A stylish indoor welcome mat announces to the world that you’re a person with excellent taste
Doormats live a complex life. The world regularly urges us not to be doormats for others. On the other hand, we “put out the welcome mat” to invite someone in with a warm display of hospitality.
But when it comes down to it, a practical, good-looking outdoor or indoor welcome mat is simply a necessity for any home, whether you’re an enthusiastic entertainer or just someone who refuses to let people walk all over you.
In fact, some people like to use both an outdoor and an indoor welcome mat. If one doormat is a good thing, certainly two are better! The fact is that any welcome mat has many jobs: It needs to stand up to traffic, help prevent slips and falls in wet weather, prevent dirt from being tracked into your home, welcome your guests, and even help you decorate your entryway.
What kind of indoor welcome mat can do all that? