How You Can Dress Up Narrow Spaces Using Hallway Runners

Nobody really spends a lot of time on the hallway or on the staircase but this doesn’t mean these transitional spaces don’t need to look chic and beautiful. If you want the ambiance to go from neutral to welcoming and pleasant, the solution is very simple: use a hallway runner with visual appeal.

Contrast with dark floors.

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A hallway with dark-stained flooring could use a runner in a bright color like white and yellow for the contrast.

Undulating lines.

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A hallway runner can either stand out with its print/pattern, its color or its shape. This undulating form really brings out the minimalism of the whole design.

Neutrals.

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White can sometimes be a little too bright and pure so a nice alternative can be to use colors like cream or beige. They look exceptionally well when combined with shades of brown.

Kilims.

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Use a kilim as an accent piece for your hallway. These tapestry-woven accent pieces can be the perfect way to bring warmth and texture into an otherwise very plain space.

Colorful designs.

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Don’t be afraid to welcome color into your home. A brightly-colored hallway runner can really spice up your home’s décor. Use vertical stripes to emphasize the shape of a long and narrow hallway or horizontal stripes for the opposite effect.

Matching walls.

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Match the hallway runner with the walls to create a unified look. Symmetry can also make a long hallway look more inviting.

Pastel colors.

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A nice way to brighten up a hallway is with pastel colors and variations of white. These shades are very soothing and perfect if you want to balance out a dark floor.

Rustic charm.

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Pick a rustic hallway runner for a lodge cabin, mountain retreat or a cozy cottage home. It will look great in combination with the exposed wooden beams and overall design.

Chevron stripes.

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A chevron pattern is the dynamic version of simple stripes. A nice option for a hallway that has a simple design with clean lines and contrasts.

Persian rugs.

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Persian rugs are known for their intricate decorative patterns and use of earthy and red-based colors so they can make a traditional hallway feel part of the house and extra inviting.

Black and white.

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To keep the décor simple, decorate a hallway with a black and white runner and paint the walls white. Break the monotony with an interesting pattern, not necessarily stripes.

Rope accents.

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For a beach house or a breezy retreat, this type of hallway runners would be just perfect. Its rope or burlap-like design and texture have the casual look the space needs.

Zebra print.

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Use a zebra print runner to add cheer and energy to your hallways. However, keep the rest of the décor as simple as possible. The bold print is enough.

Bohemian flowers.

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Floral prints and patterns usually have a vintage or traditional look but they can also make a space look modern or tropical. This Mediterranean hallway shows you how.

Simple stripes.

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Given how versatile and timeless stripes are, you can take advantage of that when decorating your hallway. Combine a striped runner with a clean and simple décor and turn the walls into galleries.

Painted staircase runners.

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Traditional homes usually had carpets or rugs on the staircase. Although the idea persisted in modern design, the staircase runners are purely decorative and actually painted on the stairs.

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You can also paint a thin border to make the runner look more real and to also emphasize the design. As for the color, usually the simpler the better.

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And since you’re painting the runner on the stairs, you can personalize it however you want, for example, spell a message using letters on each step.

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The runner can be symbolic so it doesn’t really need to respect the usual dimensions. These blue stripes are a perfect design for a beach house with nautical charm.