3 reasons you need a stair runner

This post, from the experts at Carpet Workroom in Needham, just might be the handiest guide ever to buying carpeting. Yes, I said carpeting, but not the gross, stinky, wall-to-wall, VOC-emitting nylon from the 70s.

I’m talking about gorgeous, soft, wool, custom-crafted carpets, perfect for any room, and, especially, on stairs.

stair runner jp
herringbone flat-weave carpet crafted and installed by The Carpet Workroom

I often recommend stair runners to my client families for several reasons :

  1. Stairs get used, like, a lot. Maybe you just refinished your hardwood stairs, or had new treads installed. Instead of looking at refinishing or repainting in a few years, protect them from wear-and-tear with a good-looking stair runner.
  2. Kids fall down stairs. So do grown-ups and pets. It’s happened in my house, to 4 of our 6 residents, and it hurts like hell. A carpet and pad on those steps go a long way to ease the pain and bruises.
  3. Your stairway is a room, too. Often, your stairway gets overlooked as a space to be decorated, but you probably walk up and down your stairs more than you use your dining room. It’s worth the investment in a carpet runner to make a big, or more subtle, style statement.
white on gray patterned carpet on stairs
another gorgeous installation by The Carpet Workroom


SOURCE: How do you select the right carpet materials for your needs? That’s often the biggest question we get here at The Carpet Workroom, so we put together this : Carpet Materials: Pros, Cons, Pricing & Tips! – The Carpet Workroom



family photographs

Some designers advise keeping displays of family photographs in private areas, like bedrooms, but I respectfully disagree. Nothing makes a home feel more personal than putting your memories up where you can share them with others, especially when you are hosting holiday gatherings for friends and family!

Here are two gallery walls I designed and installed for a client recently.

In the family room, I sketched out an arrangement that fit into a finite rectangular area. My clients, one of whom is a talented hobby photographer, chose their favorite pictures of their family. We went with matching custom frames and mats to unify the various sizes and orientations. Because I’m a DIY kinda girl, I did all the framing myself with the help of the artists at The Framers Workshop in Brookline Village. Hanging them required a level, painters tape, hammer and picture hooks, and A LOT of time and patience.


In the stairway, square photos in simple black frames create a classic arrangement that can be admired from the first and second floors. Installing this wall was much faster, because everything was the same size, but this project tested my long arms, my sense of balance, and my bravery in facing my fear of heights.


Gallery wall black frames

I think the final result is fabulous!! What do you think?