Table runners

What are table runners for?

Any housekeeper knows perfectly well that even some of the best tablecloths can be considered hopelessly ruined if they’ve gotten a stain that can’t be washed off. And here is where table runners come in handy - they can help to hide that stain. For festive occasions, it is understandable that we’d like to use new tablecloths, but for simple and casual gatherings an old one with a stain can do - here is a perfect occasion to start using your colorful table runner.

What is a table runner and how to use it

Table runners are more narrow than traditional tablecloths. They can be placed on top of the main tablecloth, or directly onto the tabletop. While table runners are used for decoration, their grand purpose is to protect the main tablecloth and table surface from unwanted stains or scratches. That is why table runners are often placed on the table in such manner so the cutlery and vases of flowers or fruits are on them.

You often see wedding reception table runners, but they also are very popular around everyday dining tables. Table runners are sometimes called runners, narrow napery, table-mats or serving paths. They are placed along or sometimes across the table to create two opposing seat at the table.

Table runners: width, length and quantity

For the table decor to turn out harmonious and natural, table runners are to be chosen according to the size of the main tablecloth. But there is a general rule for all table runners - they can’t take up more than half the table width.

As for the length, there are no general rules: you can use table runners with both short and long overhangs, as well as with no overhang at all.

If a table is large, then a narrow table runner is suitable (width of not more than 40 cm). In this case, you would need 3 to 4 of them. They can divide the table into several individual dining areas.

A few tips for choosing colors

Both the tablecloth and the runner are selected based on the style and overall color of the kitchen or setting area. Remember a few simple rules for combining colors:

White linen table runner (or any light or pastel shade) is the most versatile option. Table décor in such shades would be perfect and elegant for any occasion. Those options are suitable for both ordinary and festive dinners.

Tablecloths of cool saturated shades of green-blue spectrum will provide soothing and calming effects. It has long been observed that such tablecloths will help to reduce appetite. Choose those shades for very emotional people.

Beautiful table runners of warm bright shades of yellow-red gamma would emit an absolutely different effect. Their task is to stimulate appetite, elevate the mood and revitalize the atmosphere. This will make your guests feel very welcomed.

Some interesting combinations can be created using blue and terracotta colors, white and dark gray, blue and white, red and white, black and red. And it is also a good idea to use no more than 3 colors on the table.