Your entryway is the first thing you - and your guests - will see on arrival to your home, so it needs to set the tone for the rest of your space. Using expensive looking colors for stair runners can help to ensure you make a good impression from the moment the front door swings open.
'Adding luxe elements like leather binding and nailheads elevate the look,' says interior designer Liz Potarazu, of the Maryland-based interior design firm LP & CO. But before we get there, lets look at the hues themselves, the tones which instantly give you a sense of luxury.
What are the most expensive looking colors for stair runners?
These expensive looking stair runner colors will ensure you're taking the right step when it comes to elevating your entryway.
A stair runner in a neutral beige hue will always offer a classic, timeless aesthetic that will work to make your staircase look better.
Choose a natural material like sisal or jute for an on-trend look that's also ideal for high-traffic areas.
Liz Potarazu, of the Maryland-based interior design firm LP & CO, says: 'You can never go wrong with neutrals for your stair runner.
'This neutral option (above) is anything but boring because of its woven pattern, which adds texture and interest, while still complementing the home’s other décor. This particular project used a faux-leather, so we were able to achieve a high-end look at a lower price point.'
Another stylish idea is to opt for a neutral stair runner with a subtle stripe to add texture and a soft pattern to a minimalist space, as seen in the stunning entryway by Ryan Street Interiors below.
If you're worried black will be too severe for a stair runner, think again. It makes a design-forward contrast to a white painted staircase and offers a sleek, smart finish in any hallway. What's more, it's a good practical option.
Wayfair's Dee Fontenot says: 'Classic, cool undertones are a great place to start: a deep inky black will offset a crisp monochromatic scheme to offer an elevated and contemporary look, and will be best for high traffic areas and busy households.
'Accessorize with contrasting brushed brass stair rods for a stylish nod to tradition, without feeling stuffy.'
Make an impact without a dramatic color statement with a warm and welcoming blush pink stair runner.
Offering a soft and sophisticated style, blush pink is the ideal alternative to white or cream for anyone that is worried about keeping it clean.
'For a look that feels instantly luxe, opt for a warm blush pink stair runner in a deep pile,' says Wayfair's Dee Fontenot. 'For a bolder choice, overlay on top of dark, anthracite floorboards or opt for a thicker weave with contrasting piping, in hot pink or cooling grey.'
Alternatively, lay a blush pink stair runner over white painted stairs to keep things fresh and crisp yet inviting, as above.
Elegant, versatile and upscale, a gray stair runner will never date and is a practical choice that can withstand the lifestyle of a busy family home.
'A classic hue that will elevate any space, a gray stair runner is an easy way to elevate an entryway, and looks smart when paired with lighter or darker tones of the same color,' says Dee Fontenot.
Choose a plain gray for a sleek look, or introduce another shade with a side trim for a subtle color pop and nod to other hues in the room for a cohesive, balanced space.
But what about the dirt, we hear you cry. Yes, admittedly, this is one for fastidious cleaners or anyone with a no-shoes house rule.
But, if kept pristine, a cream or white stair runner can offer an upscale look, especially when used to contrast a dark hallway or dark painted staircase.
What is the best color for a stair runner?
The best color for a stair runner comes down to your own personal preference and style. But we love a stair runner in a neutral hue made with a natural fiber like jute, wool or sisal to add texture, comfort and a timeless appeal.
Are stair runners in style?
Stair runners are definitely in style and have a classic, timeless allure that will elevate any hallway, from modern to period style.
Not only can they work to elevate a space, a stair or runner is a good idea as it will add comfort underfoot, protect your wooden staircase from wear and tear, and add color, pattern and texture to your entryway.
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Ruth Doherty is a lifestyle journalist based in London. An experienced freelance digital writer and editor, she is known for covering everything from travel and interiors to fashion and beauty. She regularly contributes to Livingetc, Ideal Home and Homes & Gardens, as well as titles like Prima and Red. Outside of work, her biggest loves are endless cups of tea, almond croissants, shopping for clothes she doesn’t need, and booking holidays she does.
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