Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and there's no color quite like red. Red inspires images of apples in autumn, winter candy canes and warm fires, spring flowers, and summer fireworks. Red is even known to have appetite-encouraging attributes. So of course red kitchen rugs are always on point, they're fun and festive year-round!
What To Look For In A Red Kitchen Rug
Your kitchen probably gets a lot of wear and tear, so you want a rug that can keep up. Modern weaving techniques and materials have made it easier than ever to find rugs that can handle lots of traffic. Depending on the exact location of your red rug and the kind of activity your kitchen gets, you can find a rug that's suited to your needs. Here are a few tips:
Wool: When people think of stain resistance, they often think synthetics but believe it or not, wool rugs have natural stain resistance that's pretty impressive. The density of wool fibers slows down absorption, so as long as you can be quick with the paper towels, stains shouldn't be too much of an issue. Flat weave wool rugs are more practical in kitchens than the more common thick-pile wool varieties.
Synthetics: If a wool rug isn't right for you, synthetics are always a great option. Synthetic materials are usually easy to care for, and tend to have excellent stain resistance. The most common synthetic materials are nylon, olefin, and polyester. Each have unique strengths, and most synthetic rugs have a blend of two or more, so check the manufacturer's description and care instructions to see if a particular rug is right for your lifestyle.
Indoor-Outdoor: If your kitchen is extra busy, you may want to look for red indoor-outdoor rugs. Rugs made for outdoor use tend to resist stains and fading better than their indoor-only counterparts.
Traction And Non-Slip Options:
Rubber Mats: If you're worried about slippage in your kitchen, red kitchen floor mats may be the way to go. Rubber kitchen mats may not provide quite as much softness, but they may be the best option for extremely busy kitchens where spills are common.
Rug Tape: If you hate the look of rubber traction mats, don't despair: rug tape is available at most hardware and home goods stores, and is an easy, inexpensive way to make sure any rug stays put.
Cotton: When it comes to machine-washability, your best bet will probably be cotton. Red cotton rugs have a casual look and feel that are perfect for kitchen styles. Always read the manufacturer's instructions but generally speaking, most small cotton rugs can be tossed in the wash, and laid flat outside to dry.
Our Favorite Red Kitchen Rugs
Classic Solid Red Kitchen Rugs: While there are tons of gorgeous red patterns to choose from, there's a lot to be said for solid red. A dark red kitchen rug invokes Bing cherries, while bright red kitchen rugs inspire strawberry jam. Is your mouth watering yet?
Round Red Kitchen Rugs: While most folks look for rectangular runners for their kitchens, there's something so grounding about round rugs. A red round kitchen rug cheerfully announces, You are here! And really, where else would you rather be?
Braided Red Kitchen Rugs: Braided red kitchen rugs have a visible craftsmanship and delightful texture that makes them super homey, perfect for the heart of your home.
Red Chevron Kitchen Rugs: A red and white chevon pattern adds preppy flare to the classic red kitchen rug. The sharp lines are nice and tidy, while red keeps things fun and white adds a dash of sophistication.
Red Kitchen Runners: You just cannot go wrong with a classic red kitchen runner. Perfect for adding color to narrow kitchens, and for creating intimacy in larger kitchens. Try adding one under your barstools to create coziness to your sitting area.
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