A kitchen rug could be just what you need if you feel your kitchen has taken on a clinical look, or is just too hard and functional.

Most of us don't think about rugs when we come to decorate our kitchens. We associate rugs with living rooms or bedrooms, where we want to add some extra color or comfort when walking on hard floors.

The other reason we tend not to use them is because we're afraid they are not practical. And if your kitchen is a very practical place where you are constantly washing the floor, then maybe a rug isn't a good idea.

But there are many situations where rugs can add to the look and atmosphere of your kitchen, so consider carefully before you decide against them.

Points to consider

  • kitchen rugA warm rug placed in front of the sink or work surface will make your kitchen far more welcoming.
  • Ideally rugs for your kitchen should be hard wearing, easy to clean and dark colors.
  • Although sometimes hard to obtain, long runners can compliment a line of kitchen units.
  • For 'L' or 'U' shaped kitchens, select rugs which fit the spaces without looking as if they are forced into position.
  • All rugs for the kitchen should be heavy and robust, but not stiff. They will then lay perfectly flat and not turn up at the corners.
  • It's essential to have special pads or underlay fitted if your rugs are placed on ceramic, vinyl or other smooth flooring. The pads will prevent the rugs from slipping.
  • Wool is one of the most resilient fibers, and a wool rug will be easy to clean. Cooking spills, if you get to them straight away, are easier to remove from wool than from cotton or other fibers.
  • A kitchen is one place where hanging rugs on the walls is not a good idea, as they will absorb grease and food particles produced from your cooking.



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