Hallways don’t seem like the most important spaces in a home, but they’re the first impression guests get when they first come to visit. Also known as an entryway, the space can have a big or small impact on how you and your visitors see your home. While it may seem more difficult to decorate than other parts of your house, hallway runners make the whole process much easier.

A hall rug is a simple way to add colour, design, and interest to an otherwise uninteresting hallway. While it may seem difficult to choose one to match your house interior, with a focus on choosing the right colour and material for your needs and style, you’ll find that buying a hallway runner is easier than you think.


Check the Measurements

Choosing the right size is essential to bringing your entryway together. A rug that’s too small can make your foyer look cramped and feel trippy underfoot. If you’re purchasing a runner to place in the middle of your hallway, it’s important to measure the length and width of the area you plan to cover.

Rug runners come in a variety of sizes, usually between 2 feet by 8 feet and 3 feet by 12 feet, though larger ones may be available. It’s best to round up when measuring: If you have a 7-foot-long space, for instance, a 5-foot-by-8-foot rug will likely be too small, while one that measures 6 feet by 9 feet may overwhelm the room.

Consider how much of the floor you want to cover when selecting a hall runner size. A runner that extends halfway down both sides of a hallway can help define the space and make it appear wider than it is. You don’t need to cover every inch of your foyer floor with a rug; however, go big with your measurements if you want enough material to completely anchor the area.

If you have kids or pets, or if you live in an area where people regularly wear shoes inside the house, consider buying a runner long enough to cover the whole floor. This will protect your floors from scratches, stains, and moisture build-up from the bottom of shoes.

Different hallway runner size
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Choose a Material

When it comes to hall runners you want something that will be both durable and easy to clean. Wool and wool-blend designs are a good choice because they’re soft and hold up well over time. Cotton is another option, but keep in mind that it can stain easily. Polypropylene is a synthetic material that’s water-resistant and mildew resistant, so it’s ideal for entryways with high moisture content.

If your entryway tends to get wet or muddy, you may want to consider a rubber runner. Rubber flooring is the most durable and water-resistant of the options available. It does tend to be more expensive than other materials, however, which may make it cost-prohibitive for hallway runners.

You also have options when it comes to the backing of your runner. Some runners have rubber padding on the underside for extra cushioning and stability; others use a slip-resistant backing; some have both, and some have neither. Think about what you need in terms of comfort and safety, then choose accordingly.

baby feet on multicolored felt ball rug
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Colours and Patterns

Runners come in a range of colours and designs so you can choose a look that suits your style. If you want something subtle, a neutral-coloured rug will add to the decor without taking away from existing colours. Alternatively, you can use bright patterns to add a pop of colour to the space.

Patterns include solids, animal prints, geometric shapes, stripes and more. Select an option that complements your existing furniture and wall art, or choose one that adds contrast to the room’s decor.

Colorful hallway runner rug
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High-Pile or Low-Pile

The next step in choosing the right rug is deciding whether you want a high pile or a low pile. A high-pile rug features fibres that are longer and looser, giving it a thicker feel underfoot. Conversely, a low-pile rug has shorter fibres that are tightly woven together into a flat surface.

There are pros and cons to both options. The high pile of shag rugs bring comfort and warmth to any space, but they do not wear as well as low-pile options. Low-pile rugs offer better durability, making them perfect for high-traffic areas, but they do not offer the same level of cushioning as their high-pile cousins.

One important note: some homeowners shy away from low-pile rugs because they fear the coarse finish will be uncomfortable under bare feet. Today’s modern area hall runner rugs are now made with material that is soft and smooth enough for bare feet.

Close up of white high pile carpet on brown wooden floor
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Benefits of Carpet Runners

Carpet runners add style and personality to a room. By picking an option with a pattern, you can liven up any space with colour or contrast. If you have a young family, carpet runners are also ideal because they offer added cushioning as children run through the hallways and up and down the stairs. You can organize your hallway by pairing multiple runners in various lengths to cover different areas of your home and bring your interior theme together.

Stair runner carpet
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To Sum Up

Runners are an attractive and relatively low-effort way to make an entryway more attractive and welcoming. The hardest part is choosing a runner that meshes well with the colour scheme, style, and purpose of your home, but with a little help from these tips, there’s no reason you can’t find a model that fits the bill.