Area Rug or Runner Rug: Which is Best for Kitchen Décor?
One might think the decision between an area rug and a runner rug would be simple, but consider this: you need to determine how much floorspace you actually want to cover. Cover too much and the room could suddenly appear small and squished. Cover too little and your runner will look like a doormat.
So how do you decide what’s best for kitchen decor, area rug or runner?
In this guide, we’ll look at 3 criteria to help you make this decision.
Choosing the right size rug for a kitchen means measuring out narrow spaces, as often the area between an island and the wall is quite slim. Here, you’d want to choose a runner rather than an area rug. However, if you’re looking to place a rug in a breakfast nook or eat-in kitchen with a small table, an area rug is ideal.
Large area rugs can add warmth to a room while brightening up what may be a more austere palette. Keep in mind though, many interior designers recommend keeping a six inch frame of flooring around the rug to the wall and cabinets to make the rug expand the room rather than look oversized.
For instance, this Beverly Collection 6495 Cream Oriental Area Rug in 2 x 7 could fit a space between the island and sink and bring a timeless look to the room while warming it up. Or, if abstract is more your style, this Euston Collection 7681 Blue Abstract Area Rug brings a pop of color that would blend seamlessly into a bustling kitchen space.
Color and Design
The beauty of selecting the color and design of a rug for a kitchen is that it can embellish your color palette or even draw the eye away from a space in your kitchen you don’t like. And they can go in any direction you want.
Say you want to elongate a small space. Consider stripes. Stripes on a long runner can make a kitchen feel bigger, as with this Luxe Weavers Towerhill Collection 7501 Blue Striped Area Rug.
Have a monochrome kitchen that needs perking up? Go bold on your floor with a brightly colored rug that brightens up the space. This could be done with something like this wild Luxe Weavers Victoria Collection Multi 5x7 Oriental Area Rug, which brings a pop art feel to a traditional design.
Or if you have a kitchen that’s very formal — think vintage range, hanging copper pots, and an old farmhouse sink — keep with the theme by incorporating an Oriental rug that’s as timeless as your home. Here, a big area rug can make a wood space feel toasty and inviting. The Hampstead Collection 8027 Red Oriental Area Rug is one such option. As stunning as it is durable, this gorgeous rug can stand up to boisterous dinner parties, busy afternoons making cookies, and lots of little feet while still looking as classic as any antique rug.
Let’s talk about construction. Traditionally—and by traditionally we mean for the past, oh, 2,000 years—rugs were made by hand or on a loom and from materials such as wool and silk. You can still buy those today, and they can be beautiful investment pieces. Or, you can buy modern rugs that use the latest weaving technology and synthetic fibers to craft rugs that can stand the test of time.
You can see this in choices like the beautiful Multi-Colored Modern Bohemian Distressed Area Rug or Gray Anthracite Modern Area Rug. Whether its a trendy modern design you’re looking for or something that speaks to classic Persian looks, Luxe Weavers endeavours to deliver the highest quality for the best price.
That means making cosmopolitan rugs for every room, including the kitchen. As the center of most homes, the place where you eat, cook, and share priceless family memories should be as warm and inviting as the rest of your home. To see more styles, visit luxeweavers.com.
6 Kitchen Rugs That Can Bring The Holidays Into Your Kitchen
In the words of the old nursery rhyme, “Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.”
What precisely that means, we can’t say, but it always makes us think of the holidays—which inevitably brings visions of yummy foods cooking in the kitchen.
Typically the center of the home, everyone seems to congregate in the kitchen when it’s the holidays, so naturally you want the heart of your household to look as good as it smells.
But at the same time, kitchens are a high-traffic area. Family is coming and going, food inevitably gets spilled. How do you make this space feel cozy and welcoming while still operating as a functional food prep space? Two words: area rug.
An inviting area rug that’s durable yet sophisticated, easy to clean yet stylish, can work wonders in making a kitchen a more hospitable space. But not just any area rug will do. In this guide we’ll look at six great kitchen rugs that can bring the holidays into your kitchen.
Luxe Weavers Magnolia Collection 2937 Beige White Abstract Area Rug
There’s a reason interior designers love the 1990 film Home Alone. Sure, it was a hilarious holiday blockbuster, but it also had one of the most festively decorated homes of any holiday film, ever (maybe excepting Christmas Vacation!) Rewatch Home Alone and you’ll see that almost the entire home was tastefully decorated in green and red. While that might be extreme for most homeowners, you can add a little seasonal flavor with a rug that incorporates the most popular Christmas colors. This abstract area rug takes a traditional Oriental pattern and incorporates subtle hints of red and green.
