Ahhh yes, the table runner. It offers the perfect place for a simple (or not sot simple) pop of color to bring personality and theme to a tablescape. The question is: when do you actually need to add a table runner?
What is a table runner?
A table runner was traditionally used in place of a tablecloth without taking away from the natural beauty of the table. If we dig a little deeper, "Originally, (we’re talking the 1600s here) tablecloths were invented so that diners could wipe their faces after finishing a meal. Almost similar to having a large communal napkin that lived in the centre of the table." (https://themillshop.co.uk/blog/what-are-table-runners-and-how-and-when-to-use-them/)
In most recent times, we use table runners to add decorum to our already existing tablecloth and/or table.
Here are some ways you can use a table runner in your next tablescape: