Published on May 7, 2018

Despite being one of the most high-traffic areas of a home, the staircase is often overlooked when it comes to design. Beyond fulfilling its basic purpose as a means by which to ascend, it’s also a prime spot to make a stellar first impression. So how should one go about dressing up said under-utilized territory? A stylish stair runner has long been the answer. And while we’ve certainly seen our fair share of trendy runners, one bohemian-approved solution recently graced our radar—and it came to us from none other than beloved actress Hilary Duff.

One look at the Disney alum’s Instagram, and it’s instantly obvious that the A-lister has killer taste in decor. But of all the stylish moments in her home, it was her mix-and-match stair runner—which is actually comprised of three different vintage rugs combined to create one playful, cohesive piece—that got us thinking: Is this one-of-a-kind DIY the next best trend to hit runners?

Here, we run through everything you need to know about replicating this collage-like effect at home.

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Photography by Kate Arends, Wit & Delight (@witanddelight_) and Colleen Eversman, 2nd Truth (@2ndtruth)

Be Mindful of Pattern

Based on a rich collision of varying motifs, opposing patterns, and eye-catching hues, this collage-inspired approach is a bohemian’s dream. The key to mastering this ultra-chic amalgamation depends on your ability to balance and blend pattern and texture like a pro. Check out our go-to guide on mixing and matching prints before you shop.

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Photography by Everyday Charming via Design* Sponge

Pick a Palette

The hardest part about nailing this eclectic look is actually finding viable runner options. While it’s important that your runners complement one another, you also don’t want to defeat its distinct purpose. First, start by figuring out the style of rug you want. As this quaint Lake Forest abode can attest, a series of kilim rugs will look dramatically different than a collection of Persian rugs. Settling on a general color palette will also help you narrow down your selection and help visually tie the space together.

Tip: Make sure that all of your runners are (for the most part) all the same width. For a full how-to—from properly aligning to trimming the runners—take a peek at this step-by-step guide.

Feeling ready to replicate the look on your own? Kickstart your DIY by taking a look at the stunning vintage runners ahead.

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Courtesy of Homestead Seattle

4×10 Persian Zanjan Rug – Partam, Homestead Seattle, $535

Comprised of a graphic composite of deep hues and a high-contrast cream, this hand-knotted stunner is the perfect pick if you’re going for a dynamic finish. Consider pairing this saturated option with rugs that boast similar hues and shapes, but in varying proportions.

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Courtesy of Woven

Vintage Colorful Kilim 18666, Woven, price upon request.

A departure from the typical red, blue, and black mix, this vibrant option is perfect for those who want to add an unexpected dose of color to their morning descent. Runners that boast prominent splashes of brown or similar linear behavior will prove to be dreamy companions.

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Courtesy of Blue Loom Vintage

Lauren Vintage Rug Runner, Blue Loom Vintage, $770

ICYMI: Etsy is one of the best places to source vintage rugs online. We’re loving the subtle hints of electric pinks and cobalt blues in this bold, wool rug from the 1930s. Make this punchy piece the star of the staircase by setting it alongside rugs that will pick up on its central geometric motif.

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Courtesy of Chairish

Vintage Turkish Peach & Muted Turquoise Runner Rug, Chairish, $800

If peppy pinks and dynamic reds aren’t quite your thing, maybe this peachy surface will speak your language. With its subtle orange character and soft turquoise undertones, this semi-rustic stunner will set the scene for a tranquil trip downstairs.

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Courtesy of woven

Vintage Oushak 20444, Woven, price upon request.

Looking for a friend to accompany the previous runner? This boho-chic oushak is an idyllic partner. Given its lively detail and pale gradation, this breezy, blue rug is one you’ll feel tempted to admire every time you cross its path.

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Courtesy of Abc Carpet & Home

Aquasilk Overdyed Runner, Abc Carpet & Home, $2,300

Crafted from recycled sari silk from India, this seemingly iridescent runner is the definition of splurge-worthy. With its faint floral motif and delicate blush wash, this handwoven option will look best alongside fellow faded finds that are also translucent in nature.

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Courtesy of Safavieh

ANT 174474 Persian Malayer, Safavieh, price upon request.

For those who (literally) want to walk on the wilder side, nothing says come upstairs like a palette of punchy oranges and rusty yellows. Trust us, you won’t feel guilty about covering your original hardwoods once you’ve added this wool antique to your cart.

 

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