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You Know What Your Kitchen Really Needs? A Gorgeous Rug

Some of these rugs are super affordable, too!

By Katie Leahy

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we share our meals, where the kids do their homework, and where everyone undoubtedly gathers at parties. Alas, we are all spending an exorbitant amount of time around the kitchen island — whether we're cooking, emptying the dishwasher, chatting, or eating. And as with every room in my home, I want my kitchen to be comfy, on-trend but practical, and above all, welcoming. So, kitchen rugs have been a real struggle. Bottom line: I don’t want a black rubber kitchen mat that looks like it belongs in an industrial kitchen! But I do want something that is soft of my feet (after all, I'm slaving away in there all day!) and that is totally beautiful to boot.

The good news is you don’t have sacrifice style for function. There are great options on the market that range from practical and pretty to more trendy and high-end. Either way, a rug or runner can instantly warm up your kitchen and tie together a color scheme in a subtle way, making it well worth the investment.

Below we have rounded up a group of pretty rugs of all different sizes, shapes, colors, and price points to choose from. Some are more bold than others, and some may be a bit more practical, but all are options you would want to have in the heart of your home.

Handwoven Hemp Rug

As practical as it is pretty, this 100 percent hemp rug comes in gorgeous color schemes, yet is durable enough that it can simply be hosed off in the backyard for cleaning... yes, it’s that easy.

Aster Rug

This chic yet sturdy option will bring an on-trend vibe to your kitchen. It can also handle high-traffic areas, which makes it a win-win if you want to swap it out for your entryway.


Swofford Kitchen Mat

The Swofford Kitchen Mat is constructed of foam for ultra comfort and ease on your body. Bonus: It's backed with rubber for a non-slip surface and comes in seven pretty colors.

Border Kitchen Mat Blue

This soft-woven kitchen mat has a blue border for a pop of color and latex backing for a no-slip feature. And we love that it's machine washable for those oh-so-common kitchen spills.


Westwood Rug

The Westwood Rug’s striped diamond pattern is a fun way to add some texture to your kitchen. It’s made from a cotton blend and also comes in two sizes and five colors.

Alpine Braided Rug

Looking for a rug that can wrap your island? Look no further! This braided option comes in four colors and is reversible and stain-resistant.

Medallion Accent Rug

Colors, colors, and more colors! We love the bright medallion pattern on this playful rug, and are already envisioning it right at home in an all-white kitchen. Fave details include a non-skid backing and the fact that it's machine-washable.

Brunswick Accent Rug

Simple and chic, the Brunswick rug has a gray stripe that brings style, but will go with a range of decor and color palates.


Take a look at this gorgeous handwoven Turkish rug. Its pink hue and almost square shape will make this rug a statement in any kitchen.

Tufted Balin Rug

This blue medallion themed rug with reddish accents throughout is so elegant yet fun.  The tufted wool provides a soft feel, however it's tough enough for high-traffic areas. This beauty comes in a variety of sizes, which makes for a very versatile piece.

Red Medallion Kitchen Rug

The perfect pop of color! This durable Red Medallion rug is a winner with its beautiful, vibrant design. Our favorite part, however, is the price!

Beija Flor Vinyl Diamonds Rug

This unique diamond patterned rug is handmade in Israel and comes in two sizes. Durable enough to use outside but chic and comfy enough to be at home right in your kitchen.

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