Small Kitchen Rugs
Small kitchen rugs are often among the last decor touches added, but they're no less important to overall layout and design. These hard-working additions define different areas in your kitchen while serving as a focal point.
Strategically placing a rug or two in your small kitchen can also give your bare floors an instant boost of warmth and a shot of color.
Area rugs are widely referred to as decorative anchors in a room. Their placement signals a gathering spot and helps to define the flow of a space, which is especially helpful in an open floor plan.
Even in the case of a small kitchen, rugs define these separate zones. Place them underneath the portable kitchen island to define the cooking prep area, or set one below the dining table to anchor the mealtime zone. Although rugs situated under dining tables should be large enough so that the table and all of the chairs fit on top, be sure to scale the rug to the dimensions of your small space so that it doesn't overwhelm your kitchen.
If you're still unsure of where to set your rugs, then look to your floor plan. In a small kitchen, the layout is the best determining factor for where to place a rug and which shape best suits your space. For instance, galley-style kitchens have a prime location along their narrow aisle for an elongated rug known as a runner. An L-shaped breakfast nook with a round table looks finished and polished with a round area rug underneath. It's worth noting that round tables aren't required to have round rugs underfoot; however, the visual symmetry often works well.
A key factor in rug selection is choosing one that fits your lifestyle and design style. If you have a revolving door of children, guests or pets coming in and out, then bring home a rough-and-ready style that can take on the heavy foot traffic that kitchens naturally attract. In other words, avoid anything too delicate. Don't shy away from rugs in rich colors and bold patterns to echo the vibe of your room. Whether modern, casual or cottage charm, popular motifs can reinvigorate your bare floors—and even expertly conceal imperfections! If you opt for multiple rugs, they needn't match, but they should definitely coordinate.
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