Luxe Weavers Magnolia Collection 7613 Silver Geometric Area Rug
Often kitchens can give off a sterile vibe. Warm up a space with a tasteful area rug that says “sit back and stay awhile.” Geometric shapes don’t require that a rug fit a particular design aesthetic. Instead they can blend in nearly any space, which makes this rug universal.
Manhattan Patterned Shag Gray Modern Area Rug
Don’t believe the naysayers, shag can go wherever you want it go—even in a kitchen. For those lucky enough to have a snug—a small, intimate, cozy space like a breakfast nook— within their kitchen, a shag area rug can make for a lovely coffee corner that’s a perfect space to sit with friends and family and decorate cookies.
Luxe Weavers Taba Collection 7085 Grey Orientral Area Rug
Let’s be real, some of us are messier in the kitchen than others. But a kitchen area rug is still possible. Just opt for one that hides messes more than others, like this Taba Collection in grey. You can still easily have a timeless area rug design perfect for the holidays that will also keep the odd spill hidden, at least until your Christmas company has left.
Luxe Weavers Victoria Collection Blue Oriental Area Rug
“Think small” may have been Volkswagen’s famous line, but in this case it applies to kitchens too. Just because you have a cozy kitchen space, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it more festive with a small area rug.
Luxe Weavers Hampstead Collection 8027 Red Oriental Area Rug
If you really want to embrace the season, why not choose an area rug that’s as loud and proud as your Christmas spirit. Something that says “I put my Christmas tree up in October.” An area rug that’s as joyful as Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” on repeat. Something like, say, this Hampstead Collection red Oriental rug. It checks all the boxes: green and red hues, bright design, classic style that echoes long-held holiday traditions. What could be better?
Want even more holiday-ready rug ideas? Take a look at our huge inventory covering abstract, traditional, patterned and Oriental styles.
5 Different Ways to Style a Round Modern Rug
The round rug is as old as rag rug weaving and yet as perplexing as a Rubik’s Cube.
How do you style it? Is its only natural home under a round dining room table? Can you put one in your kitchen? What about in a large space with more than one rug? Do they come in sizes bigger than a bathmat? Should you buy one in more than one color? Won’t a patterned round rug make guests dizzy?
Great news: the round rug is not as complex as you may have made it out to be. In fact, modern round rugs can play a number of roles in pulling different spaces together.
With the right color themes, size, and design, a round rug can completely alter a space, making it more cohesive and warm. By how do you master that look? In this guide we’ll examine five different ways to style a round modern rug.
Large & In Charge
According to Apartment Therapy, one key to round rug success is to “make it big enough that it touches all of a room’s major furniture pieces.” Essentially, you want to relax the eye by allowing the rug to expand to every element in the room. If it doesn’t touch some pieces, things could look off kilter and out of sync.
Don’t make the rug compete with the furnishings
As mentioned above, a round table atop a round rug makes geometric sense.
So one might assume that they should rule out a round rug with a square or rectangular table. Not so. You can marry the two if and when your round rug is significantly bigger than the table. In fact, Homes to Love says that provided there’s enough room for the rug under the chair legs to pull chairs back when seated at the table, you’ve got yourself a winning design element.
Use a round rug to soften a space
Harsh lines can make a room feel cold and sterile. Adding a round rug can actually soften the space making it feel more inviting. Domino says that in addition to adding some level of comfort to a harsh space, the use of texture in a round rug can amp up the cozy vibe, creating a warm aesthetic.
Highlight curved architectural details
Have a dramatic curved alcove or columned corner? Show it off with the use of a round rug. Houzz says that by using a round rug to highlight curved details you can “pull the overall feeling of the room together and underscore the room’s curves, turning them into an even more notable design feature.”
Connect the Details
Another great use of round rugs, according to Apartment Therapy, is to use them to highlight a room’s statement piece. For instance, have a great piece of art on the wall? Use your round rug as a visual focal point and you’ll draw the viewer’s eye between the two. You could pull the elements together by color, texture, or design, depending on your style.
So how should you get started shopping for a round rug?
The first step is to create a mood board of ideals and styles you like. From there, it’s a great idea to set a budget. There are all kinds of levels of rugs you can buy. If you’re interested in something more affordable, however, you need to do your homework. Search for rugs that are both durable and well crafted from vendors that have a good return policy and customer service. Then, begin to look into different designs.
