First impressions: How to find a doormat to fit your passions
If you’ve ever called someone a doormat, consider what your message really is. You’re telling that person they can stand up to tough times, weather a bit of grit–and do it with a touch of class or whimsy.
If it’s an outdoor mat, be sure it’s made of weather-resistant materials, and look for mats with some texture, which will help get the mud off those shoes. Inside the door, look for sturdy indoor-outdoor rugs, and have fun with a range of colors and patterns.
We’ve plucked a few mats for those who want to make a great first impression–and reveal to guests a bit about their hosts:
For the romantic
These sweet little birdies will shake off all the dirt you might send their way. This is the perfect choice for anyone from newlyweds, to those who have kept the flame burning bright for years. Love Birds doormat, $19.95, pier1.com
For the gardener
Have a green thumb? Ensure your doormat is as lovely as your garden with this style. Lazy Daisy doormat, $19.95, pier1.com
For the ocean lover
We love these whimsical lighthouses that will bring you to the coast, even if you live in the middle of the United States. Lighthouse doormat, $29.95, crateandbarrel.com
For the animal lover
Even the shape of this mat is sure to make guests smile. Hedgehog doormat, $29.95, crateandbarrel.com
For the dog lover
And if dog is your best friend, we also like this sweet style. Wipe Your Paws mat, $19.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
For the splashy folks
These mats come in about every color of the rainbow. Best, they’re engineered for the ultimate protection of your home, so leave the heavy mat outside, and bring these thin wonders into the home. Weather Guard diamonds doormats, $29.99, bedbathandbeyond.com