Runners are usually rectangular but very long and narrow. They can add color to hallways and galley kitchens, making them inviting and warm, or fill space at the side of the bed. Many designers use a patterned runner to link rooms and spaces together, creating coherent design themes.
A strategically placed runner draws the eye while protecting floors from damage. Naturally, for a hallway, a sturdy, flatweave rug provides a dash of color with shrugging off heavy foot traffic. In a bedroom or living room, a runner with a longer pile can provide lavish comfort for the feet.