Trends in Carpet Runners - Winter 2011

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Trends in Carpet Runners - Westchester NY

Westchester carpet runner - Kane Pin DotWe've been getting more and more calls for Carpet runners on steps in Westchester County NY.  Runners on the steps serve 2 purposes: 1) safety (less likely to trip and easier for pets to go up/down the steps) and 2) decorative (esp if steps can be viewed from the entryway.

Trends:

1) Simpler styles are in and "less is more."  Regardless of whether it's a higher quality/fancier runner, simpler designs seem to be winning out.  These have both an upscale appearance and importantly don't compete with the area rugs and decor in ohter adjoining rooms (usually the living room and dining room).  For example, this pin dot runner is upscale and versatile...and timeless.

2) Contrast the color of the runner vs. the hardwood.  Blending on the steps does not work.  If you going to add a runner, make it work visually so you celebrate a wonderful duet between the carpet and the steps.

3) Avoid using stair rods.  Back in the old days, stair rods were functional - they literally attached the runners and held them in place.  Nowadays, these are just decorative (and add to the cost).  Most feel they are outdated and pretentious.  Also, young kids have a tendency to trip on them, so they are not the safest.

4) Tuck the carpet under the treads for a neat tailored look; avoid waterfall style which looks less upscale and tends to collect more dust.  Less skilled installers will sometimes do waterfall style as it is easier, but this style doesn't look as nice and sometime causes a bit more slipping.

Other recent trend posts:

Trends in hardwood flooring stain colors

Trends in carpet colors

When you're ready to explore carpet runners for yout steps in Westchester NY, give The Flooring Girl a call at 914-937-2950 and we'd be happy to "brind the store to your door."

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Rainer
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Mary Macy
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The metal bars are also a cleaning nightmare!!!!  Happy New Year to You!!!!  Thanks for the good information.

Dec 28, 2011 03:52 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Thanks for updating us on the latest trends in carpet runners Debbie. I never considered the stairs as a part of the carpet runner. I thought carpet runner were the long skinny "rugs" that you see in hallways and such. Either way, if I ever have a question about carpet runners, you are my contact!

 

Dec 28, 2011 05:18 PM #4
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Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt

My first floor is all oak and then the stairs leading to the attic area is carpet. I would love to change that and put hardwood stairs in so I could use a stair runner!  My stairs are not a focal point - off the back hallway.

Dec 28, 2011 05:54 PM #5
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Kerry - Yes, you are so right, and this really applies if you are selling your home, too.  You want to appeal to widest audience.

Lisa - I'm glad you like it; my customer from last night is buying one, too.

Mary - Excellent point.  I hadn't even considered that.

Tom - Interesting.  Here, in our area, runners on the steps are more common vs. the hallways.  Ironically, in the hallways, the runners make the space look much smaller.

Jo - Adding hardwood treads on steps can be extremely expensive.  If you have them, leverage them, but if you don't, it may not be worth the expensive, esp if it is back hallway.

Dec 28, 2011 08:36 PM #6
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Debbie, Thank you for the information. I will keep it in mind when we get new carpet.

Dec 28, 2011 10:30 PM #7
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Gita - Excellent.  Glad to hear it. Oh, and I love your new profile picture.

Dec 28, 2011 10:57 PM #8
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Richie Alan Naggar
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The Museum of Flooring in Washington wants all your posts and comments for its files and records..

Dec 29, 2011 02:33 AM #9
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Debbie Gartner
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Richie - Thx. Now, that would be an honor.

Dec 29, 2011 02:43 AM #10
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debbie- I can always count on you for helpful and timely information.  You almost never hear of carpet runners but they can make such a difference in daily use and in appearance!

Dec 29, 2011 03:18 AM #11
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Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Debbie, it is nice to hear that they are back in use, and without those old rods that use to be everywhere.

Dec 29, 2011 05:28 AM #12
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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When I've shown vacant property and the runners on the stairs are still there my clients are thrilled when they are in good shape and look lovely.  The house may be totaly void of furniture at the time we tour, but those runners will add such a nice touch.  I'm glad to know what's trending.  Thanks Debbie.

Dec 29, 2011 07:32 AM #13
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Kathy - Thx. You're so sweet.  Yes, they can make a big difference.

Sandy - Yes, they are pretty and functional.

Carla - Oh very interesting.  I hadn't even thought of that, and you are so right.

Dec 29, 2011 08:00 AM #14
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Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
CT Home Stager Fairfield & New Haven County

Debbie, this is a fabulous post. Lots of very useful information. As a home stager I often suggest to remove carpet runners from the stairs as in many cases they look very outdated or worn. However, I agree with you that they can add value to a home if a home seller is willing to invest in the replacement instead of the removal. Love your trend information...

Dec 29, 2011 08:40 AM #15
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Birgit - Thx so much.  yes, if they are old our out of style, it's better to rip them up. If they can afford new ones, that's ideal, but even just ripping them up if they are dingy is better.

Dec 29, 2011 10:23 AM #16
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I'm enjoying your trend blogs.  Consumers want to know about trends whether or not they are selling when they are approaching their remodeling project.

Dec 29, 2011 10:32 AM #17
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Donna - Thx so much.  I have a whole bunch from the last few months, and soon I will need to link them all together.

Dec 29, 2011 10:37 AM #18
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Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Debbie -- I like the pin dot, but I still favor the oriental carpeting as long as it's not too flashy or competitive.  Safety is important, especially for our furry friends who can go up/down at high speeds!  Very informative post.

Dec 29, 2011 10:41 AM #19
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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Debbie, 

This is great advice.  We replaced two carpet runners this year and I love your advice.  I don't like the waterfall look, or the rods.... glad it wasn't just me. 

All the best in 2012, Michelle

Dec 29, 2011 01:13 PM #20
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Barbara - Yes, for some homes, some people really prefer oriental style, and this is good to help hide the dirt, too.

Michelle - Thank you so much and glad you found the same thing.

Dec 29, 2011 10:15 PM #21
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Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

Debbie,

Thanks for the update. Carpet on stairs still makes a lot of sense.

Brian

Dec 31, 2011 08:18 AM #22
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