Stair Runner Ideas 2021

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

Plaid carpet  on stairs

Stair runners are an ideal way to add style and verve to your entryway. They can magically transform a blank staircase into a focal point and create an inviting first impression when your guests arrive.

Stair runner carpets are not purely for aesthetics however, they provide needed safety from slips and falls. The carpet pile will also absorb the noise of foot traffic going up and down the stairs. Professional carpet installation will ensure a long lasting fit and extend carpet life.

So, to get started, how do you select from the plethora of carpet options available? Fortunately, with sites like Pinterest, Houzz, and Instagram, there’s an abundance of carpet runner photos to inspire you. And, check out our stair runner gallery for even more stair carpet ideas.

Next, decide on a style. Do you want a stripe, pattern, or solid? Do you want the feeling to be formal and gracious, relaxed and casual, or sophisticated and modern? Often, the style of your home will dictate your choice.

Below you’ll find chevron stair runners, animal print stair runners, striped stair runners, black and white stair runners, geometric stair runners and more. We hope you find a stair carpet runner that’s perfect for your home.

Black and White Stair Runners

This striking black and white wool plaid carpet creates a classy opening statement on this straight up set of stairs. Continue the black and white scheme to keep your décor cosmopolitan, or jazz it up by adding pops of color.

Carpet: Harborjay in Black & White

Interior Design by Kelly Hurliman Design

Herringbone Stair Runners

Zigzag or chevron patterns are one of our most popular stair runner styles. Whether you choose the flowing David Hicks designer carpet or a fresh tone-on-tone neutral, chevon stair carpets add a sense of movement that will “step-up” your decorating style.

chevron stair runner

Carpet: Hippie Beads by David Hicks

deerfield stair runner

Carpet: Dabbieri Naturals, Social Butterfly

Animal Print Stair Runners

Animal print carpets will never go out of style. Our most popular is the blue antelope stair runner followed by the grey leopard print stair runner. Patterns inspired by cheetahs, zebras, snow leopards, and giraffes make high-impact floor coverings as well. Whatever you choose, when you bring in nature’s neutrals, limit this bold pattern to the staircase to keep it from overwhelming the space.

antelope stair runner

Carpet: Tundaca II in Blue, photo via pinterest

Striped Stair Runners

The color of the striped runner you choose can play a big part in denoting a stripe as traditional, modern, casual or beachy. Navy or light blue stripe can feel nautical or coastal. Colorful stripes feel happy and playful. A wide stripe against a white or cream ground has a more casual character. A single color carpet runner in two tones will look more traditional. A narrow tone on tone stripe can look surprisingly modern and sophisticated.

missoni stair runner

Missoni carpet, photo via pinterest

animal print stair runner

Carpet: Disco Stripe Caramel

Geometric Stair Runners

Geometric patterns can add a ton of personality to your stairway or when done in a neutral palette, recede into the background. The wide border on this Greek key pattern takes your stair runner carpet to colorful new heights. Keep the fun look going by pulling colors from the runner to use in artwork, lamps and trays. For a more subtle approach, try a geometric carpet like this argyle pattern in tones of grey to complement your home’s classic details.

geometric stair runner

Carpet: Solera by Louis A. Dabbieri

grey stair runner

Carpet: Argyle

Solid Color Stair Runner

When you choose a solid color carpet, choose a bold palette, or stay neutral and let texture add the interest. This waterfall stair carpet installation is an example of how choosing a single bold color can rev up your stair treads. Visit our showroom to see the

complete line of Roger Oates carpeting or go to their website:

roger oates stair runner

Carpet: Roger Oates

Plaid Stair Runners

Plaid is one of the most classic patterns in the decorating world but recently they’ve taken on a fresh face. With the introduction of pared down patterns that harmonize with today’s modern room settings, plaids are bridging the gap between classic and contemporary styles. This wool carpet from Karastan is an outstanding example.

karastan carpet runner

Carpet: Karastan Woolston Plaid

grey plaid stair runner

Carpet: Shaniece by Dabbieri Naturals, Interior Design by Koo de Kir

Stair Repair and Remodeling

Making sure your stairs are in good condition before the installation of your stair carpet runner is another consideration. If your wooden stair treads are in need of repair or it's time for a remodel, this article on creating your dream staircase takes you step by step through the different types of staircases, setting up railings and bannisters, choosing the latest stair styles, safety concerns, and more.

Choosing the Best Stair Carpet

When in comes to choosing the best carpet for stairs, keep in mind stairways are functional, high-traffic areas and the material needs to be chosen carefully. Carpeting on stairs protects the stair treads from wear and tear and creates a soft textured surface to step on. The right stair carpet will not only keep you and your family safe but will elevate your home's interior design.

Ready to choose a stair runner for your home?

Contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation or visit our showroom to see all the carpets pictured here plus our full range of carpeting for any room in your home.

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