I decided that a black and white striped runner rug is exactly what I needed to offset my hallway with its pale gray walls and light slate gray laminate flooring.
All one color would have been too bland but a combination of the two neutral colors I felt added just the right nuance. At the same time it would protect my flooring from the wear and tear of everyday life.
I found 5 lovely choices as you can see below. The whimsical cat one I find adorable but I think I will save that one for a bedroom and the stair carpet will be perfect.
The only problem now is on deciding which one to purchase of the three left for the hallway. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions...