Runner rugs are more than a long run of carpet on a towering stairwell. Today's rug runners make a major design statement placed over carpet, tile and hardwoods in hallways, kitchens and bedrooms. And they come in a variety of lengths, colors, sizes and styles.
Choose the Perfect Rug Runner
If your style is contemporary, consider a modern runner with a geometric pattern. A bold and consistent motif like diamonds or checks lends dimension to its long, narrow shape. Runners are also popular in solid colors, especially when placed on an intricately designed staircase. Enhance your space's visual interest with a roll runner or an Oriental rug runner. Also, Natco roll runners are good options for stairway installations.
Where Should I Place My Runner Rug?
Hallway runners provide comfort underfoot and also create a dramatic focal point that draws the eye toward the end of the hall. A kitchen runner adds much-needed warmth and an extra element of protection for you and your floor. Layered over carpet in an area like the entryway, a runner rug anchors the room and acts as a barrier between feet, paws, debris and your carpet beneath.
To tie the runner to the rest of the room's design, pull colors and textures from the furnishings, paint and accessories around it. If you decide to make the runner stand out from the rest of the space, use a big pattern in a small dose, like stripes or a floral design.