The Best Carpet Stair Runner Ideas of 2023

by Robert Barney on Oct 07, 2023

The Best Carpet Stair Runner Ideas of 2023

As we venture deeper into 2023, interior design trends are becoming more prominent, providing homeowners with a myriad of options to adorn their staircases. Stair runners, not only offering a touch of elegance, but also delivering functional benefits like noise reduction and enhanced safety, are making bold statements this year and for good reason.

Stair runners are a great way to add style, warmth, and comfort to your home. They can also help to protect your stairs from wear and tear. With so many different stair runner options available, it can be tough to know where to start.

Here are some of the best stair runner ideas that are defining 2023.

Geometric patterns

Geometric patterns are a great way to add a modern and stylish touch to your stairs. They can also help to create the illusion of space. A great way to add some dimension to a straight staircase.

Geometric patterned stair runner

Bold colors

Don't be afraid to use bold colors in your stair runner. A bold color can really make a statement and add personality to your home, especially if you have a light airy space with a single colour providing a focal point for your hallway.

Bold colored stair runner


Natural materials

Natural materials, such as wool and sisal, are a popular choice for stair runners. They are durable and easy to clean. Jute and seagrass are also very popular and come in herringbone and chevron patterns. Add a border for a more dramatic effect or just keep it simple.

Natural material stair runner



Make your stair unique and interesting with a patterned carpet stair runner. SO many styles and colours to choose from but subtle ones can often look best.

Patterns and solids stair runner



Stripes are a classic stair runner choice and so easy to do on a straight set of stairs. A little trickier on a winding staircase but they can help to make your stairs look longer and wider.

Stripes stair runner



Herringbone is another classic stair runner pattern. It is a sophisticated and elegant choice for the discerning housholder!

Herringbone stair runner



Chevron patterned stair runners are another classic choice. Lots of different materials and styles to play with and works very well in wool and jute.

Chevron stair runner


Bring a taste of North Africa to your stairs. Moroccan patterns are an increasingly popular choice for stair runners because of their intricate and beautiful designs.

Loop piles

Loop pile patterns, sometimes called boucle loops work great as stair runners. The flat pile wears really well in a high traffic area that gets a lot of use like stairs and hallways and adding a border or even a striped border eliminates the need for a pattern. A fine choice.

A boucle loop stair carpet runner with orange border

Animal print stair runners

Wow! An animal print stair runner is quite the statement but do you have the style and home to pull it off?


Traditional stair runner patterns are often more ornate and intricate. They are a great choice for classic homes and straight staircases and can be bought cheaply online.

Traditional stair runner



Multi-colored stair runners are a great way to add a fun and playful touch to your stairs, why be boring? Bring some colour to your life!

Multicolored stair runner


Tips for choosing the right carpet runner for your stairs

When choosing a stair runner, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • Style: Choose a stair runner that matches the style of your home.
  • Color: Choose a stair runner color that you love and that will complement the other colors in your home.
  • Material: Choose a stair runner material that is durable and easy to clean.
  • Price: Stair runners can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand pounds. Set a budget before you start shopping, stick to it. It is very easy to get carried away!

Installing a stair runner

Once you have chosen a stair runner, it is important to have it installed correctly and with the right underlay. They will vary depending on the type of material the stair runner is made from. Here is a good video on how to install a stair runner.


As we embrace these trends, it's evident that 2023 is a year where tradition and innovation intertwine, where stair runners are not just functional elements but integral components of the home’s aesthetic narrative. Each option, from natural fibers to custom creations, is an opportunity to transform a staircase into a statement, a journey, a reflection of the homeowner’s taste and the home’s soul.

For visuals and purchase options, exploring online resources or visiting local showrooms can provide a closer look at the materials, textures, and designs that are shaping 2023's stair runner trends. Each piece is not just a runner but a narrative, an aesthetic journey transforming each step into an experience of beauty, comfort, and elegance.

You can find more images and products related to these trends from websites like Pinterest, Houzz, or directly from the websites of manufacturers and home decor stores. Happy hunting!