Thursday, November 29, 2012

I Reserve the Right to Change My Mind...

As my vision for the hallway slowly comes together, I've been second guessing my desire for a leopard runner. I think it is something I need to see in person before fully committing.

A close runner up is wool-sisal in the hallway and stairs. I've read somewhere that straight up sisal as a stair runner is bad news for dogs because they can catch their claws on it.  Wool sisal looks like sisal, but feels more like wool. I'd imagine it would be a lot easier to clean also.

If we go this route I'd want to add a border and have the runner installed a few inches away from the walls.
Landry and Arcari
I'll need to visit a carpet showroom to see what something like that would cost me. Looks pricey.

I could also be persuaded to go with some herringbone action. I love me a good herringbone. This one that Sherry Hart did for a client..  Again, no wall-to-wall here and it has a nice contrast border.


If all else fails, this diamond textured rug from the Home Depot would be a good compromise.

It has great texture and comes in plenty of colors.
Has anyone used it?

23 comments:

modern jane said...

I saw that diamond pattern at Home Depot the other day and I'm considering using it on my stairs as a runner.. still trying to decide on a color.

Cathy Wall said...

I did a leopard for a client a while back, very fun! Love the herringbone too but the Home Depot looks good and is a screaming deal, how can you go wrong?

Holly said...

I really love that herringbone runner that Sherry did, but I agree that the HD deal seems like one that you can't pass up. It's got great texture, classic pattern, and can't beat the price.

My Crafty Home Life said...

Currently, my stairs are naked. I have also been contemplating runners. My last runner always looked a bit dirty in the center, so I would say stay away from a solid. Having a boarder is just stunning.

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

I like all of the options but the sisal is my favorite. I love the texture it gives.

DecorandtheDog said...

Leopard makes me nervous. I'd probably hate it after a year. Can you talk my husband into ripping up the carpet on our stairs/hall and replace it with whatever you choose? I trust you. You have good taste.

benjiinteriors said...

If you want my two cent opinion, go for the leopard print. Three reasons... 1. it's bold! 2. First instincts are usual good one. 3. It will alway be in style. I may be bias toward animal prints so you can discard reason # 1

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

I love that the carpet says YOLO hahaha. Am I the only one that noticed that?

Laurie said...

Never used it - but like where you are going with all this. I bet you would love the leopard - seems almost timeless now that it has been in fashion & design so often.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I used a diamond pattern in another house and loved the effect. Look forward to seeing what you do!

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

I love the idea of a runner through the whole hallway, and that herringbone is SWEET.

Linda @ a design snack said...

The HD carpet is a good value depending on where it is used. Stairs maybe not so much. A solid, even one with texture, hides no sins. Animal prints are very forgiving -- they still collect stains and eventually compress but the patterns takes the eye off the rabbit.

Dee said...

I'd go with something that has a flat weave. I purchased Martha Stewart's line at HD that looked like the same pattern you are looking at (it was really expensive too). Walking on it we flattened it, and my cats still snagged it and I keep their claws clipped. Also, I wanted a boarder added to my runner and our HD here in Dublin OH just could not seem to understand what I wanted, even when I brought in a picture. Since then we have had some work done and I had new treads put in and I would NOT put in a solid pattern again. What about Pottery Barn, I have some of their sisal runners that you can have made to your specifications. They are in front of my kitchen sink and family room, we have spilt red sauce..(red wine...:o) and other things and it comes out so easy and doesn't flatten. I love them and you can choose from different color boarders. Good Luck!

Gail Storti said...

We must be cut from the same cloth! I too, longed for a leopard print carpet...what a cool look. But then my second and more practical choice was wool sisal....so much softer than real natural sisal. Then I was in Home Depot a few weeks ago and saw this exact same nylon carpet and whipped out my phone and took a this exact same picture of it! Not bad!!! And the price....cheap! Anxious to see what you choose...I haven't made a decision yet either!

Calypso In The Country said...

I have been thinking of replacing my runner too. We currently have the same carpet runner that matches the wall to wall carpet on our upstairs hall. I love all of your ideas but agree that real sisal could pull and wouldn't be so comfy on bare feet. The home depot ones look great! Can't wait to see your choice!
-Shelley

Tery H said...

How about a stripe runner from Dash and Albert?

Tiffany said...

I like the idea of leopard but the reality might be a bit overwhelming. I'd like a runner for my stairs as well. The HD one is really attractive. I'm going to have to investigate.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I was heartbroken when the bargain priced, good quality leopard remnant was just too small to do my staircase - took me a long time to get over it. I considered that same HD carpet myself but found one that seagrass inspired at Lowe's and ended up going with that. Good luck - it's a hard decision!

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Lyndsay @ that 70s house said...

i love the leopard personally, but a close second would be a jute-inspired woven runner. That's a more neutral look :).

Nancy said...

I have a client that used the dimpled patterned HD carpet behind your first sample in the picture. It looks fabulous! I love the diamond...go for it!
xo Nancy
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Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Don't use anything but wool for stairs because the wear and tear is too much for poly or nylon. It'll need to be replaced quickly. Just my 2 cents. Love where you're headed though.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Love the idea of leopard or a sisal, grass runner. I also love what Sherry did for her client...

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

I love the wool sisal option although you cannot go wrong with any of these.

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