A trend has been developing at weddings and events to use large slabs or wood or stone as the runner on a table, rather than a traditional cloth. The slab allows you to create height and interest on the table by elevating things placed on it, while also adding color and depth to the table at the same time. The trend is becoming so popular, in fact, that many people are beginning to use these runners in other places as well, such as at holiday tables. A marble or granite runner can make a beautiful centerpiece for your table, while protecting the wood or cloth beneath from hot dishes at the same time.
A slab runner is essentially a piece of material about 3cm thick cut to approximately 12-inches in width and 4 to 5 feet in length. The runner may have finished or raw edges depending on the style you’re looking for, and can also be irregular in shape. Anyone who is purchasing a granite counter for their kitchen may request to have the leftover material cut into runners to use on nearby dining room tables to create a cohesive look.
Even if you are not having a granite or marble counter or table made, you can still use a stone runner for your table. Many stone yards have small remnants or leftover pieces of stone that you can purchase for this use. You may have to pay a cutting or polishing fee if you want the edges finished, but raw edges can also work as well.
When looking for a stone for your runner, consider one that has a polished finish, as well as a lot of movement or color. You want the runner to be an eye-catching centerpiece for the table, so look for stones that have colorful veins or streaks you can use to coordinate your place settings with.
Use your runner to display candles or flowers, or set serving dishes on it that are too hot to be placed directly on the table. However you use it, a stone runner is sure to be a unique and interesting focal point for your meal.