Carpets work wonders on stairs, providing soft and spongy comfort underfoot. Whether you want to make a design statement or prefer a pared-back neutral look, or you've set your heart on a grey stair carpet over a patterned stair carpet, we've got stylish suggestions to suit every interior style and budget.
What is the best carpet for stairs?
Stairs are a high-traffic area, so it's crucial that the carpet covering them is durable to withstand its activity levels. When it comes to the best stair carpet material, synthetic nylon carpet may be your best bet for safety and strength, while wool is also a good option as its fibres repel stains and dirt (although it's more expensive). Meanwhile, berber carpets are an incredibly durable choice for staircases as they are made from loops instead of strands.
A stairway is often the first thing your guests see as they step inside your home and can completely set the tone for your personal interior style.
Full stair carpets or a stair runner carpet?
As well as all-over carpet, a modern stair runner is another great way to transform a simple staircase. A runner is an excellent way of updating your staircase without breaking the bank.
Essentially, a stair runner is fitted to the middle of your staircase, leaving some of the wood visible on each step, while with fully carpeted options, the entire steps are covered. 'Fully carpeted stairs project a feeling of luxury, while a runner will add wow factor.
Why is carpeting on stairs a good idea?
Carpet is a great option on stairs, especially for homes with young children and elderly family members. Hardwood flooring can become dangerous if anything spills or little ones run with socks. Carpet might not prevent falls, but it certainly provides more stability when climbing stairs.
Whether patterned or plain, there are lots of stylish stair carpet ideas for your stairs and landing. On that note, browse through these suggestions...
Make a design statement with stripes, which perfectly complements the natural wooden staircase.
Bring together a glorious medley of raspberry, mulberry and blackcurrant shades for a chic and cosy scheme. Paired with a classic grey stripe carpet runner, this hallway is the ultimate recipe for an inviting space.
When choosing stair carpets in a busy home, opt for carpets which are stain-resistant and durable.
Herringbone wool carpets for stairs meet the demands of busy households while also being eco-conscious, when it comes to their flooring/Wool and woven carpets are extremely cosy and exude elegance but the natural fibres used have elasticity and bounce back making it extra durable.'
Showcase subtle textures on your stairs with a neutral runner. This has a chic finish thanks to its neat black trim.
Implement pattern into your home with an eye-catching carpet runner, such as this hand-woven style. It's a charming, playful pattern that will really work well alongside a white or neutral staircase.
As well as drawing attention, striped carpets help create the illusion of a bigger space, which is great for a smaller home.
'Bold, geometric designs and bright colours will give your stairs that wow factor and work well when mixed with minimalist furniture and accessories.
Opting for repeating patterns will not only allow your design to flow easily into other rooms, but will be forgiving to everyday marks and scuffs as your stairs see some serious use over their lifetime.
Shake up your interiors by turning your staircase into something fun for the kids — especially if it leads to one of their bedrooms.
Bring a touch of plush texture to your home with traditional hues, such a dark purple or classic brown. To truly set the mood, why not paint your staircase bannister the same colour as your carpet? Bold and daring, yes, but it will wow guests in an instant.
Carpet runners — decorative strips of carpet which run down the centre of a staircase — are all the rage on Instagram. Unlike fully carpeted options, runners aren't as wide as your steps as they leave a gap on the side. Typically installed over hardwood or tiled stairs, they are a brilliant choice for both modern and traditional homes.
'Runners can be fitted on the stairs either as a standard carpet, attached with stair rods or used as standalone hall runner.
Flooring needs to meet practical needs, but you'll also want to ensure it complements the rest of your interiors, too. If you're looking for a style that will give your hallway a smart upgrade, this monochrome stair runner is just the ticket.
Refresh your entryway with a calming colour palette. Classic and elegant, it's the ultimate way to create a welcoming first impression. And, it looks brilliant with hallway panelling. Neutral shades can lighten up a small or dark entrance by accentuating the feeling of space, while gentle stripes add a stylish feature to your staircase.
It is without a doubt the staircase receives the most traffic in the home. So when you have decided on the perfect staircase carpet make sure to book your professional carpet cleaning with RH Carpet Cleaning twice a year. This will keep your carpets looking newer for longer.
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