Trend Alert: Carpet Runners
When you hear the phrase “Carpet Runner”, which type do you immediately think of? Is it the smaller rug in a hallway, or the carpet runner on a staircase?
I personally love to use both types of carpet runners in my clients’ homes! They are super practical, add a textured and layered element to a design. It is great to see more and more homeowners lean into using Carpet Runners in their homes! And for that reason, Carpet Runners are my next Trend Alert. I’ll be taking you through how to use carpet runners and what to look out for before you take the plunge.
Let’s take a closer look at Carpet Runners!
Why we love it!
Carpet Runners add a softness to hallways or kitchens, while when used on a staircase can provide an important safety feature! Plus, carpet runners provide another opportunity to inject texture, color, and pattern into spaces. Anything that looks great but also adds practicality to a home gets a double thumbs up from us!
How to use it.
There are a few ways you can use carpet runners in your home.
On a wooden staircase, use a carpet runner to add contrast, and extra grip underfoot. They provide a key safety feature that is a must in any family home with a wooden staircase.
Elsewhere in the home, you can use a carpet runner in any hallway, ancillary space (like the laundry, or mud room), bathroom, or kitchen! In these areas the runner will add texture, color, and pattern to enhance the look and feel of them.
TOP TIPS – In a hallway, the carpet runner should guide the eye down the length of the space and runner. Ideally your carpet runner should be between half and three quarters of the hall’s length.
What to watch for.
There are a few considerations to take into account when thinking of using carpet runners in your home…
First, it’s the thickness of the runner itself. This will be particularly important if you’re using it in high-traffic areas. It’s crucial to ensure the thickness of the runner is thin enough that no one will trip over. The key is to make sure the runner feels seamless with the flooring.
Some carpet types aren’t suitable for use on staircases, so it’s important to ensure whichever carpet you choose is suitable for its purpose.
Flat woven or low-pile runners should be your go-to! This means they do not have a crushable pile so won’t show signs of wear or be too thick for your home.
Ways to make this trend last in your home
Carpet Runners can last many years in your home if chosen correctly!
One of the main things to consider is the color, and/or pattern of the runner itself. Dark neutrals are a safe option for high traffic areas to hide marks and dirt, but depending on the design may not work with your existing space. If in doubt, choose a neutral color that will go with everything!
Always choose a carpet runner that can be easily cleaned and maintained. Can it be vacuumed? Is it machine washable?
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