Originally, I had a seagrass stair runner in my house with a simple black banding. It has a clean, classic look but it wasn't the softest on your feet first thing in the morning. I probably would have stuck with it but my dogs decided to chew a hole in the one of the steps when we got them a couple of years ago. I have lived with a stair runner with a giant hole in it for over 2 years and finally decided it needed to go!
So, I went with a navy and white diamond pattern for my new stair runner like the one in the pic below. I am waiting to have a railing installed and when that happens I will post pics of my actual runner.
But animal print is really one of my favorites!!!