19 Kitchen Rug Ideas That Will Add Major Flavor To Your Space

Which one is your taste?

Sleek Island

Hector Sanchez

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where family recipes are passed down to the next generation and friends are hosted over a simple cocktail. Introducing a rug to a room with so many gadgets and so much metal can make a big impact, transforming it to look as warm and inviting as it feels. We’ve curated these kitchen rug ideas over the years from real spaces that exemplify everything the Southern home represents, and we know you’ll find them just as inspiring as we do.

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Old Soul

Shaun Smith New Orleans Ranch Kitchen
Laurey W. Glenn

A vintage rug can do no wrong, especially when paired with more modern details. Bonus: Their pre-loved, imperfect nature means you’ll never cry over spilled milk.

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Full Circle

Ashley Whittaker Florida Kitchen with Blue Subway Tile
Max Kim-Bee

From windows to cabinets to appliances, kitchens’ biggest elements are all sharp and straight. A circular rug like this softens the edges (we had to) and makes them more inviting.

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In The Mood

Ellen Godfrey's Birmingham Bungalow Kitchen with Teal Green Cabinets
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Lydia Pursell

With all the pure white tile on the walls, the deep red rug combined with dark floors and the cabinets painted Black Spruce by Dunn Edwards grounds the space beautifully.

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Go Dark

Kitchen with Anew Gray by Benjamin Moore Cabinets
Kerry Kirk

Another example of the power of contrast, this light and bright kitchen relies on the rug’s deep jewel tones to help you focus on different elements instead of simply getting lost in the neutrals.

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Under The Table

Bandron Ingram Florida Cottage
Hector Manuel Sanchez

This eat-in kitchen uses the antique pine dining table as a prep station in addition to a place to break bread, but that doesn’t exempt it from having a rug underfoot to define the space.

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Set The Bar

Tucked In
Laurey W. Glenn Styling: Scott Martin

Though this room shows a dining table and chair beneath the island ledge, you could just as easily slide a rug under bar stools to cozy the space up.

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Front Runner

Mixed Seating
Photo: Laurey Glenn, Styling: Matthew Gleason

Instead of throwing a rug beneath the dining table or between the cabinets, this home has a runner positioned parallel to both spaces, redefining the separate areas into one.

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True Colors

In her Southern California kitchen, designer Cari Berg swapped the old Formica counters for Carrara marble and installed Shaker-style cabinets.
Photo: Karyn Millet

99% of this kitchen is either stark white or cool silver, which is what makes the peppy pink runner stand out so much. It’s just what the space needed in order to add some personality while still keeping things clean and simple.

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On The Double

Gray Green Kitchen with Large Island
Molly Culver

Who said kitchens have to have just one rug? This Austin, Texas remodel features two: in front of and behind the island, each with its own charm.

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Paint The Picture

Simple & Fresh Cabinets

Not certain a kitchen rug can survive your cooking habits? Create the effect of one instead by painting your floors. 

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In The Wild

Jen and Grant Humphrey Oklahoma One Wall Kitchen with Island
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Have your rug—and eat it too? A cowhide isn’t exactly what you expect to see when you enter a kitchen, which is what makes it such a fun design element.

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Weave Around

Jessica Thuston Galley Kitchen Layout
Annie Schlechter; Styling: Anne Turner Carroll

Woven rugs are popular for the natural character and texture they add to a space, as illustrated in this otherwise perfectly polished kitchen.

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Mix And Match

green marble counter tops
Janet Mesic Mackie

We’re all about some subtle pattern play, which you can see with the checkerboard tiles and vintage rug. Despite them being two classic elements, the combination of the two still feels very fresh.

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Pick A Color, Any Color

Water-hued plates, mugs, and vases match beautifully with mint green pendant lights in this small Tybee Island, Georgia, kitchen.
Photo: Richard Leo Johnson; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler

If you like your kitchen heavy on decor, consider staying within a tight color palette and tying it together through the rug, just like this one does with the blue and green hues.

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Long & Lean

Marble White Kitchen
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Elly Poston Cooper

Turn a rug into a moment by picking one that spans the length of the kitchen. You should have luck sourcing a vintage option online, where oddly sized ones like this tend to go for cheaper.

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Covered Up

Natural wood cabinetry kitchen
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Matthew Gleason

When your kitchen is wide open with nothing but empty floor space, you can upgrade your runner to a true rug with substantial square footage. It’s an easy way to make a statement while still keeping things simple.

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Rural Cottage Kitchen
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

On the opposite end of the spectrum is this setup, which makes the most of natural one-of-a-kind tiles by placing a smaller rug in front of the sink. In addition to warming up the space design-wise, it keeps your bare feet cozy while doing dishes.

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Pretty As A Picture

Hidden Lights
Photography Charles Walton IV / Styling Scott Martin

Who said rugs can only be patterns or solids? Everyone loves to entertain in the kitchen, and a playful rug like this is a true conversation piece. 

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Gone Under

Sleek Island
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Instead of placing your rug around your island, put it beneath instead. If you have a portable one, in addition to making the kitchen feel as homey as the rest of your space, it also protects your floor from damage every time you move it.

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