We consider table runners an essential part of decorating and dining. They are costume jewelry for the table, and can be the exact pieces to dress up bare wood or layer over a plain cloth. Try several wider and shorter table runners crosswise on the table to create continuous placemats. Use a longer runner on a lengthwise drop of the table and team it up with coordinating placemats on the sides. Scrunch runners up and place votives (carefully) between the folds for a dramatic and simple centerpiece. The possibilities are endless with a runner or two.