Ever since my contractor said the ominous words, '??Are you sure you want a wood floor in your kitchen? You'??ll have to keep it dry", I'??ve been a little obsessed with kitchen rugs. I've tried many and learned a few things about what makes them work. First of all, they get very dirty (especially when my husband cooks!), so I stay away from white. Second, if the tag says to professionally clean, the rug will probably get ruined in the washing machine. (I bought a great looking rug at Target for $10 and with one wash in the machine, it looked like a rag.) Unfortunately, most rugs need to be professionally cleaned, so the best bet is to go for an indoor/outdoor rug. You can wash it off in the sink or outside with a hose and your rug is as good as new. And your floor stays dry!
Dash and Albert'??s Diamond Denim ($38) is a stylish indoor/outdoor rug that can be scrubbed clean in the sink. I absolutely love the diamond pattern and it'??s available in several colors. This little beauty has completely given my kitchen a face lift.
If you want something a little more modern, Chilewich has your mat. I love the new Electric Stripe Shag Indoor/Outdoor Rug ($75). Get your electric stripes in blue, yellow and red, yellow and green, white or brown. Rinse your mat in the sink when it gets dirty and it'??s as good as new. The price is a little steep, but it'??ll last a lot longer than the cheapos. (i.e. - that rug that's now a rag in my closet.)
For a neutral rug, check out Crate and Barrel'??s Savannah Cane ($29) rug. This indoor/outdoor rug features a chunky, cane texture that is fresh and chic. It looks like a natural fiber rug, but is made of polypropylene. Rinse this baby in the sink and nobody will ever know you dropped tomato sauce on it.