The people who lived here before us had laid thick brown rubber mats on each stair. Why? Well, my guess is to prevent wear and tear. But, I hated them with a passion. So today, I had my new Dash & Albert runners installed. The result is AMAZING. It brings so mush color to our stairwell and entryway. I am beyond happy with the results! I am also glad that I hired someone to do this job...it is all about knowing when to say "WHEN."