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All About Runners

A seamless mix of function and effortless style, runners are a perfect way to spruce up any space. Available in a range of materials, weaves, and styles, the right runner can help define and connect different areas in your home, adding a touch of warmth or a playful pattern right where you need it. With so many options to choose from, it can be tricky to find the best fit, so we’re breaking down our favorite runners for each room in your home.

Hallways

Hallways are the super highways of your home. Whether it’s a grand entryway or just the road to the guest bathroom, hallways are a high traffic area that get used multiple times every day. The best hallway runner rugs can handle this extra footfall with ease. We recommend choosing hallway runner rugs crafted from durable, easy-to-clean materials that complement the overall color scheme of your space.

Kitchen

The proverbial heart of a home, kitchens are another high-traffic area where people congregate over their morning coffee or an evening dinner party. Not only that, kitchen runners are more likely to fall victim to spills or stains. With so many people coming and going, it’s important to find a durable, slip-resistant kitchen runner, preferably with a low pile for easy cleaning.

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Bedrooms

Bedrooms have built-in rush hours during the day, typically in the mornings and evenings. Less of a congregating place for families, they typically have more limited traffic than, say, a living room runner. When shopping for bedroom runners, this opens you up to a variety of plush materials or higher-pile weaves, based on your particular needs.

Bathroom

At any giving time of the day, the temperature can be rising or falling rapidly in the bathroom. Whether you’re braving cold floors in the early mornings or enjoying a long shower at the end of the day, the way we use our bathrooms should influence the runners we choose. For example, a natural jute runner couldn’t handle the moisture in the air, while one of our hinoki bath mats could. At the same time, adding the right bathroom runner can create a soft, comfortable surface near a vanity or tub.

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As Wall Art

An unexpected place to put a runner is not even on the floor. Instead, move your runner vertically and hang on the wall as a pop of color, texture, and greater scale than the typical wall hanging or art. Our solid maple rug hangers transform any rug or runner into a piece of artwork.

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