A perfect way to give your kitchen a refresh or update is by simply laying down a rug! It instantly incorporates style, color, texture and a wonderful new softness to the kitchen floor. And it adds functionality as well! Kitchen runner rugs are great for providing comfort during long hours spent cooking or baking. Plus they can keep your toes cozy while washing those after dinner dishes.
Selecting the right kitchen rug can be a tad overwhelming because there’s a huge amount of gorgeous options available. But – no worries! I have searched painstakingly through the internet to help you pick a beautiful rug to freshen up your own kitchen.
I’m sharing tips on picking the right material and how to select the best color or pattern for your decor. I’m even got some great tricks on how to keep the rug in place so it doesn’t slide all over your kitchen!
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And all of my picks are neutral styles that can work for any kitchen decor, any season and any room besides just the kitchen – like entry ways or hallways too!
30 Beautiful Neutral Kitchen Runner Rugs
The kitchen is one of the most high-traffic areas in the home – if not the most. So when it comes to placing an area rug in this room, there are a few considerations to make before you buy. A top pick rug for this area must be comfortable and made of durable material as well.
What Material Is A Good Choice for A Kitchen?
Along with a ton of foot traffic, the kitchen also has a huge amount of food spills and crumbs too. So what material is best? Well, there’s several options to pick from based on your needs and wants.
Cotton – This rug material is soft underfoot but isn’t stain resistant. It can still work though because cotton is typically machine washable.
Nylon and Polyester – These manufactured synthetic materials are a good choice for kitchen rugs because they repel oil and dirt.
Woven Sisal – This material is a nice tight weave which makes it extremely durable. But it can be a bit more rough of a texture to walk upon.
Anti-Fatigue Mats – This type of material is great for quick clean ups and is very comfortable – excellent choice for in front of the sink.
My top preference when picking a rug for the kitchen is to go for an indoor or outdoor use rug – most often jute rugs. These tend to be easily washable rugs that can either be cleaned in the machine or with a simple hose.
How Do I Select The Right Color?
Kitchen runner rugs come in a wild variety of colors, styles and patterns. My first choice is always a more neutral color scheme.
Some may argue that neutral color palette won’t hide spills and stains as well – but I haven’t found that to be true. I often struggle to clean up spills after the fact because they blend in sooooo well.
A rug with a vintage or worn pattern (that can stand up to regular washings) is a good choice.
Can never go wrong with a fun neutral striped rug. I absolutely love this rug! I’ve owned it for years – it’s been in the kitchen and by the front door. Very durable and super easy to clean. One of the best rugs I own!
This sisal linen rug is dressed up in delicate boucle weave. The natural fiber adds dimension and texture with exceptional durability. Plus the rug is backed in latex and 100% cotton tape – such a great way to keep the rug from sliding! Available in five different color choices with amazing reviews as well.
This washable rug is a great minimalist look of a classic Persian rug. It has a little more pattern and a tiniest touch of blue and coral color. It’s water and stain resistant and – did you catch that it’s also washable?!
The plaid pattern on this rug makes a great addition to a kitchen. The simple black lines compliment black cabinets or even black hardware! Handwoven in India from recycled materials, it’s able to withstand high foot traffic areas yet remains as soft and beautiful as cotton.
Do I have a thing for stripes? Yes! Why do you ask? Lovin’ the fun neutral print of this rug and that it’s made by Ruggable Rugs. They’re specifically designed to be thrown in the washing machine whenever you need!
Love the fun pattern of this rug! So much in fact that it was one of my first kitchen rugs. Dash and Albert is such a great rug company – nothing but quality! This rug is so durable and washable polypropylene make it the perfect indoor/outdoor rug for any high-traffic area like the kitchen.
This anti-fatigue is great for you if you spend long hours standing at the stove or kitchen sink. It’s a little more pricey but this specially crafted has supportive foam that contours to your feet. So you can enjoy all day comfort no matter how long you’ve been standing. And this design is one of the more easier washable kitchen rugs, just wipe and go!
The natural style of this plaid rug creates an organic feel, while its stripes bring dimension and visual contrast. Along with being durable and versatile, the rug has a playfully casual look that will give a fun, relaxed feel to a white kitchen!
This standing mats minimal grid pattern feels classic, but asymmetrical details and unexpected pops of color make it anything but a basic anti-fatigue kitchen mat. The perfect runner for the kitchen with hard floors!
This is the natural materials rug that really steps it up! It’s hand loomed using traditional techniques but woven with innovative fibers made from recycled plastic bottles. So cool right?! Love the soft neutral colors, zigzag pattern and the fringe detailing at the end of the rug.
Lovin’ the style of this spill and stain resistant rug! This busy pattern is perfect for hiding any messes that may happen in the kitchen. And if they do – no worries – just toss into the washing machine!
This vintage looking rug is made with a 100% polyester pile over a canvas backing. It has a very low profile as well, making it a great choice for a high-traffic area like the kitchen. I actually once, updated my kitchen with this very rug!
Love the playful nature of this textured jute rug. The scalloped edge offers a unique delicate look, while bleached jute fibers create a contrasting border for even more visual appeal. A show stopper for any kitchen!
This modern neutral rug with it’s off-white crosses on a black background print is so fun! Very neutral but still offers a ton of style and contrast to any kitchen floor. And the extra-durable, machine-washable material is perfect for any kitchen mess.
This checkered jute rug could add some beautiful texture and style to your kitchen! Made with a blend of jute and cotton, it provides durability and softness underfoot. Just think how beautiful this rug would be under a dining table as well!