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It’s a controversial trend, but it’s one we’ve enjoyed turning to time and time again: Rugs for the kitchen can transform your space in an instant. After all, your flooring—whether you have tiles, wood, or linoleum—can, more often than not, benefit from a little bit of accessorization.

Admittedly, adding a rug to your kitchen is a divisive design move. If you cook a lot, the threat of spillage (water, pasta sauce, or any other kind of decidedly wet ingredient) can make it seem risky to add textile to your floor when it feels destined to get dirty. Depending on your taste, too, it can be tricky to find the right style of rug that can suit your already existing space.

That said, this room upgrade is easier (not to mention more versatile, low-maintenance, and affordable) than it may seem. By opting for a flat-weave rug or even picking an indoor-outdoor option, you can keep messes to a minimum without worrying about spills sinking deep into fibers.

Still need some convincing? Take a look at our favorite picks for the kitchen below and you might just be persuaded.

Woven Floor Mat: Chevron, Spartan Shop ($135)

Jute rugs for the kitchen are an easy addition when you want to give your home a rustic or bohemian vibe. The super-thin chevron pattern of this mat makes it look even more polished.

Indigo Denim Rug, Poketo ($58)

Want to elevate your space and help the planet too? Opt for this recycled rug, which is made from old denim. It’s easy to clean and, at $58, it won’t totally blow your budget.

Bandera Accent Rug, The Citizenry ($155)

Hand-dyed with plant extracts, this Oaxacan-made accent rug can easily infuse an otherwise-bland kitchen with rich color. Consider adding navy blue tea towels or ceramics to your space to play up its palette.

Steps Mat, Prism Boutique ($180)

Inspired by Mexican architect Luis Barragán, this handwoven mat easily adds intrigue in front of a kitchen sink or stove. Since it’s woven from naturally dyed cotton, it’s easy to throw in the washing machine too.

Mesquite Striped Cotton Rug, Leif Shop ($98)

Soft brown and white stripes rendered in a cotton rug feel so classic that they’d be welcomed in a wide array of kitchen styles. With this one, both minimalists and maximalists can find something to agree on.

Kelim Rug, Ferm Living ($99)

The simple color-blocked pattern of this kilim rug gives it dimension, while its flat weave makes for easy cleanup. Toffee brown hues also work hard to give the kitchen a greater sense of warmth and coziness.

Woven Floor Mat, Everyday Needs ($250)

Woven in Cambodia from natural reeds using a traditional technique, this floor mat offers allover color, which is perfect for enlivening a breakfast nook. The multicolored palette can also provide an unexpected contrast against black-and-white tiles.

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