These Hallway Runner Ideas Will Make You Want to Cut a Rug

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There's no time like the present to refresh the decor around your dwelling. And one of the easiest ways to lean into a new look is to consider what's underfoot — the rug. In particular, we're talking hallway runners. Because which space gets tons of use and way less love than it deserves? Our entry halls and foyers.

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Durability should be one of your main concerns when it comes to choosing the perfect hall rug. But also think about complementing the existing color palette and finding something that's stain-resistant and either low-pile or flatweave (to withstand heavy foot traffic). Function needn't trump form here, though.

To prove it, we assembled some gorgeous hallway runner ideas we're pretty sure you'll love. Get ready for a mix of natural fibers, geometric patterns, and more.

1. Put a twist on tradition.

Take a cue from this truly modern space, and mix in a bit of tradition with a Persian- or medallion-style runner. It will ground a groovy hallway with a touch of elegance where you least expect it.

Get the look​: Well Woven Traditional Runner, starting at $40

2. Go boho with a bold pattern.

If you have an all-white entryway, why not go boho with a neutral color, low shag runner? The cool black and white cross pattern will add just the right amount of eclectic to a serene space.

Get the look​: BoutiqueRugs Alstead Runner, $76

3. Tone it down with taupe or gray.

Does your hallway already have a lot going on? If so, choose a handwoven, flat jute runner that can take on heavy traffic. The natural color won't take away from any art or objects you have on display.

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Get the look​: Breakwater Bay Dollard Jute and Dark Blue Runner, $119.99

4. Mix, match, and mash it up.

A hallway can be the space where you take some decor risks. We're loving this eclectic combo of a striped runner and floral wallpaper. Because who says you can't mix patterns? It's also okay to go with an outdoor rug if you're worried about stains. Remember to add a pad under to guarantee a non-slip situation.

Get the look​: Lulu and Georgia Nurae Striped Runner, $268

5. Stay neutral and serene.

In any high traffic area, you'll want a runner that won't skid and will stand the test of time. The gorgeous off-white option in this Studio McGee hallway blends beautifully into its surroundings and packs an aesthetic punch. Just make sure to go for a rug size that fits your particular space.

Get the look​: Safavieh Ivory Shag Runner, $89.99

6. Let two be better than one.

Got an extra long hallway, or just want to break things up instead of going with one long runner? Pick a matching pair of jute rugs like these. The subtle stripes add just the right amount of extra texture over Saltillo tiles. Rugs on tiles tend to slip even more, so remember to add a rug pad to avoid any mishaps.

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Get the look​: nuLOOM Jute Runner Rug, $50.68

7. Rock out with a Morrocan style.

Like we said, a hallway is the perfect place for a refresh, and it can handle vibrant colors. This entryway goes from simple to super fab with a Moroccan-inspired runner that features bold pinks, reds, and gold. Talk about saying "welcome home" in a whole new way.

Get the look​: Rugs USA Multi Moroccan Diamond Rug, starting at $107

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As an Emmy Award winning creative director, writer and producer I have worked on content for brands like Disney, BravoTV, TBS, Universal, E! and MTV. But I mostly love rearranging furniture and repotting plants at home.