|This is the most popular style: wood steps, painted risers|
and the runner touching the floor.
My daughter has complained everyday since the new stairs went in. She says they are too hard, too slippery in socks. I am getting used to them, but admit I like the feel of carpet underfoot, especially in the morning. Our dog rarely goes upstairs anyway, but she is completely freaked out by them! I got her to go up when work was being done, then had to hook her up to the leash and coax her down with treats. As beautiful as the wood steps are, everyone seems to be missing the carpet.
|Our staircase before the wood steps were added. Carpet by Ralph Lauren.|
Most stair runners end on the floor. If it ends on the floor, the runner will protect the bottom step from scuffs, which is especially good if your risers are painted white. And most seem to be. Why is that???
|Ending on the floor. The twill banding gives it a finished edge.|
|A striped waterfall runner with a coastal casual look.|
Images courtesy of House Beautiful, House & Home, The Zhush blog, Renovation Style, Traditional Home,