While my current home is a staircaseless bungalow, I dream of one day owning an abode with a grand stairway decked out with a funky striped runner. I like to think of staircases as large-scale pieces of furniture in need of upholstering. And what better place to let my stripe addiction shine than a staircase?
Stair runners are excellent for injecting color and pattern into your interior while also protecting a high-traffic area. There are two installation styles: Hollywood and waterfall. A Hollywood runner hugs every nook and cranny of a staircase, with the carpet affixed to the tread, around the nose, and to the riser. A waterfall runner falls directly from the nose of the tread to the back of the next tread without being affixed to the riser face in between. Either style accommodates a stripe beautifully.
Whether you have a beach house, a country cabin, a modern penthouse or my future dream home, as long as you have a staircase in need of a runner, stripes are a great way to go.
Stripes can be very coastal chic. In blues and sands, this beach cottage's staircase shouts seaside sophistication. Take note that the carpet is installed in the waterfall style. The runner falls directly from the nose of the tread to the next tread without being affixed to the riser face in between.