Select mottled fabrics, such as batiks and subtle prints, in your chosen color scheme. The runner shown here, by designer Kat Tichenor, was made up in bright reds, golds and greens for Christmas.
This will also be charming in whatever color combination you prefer. Consider fall russets and golds, light spring fabrics, and colors that match your decor.
The finished runner is 17 1⁄2″ x 65 1⁄2″.