As part of my partnership with Shaw Floors, they allowed us to get a new runner for our new house for the staircase. We had a certain amount of flooring given to us since I’m part of the Shaw Style Board this year and it is such a blessing to us that this gift of carpet on the stairs will enhance our house so much.
I’m a big fan of patterned carpets and Shaw has some gorgeous ones! We got lots of samples and decided on a beautiful herringbone pattern. We are both fans of classic patterns and herringbone is one of those that always catches our eye.
The carpet on the stairs was a beige blah-tone that was OK, but had seen better days. This house was so plain vanilla that it’s been fun to start adding some personality to it. We have lots of fun plans for this house!
We did determine pretty early on that the stairs were not finished all the way across, so we needed to keep the runner all the way to the wall. The stairs treads are part oak and part painted pine, so wouldn’t have worked for revealing the whole stair tread, plus there were gaps on the wall side that we would have had to deal with. And since I would have put a runner down anyway, we just replaced it with the same footprint that was there for ease of installation.
One more look at the original carpet. Boring and blah beige.
We narrowed our choice down to this beautiful pattern from Shaw carpets (their brand Anderson Tuftex), True Event II in the color Carbon. It’s the top right swatch above. Even though we could have gone with a lighter color and been safe with a brown or beige tone, we thought the black would enhance the black iron railings in our staircase and black just adds a little drama. The lighter color was a great match to the greige wall paint we used, Gatherings by Magnolia Home paint, so it just felt like a good choice. It’s always nerve wracking to choose something this important from a small swatch, but we felt comfortable with the decision. I told them to serge the edges in the lighter color.
Install day came and the installer ripped off the old carpet and got ready to install the new one.
You can see that the builder never intended for the stairs to show. The gap on the wall side isn’t bad, but we would have had to deal with uneven staining if we had tried to stain the wall side of the stair treads and it just made sense to do it exactly like it was.
The same Shaw dealer who did our site finished and Shaw Epic hardwoods also installed our runner, Dalton Wholesale Floors and they did a fantastic job. He was a pro and got the runner installed in about an hour, using a staple gun of some sort. The runner is perfect!
The installation is just gorgeous and our installer did a fabulous job lining it all up and making it beautiful. I was oohing and ahhhing at this beautiful runner and could not stop staring at it.
It makes such a statement and is so classic and elegant, I think we will be very happy with it. You can see it’s serged on both sides, giving it a really finished look.
It’s soft underfoot and feels great barefoot too.
From the top looking down, it’s a gorgeous view and we could NOT be happier with how this runner turned out. If you are in the market for a stair runner, I’d highly recommend Shaw Floors carpets. This one is nylon, very soft and should hold up on stairs for years to come. It has a nice pad underneath and is very cushioned to walk on. See how great it coordinates with the wall color we chose?
It’s so much fun to see all these changes happening at the house and move-in is really soon. I can’t wait to get in there and really start living and enjoying this place with Mark. I’ve been moving in kitchen stuff this past week and figuring out what all I can fit in the cabinets. Our new kitchen isn’t as big on storage as my current house. This house is shaped completely different from my old house and so things will definitely be moved around and it will be a process to get things just right. I already know some pieces from my old house won’t make it to the new house, since there is different wall spaces and all. This house has less walls to display furniture on and that makes a difference, but I’m sure it will be a fun challenge!
Note: This post is sponsored by Shaw Floors as part of the Style Board collaboration. I received the runner and installation at no charge.
Love your choice!!
Really pretty! I’m hoping to do something like this in the near future. I have used Shaw carpets before and will use them again.
Wow, that’s lovely. I would be afraid it would be too busy but it looks great, the color match is perfect. It does make the railings look intentional. We have really ugly beat-up basement stairs. I remembered reading you put down a runner on some stairs. (I just did some research, that was 2010!! Times flies. And I didn’t even know my precious husband then.) I think it was 2015 when I did ours. I sanded and caulked and painted for days. Then, my husband helped me staple 3 runners from Target. I wish I had used better rug padding. All that work really paid off, it looks so much better. And I pray every time I go down the stairs the runner holds up till we sell next year because we used a used a gazillion staples. It would be a major project to get those staples all out. And it took so much longer than an hour!! Oh, the joys of professionals at work.
Thank you, Nancy, it was so nice to have a pro do our stairs and they look sooooo good. We are thrilled with them. We have unfinished stairs going down to our basement that I will do a DIY on one of these days. I’ll paint them and add a pretty runner too and that one I can do myself.
Love that runner! At first I was thinking it was making me dizzy but I was scrolling very fast through your pictures. It looks gorgeous! Cannot wait to see more of your beautiful new home!
Deanna Rabe says
Sandy A says
Beautiful! Perfect choice with the color and design!
Very classy. At least you could expose one edge of the tread. I have read your blog for ages. I can’t wait to see which pieces make the cut and end up in your new home.
Rita C at Panoply says
Oh, that is so handsome!
Barbara Hunnicutt Moore says
Love! Perfect choice. Coming along nicely!
Marianne A. says
Absolutely love it !!!
Very classy and a perfect choice. I must admit when I saw the first picture I wondered why the carpet was not centered on the stair, I have never seen that before. Guess the builder was saving some labor and money. Once the carpet was stripped I could see why you chose to keep it the same way. It was the only way to do it without a lot of work to change the stairs.
Timeless and so classic! It looks beautiful.
Your stair steps look gorgeous with the new runner. I just didn’t the creamy carpet on the steps looked like you! Go to town girl! 🙂
Be a sweetie,
Gorgeous! Any idea how much this runner would have cost if you paid for it? I want the same one! 🙂
Hi, Angela, I’m finding out the s.f. cost of this runner for you. The Shaw dealer told me installation on a runner like this would be $200 to $300 (depending on your stairs), so I’ll find out the carpet price too.
Bonnie E says
Love it, Rhoda! YOu know builders do the craziest things when building. Must be a trick of their trade ha! Anyway the hardwoods or laminate even though pretty would have been slicky …..Johnny fell down the stairs coming down from his office upstairs 3 times. He would have socks on & sled straight down. That could really be dangerous. I love the chevron printed runner & think you will love it plus no worries.
[email protected] Stroll Thru Life says
Love the runner. Great choice.
Rhoda – the new runner looks great! Good choice! I’m looking forward to seeing what furniture will go where in this lovely new house!!
I love it! Great explanation on why the runner had to go all the way to the wall! As always excellent before and after pics! Simply gorgeous!
I love love love the runner! I’m kind of stunned at how much of a difference it makes!
Kim Nations says
I love it. Matches perfect. That gives me an Ideal on how to to my stairs that needs to be updated.. LOve your posts.