Adding a runner rug to your kitchen is the perfect way to add some color and texture, and it can completely transform how your space looks!

There’s so much variety out there, but I’ve rounded up 13 of my favorite kitchen runners that will add the perfect finishing touch to any kitchen.

What Type of Runner Should I Get?

Kitchens are high-traffic areas that will inevitably see lots of spills, crumbs, and messes. In fact, most days I manage to spill something simply pivoting from my island to my sink! So it’s important for your sanity that you choose a rug that can handle what will inevitably land on it.

My main consideration when choosing rugs for a kitchen is whether it’s machine washable, or at least a durable material that can be hosed off outside and withstand staining.

It’s also important to ensure that your kitchen runner doesn’t pose a safety hazard. You do not want a rug that slips and slides under your feet. Walking across the kitchen with a hot pan or boiling water could be dangerous if the rug were to move underfoot.

For that reason, I highly suggest having either a non-slip pad under your rug or securing it with corner grippers, unless the runner specifically has been designed as non-slip (which some of the rugs below are).

How To Choose a Rug Color

As with selecting any home decor, consider your color palette and other decorating choices when choosing your rug color. If everything else in your kitchen is neutral, consider adding a pop of color with your runner. It’s such a simple way to introduce new colors and doesn’t require a long-term commitment!

There’s so many styles to choose from too; whether you prefer moroccan style rugs, modern geometric designs or even something more traditional – there’s a pattern that will look great in your space!

My Top Kitchen Runner Choices

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1. White Moroccan Washable Runner Rug

Usually I would stay away from such a light colored rug in the kitchen, but if a bold black and white geometric print is what you want, then this washable rug is a must-have.

2. Striped Cotton Runner Rug

blue striped runner rug in a hallway with shiplap walls

Blue and white stripes are always a good choice in my opinion! This pretty rug will add a coastal feel to any kitchen and instantly brighten up the space.

Since it’s made from 100% cotton, you can easily pop it into the washing machine on a delicate cycle and know that it will wash well.

3. Kamran Coral Rug

kitchen with white cabinets and a runner next to the island

This is the runner I have in my kitchen since we remodeled it, and I absolutely love it. It’s machine washable so I can throw it in the washing machine AND dryer every few months once spills and stains pop up.

Saying that, the color and pattern hide stains really well so I don’t find myself having to wash it too often!

4. Loloi II Hathaway Denim/Multi Runner

blue vintage style rug with the corner turned up

I also own this runner and previously had it in our (high traffic) hallway. It’s a screen printed rug so you don’t ever need to worry about pulled threads, and it has a really pretty vintage look to it. The blue is beautiful and the rest of the colors are muted so it hides stains really well.

It is very slippery on hardwood floors, so definitely grab yourself some corner grippers or carpet tape.

5. Light Blue Braided Indoor/Outdoor Runner

blue braided kitchen runner rug

Rugs that are rated for outdoor use are a great choice for a kitchen because they are designed to repel water and stains. This pretty blue rug is handmade and braided and not only offers a pop of color, but a nice texture too.

6. Beige Striped Indoor/Outdoor Runner

kitchen runner on hardwood floor next to a sideboard

I love the fringe on the end of this runner as well as the subtle pattern. Beige is a neutral color that will work in any kitchen and hides stains well, while still being light and bright. This is another indoor/outdoor rug that can easily be hosed down outside.

7. Grey/Ivory Trellis Cotton Runner Rug

trellis pattern runner rug on hardwood floor next to a bench

In the past, I had an area rug in my dining room similar to this one and the cotton material was both soft underfoot and highly durable. This one comes in several colors and I love the trellis pattern.

8.Gray Vintage Medallion Washable Area Rug

runner rug on kitchen floor

I love the colors in this kitchen runner! The pinks and blues will work in many kitchens to add a subtle pop of color that you may not otherwise have thought to use. This is also another machine washable runner so you know you don’t have to worry about spills and messes!

9.Hendesi Heriz Sage Rug

sage green traditional patterned kitchen runner

I would never normally buy a rug this dark, but I think I might get this one for my kitchen for the winter months. I love the dark and moody vibes and again, it’s another machine washable one!

If you have darker wood cabinets, grey cabinets or even dark green or black cabinets this rug would look stunning!

10. Alessia Dusk Blue Rug

dark blue runner in a kitchen with an arched opening to dining space

This is the same line as the sage rug above, just in a dark blue. I had to show both because the colors are just stunning. I’m tempted to buy this one too and see which one I like best!

11. Nama Coastal Standing Mat

woman cooking at a stove with a grey anti fatigue mat underfoot

If you stand at your counters or sink a lot, investing in an anti-fatigue mat may be a game changer for you. In the past they’ve mostly been ugly, but this mat is beautiful with its soft coastal colors and pattern. Treat your poor weary feet!

12. Nara Stripe Standing Mat

woman emptying dishwasher with standing mat kitchen runner underfoot

Another pretty pattern and soft color for this anti-fatigue mat.

13. Paloma Standing Mat

woman cutting houseplants with blue anti fatigue mat underfoot

Inspired by Turkish textiles, this anti fatigue standing mat design mimics woven details & looks just like a rug, but feels like standing on a cloud.

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