Stair runners and area rugs look best when contrast in colour is created with the flooring underneath. We are seeing more greys, cooler tones over beiges because they allow you to add pops of colour in rooms by adding other decorative accents. Grey tones in particular have been on the rise due to the dark hardwood flooring trend the last few years. The two work very well together, offering a cool trend and contrast to each other.
For those looking to get away from neutral colours, cool blues are on the rise. As an area rug, it can provide a focal point and define the room’s colour palette and style. As a stair runner, it will be a forgiving colour to dirt and air on the side of classic, on trend with a bit of playfulness. Using a navy or an indigo with its blend of deep blue and violet will present a powerful and dignified statement.
We are also seeing a trend in runners going with more contemporary and simpler patterns. Two colour bold patterns like a geometric, herringbone, trellis, stripe or striation is on trend for 2017. These are especially fashion forward for stair runners. They camouflage dirt and detract from day to day foot traffic all the while adding a design element to any staircase.