Chances are you’ve never considered doing anything to the stairs in your home, short of giving them a good cleaning. What you might not realize, however, is that there are actually several ways to give them a serious overhaul, many of which don’t require much effort. Some of them are currently gaining traction in the design world, including the staircase trend, which is not only popular with decorating enthusiasts in general, but is also taking the homes of celebrities by storm.
You may think that the stair carpet – that is, a piece of carpet or a rug installed above the stairs but which does not cover the full width – is nothing new. And yes, you would be right. That said, it has seen an obvious surge in demand lately. Along with that, those who add it to their home give the old (and usually boring) room a new look. Instead of the basic, plain rugs of the past, people are now opting for a mix of vintage rugs, bright patterns, unique shapes, and even cool hardware.
The stars are clearly following the trend, as they are following suit in droves. And it’s easy to see why: not only are rugs a great solution for cold, noisy stairs, they’re also a relatively simple way to improve an uninspiring spot in your home.
To see exactly how they include the piece in their spaces, keep scrolling. The best celebrity stair runners we’ve found are ahead.
Jessica Simpson Geometric Stair Runner
Jessica Simpson leaned into a modern look with her stairs. To go with the sleek black uppers and dark wood, she added a cream and black geometric runner, which softens the whole look and adds much needed contrast and interest.
Hilary Duff Vintage Rug Runner
Hilary Duff’s entire house is awfully cool, so it’s no surprise that her staircase follows suit. Like many fashionable people these days, the actor opted to mix and match several vintage rugs on his steps, adding an eclectic, vintage vibe to the otherwise traditional space.
January Jones Striped Stair Runner
While that’s certainly an option, you don’t always have to make a huge statement with your stair tread. Instead, you can choose a more minimal pattern and muted colors, like January Jones’ navy and cream striped rug. It gives the place a coziness and a bit of extra excitement, without overdoing it. (Pro tip: If you like this look, you can also paint over contrasting lines to achieve a similar effect with less money and effort.)
Stair runner with rods by Kate Hudson
Although Kate Hudson’s stair runner is quite traditional, it’s not without added fun. The beige carpet not only contrasts with her all-white steps, but she also added sleek brass runner rods, which add a touch of shine and a more intentional, luxurious look.
Rustic Neutral Stair Runner by Tia Mowry
Like Duff, Tia Mowry opted for a vintage runner on her footsteps. That said, she took it in a slightly different direction. Rather than mixing various designs together, Mowry chose to include one long piece. With its nice wear and neutral hues, it adds a rustic vibe without making a major statement.