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5 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Style a Vintage Runner

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A runner is a perfect way to liven up any narrow space; we love them in the hallway, in the kitchen, even in the bath. And when that runner is a gorgeously patterned, perfectly faded, one-of-a-kind vintage stunner? You can bet we love it even more. Judging by Instagram, you love this look too. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite #MyOKLStyle snaps showcasing vintage runners in action. Check them out and get inspired to bring one into your own space.

Photo by @carpendaughter

In a Charming Entryway

A pink-tinged runner adds a welcoming pop of color to a neutral entryway—and contrasts perfectly with that rich charcoal wall. Rosy pillows and potted plants round out the cheerful vibe.

In an All-White Kitchen

Crisp, clean, and washed in white, this kitchen is an oasis of calm. A muted runner adds just the right hint of pattern—filling up the open floor space without overpowering the room.

Photo and design by @202_design via @francesloom
Photo and design by @202_design via @francesloom

In a Darkly Dramatic Kitchen

The ever-versatile vintage runner works in modern spaces too. Here, a rug in rich tones of brick red and navy warms up a cool and clean-lined kitchen; the softly faded pattern provides an elegant counterpoint to the sleek surfaces and industrial metal details.

Photo by @coco.kelley

Photo by @coco.kelley

In an Airy Breakfast Nook

A runner with a lavender ground harmonizes with the pale tones of this relaxed dining nook. (Not to mention its intricate pattern hides spills and stains beautifully.)

Design by @amberinteriors for @elysewalker; photo by @tessaneustadt
Design by @amberinteriors for @elysewalker; photo by @tessaneustadt

In a Luxurious Bath

Soothing hues and uncluttered surfaces give this master bath an indulgent aura. The vintage runner, beaded chandelier, and richly textured accessories give it a dash of bohemian cool.

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