Hallway and Stair Runners: To Match or Not to Match?

Personal Style or Unified Design: Navigating the Dilemma of Hallway and Stair Runner Coordination

A common question that arises when choosing carpeting for a home is whether hallway and stair runners should match. Stair and hall runners DO NOT have to match. While some homeowners prefer a cohesive look throughout their home, others opt for different styles or colors in their hallway and stair runners to add visual interest and distinction between the spaces. Ultimately, the decision to match or not match hallway and stair runners comes down to personal preference and the overall design aesthetic of the home. 

Matching Your Stair & Hallway Rugs

This homeowner chose to match their Stair runner and hallway runners with the same style.

Matching a stair runner and hall runner can create a cohesive and coordinated look throughout the home, providing a sense of continuity and flow between the two areas. This can help tie together different design elements and colors in your home, creating a more harmonious and unified space. Matching carpeting can also make the space feel more polished and put-together. 

Stair runner and hallway runner with no match, homeowner used a different styles used for a custom and personalized look.

Mismatched Stair & Hallway Rugs

There are several reasons why someone might not want their stair runner and hall runner to match. One reason is that it can create a more unique look in the space. Also, matching runners can be more difficult to find and coordinate, especially if the hallway and stairway have different dimensions or styles.  When choosing patterned carpeting, it’s important to consider the right pattern scale and existing decor in the room. Our post Patterned Carpet: The Do’s & Don’ts includes tips on selecting the right patterned carpet that complements the room’s decor, including using colors that complement each other, varying pattern sizes, and choosing patterns that don’t clash with the room’s bold colors.

Choosing whether or not to match hallway and stair runners is a matter of personal preference and design style. While matching runners can create a cohesive and coordinated look throughout the home, some homeowners prefer to use different styles or colors to add visual interest and distinction between the spaces. Browse our photo gallery, or instagram page, for stair runner design inspiration and customer examples. To speak with a design expert at the Carpet Workroom, contact us today or visit our store locations in Needham, MA or Stoughton, MA.

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