Rug Love

I happen to love rugs in kitchens. I know I'm not alone. They stare back at me from images in shelter mags, blogs, Pins and zillions of IG posts.

So then why the resistance folks? 

I get it, it's the "clean factor" - the idea of the ground in food; the image of a toddler with a bowl of spaghetti and meat sauce on his head. You know, the type of food dirt only a dog can erase. OK, I agree spaghetti in the hands of a toddler can pretty much ruin anything...except, I would argue, a good wool rug...

Here's an example (above) from one of my fav's - L.A. based "it girl" designer Amber Lewis. This gal loves her rugs. And hey, what's not to love? This rug totally pulls the kitchen together. Without it, it would still be nice - the gorgeous marble and stunning deep green cabinets alone won me over. But the rug, well, it adds the "wow factor". 

Another example of "pullin' it together" with a rug. True, a stand alone classic kitchen, beautifully appointed. But without the rug? Kinda like peanut butter without the jam...

A warm modern beauty. But without the rug the floors and drawer fronts would almost cancel each other out. I dare you to find the meat sauce on this...

OK. So we've established I like rugs in kitchens. 

So why trust me? I get it, designers are always pushing for beauty over practicality, right? Well, OK, sometimes. But honestly, I speak from experience - the right rug is practical in a kitchen! Here's an oldie but a goodie - a shot from my first ever Style at Home editorial in one of my former kitchens. I insisted on hardwood in the kitchen, which for me, was the wrong choice. It's not that I'm a messy cook, but I somehow get water everywhere. It was ruining the hardwood. I put the rug down as a stop gap until I got the floors refinished and low and behold, I loved it! A deep red Persian, it did not show one speck of dirt, kept my feet cosy and added a much needed punch of colour and texture to the kitchen. LOVE!

 

Here's a link if you want to see more:

www.styleathome.com/homes/interiors/interior-modern-british-style/a/33234

Some more lovely pics to help make my case...

Just in case you still don't think this is a good idea, I went right to a serious pro: Alexandra Yaphe of Y&Co CARPET & TEXTILES (www.ycocarpet.com):

"I love a rugs in kitchens. I have an antique Kelim in my kitchen in-between the island and my stove. I think if chosen properly a carpet can bring warmth, character and comfort to a kitchen"  

According to Alexandra, as long as you avoid natural rugs like sisals (which can't be cleaned) there are tons of great options. Wool or nylon are fine with professional cleaning from time to time, and there are even some great looking woven vinyls/PVC to choose from. 

One last image to leave you with:

Now go and get yourself a rug...