Dining room runners lend a certain decorative interest to a table whether they are ready laid or not in use. Traditionally designed dining rooms will usually have the dining table at the center of the room with chairs arranged around it. Whether you have a square table, a rectangular one, or even a round one, a runner will add a touch of decoration that still shows the table off attractively.
Traditional dining rooms tend to have wooden tables, rather than other materials. Wooden tables really look best if the grain is exposed. So, using a runner to decorate your table, as opposed to a table cloth, allows you to do this. Before purchasing a runner for your dining room make sure you know exactly how large your table is and measure it, if necessary. Another consideration is the color scheme of the rest of the room and how your runner will fit in with the existing décor.