August 19, 2010

Carpet In the Kitchen: Yay Or Nay?

Since moving into our new apartment a few months ago, my partner Gregory and I have given the kitchen a fresh coat of paint, hung shelves, replaced old knobs and hinges, and really worked to make the space clean and bright … but there still exist a few glaring remnants of decades past. Chiefly among them is the vinyl flooring, a mottled mix of beige, cream, and yellow. It looks perpetually dingy and hurts my eyes just to think about it.

As renters on a budget, we aren't able to realize all of our decor dreams, but we are committed to making this our home for many years, which means doing something about the kitchen floor. For those who can't remove ugly flooring, there's always the option of covering them up. Gregory recently suggested FLOR tiles, thinking that they would be relatively economical and easy to lay down over the vinyl and around appliances and counters. We could certainly find something to suit our style among the range of colors and patterns.

Unfortunately, my reaction wasn't terribly positive. In fact, it was more along the lines of, "Ewww!" for I can't help but shudder at the idea of carpet in the kitchen. Wouldn't it get horribly dirty? I can't picture a carpet in the kitchen without seeing it covered in greasy oil stains, sticky cake crumbs, and tomato sauce splatters.

Yet, I know that carpet in the kitchen is not unheard of. There are several examples of it in the FLOR catalog, not to mention decor magazines and websites. Perhaps the key is to choose something in a dark color or pattern to disguise the inevitable stains? I do know that my feet would probably love a layer of carpet during those long hours of cooking and washing up. And anything would be better than that vinyl tile…

What do you think? Am I being overly concerned or rightfully wary? Do you have carpet in your kitchen?

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One Response to “Carpet In the Kitchen: Yay Or Nay?”

  1. Christine Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I grew up in a carpeted kitchen.  My parent's house was purchased, new construction at that time, with low pile, smooth carpeting in the kitchen.  The neutral brown/tan patterned carpet held up almost 20 years prior to being replaced.  Stains were not much of an issue, though there was a decent amount of water that would get splashed on the floor from around the sink and it required regular vaccuming.  In front of the sink, in front of the fridge, and in front of the stove, my mother had placed small mats, which caught extra messes which tend to occure there.  I imagine with the Flor carpeting, you would just get extra replacement tiles for those areas, maybe swap them out when they need cleaning.  I can't say that it's ideal to have carpeting in the kitchen, but it is certainly do-able.