Why every home should have a hallway runner

This nifty little gem brightens up your entrance hall easily and on budget - and it keep scratches and marks off floorboards and laminate flooring.

Every hallway should have a hallway runner. This nifty little gem brightens up your entrance hall easily and on budget - and it keep scratches and marks off floorboards and laminate flooring.

Country Homes and Interiors shows you how best to use this foot-fiendly style essential, whatever the space you have to play with...

1/10 Dotty runner

white hallway with boots and carpet

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dotty runner)

Liven up transition spaces such as hallways, landings and stairs with circles and spots. Place a dot-design runner underfoot and add colourful accessories, such as spotty bags and wellies. Plain walls and wood flooring prevent the scheme being overpowering. Don’t forget a comfy bed for your pooch; put one in the hall and he can keep an eye on the household's comings and goings.

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2/10 Lively red runner

white hallway with wooden bench and red carept

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

This jolly red striped runner earns extra points for warming up a tiled hallway. Keep the cosy theme going by teaming cable, bobble and super-sized knits with distressed farmhouse furniture for contemporary homespun appeal. A selection of cushions, throws and a patterned weave blanket will welcome the wayfarer home. The furnishings pick up on the red-edged panels in the stained glass door for a harmonious look.

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3/10 Sail-stripe runner

hallway with blue chair and hanger

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Gardiner)

A flatweave runner in a bold blue with a fine stripe of red cuts a dash in this hallway, opening the way to a sailing scheme. Team it with a breezy sail-stripe curtain in a subtle faded blue. White painted floorboards and pale grey walls are livened up by a painted blue chair and a striped canvas shopper.

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4/10 Smart grey runner

hallway with log wallpaper and white staircase

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

Bring warmth and texture to a plain white hallway by decorating in country lodge style with clever log-effect wallpaper on one feature wall. On the floor, oak boards in a natural, honeyed tone are sharpened up by a charcoal runner edged in pink. A polished dark wood side table and an umbrella stand with a brace of walking sticks complete the country look.

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5/10 Soft neutral runner

blue hallway with bench and cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/Trevor Richards)

If you have the luxury of a wide hallway, dress it in style with a comfortable upholstered bench. Add extra comfort to the scheme with a plush neutral runner edged with a wide trim to match the bench. Classic parquet flooring suits the scheme perfectly. Painting the woodwork and panelling in a moody blue/grey tone focuses the attention on the wallpaper panels depicting black swans in flight.

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6/10 Plaited rush runner

hallway with white table and flower vase

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jeremy Baile)

Natural rush, harvested in the UK and plaited by hand, creates the perfect runner for a hallway floor. Lay it over brick or stone flooring and team with a painted console for a country look. Make a floaty curtain for the back door from a selection of green ribbons. A selection of wicker baskets and wooden crates tie in neatly with the theme.

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7/10 Painted runner

staircase with white walls and flower vase

(Image credit: Future PLC/Pernille Pahle)

Create your own hallway runner design using floor paint. Once the base coat is dry, map out the pattern using a steel ruler and a pencil and apply masking tape before painting. If you’re pleased with the effect, extend it from the stairs along the hallway floor. Make a focal point at the top of the stairs with a large mirror, painted vintage trunk and a flower arrangement.

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8/10 Natural runner 

white hallway with shoes and carpet

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

A plant fibre runner made from sisal and finished with a narrow strip of pink lends country appeal to white-painted floorboards on this landing. Get the sewing machine out to create a our homemade doorstop in the shape of a quirky handbag. On chilly nights, slip on a pair of soft slippers and you can pad around in comfort.

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9/10 Pretty plastic runner 

hallway with white table and floral curtains

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

This colourful plastic rug contrasts with traditional limestone flags in the hall of a country house. Its lavender shade and intricate pattern link it beautifully to the exuberantly flowery door curtain, lampshade and decorative suitcases. Cool down the effect with a white console table and coat stand. Off-white wall panelling is a practical choice as scuff marks will simply wipe away.

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10/10 Crisp red and white runner

white hallway with red carpet and basket

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

This hallway scheme is easy to create, using one of our favourite country colour schemes of red and white. Start with a flatweave runner in a bold red, laid on a white painted floor. Add a vintage bench, silvery toned basket and bring in touches of grey and blue with a woolly cushion and a few homely knitted extras.

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