Pair of rug runners in the bedroom

Let’s pretend we’re playing a word association game, and we give you the term “rug runner.” What word immediately comes to mind? Was it “hallway”? That would be an obvious answer, since it seems runners were exclusively made for those long, narrow spaces. But we think it’s time to step outside of the…um…rectangle and put your runner in an expected place. Here are a couple of our favorite ways to use a runner beyond the hallway.

Pair of rug runners in the bedroom

Flanking the Bed

If you’ve got bare floors in your bedroom, your feet need a warm, soft spot to land in the morning. This is actually a great place to bring in a runner. Place one along each side of the bed. We love the balanced look it brings and how it creates a welcome sense of harmony and unity in the bedroom. Plus, it’s a great way to save a little money rather than buying a rug large enough to fit under the entire bed, especially if yours is king-sized. We say save the splurge for a great area rug in the living room!

Rug runner in a living room

Defining Different Spaces in a Larger Room

Why limit your space to just one rug? Using multiple rugs in a room can add warmth and break up the large expanse of wood floor. This home office is bursting with creativity and character, and the unexpected rug shapes enhance the artistic vibe of the room. The round rug dutifully anchors the desk while the runner punctuates the space in front of the bookshelf, creating a sense of flow. When using more than one rug in the same space, just make sure they complement and coordinate one another.

We love these two unconventional ways to bring runners into your space! Would you ever use a runner this way in your home?

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