted cabinet route, consider using a stylish rug that highlights or complements your color choice.
Turkish kilims are a favorite among interior designers because of their intriguing patterns and unique color combinations. Whether you’ve opted for forest green, mint, or blue-gray wardrobes, you’ll likely find a matching Turkish rug. Of course, Turkish rugs are far from the only choice. Short-pile graphic wool rugs that mimic the look of cement tiles are an ingenious way to revive a modernist kitchen, while relaxed striped rugs can work magic in everything from rustic farmhouse kitchens to rustic kitchens. nautical inspiration.
If you want to elevate your cooking space but don’t know where to start, we’ve rounded up 32 kitchens adorned with lovely rugs. Pick These Perfect Kitchens for tips on where to place your rug, what sizes to use, and what materials and styles are considered foolproof. Prepare to be floored!
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To complement the mint green cabinets and rattan bar stools, designer Chauncey Boothby selected a natural fiber rug to create a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe.
To energize a neutral kitchen, design firm Chroma worked on a vibrant magenta flatwoven rug. Elsewhere in the kitchen, a few vibrant accessories fill in the color contrast.
A pastoral landscape painting provides the color backdrop for an orange and beige rug in this beyond charming kitchen designed by Denise McGaha Interiors.
You don’t have to own a country-inspired kitchen for a kitchen rug to make sense. As the firm Brio Interior Design shows, minimalist kitchens can also be great candidates for rugs.
Softer shades of splendor
Blue-gray cabinetry and striated wood cabinetry are enhanced by a kilim incorporating vibrant touches of red in this kitchen designed by Douglas C. Wright Architects.
A kilim in muted shades of pink and lavender feels perfectly appropriate in this predominantly powder-blue kitchen designed by Elizabeth Stamos.
Say it with stripes
Industrial surfaces with a glamorous edge make a striped rug with gradual shades of gray as a natural fit in this chic kitchen designed by Jasmin Reese Interiors.
Kilim me gently
A bold red kilim enhances this mainly black and white kitchen highlighted by the firm Brio Interior Design.
To bring cohesion to a light and airy kitchen, New York designer Jenny Wolf chose a natural fiber rug that echoes the colors and construction materials used in the room’s rattan and iron bar stools. .
Just the jewel tones
For a kitchen surrounded by a dramatic abstract mural, designer Kati Curtis opted for a solid sage-colored rug with a velvety sheen for added interest.
Flattering flat weaves
This striking space designed by KitchenLab Interiors shows exactly why kilims in soft shades of pink and peach are a must-have for all-white kitchens.
A vibrant rug offers a color palette for a wide array of accessories in this kitchen designed by Lily Spindle. The result is a piece that feels collected rather than chaotic.
Table lamps and an incredibly plush rug give this kitchen designed by M + M Interior Design a warm, layered feel more commonly associated with living rooms or bedrooms.
On the quiet side
For a kitchen with mostly cold tones, designer Martin Young selected a peach-colored rug to bring just a hint of warmth.
For a kitchen with extra texture (including a backsplash constructed of luminescent Moroccan tiles), designer Meredith Ellis opted to use a tactile Turkish rug.
Yellow not so fluffy
Hot pink cabinetry is tempered by a sunny yellow rug in this high powered kitchen designed by studio CAK.
To bring softness without creating visual noise, designer Sean Anderson selected a flat-woven rug in a barely visible shade.
The missing rose
For an all-white kitchen, designer Lisa Gilmore chose an exuberant pink and blue rug to add some sparkle.
Along with providing function (in this case, a smooth surface for kitchen chairs to slide in and out), a small prayer-style rug infuses this Sherwood Kypreos-designed kitchen nook with ambiance. Bohemia.
Touch of turquoise
A turquoise rag rug transforms this kitchen designed by Patrick Ahearn Architect from a classic style to a subtly rustic style.
Put it in neutral
A minimalist kitchen designed by Sean Anderson feels infinitely more layered with the addition of a Turkish rug in muted tones of greige and ivory.
Designers Susan and Ben Work chose to use a bright red rug to complement the navy cabinetry in this stunning Modernist kitchen.
Touches of pink, including a pink range hood and a pink kilim, abound in this Palm Springs kitchen designed by Studio Gild.
Watch closely and you can see how designer Summer Thornton has created cohesion in this captivating kitchen by repeating hexagons in both the Turkish-style backsplash and runner.
Designer Zoe Feldman selected a rich antique red rug to energize an otherwise modern, all-white kitchen. The antique pattern of the rug also matches the vintage accessories that populate the space.
Feel the blues
Hints of powder blue, including those presented in a flat-woven rug, are repeated in this cheerful kitchen designed by Studio Gild.
A rug does not always need to be placed in front of the cabinets. As Studio Gild shows, you can be just as striking when you’re between a hallway and a kitchen.
Minimalism meets Maximalism
Studio CAK selected an elaborate Persian-style rug to serve as a stunning counterpoint to steel cabinets and appliances in a minimalist high-rise kitchen.
A pink and lavender rug in soft colors is the perfect complement to classic white cabinetry in this elegant kitchen designed by the Pappas Miron firm.
The color between us
A colorful hallway nestled between rows of black and white cabinetry gives this San Francisco kitchen designed by K Interiors a sense of allure and intrigue.
Two-tone gray cabinetry is united by a graphic two-tone gray rug in this refined kitchen designed by KitchenLab Interiors.
Vibrant striped rugs, vaguely reminiscent of Mexican serapes, give this kitchen designed by Tim Barber Architects an eclectic feel.
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