8 Creative Uses for Table Runners

The humble table runner can be the ultimate versatile piece for savvy decorators. Though it’s typically displayed length-wise across a dining table, a runner is not limited to a certain room or setting. If there’s a flat surface that needs dressing up, a table runner just might be the answer!

Here are a few ideas:

1. Embellish a vanity table
Feel all the more pampered when you sit at your vanity table. Drape an elegant runner across the vanity, and place your mirrored tray and accessories on top. Look for a runner that’s more ornate than usual, like one with lace or fringe.

2. Love the layered look
Let table runners decorate in tandem! Place a solid color runner down first, then top it with a narrower runner in an eye-catching print. If you’re feeling especially bold, try two contrasting prints; this approach works best if one pattern has a smaller scale than the other.

3. Glam up a dresser
Give the top of your dresser luxe appeal with a fancy table runner. Or, if you prefer a more carefree vibe, select a Bohemian-style runner and top it with a small paper lantern or exotic covered jars.

4. Beautify a console table
Give a little life to a neglected console table with a pretty floral runner and a faux flower arrangement in similar colors.

5. Make an entertaining change
Keep a TV console or media cabinet from looking stark by softening it with a runner. A runner with cutwork edging provides a quaint touch, while a striking pattern amps up the drama.

6. Festoon the fireplace
Use a table runner as a mantel scarf. This solution is great for holiday decorating too—a specialty runner atop the mantel is the perfect place to put all those seasonal baubles and figurines.

7. Change your perspective
Instead of placing the runner down the length of a dining room table, turn it so it drapes across the width. Add multiples if it works with your place settings.

8. Cozy up a coffee table
After you’ve piled decorative pillows and a throw on the sofa, the coffee table looks rather bare. Warm up the surface with a table runner; play with textures like burlap or macrame.


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