While one could always opt for an area rug, there is something so extremely efficient about a short runner. While a large area rug often disappears under furniture, a runner is perfect used next to a bed or in front of a bench. It provides a pop of color, texture, and cozy without the commitment a larger rug requires. By all means, then, go a bit wild with pattern. The non-repeating nature of a Moroccan Berber or Chinese Deco rug makes them ideal for showcasing in spots devoid of interruptions.