Runner Rug in KitchenMediterranean Kitchen, Los Angeles
Many people are afraid of wood floors in the kitchen. As long as you don't let spills sit for extended periods of time, the wood should remain looking like new for years to come.
I usually recommend rugs (paired with high-quality, non-slip rug pads) in high-traffic areas like kitchens and hallways. Don't be afraid of vintage or wool rugs, as they can be professionally cleaned if a big enough spill warrants it.