The kitchen is an often overlooked room in the home. It serves a function (to feed the family) and it certainly deserves respect for fulfilling that role. However, a well designed kitchen can be so much more than simply a room to cook dinner. It can be a communal place for the family, less a room for watching the TV (which is the only function the modern living room now seems to fulfill) and more for actually having a conversation over breakfast or coffee.
When designing or redesigning a kitchen, it is important to strike a good balance between the functional elements of the room and its design, in that it can be satisfying to design a communal family room, but remember that you will still need to use it to cook meals. In view of this, try to ensure that anything important to you is kept far away from the cooking surfaces, to minimize damage from cooking spills.
If you have good quality wooden floors in your home, they probably need to be accented in only a very minimal way, so the question is why you should want to add floor rugs into the mix at all. It is important to remember that if you treat a good quality wooden floor well, it will last for years, in most cases for an entire lifetime. With this in mind, kitchen rugs for hardwood floors are becoming more and more common as people seek to both protect their floors and create a focus point within the room. As the rugs are often used primarily to protect the floors, they are likely to become dirty fairly quickly, so purchasing machine washable kitchen rugs is advisable.
A quick stroll through a home decor shop, or browsing online, shows the immense range of patterns in which kitchen area rugs are available. The pattern you choose is likely to be dependent on the style of the home and your own personal taste. Professional designers usually have an ability to see past their own sense of style and are able to design with the client in mind. However, for the rest of us, no matter how subconsciously it is buried, one’s own personal tastes and discriminations usually influence the patterns and designs that we choose, whether we realize it or not.
So with this in mind, try to consider the patterns carefully because well chosen kitchen accent rugs can significantly improve the look of your room; conversely, a poorly chosen one can destroy your hard work. As a general rule of thumb: small, intricate and dense patterns, as well as dark colors tend to make a room feel cozier (or another way of putting it is that they make the room feel smaller). This can add a great touch to a living room or bedroom. For kitchens, however, it is likely to make the occupier feel cramped and slightly claustrophobic, especially if there is more than one person in the kitchen whilst somebody is cooking.
Instead of this, opt for minimal designs that incorporate bright colors . This can really open up a room, and when considering how most kitchens are laid out, this is usually the best option. Kitchen accent rugs can really help here, because there is such a large range of bright and distinctive designs that one can choose from, especially kitchen rugs for hardwood floors that have a rubber backing to prevent slipping.
Whatever look you desire when redesigning your kitchen (and this is true whether you have wooden floors, laminate, tiles, etc.), an area rug can either accent the rest of the room beautifully, or severely hinder your design aspirations. Choose wisely. Give some thought to the basic design rules discussed above and you should be able to find machine washable kitchen rugs for hardwood floors that fit perfectly within your home.