Whether you want to disguise flooring you don't like, need a little something softer to stand on while you're cooking or just need a boost of style, rugs in the kitchen are a fun way to do accomplish all of those. But with no furniture arrangements in a kitchen, it can sometimes be a little confusing as to how big, what shape and what kind of rug to incorporate into your kitchen. We like what these nine kitchens are doing with their floors.
Pictured above: A rug the perfect dimensions for the main area of the kitchen doesn't just fit the shape and size of the space; the design's pattern fits with the color palette of the room, too. Seen in Erin's Warm & Wood-Wrapped Austin Budget Bungalow.
A long narrow kitchen begs for a long runner that takes up most of the floor space, making the room feel full and sophisticated. This one spotted in Tommy & Todd's Bohemian Chic Collection.
In the same vein, placing a thinner runner in a long narrow kitchen can help make the space seem bigger, and leave plenty of the floor visible. Seen in Micha's Laurel Canyon Hideaway.
Who says you need a room-sized rug to make an impact? This small but potent striped rug spotted in Allison & Ben's Scenic & Textured Brooklyn Home.
When you don't have a lot of room, consider lots of color and pattern to make a big visual impact. This colorful and striped one spotted in Jesica's Mix & Match Studio.
Large kitchens could benefit from a bold, equally large rug that makes the space feel more cozy. Illustrated in Jess & Mikaylah's Simple and Sweet East Austin Cottage.
Earthy, natural materials always feel nice in kitchens. Seen in The Pineapple Housewife's Happy Home.
You know what also works? Placing rugs where you need them most for comfort, like in Lauren and Chad's Vintage Comfort.
When you've got a lot of bold color high up, like the blue back splash tiles in this kitchen, you can help balance a room with a bold and patterned rug below. Spotted in Laura & Ray's Art-Filled Austin Home.
Does your kitchen rock a rug? If so, tell us what kind in the comments below!
(Image credits: Adrienne Breaux; Bethany Nauert; Pablo Enriquez; Kim Lucian; Ashley Poskin; Lauren Naimola)