The use of carpet in kitchen design is a pretty rare and controversial phenomenon. To many, this solution seems redundant and impractical. But if you choose the suitable material, you can decorate with it the dining area and the work area.
1. Advantages and disadvantages
Carpet in the kitchen has several undeniable advantages :
- Coziness. Any textile serves as decor, makes the space more lively and comfortable. The kitchen is no exception.
- Warmth. Lovers of barefoot walking around the house will find it uncomfortable to stand on bare cold tiles in the work area. A kitchen with carpet on the floor will quickly solve this problem.
- They are extending the life of the flooring. Even materials with high wear resistance sooner or later begin to rub off in places of constant use – for example, near a stove or a sink. Small rugs in these areas will help protect against wear or cover existing bald spots.
- Changing geometry. A correctly selected path will help visually expand a narrow kitchen. A round rug will make the proper accent.
- Zoning. The dining area is always more comfortable than the functional area – why not use a cozy rug under the table to separate the dining area from the work area.
- High potential for contamination. Kitchen chores involve the active use of coloring or fatty foods, water, drinks. Carpets easily absorb any dirt, and most textiles are also challenging to clean.
- It reduced service life. Again, due to constant dirt and cleaning.
- Complicated care. Sweeping crumbs off tiles and cleaning floors is much easier than cleaning carpet.
2. What kind of carpet material should you choose?
Carpets are short-piled, long-pile, lint-free, homespun, wicker, knitted. In the kitchen, short-nap, “bald” models, or homespun paths are used. The first two can be vacuumed to remove minute crumbs, while the third can be washed by hand or in a machine. Soft carpets are categorized into two types based on their composition:
- They are made from natural materials. It is pleasant to walk on wool, and it is soft and comfortable. Wool mats serve for many years, but it is better to avoid wet cleaning – they dry for a long time so that an unpleasant rotten smell may appear. Carpets made of natural plant fibers (linen, cotton) are thinner but no less durable. They can be washed, which is a significant advantage.
- It is made of synthetic materials. Nylon is similar in characteristics to wool but will fade and therefore not suitable for sunny kitchens. Polyester is resilient and resistant to deformation – ideal in the work area. Smooth polypropylene is protected from dirt, and water is an excellent choice for the kitchen.
Besides soft rugs, there are also stylish bamboo mats. They protect feet from the cold, produce a massage effect – an excellent option for long-standing at the stove. They are not afraid of wet cleaning, so wash it without fear if something falls on the mat during the cooking process.
3. What size and shape should choose?
The choice of dimensions depends on the layout of the kitchen, the intended place of operation. For example, it is convenient to lay a long narrow path along the worktop, predominantly if a table or an island occupies the center.
When the center is free, rectangular or square large carpets are laid, slightly not reaching the furniture plinths. Large models look especially impressive next to U-shaped headsets.
The tables in the dining area in the shape of a circle or square need a similar round or square rug. Rectangular, oval ones are placed under the elongated ones.
4. How to choose a color scheme?
The colors should match the overall style and design. The carpet either complements the picture or serves as a bright accent. In the first case, the shade should overlap with the decoration, furniture.
Neutral shades are not necessarily suitable – an orange carpet will complement the orange set—red-black – red with a black pattern.
The emphasis is usually placed not only on the carpet but on textiles as a whole – then the rug is matched to curtains, tablecloths (or vice versa). In the kitchen, bright colors and bright tones will become a color spot. Initially, the dark range is diluted with light variations.
5. Where is the best bed?
The choice of location depends on the specific task: to protect your feet from the icy tiles; you will need a path along with the countertops or, at least, small mats in the area of \ u200b \ u200bthe sink, stove.
In large kitchens with an island in their home, it is often the island that is allocated with a rug, covering a substrate 40-50 cm larger under it on each side. The ledges perform the same function as the tracks: they keep warm, make the cooking process more comfortable and cozy.
Carpets are required for those who spend a lot of time at the dinner table while entertaining family and friends. Remember that the rug should also accommodate chairs, not just a table.
6. Care advice
How to properly care for a decorative coating depends on the material from which it is made. The general requirements are as follows:
- Consider dry cleaning. Every 1–5 days, use a vacuum cleaner or a dry brush to remove crumbs and other dirt from the surface (depending on the cooking intensity).
- Remove stains quickly. You cannot hesitate, especially if the carpet is without special impregnation. The faster you wipe off the dirt, the minor damage you will cause to the mat.
- Order dry cleaning every year. Call specialists at home, or better, take the carpet for cleaning – stubborn dirt, foreign odors will be removed from it, and the pile will be refreshed.
- Use unique products. Detergents that are too harsh can cause discoloration, so it is safer to have an effect designed for your carpet model on hand.
7. How does it look in the interior of the kitchen?
- Modern kitchen carpets are distinguished not only by special protective impregnations but also by a variety of designs. The easiest way is to match the appearance of the flooring to the style of the room.
- Classic. Light beige, gray rugs with a short pile, beautiful patterns in monograms, floral motifs.
- Loft. The lint-free model with “scuffs” will fit perfectly.
- Scandi. A white kitchen will be complemented by a red oriental-style rug or neutral homespun runners.
- Country. Imitation skins, homespun rugs, carpets with floral ornaments will do.
Carpets are not needed in every kitchen, but if you want to complement the space with floor decor, now you know how to choose the right one.