Antique and Vintage Kitchen Rugs: Unexpectedly Beautiful
If you’ve spent any time on social media lately, whether it be Instagram, Pinterest, or anywhere else, it’s likely you’ve seen an antique or vintage rug adding spice to a kitchen. It is a design trend that has been blowing up in the last few months. People are selecting bright, bold antique and vintage rugs, often in a runner length, and using them to add color and visual interest to their cooking space. Kitchen rugs are trendy and beautiful, and we’ve put together some tips on how to do it right.
Why Rugs in the Kitchen?
The kitchen, to many, is the heart of the home, where family and friends gather and much time is spent. However, kitchen floors made of linoleum or other similar materials are cold and hard and don’t produce the welcoming, warm, homey feeling that a kitchen should have. This is where a rug comes in. Adding texture and warmth to the floors in the form of the rug is the best way to breathe life into your kitchen.
Which Kitchen Rugs are the Best
It is hard to go wrong when picking a rug for the kitchen, as they can all look spectacular, but there are some general guidelines that can make the selection process easier. First, consider the size of the rug. You may find a rug that you love but is just too big to fit in your space. In this case, custom bespoke rugs that can be made in any size you need might be a good choice. However, if you want to stick with something authentically vintage or antique that has a story to it, your best bet is probably a runner length rug. This shape rug generally fits well in most kitchen spaces and between counters. Runner rugs come in all different lengths and widths, so browse around until you find one that is just right for you.
When it comes to materials, there are some that are better than others. Unless you want to dedicate the time and effort to more maintenance, shag rugs or rugs with delicate materials like silk might be better saved for other rooms of the home. A wool rug is perfect for the kitchen: it is strong, durable, and can be cleaned if necessary. Kilims are a popular choice for the kitchen. The flat weave texture and the fact that they often come in vibrant, bold tribal prints make them the perfect choice to add a pop of color to the space. Whichever rug you choose, make sure to use a rug pad underneath.
Designing with Kitchen Rugs
Oriental rugs and other genuine vintage or antique pieces are a trendy and beautiful way to add that extra “something” to your kitchen. They make a statement and add personality. Luckily, there is no shortage of design styles to choose from, so you will be able to find one that fits your own style easily.
When you’re decorating, consider the other colors in the kitchen. Is the kitchen mostly white and neutral? A deep hued red Persian rug can add a much needed burst of color. Is your kitchen decorated in dark colors? Again, going colorful can help soften things up and make the space more welcoming. Consider your decor accents as well when choosing a kitchen rug. Match some of the key colors in the rug to the decor in your kitchen to keep the space looking clean, streamlined, and intentional.
The best thing about choosing antique and vintage rugs to decorate your kitchen is that they are completely unique. You likely won’t be able to find an identical item anywhere. Having a piece like this brings life and personality to the kitchen, and is certainly a conversation starter. If you use these rug in your own designs, make sure to tag us and let us know!