Stair Runners 101
Lately, I’ve been decorating a lot of clients’ stairways in funky, eclectic patterns that will make the entryways of their homes pop! If you want to snaz up your stairs and create a bold look, a runner in any pattern can do the job.
I prefer to use a natural material (like sisal) when the client wants something textural, muted, inexpensive and versatile for the future. Alternatively, if the client wants something with a unique pattern, durability, softness, and doesn’t mind spending more, a long lasting wool is nice.
Looking for a runner yourself? Take a look at these options- hopefully they will help you decide what look is best for your home!
You can never go wrong with a bold geometric print. Using a geometric for your stair runner is most desirable in neutrals (black and white, etc) because a bright color paired with a bold pattern, might be a leetle too crazy for something so permanent.
This trendy print would look great as a runner but I have yet to find a source for it! Anyone out there know where to find something like this?
Stripes are always classic and never go out of style. I prefer wide stripes myself, but of course you don’t want to go too wide with your stripes, as your stairs are only so wide.
Zebra, leopard, cheetah, antelope, you name it. I LOVE a good animal print as a stair runner..and by good, I mean “not a nylon”. Recently I went looking for an animal print stair runner and the nylons looked really cheesy to me, but the wool versions were heavenly! Jan Showers always makes the animal printed stair runner look super classy.
I adore a good natural runner…more specifically, Stark’s diamond sisal.
If you don’t want the pattern (or want something less pricey), a regular sisal will work just fine too (with or without the thick binding on the edges)
Solid with Banding
I love this clean, graphic look. This is a great look for someone who wants to avoid getting too trendy. Also, the darker background will wear really well for high traffic areas.
Dash and Albert makes super durable rugs that can be made into runners. They even have a diamond pattern that resembles the diamond sisal.
Just Plain Funky
Peacock! Enough said.