The best hallway rugs and runners to help you make a grand entrance

Soft-as-a-cloud plush pads or hard-wearing rugs for high traffic areas? We’ve got both, and then some, in our list of the best hallway rugs and runners.

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Hallways can sometimes draw the short straw when it comes to our time and attention. We’re all guilty of bustling out in the mornings, desperately rooting around in the under-stairs cupboard for a matching left shoe or trying to remember that really important thing we had to do. Equally, we’ve all been known to tramp in, exhausted, at the end of a long day, sling our coat across the banister and kick off our shoes, and head off to pour ourselves a glass of something warming. But the entranceway to your house is far from merely functional, it can be a warming and welcoming space to rival even the cosiest living rooms and dens with the application of a little home decorating magic, and one simple but effective way to do that is with a rug.

The best hallway rugs will give you pleasure every time you come through the front door and every time you leave, so picking the right one is very important. We’ve picked out a few from our favourite retailers that’ll give your hallway just the edge it deserves, whether it’s a dose of Scandi cool, a traditional feel, a touch of Eastern splendour, or anything in between. 

Unless you have a particularly wide hallway — and even if you do — you’ll probably want to go for a rectangular rug, something longer than it is wide to draw your focus away from the entrance and towards the end of the room. This is a neat little trick to make your hallway look longer, and you can make that trick work even harder for you with a runner. Anyone who’s ever mused about what clothes will make them look tallest and slimmest is sure to have been told that vertical stripes are the secret, and the same applies with interiors. A long, skinny rug that runs the length of the hallway, or even up the stairs, not only gives the illusion of length, but also gives you a way to protect your carpets or floorboards throughout.

1. MADE Holden Large Geometric Hand Tufted Wool Rug

Bright and blocky, but never busy, this luxurious wool rug takes first place

Specifications
Best for: Modern design
Material: 80% wool, 20% cotton
Dimensions:
Care: Professional clean
Reasons to buy
+ Lovely bright colour scheme + Thick tufted wool 
Reasons to avoid
- Pale patches may look dirty quickly 

If your tastes run less overtly girly and more neutral, this large rug from MADE is a great design-led and practical addition to the entranceway. The Holden rug takes soft grey and desaturated blue and adds a punch of sunshiney yellow for an unexpectedly charming colour palette, and even the alternative grey and millennial pink colourway offers a bit of edge with its stark geometric shapes. Great design, plus a luxurious construction of thick, soft New Zealand wool, gives this statement rug our top spot. 

2. Royal Heritage Imperial Baktian Runner Rug

An Eastern-look rug that you don’t have to travel halfway around the globe for

Specifications
Best for: Eclectic
Material: 100% wool pile
Dimensions: L275 x W67 cm
Care: Dry clean
Reasons to buy
+ Affordable traditional design + Lots of easy-to-match shades 
Reasons to avoid
- Dry clean only 

Based on traditional kilim designs from the Far East, crafted by skilled Belgian workers, and now right here with us in Blighty, this is a globe-trotting rug if we ever saw one. But while it has all the looks of a traditional Oriental rug that you’d pick up in the hallowed rug section of Liberty for an eye-watering price, it’s actually rather pocket-friendly. With its abundance of warm tones from subtle hints of sage to terracotta and deep red, it’s easily matched to other decorative accents despite its jazzy design, and reviewers have commented favourably on how comfortable it is underfoot. 

3. HOME Feliz Ombre Runner

Neutrals? Boring? Not so with this multi-toned runner

Specifications
Best for: Best neutral
Material: 100% polypropylene
Dimensions: L230 x W60 cm
Care: Wipe clean
Reasons to buy
+ Compact design for small hallways + Trendy space-dyed effect 
Reasons to avoid
- No non-slip 

Not all hallways are crying out for colour — in fact, if you’re aiming to cultivate a carefully careless Scandinavian aesthetic, a neutral tone-on-tone entranceway is the way to go. Enter this hallway runner, space-dyed in calming shades of grey to give a ultra-cool ombre effect. It’s earned rave reviews on Argos for its thick and soft structure, with users commending how cosy it makes their space, although as one sensibly mentioned, it doesn’t have a non-slip coating, so if you have accident-prone children or pets who take the word “runner” a little too literally, you might want to look for something a bit more grippy. 

4. John Lewis Fusion Manisa Kelim Rug

A colourful, covetable rug with a distinctive eastern look

Specifications
Best for: Far-East style
Material: 100% wool
Dimensions: L120 x W60 cm
Care: Professional clean
Reasons to buy
+ Lots of colours; easy to match to accents  + Thicker than some 
Reasons to avoid
- Has been known to curl up at corners 

This Kilim rug from John Lewis builds on a proud tradition of thousands of years of artisanal weaving from the Ottoman Empire, but you don’t have to travel quite so far these days to get that coveted bazaar-sourced look. With its array of beautifully saturated tones, it’s a simple way to add a splash of colour to an uninspiring space, with reviewers commenting that it looks particularly stunning on wood floors, and that its 100% wool body was thicker and more substantial than expected. All great news, especially for the none-too-shabby price. 

5. Scroll Brown - Hall & Stair Carpet Runner

Upstairs, downstairs, or just to welcome you in off the step, this runner does it all

Specifications
Best for: Bringing the outdoors in
Material: 100% polypropylene
Dimensions: L1.2 - 30m, W60 - 70cm
Care: Wipe clean
Reasons to buy
+ Neutral tones work well everywhere + Practical, easy-clean polypropylene 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the most luxurious 

Botanical prints are everywhere in interiors right now, and the hallway is no exception. Bring the great outdoors in with this neutral-toned runner, emblazoned with a leaf and vine design — if you like to change your textiles with the seasons, this is a lovely one for autumn, but its laid-back palette means it’s suitable all year round. This up-stairs runner’s big seller is its incredible range of lengths, with the option to go up to an enormous 30 metres, and every inch of it wipe-clean. This would be a wonderful practical option for a country home that sees lots of muddy feet and paws. 

6. MADE Mira Flatweave Runner

An artisanal woven rug for offbeat interiors

Specifications
Best for: A laid-back look
Material: 50% wool, 50% cotton
Dimensions: H66 x W200cm
Care: Professional clean
Reasons to buy
+ Doesn’t look like a high street find + Very hard-wearing 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the softest on bare feet 

If your house is less of the cream carpet persuasion and more along the lines of bare floorboards and bright accents, this runner is sure to be right up your street. A textured finish and bright, geometric, almost-ikat print conspire to give it that ‘just brought it back from holidays’ look, no matter whether you go for hot-right-now mustard (looks great with grey) or intense indigo, a constant classic. What makes it so great for the hallway isn’t just its welcoming bright hues though, it’s also woven to be hard-wearing enough to deal with high levels of foot traffic, so it’s both practical and pretty.