Just kidding, you know I'm a runner right? This isn't about running the stairs but rather, stair runners :)
Here is another example of waterfall. I think waterfall looks best for a large scale pattern like this. It would lose some impact if it was tucked up under the tread.
Notice that these stairs, including the stringer and skirtboard are all painted black. It is striking but I think I would have to buy stock in whatever company makes Swiffer dusters!
A beautiful all white banister with dark wood stairs. There really is so much to consider when it comes to your stairs, especially in the main entry or foyer. Not only do you have to decide finished wood or painted for the treads and risers but also for the two main parts of the banister: the handrail and the balusters.
Is it me obsessing or does the little gap that the waterfall creates under the tread bother you? I can see my kids sticking little army guys in there!
Here is a better picture that shows the gap. Hmmm, head on I like this look better but I'm just not sure about that gap! Black handrail, white balusters- that's what I have and what do you know - all white stairs...I think I'm making up my mind.
Let's look at some pictures of runners that are fitted:
Remarkably, in a basic Google search I could hardly find images of upholstered runners.
Stripes, small scale patterns and busy patterns are good choices for upholstered stair runners. From what I read, upholstered runners don't wear as well.
I didn't show any pictures with stair rails- that is a post for another day but they would work for either application. I think that the waterfall is a more updated look. What do you think? Waterfall or Upholstered?