Becoming a firm favourite, stripes work on the stairs for two key reasons. They enliven and add interest, but also encourage the natural flow of traffic up and down house levels. Whether you are opting for subtle or stand out stripes, the addition of stripy runners will instantly modernise this space. Choose your stripe width according to your space, wide stairs lend themselves to bolder strong coloured stripes, whilst smaller enclosed staircases can be made to feel lighter and bigger with thin subtle designs.
Featured carpet/runner in order: Cormar Stripe, Alternative Flooring Rock ‘n Roll Tutti Frutti, Brintons Chocolate Fudge, Crucial Trading Audrey Sunrise
For a more neutral tone to your stairs you can stick with natural, earthy colours. These can work well if you are combining with wood floors or the same colour carpets throughout. Durable wool twist or sisal coil choices make both a practical and stylish choice. Opting for borders can add a flash of colour and interest to a more natural runner choice. An advantage of simple neutral tones is the opportunity to mix more powerful colours into walls or other flooring choices in your home without creating too much noise.
Featured carpet/runner in order: Alternative Flooring Sisal Super Boucle Brancaster and Sisal Herringbone
One of the things we love about modern carpets is the increasing range of patterns now available. Carpets are no longer a functional piece of flooring, but can be used to be an impactful part of your interior design scheme. From dotty to floral, tartan to chequered, a statement pattern will make your stairs a thing of beauty. It’s wise to combine the use of patterns with simple, neutral walls rather than competing feature walls and let the carpet do the talking.
Featured carpet/runner in order: Brintons Padstow Candy Spot, Alternative Flooring Margo Selby Fair Isle Annie, Alternative Flooring Fling & Dotty Damson, Brintons Melrose Plaid
If you like the designs featured, or if they’ve just inspired you that it is time to upgrade your stairs our flooring showroom in Walton-on-Thames is full of staircase and hallway ideas. We are also experts at fitting carpets and runners for stairs so you can be assured of a both a quality product and expert installation.
Pay us a visit to browse all our collections and receive expert advice and competitive prices. We’ve plenty of free customer parking too.