Here is a modern spin on the stair runner... lose the rug and grab some paint! I have seen this technique done quite a bit lately and I think it is really creative. Painting a runner down the middle of your stairs adds interest but is much less expensive than buying a rug and it also allows you to use any color you want (maybe even some of the leftover paint from painting a room in your house?)
I love the colors in this one. I like how they gave the runner a border of a darker color.
What do you think? I would like to try this one day.