Growing up, I can remember carpet runners used everywhere, especially in entries and hallways. They act as a way to lead you into a room or space and capture debris from footwear in the process. But a vibrant carpet runner can also be artwork for your floor
Your entry or foyer is very often the first experience guests have of the interior of your home. It can influence their mood and perception of what’s to come.
Carpet runners can help delineate a space in cases where a separate foyer doesn’t exist. If you have a “shoes off” policy, it gives guests more space to remove their shoes.
A runner will also protect your floor from dirt and dampness brought in from outside. It’s also much warmer than bare tiles, vinyl, or wood in cooler months.
Hallways are often neglected areas in many homes. They tend to be narrow and often lack natural lighting. For those without artwork or vibrant flooring, they can seem tunnel-like.
A vibrant carpet runner will bring an instant boost of personality and life to a hallway
A horizontal stripe or pattern will visually expand the width of an area.
Wooden stairs look great, but they can be slippery.
A stair runner provides a more secure feeling surface for many, pets included. (It will also protect against claw marks.)
A carpet runner in the kitchen can be a contentious issue; some people love them and others hate them. On the plus side, they’re easy to vacuum or to pick up and shake out for cleaning.
In a monochromatic space like a kitchen, a runner can help differentiate between surfaces. It can also add pattern, colour, and depth.
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking or cooking and have foot, leg, or lower back issues, a runner may provide small comfort and make the task easier on your body.
Do you use carpet runners in your home? If yes, do they stay in use year-round? Or are they more of a seasonal accessory?