Kitchen rugs: How to choose the most suitable rug for your kitchen

From runner rugs to retro rugs – breathe colour and style into your kitchen with Carpetright’s guide to choosing the best rug for your kitchen space.

Kitchen runner rugs that’ll steal the show


It may not seem like an obvious move to make, but kitchen rugs are becoming more and more popular in our homes. Whether you go for kitchen runner rugs or general rugs suitable for kitchens – there’s plenty of choice!

A quick way to add style, a little bit of colour, pattern or print to your kitchen, a runner rug is perfect for those trendy kitchens that are short on space. The perfect way to add a little warmth to your kitchen (all those clinical-looking units and worktops can really lack creativity), a runner rug is also a great way to stop your feet from getting cold from those tiles! Just make sure you measure the space first and double check the rug will fit. Another reason to love runners is the fact that they can help to create the illusion of space.

Lovely and large kitchen rugs

If you’re fortunate enough to be the proud owner of a big kitchen, then you can really go to town with a large kitchen rug. Especially perfect when used to anchor a piece of furniture (think dining table and chairs), you can create a dining zone in the kitchen without spending a fortune. The great thing about kitchen floor rugs is that they truly go in all kitchens – modern or traditional, there’s no restriction.

Unless you want to replace your kitchen every couple of years (imagine!), then the fastest way to update it is to throw down a stylish rug. Whether you go for a grey kitchen rug, a retro kitchen rug or perhaps a vibrant red kitchen rug, you can add real flair and personality to the space. If your kitchen is the hub of the home, then we’d suggest that you go for a hard-wearing rug that can handle a high footfall and the occasional spillage!

Small yet chic kitchen rugs

Just because you have a small kitchen, doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with your flooring! Small kitchen rugs are super popular in Europe and America already and it looks like the trend is finally coming to the UK. If you have a small kitchen, you’ve probably gone for simple white cabinets to bounce the light around and create the illusion of space – so why not add some colour and texture with a cosy rug?

Plain and pretty kitchen rugs

You may be reading this thinking ‘but I have a bright and colourful kitchen, I don’t want a colourful rug’ – fear not, as injecting a neutral or plain accessory into your kitchen is the perfect way to avoid colour clashes and to prevent the room from being too loud. Grey rugs are obviously one of the most popular colours in interiors right now and adds a calming ambience to rooms. Opting for a simple or plain rug in a bold colour such as red rug can also make a statement without fighting with the rest of the décor.

Colourful, retro kitchen

Not all of us have or desire to have a super-modern, slick kitchen, and with the rise of retro and kitsch kitchens, it seems only fair to include them in this round-up too! A cool geometric rug adds a throwback feel to any room, whereas a striped rug can evoke feelings of nostalgia.

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Once you’ve decided on the perfect rug for you, make sure you have a read of our rug care guide so you can keep it looking perfect.

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