How Rugs in the Kitchen + Bath Play into the Design
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An overlooked design feature in kitchens and bathrooms are rugs and how they can supplement the design or take it to the next level.
Usually, in kitchens, there are either two to three distinct rugs near appliances, doors, and the sink. There may also be one runner that extends directly through the kitchen.
Choosing between these two options ultimately depends on the design of the kitchen. Commonly “U-shaped” kitchens will have several rugs because it covers each corner where a “L-shaped” kitchen usually has a runner because of the length.
Bathrooms are a bit more tricky when it comes to design because too many rugs can make it feel busy and sometimes one rug is not enough. The amount and placement of rugs depend heavily on the design of the room and personal preference. Continue reading to learn the impact that rugs have on kitchen and bath designs.
As mentioned, the amount of rugs needed for the kitchen depends on the shape and what is most convenient for daily use. “U-shaped” kitchens can benefit from having a rug under the sink, under the stove, and near a door.
For under the sink, preferably waterproof for any spills, a rug under the stove, ensures warmth if barefoot while cooking, and a rug if there is a back door or front door entrance to eliminate dirt and dust from being tracked into the kitchen.
“L-shaped” or galley kitchens can also benefit from having numerous amounts of rugs in the kitchen similar to the u-shaped design. However, most commonly L-shaped kitchens utilize runners because it provides an illusion for the kitchen to be bigger by allowing it to flow with the design. Most times, the runner will cover the sink area and may often cover the stove area or refrigerator, depending on the placement of appliances.
The style of the rug ultimately relies on the current theme of the kitchen and what accent colors are being utilized to ensure it doesn’t clash with the rug. If your kitchen is more farmhouse rugs inhibiting neutral colors such as cream, black or gray can allow the rug to be a subtle accent.
On the contrary, unique patterns such as buffalo check can bring a strong presence to the rug. Design styles such as boho, contemporary or mid-century can also incorporate a mild pop of color. Boho options would be earth tones such as cream, green or vibrant color (orange, yellow, teal).
Contemporary can be paired with distinct colors whether light or dark for an accent color. Mid-century modern thrives off of variations of orange, green, yellows, and blues. A great tool in identifying the perfect rug for your kitchen is to browse similarly designed spaces on platforms such as Pinterest or Instagram. Kingston offers some creative photos to assist. Visit Kingston’s website for kitchen accessories to pair with your rug.
A bathroom’s design is a bit more simple compared to the large scale of a kitchen. The bathroom has three distinct parts to it: The sink area, the toilet, and the shower and or bathtub. A rug can be placed in all three of these areas if the bathroom is expansive enough to do without it feeling crowded. Otherwise, one long rug or runner can be used to cover a large part of the flooring.
For large bathrooms, a round rug may be a good fit because it will break up harsh lines. The most important part of adding rugs to the bathroom is to ensure they are capable of having water splashed on them. Rugs next to the shower or bathtub should certainly be the most durable because of the amount of water that comes out of them.
The style of the rug can be anywhere from simple and a solid color to unique with creative patterns. Again, depending on the theme of the bathroom whether it’s more modern, Scandinavian or farmhouse will narrow down the search. There are rugs perfect for the outside of the shower and or bath that are waterproof and stylish. A rug might be the perfect opportunity to incorporate a pattern or accent color or could simply blend the design together. Kingston has functional accessories for the bathroom to pair with your styles such as soap dispensers, shelving, and an array of sink and shower/bath faucets.
Find Inspiration with Kingston Brass
Exploring different rug options for your kitchen and bath can be a fun design project. However, it may be a bit difficult and that’s where scrolling through inspiration can be of assistance. Kingston Brass has innovative inspiration on their social media platforms, fixtures, and accessories available to assist in designing your dream space.