Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Searching for Stair Runners

Let's talk stairs. Even though we're knee deep in grout in our bathroom, and our stairs look like this right now, I'm dreaming of stairs. Before this remodel is over, we'll be updating our boring carpeted stars to something beautiful. We'll be buying, staining and installing stair treads and installing a beautiful stair runner - and I'm SO excited.

Remodel Progress_Walls

I think stair runners have an elegant beauty to them. They automatically make your home look nicer (and hopefully will make someone want to buy our house one day soon!)

So I've been dreaming of stair runners. That's normal, right?

While I'd love to do something bright and flashy to match with my own style (see the lime green geometric print three down on the right? Or the lime green and navy striped one three down from that? Swoon!), I know that since selling our home is in our hopeful near future, I should stick with a more muted color palette in a pattern that will hopefully bring prospective buyers in.

Stair Runner Options

On another note, does anyone know where this (above) photo is from? What store has this amazing stair runner assortment, because I want to go there!! I found the photo on Pinterest, but would love to know it's source if anyone knows! 

So even though we'll be sticking to a more neutral color palette, I still want to bring in a nice, modern feel to really pull the entire house together.  Here are some of my favorites.

Modern Stair Runner Inspiration

Modern Stair Runner Inspiration

Clockwise from top left: Grey Ikea Stripes, Dash & Albert Geometric, Wide Black and White Stripes, Brown & Cream GeometricYoung House Love Stripes, Neutral Geometric

9 Stair Runners that are in the Running 

So, now it's time to go shopping. Here are the 9 runners that are in the running, but I'm wondering if there are other retailers out there I'm not thinking of. Have you purchased runners before? Where did you buy them from?

Stair Runners in the Running

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

Which ones are you liking? I'd LOVE to have #4 in my home, but that's probably not smart when I'm thinking about selling. But gosh-y I love that one.

Update: 9 MORE Stair Runners that are in the Running

Update: You guys! I just stumbled upon a gold mine of rugs over on Zinc Door. For real. I feel like the leprechaun at the end of a rainbow.  But now my decision is even harder. Here are nine MORE rugs that are in the running. I'm Stresssiinnnngggg out. Which one do I choose? 

More Stair Runners in the Running

10 // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15 // 16 // 17 // 18 

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  1. For a more neutral option with a modern kick, I really think YHL nailed this one with the top left option. I also love the subtle pattern on #5!

  2. I would go with a stripe too if you're planning to sell. It seems classic yet current.
    Before I read the caption on that photo with all the runners, I thought "where is THAT store cause I want to go there!" (and I know you're in the Cities so I thought it was somewhere local!!). Too bad it isn't!

  3. I think 1, 4 and 13 are my favorite but ahhh there are so many options! Glad I don't have to decide because I'm super indecisive as it is, haha. Can't wait to see what you pick!

  4. Choices, choices too many good choices! I do love 13 and 17!

  5. Oh my goodness. How could you ever pick?! I'd say all of them!!

  6. I saw on Pinterest where these (the picture with all the amazing "runners" are Dash and Albert rug samples.

  7. So many awesome choices! I want a stair runner, but for safety, we're going with carpet… Thanks for linking up to the Do Tell Tuesday party. Hope to see you again tonight!

  8. I want a stair runner so badly! These are all truly gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you pick! Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE! Hope to see you back again tonight :)

  9. Okay, question? Ive been searching for stair runners and can't find any actual STAIR runners? I find runners, but they are all either a couple inches too narrow or a couple inches too wide. The only place I can find actual rugs for a full set of steps (20') is in the UK and they don't ship to the USA :( Help please!!

  10. The top photo is of Dash and Albert rugs. https://annieselke.com/stair-runner-installation