For modern rugs, a good place to start is with your color palette.
Modern aesthetic these days often features crisp, cool colors in patterns like Ikat, Greek key, animal print, and houndstooth. The better you speak rug lingo, the easier it will be to navigate shopping sites and showrooms. Be prepared to ask questions via email to an online retailer or in person. And, most importantly, ask if you can test run a rug. Many places will allow purchasers to give it a test run in their homes before they commit to purchasing. By testing it out, you can see if it will really work, then adjust (size, color, shape) accordingly.
And if you ultimately decide that maybe a round rug isn’t right for you, be sure you keep in mind all of the above in your quest to find a traditional rectangular rug.
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10 Gorgeous Kitchen Rugs to Brighten Up Your Space
Seven months into the pandemic, you’ve probably had a good long time to sit and stare at your kitchen rug and think “Hmm, I could do better.” Indeed you could. And with all this time to assess your interior design aesthetic, why not start now?
Kitchen rugs have come a long way since the Colonial era, when painted floorcloths gave way to rag rugs, and then to more complicated designs. Nowadays there are new materials that can stand up to all the wear and tear that occurs in what’s often the most trafficked room in the house. And, even better, you don’t have to sacrifice style.
There is a huge variety of kitchen rugs to match your mood, style, and circumstances, whether it’s a pack of kids constantly requesting snacks, or a bachelor pad begging for a more adult design look. Here we’ll look at 10 gorgeous kitchen rugs to brighten up your space.
Just because you’re chopping onions doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re working in an industrial kitchen. Those days are long gone. And with the Bohemian Cream Oriental Rug you’ll have a rug to match your culinary attitude. Creamy turquoise and brown make up this runner that can easily fit between an island and range, perfect for adding a bit of pep to an otherwise functional space.
With the popularity of open floor plans, many kitchens today double as dining spaces. And while this often leaves them feeling more casual, you can amp up the formality with a rug like the Turquoise & Beige Rustic Modern Area Rug. With the same patina as a well-loved Southern porch, this geometric rug adds a touch of personality in calming colors. Turn on a little Miles Davis, pour a glass of wine, have a seat above this sophisticated rug, and tell us you don’t feel more relaxed.
Criss Cross Apple Sauce
Trying to balance family-friendly kitchen functionality with pulled-together design? Look the part with this Moroccan Collection Area Rug. The trellis pattern in gray adds a level of sophistication to a kitchen, while also offering durability for busy little bodies running in and out.
An original, traditionally made Oriental rug may be out of your budget, but who says you can’t fake it? This Pink & Beige Vintage Oriental Area Rug was inspired by a vintage Oriental design and gives a feminine flair to a cozy kitchen space.
Make it Pop
The Rust South Western Oriental Area Rug is not for the faint of heart. It’s for the color-loving, bold decorators who need a pop of wow in their life. Nothing spices up a kitchen (aside from, well, spice) like this red and yellow rug.
Covert Crumb Catcher
Let’s be honest, some of us need a rug that will not only brighten up a space but also hide the odd spill in the process. Enter: the Blue Oriental Area Rug. This gorgeous beige and blue rug will easily obscure any random bread crumb that falls — giving you ample time to vacuum before company notices it — while also being able to hold up thanks to its tough durability.
Who said kitchens have to be boring? The entire idea of eating is to play off the senses and that’s not limited to taste. Sound, smell, and touch all come into play, so why not boost sight as well. This multi-colored rug is intriguing and entertaining—just like your cooking, perhaps?
Whether it reminds you of the classic italian checkerboard tablecloths or 1950s linoleum, there’s something charmingly nostalgic about a black and white checked pattern. Play off black and white photos or art with this evergreen Checkered Black and White Modern Area Rug design.
There’s something empowering about one large print and that’s the case with this Orange Modern Floral Area Rug. Rather than a series of small flower prints, this thick rug comes in a brilliant orange, a perfect complement to a muted kitchen hue.
If vintage looks aren’t your thing, consider this Tobis Light Blue Collection Area Rug. With an almost yin and yang look, this artful design plays off two shades of blue for a unique, timeless look that would fit in any modern kitchen.
Regardless of the style you choose, rest assured that when you shop Luxe Weavers, there’s always room to reconsider. Our 30 day return policy allows shoppers the freedom to see a rug in their own space before committing to owning it for life. So why not take this time at home to try something new? Be it modern or traditional, Luxe Weavers’ lengthy product list has something for every kitchen, from new build to historic property and everything in between.