There’s a new vintage runner in the entryway downstairs (I’ll have to rephotograph the area and share soon), and I’ve turned my attention toward the hall on the second floor. I don’t want to keep the wood floor bare because the kids slip on it when they have socks on, and Murray has a hard time getting traction on slick surfaces. Plus, a little protection for the original floors couldn’t hurt, especially in high-traffic areas.
We had gray FLOR tiles in the dining room at the old house, so I brought them out to give ’em a go. The chimney chase juts out into the hallway here, and there’s an angled wall opposite, so I like that I can custom-fit the runner to the space. (Obviously I would trim a couple of tiles to mimic the angled section.)
I liked the carpet as an 8×10, but the seams are really obvious as a runner. Part of that could be because the pieces have been rearranged though, and maybe if they were stuck together they would wear evenly and that effect would fade. (Anyone have experience with reusing and rearranging them that can weigh in here?) The gray color isn’t doing it for me either, but does that warrant get newer prettier ones in a different color or pattern when we already own these? Although we don’t have enough to extend the runner as far as I’d like, and this style has been discontinued. (Justification!)
There is a pink and white plastic runner from the old house that we also already own, which I used briefly in the finished basement’s craft space. It’s cute, but a little on the narrow side. We would need another one for the rest of the hall, and I don’t know if I’m loving it so much that I’d want a second one. And then what do we do at that jog in the hall? Side by side? Slight overlap or gap?
A lot of these houses end up with wall-to-wall carpet in the hallways. I’m not sold on the idea, but it’s an option. Use the existing FLOR tiles we have, use new FLOR tiles, buy a second matching pink runner and use those, lay carpeting, find two other runners (wool would be nice, or vintage Persian rugs)… there are plenty of options. What would you do?