Carpet runners and small rugs are perfect for protecting your wooden floors, adding a sense of style without being overbearing. They are ideal in hallways or on stairs as often the requirement is something longer and more hardwearing than the average rug. They leave the edges of the floor visible to create a stylish look. They are also great for hiding worn and scratched floors. The worst of the wear and scratches should be in the middle of the flooring where people are likely to walk, so when the edges are left visible the floor should look almost new.
If you have a dark wooden floor and you would like a carpet runner to match then here are some ideas to consider: a light coloured carpet runner like white or cream will stand out on a dark wooden floor and can give a really great look but there’s a catch; they can look dirty very quickly! If you know your carpet runner will have dirty shoes or paws on it often then it would be better to opt for a patterned or dark coloured one to hide the stains and marks. Brightly coloured carpet runners can draw the eye instantly and give a brilliant contrast against a dark wood floor but ensure that the colour matches the decor in your home. If your home colour scheme is quite simple, with white or cream walls and a dark wooden floor then a splash of colour could be just what you need for a really unique and eye-catching look.
There are different variations of a dark wood floor, some contain hints of red, some are just plain brown and some are almost black! Those that contain hints of red should be paired with a deep red carpet runner or a patterned carpet runner with red contained within the pattern. This will create a consistency throughout your home and the carpet runner will give your home a sense of warmth and cosiness whilst maintaining the style.
Carpet runners come in more variations than you might think, if some areas in your house are carpeted with a pile carpet then it is advisable to choose a carpet runner with a pile rather than a flat weave to create a consistency throughout your home. Choose a carpet runner that matches the design and colour scheme of your home and decor to ensure maximum style with minimal effort.