Current Obsession: Kilims in Kitchens

I can't help but notice that all of my favorite kitchen designs lately feature Kilim rugs (the more vintage, the better). Images like the ones below are popping up all over my Instagram and Pinterest feeds, and I'm definitely not mad about it. Why does this combo work so perfectly, EVERY time? 

Most kitchens need a pop of color. I love a slate blue or an emerald green cabinet, but a lot of kitchen designs are pretty neutral. This makes sense, because kitchen renovations are massively expensive and a total pain in the rear, to be quite honest. Most people want finishes that can stand the test of time. An easy way to add a bit of personality to a neutral kitchen is to include a colorful, patterned runner - you can simply swap it out when you are ready for a new vibe. Much easier than replacing light fixtures or installing a new countertop... Seems like a total no-brainer to me!

LOVING the color of the cabinetry - it pairs so well with the crisp countertops and walnut open shelving. The rug alludes to the blue cabinets while also introducing a new color to the palate. #FIRSTPLACE (source)

LOVING the color of the cabinetry - it pairs so well with the crisp countertops and walnut open shelving. The rug alludes to the blue cabinets while also introducing a new color to the palate. #FIRSTPLACE (source)

Love the starkness of this all white kitchen! The leather bar stools and vintage Kilim runner give what could be considered a "plain" space an eclectic, collected vibe. I totally want to live here. (source)

Love the starkness of this all white kitchen! The leather bar stools and vintage Kilim runner give what could be considered a "plain" space an eclectic, collected vibe. I totally want to live here. (source)

This NY apartment is so charming and eclectic. I love the original hardwood floors and the mix of cabinetry works surprisingly well here. You know I love how the richness of the Kilim brings out the beauty in all that wood! (source)

This NY apartment is so charming and eclectic. I love the original hardwood floors and the mix of cabinetry works surprisingly well here. You know I love how the richness of the Kilim brings out the beauty in all that wood! (source)

Okay, so this is actually the same space as the first image above... bonus points to the designer for finding not one but TWO of the most beautiful vintage runners EVER. It really isn't that hard to mix and match patterns in a small space - just stick to the same color palate! (source)

Okay, so this is actually the same space as the first image above... bonus points to the designer for finding not one but TWO of the most beautiful vintage runners EVER. It really isn't that hard to mix and match patterns in a small space - just stick to the same color palate! (source)

Unlike the images above, this Kilim features a lot of negative space. I love the way the white in the rug connects to the white cabinetry. The pop of orange is unexpected, but so welcomed. It really warms up the richness of the floors. PS I need leather pulls for every drawer in my home. Like, yesterday... (source)

Unlike the images above, this Kilim features a lot of negative space. I love the way the white in the rug connects to the white cabinetry. The pop of orange is unexpected, but so welcomed. It really warms up the richness of the floors. PS I need leather pulls for every drawer in my home. Like, yesterday... (source)

Feeling inspired?? Me too! Any of these rugs would look great as part of a kitchen design. The bolder colors would be perfect in a crisp, white kitchen like #2 above, and the more vintage-y, muted ones would pair well with a colored cabinet (as seen in the first image). Shop away!

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Peace, love & Kilim rugs,

Claire