top of page

Stair Runner Ideas 2024

Updated: 2 days ago

Missoni carpet  on stairs

Carpet: Missoni Interior Design: Michael McKinley & Associates

Best Stair Runner Ideas for 2024

Stair runners play an important role in home decor, offering a harmonious blend of functionality and style. Carpeted or runner-covered staircases not only add an element of warmth and comfort but can serve as a design feature that ties together different spaces within a residence.

Beyond their aesthetic purpose, they also serve an important utilitarian function - they enhance safety by providing traction and preventing slips, reduce noise from foot traffic, and minimize wear on the stairs.

Whether modern, transitional, or traditional in design, stair runners provide an excellent opportunity for homeowners to showcase their individual style, creating a visually appealing focal point in the home.

Our stair runner ideas for 2024 incorporate the latest carpet design trends from bold to sublime.  Below are some of our recent stair runner installations - we hope they offer lots of inspiration to guide you on your stairwell journey!


Graphic Print Carpet

Modern stair carpet featuring graphic prints or artistic designs allow homeowners to showcase their creativity and make a unique statement in their staircase design. The undulating shapes on this wool runner are on trend with the "curve appeal" popular in home furnishings in 2024.

Graphic print stair carpet

Exotic Animal Patterns

For those seeking a touch of the wild, an animal print carpet runner makes a bold and stylish statement. Whether leopard, zebra, or cheetah prints, this trend adds a touch of exotic flair. One of our most popular patterns, the antelope carpet is now available in a variety of colors beyond basic neutrals for those wanting to take this look to the "next step".

Deerfield Antelope print carpet on stairs

Carpet: Deerfield

Ticking Stripe Carpet

The ticking stripe pattern was originally used on sturdy canvas material with many practical uses. This repetitive stripe, characterized by narrow, evenly spaced lines, provides a clean and tailored look that suits various design styles. Today, this retro stripe elevates this stairwell with modern rustic chic.

Ticking Stripe stairs runner carpet

Carpet: Ticking Stripe

Geometric Designs

Clean lines and geometric patterns are timeless. In 2024, the popularity of stair runners featuring bold geometric designs will continue, providing a modern and dynamic look to the staircase.

geometric design stair runner

Carpet: Pine le Moray by Dabbieri Naturals Collection

Rich Jewel Toned Carpet

Vibrant and deep jewel tones, such as emerald green, sapphire blue, or ruby red, are popular choices for stair runners, adding a touch of opulence and sophistication to the staircase. The bold color of this Italian wool velvet stair runner is striking, while the subtle striped design adds texture and warmth.

Ruby red stair runner.

Carpet: Karlia by Dabbieri Naturals Collection

Organic Patterned Carpet

Bringing the outdoors in, organic patterns inspired by nature can create a sense of tranquility on staircases. Whether it's abstract branches, organic shapes, or natural textures, this trend embraces elements found in the natural world.

organic patterned black and grey stair runner.

Minimalist Designs

In contrast to bold patterns, minimalist designs with clean lines and neutral colors are a huge trend that will continue into 2024. A simple and understated stair runner can provide a modern and sleek look, especially in homes with a minimalist or Scandinavian design approach.

Peter Island carpet installed on stairs.

Carpet: Peter Island Stripe

Textural Patterned Carpet

Textural patterns are highly sought after due to their multi-dimensional feeling and high durability, making them an excellent choice for a heavily trafficked staircase. We love the distressed patterning in this intriguing 100% wool flatweave carpet, giving it an exotic and bohemian quality.

Bohemian style carpet installed on stairs.

Carpet: Dobson

Bold Contrasts

Patterns with high-contrast, such as this striking zig-zag striped carpet from Missoni are gaining in popularity. This style makes a bold statement and creates a visually striking focal point for your entry.

Close up of Missoni carpet installed on stairs.

Carpet: Missoni Interior Design: Michael McKinley & Associates

How to Pick the Best Carpet for your Stairs

Selecting the right carpet for your stair runner is a critical decision that involves balancing aesthetics with functionality. For high-traffic areas like staircases, durability is key. Opt for materials known for resilience, such as wool, or synthetic fibers like nylon. Wool is naturally resistant to wear and tear, while nylon carpet offers easy maintenance and a wide range of design options.

Consider the density and pile height of the carpet; a denser carpet with a shorter pile is generally more durable. Additionally, assess the ease of cleaning, as stairs are prone to spills and dirt. Stain-resistant treatments can be beneficial for preserving the carpet's appearance over time. Ultimately, choose a carpet that aligns with your lifestyle, the overall design scheme, and ensures longevity in a high-traffic area.

Ready to Choose the Perfect Runner?

With a wealth of knowledge and an eye for trends, our team can help you navigate the world of stair runners, ensuring your choice is not only stylish but also tailored to your practical needs.

Elevate your staircase and transform your home with the perfect carpet – let our dedicated designers guide you on this exciting journey. Contact us today and take the first step towards a staircase that truly speaks to your style!

Related Resources


bottom of page