12 Daring Doormats

A new welcome mat may be the easiest way to spruce up your front door area and add instant curb appeal. With so many options available—and at such affordable prices—there’s no reason not to toss the boring mats aside.

Whether it’s a funny message, a neon color, or an interesting shape, make your mat as distinctive as the rest of your home. One rule of thumb: make sure your mat is as wide as your door (anything less will appear too small).

Looking for some inspiration? Start here!


Pretty Pattern

Outdoor Doormats - Wisteria

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Give your front stoop a hit of global design with this Suzani motif. Suzani Doormat, $34 at wisteria.com



Outdoor Doormats - Flip Flops

Photo: uncommongoods.com

Made from recycled scrap foam rubber (from flip flops!), this mat will not only wear well underfoot, but serve the earth as well. Flip Flop Mats, $30 at uncommongoods.com


Seasonal Switch

Outdoor Doormats - Penguins

Photo: westelm.com

Now that the temperature is dipping and holidays are around the corner, add something seasonally appropriate mat to your entry. Penguin Doormat, $29 at westelm.com


Animal Magnetism

Outdoor Doormats - Hippo

Photo: allmodern.com

Make a true statement with an oversized animal-shaped doormat, like this hippo design by Ed Annink. Droog Hippo Mat, $156 at allmodern.com


The Key

Outdoor Doormats - Keys

Photo: urbanoutfitters.com

No need to hide it under the mat with this skeleton key-patterned design. Locksmith Welcome Mat, $34 at urbanoutfitters.com



Outdoor Doormats - Colorblock Marine

Photo: cspost.com

If it’s good enough for boats, buoys, and lobster traps, you can bet it will serve foot traffic well. Recycled Marine Rope Rug, $52 at cspost.com


More Faux Bois

Outdoor Doormats - Faux Bois

Photo: Pottery Barn

To mark the transition from the great outdoors to indoors, consider a doormat with a faux bois, or “false wood”, design. Faux Bois Printed Doormat, $29 at potterybarn.com (no longer available)


Stay in the Lines

Striped Doormat

Photo: potterybarn.com

The best thing about colored multi-stripes—they go with everything. Multistripe Door Mat, $29 at potterybarn.com


The Doormat Says It All

Outdoor Doormats - Funny

Photo: eBay

Let your doormat say it for you. One of many amusing doormats available on ebay.com, $33.32


Garden Hose

Outdoor Doormats - Hose

Photo: markkintzel.wordpress.com

Make your own doormat by turning an old garden hose into a distinctive mat. You can learn how at Mark Kintzel Design.



Outdoor Doormats - Personalized

Photo: Etsy.com

A bold chevron pattern in navy and white makes a stunning statement, particularly when personalized with a name or monogram. Personalized Door Mat, $35 at etsy.com


Classic with a Twist

Outdoor Doormats - Classic

Photo: grandinroad.com

No one says the mat has to be rectangular! Consider something like this half-round design to welcome guests. Monogrammed Half-Round Door Mat,  $79, grandinroad.com


For more on exterior decor, consider:

11 Hot House Numbers to Add Curb Appeal
10 Simple “Under 60” Updates to Boost Curb Appeal
It’s All in the Details– House Numbers