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The best stair runners for a show-stopping look

Make your stairway the star of the show with a stunning stair runner

Grey Geometric Stair Carpet
Published: December 13, 2021 at 3:47 pm
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Stair runners are a great way to bring a dull stairway to life! The staircase is often the first thing we see when we enter a house, so giving yours a stylish revamp certainly won't go unnoticed! Adding a strip of carpet to a stairway is an easy way to bring cosiness and comfort to a wooden stairway that lacks warmth. We've selected a range of colours and stair runner styles including natural jute designs, funky prints and soft, gentle carpets so there's something for every stairway style preference!


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Best stair runners to buy

Dark Green Aztec Stair Runner

Dark Green Aztec Carpet

If you're worried about muddy shoes ruining your new gorgeous stair runner, opting for a dark colour could be a wise move! This dark green colour features a fun and subtle Aztec print, so it's unique without being too loud a design. It would look fabulous on dark wooden stairs for a rich and luxurious vibe, but it would also work well against a light, white stairway if you're keen to create a contrasting dynamic. This design is both waterproof and non-slip, which is handy for those mad dashes up the stairs when you're in a rush!

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Herringbone Stair Runner

Herringbone stair runner

We love this chic pick! The herringbone pattern paired with the blue border gives this stair runner a natural yet stylish look. It would therefore work well in a range of homes, whatever your choice of décor. Whether you have a country farmhouse vibe or a modern city pad, it's sure to fit in well!

Grey Geometric Stair Carpet 

Grey Geometric Stair Carpet

Adding a fun pattern to your stairway is a great way to jazz up a hallway, especially if you have painted, non-patterned walls. This soft and gentle design is a lovely way to welcome guests into your home. The yellow border gives it a cheery and happy vibe while the geometric pattern gives it an edgy look. It's an ideal choice if you're looking to freshen up a dark hallway thanks to its light and bright design. If you're fed up of walking on chilly and hard flooring, this soft carpet is bound to enhance your trips up and down the stairs!

Red Runner

Red Aztec Stair Runner

This is another dark design well suited to well-used stairs! The Aztec pattern helps it stand out, while the block colour means you can match it with a range of wallpapers, paint colours and home décor. If you want to add some depth and warmth to your hallway, this rich colour is sure to do the job. Discover how best to maintain and clean your new carpet.

Jute Runner Rug

Jute stair runner

Jute is a great option if you want to choose an eco-friendly material as it's biodegradable. As demonstrated, this rustic rug with its charming vibe would work well on a small set of stairs. We love the interesting and dark pattern, and it would look fantastic alongside luscious green house plants and rattan furniture.

  • From £78.07

Buy the Jute Runner Rug now from Etsy 

Almond Looped Golden Stair Runner

Golden patterned stair runner

This design is a lively yet relaxing option! The gold carpet has pink tones, creating a rose-gold effect. You could place a few brass or golden picture frames along the wall to really bring out the gold colour. The leafy print offers a summery and tropical feel so it's a solid choice if you'd like to add a touch of joyful vibrancy to your space. As well as looking fabulous, its non-slip, waterproof and durable nature make it an ideal choice for busy houses with lots of visitors and pets!

  • £233.99

Buy the Almond Looped Golden Stair Runner now from Wayfair 

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Animal Print Stair Carpet Runner

Black and White Animal Print Runner

This bold and striking stair runner is sure to liven up any stairway! If you enjoy sharp, clean designs, this could be the runner for you. Due to the loudness of the pattern, it would look super next to a painted wall. In terms of wall colour, pale pink, dark teal and red would look effective, but with a black and white carpet, you can play around with a range of colours so you have plenty of options!

  • From £2.50

Buy the Animal Print Stair Carpet Runner now from Kukoon

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Light Grey Stair Runner

Grey Stair Runner

It's perhaps not as showy as the other buys on our list, but this stylish grey stair runner will match absolutely anything, so it's a safe and effortless choice! It has a smooth and soft texture and it's also stain resistant which is a bonus! It's moth proof too, so it should be a low maintenance item that's easy to care for. It would look great in a contemporary home due to its unfussy and polished appearance.

  • £149.99

Buy the Light Grey Stair Runner now from Wayfair 


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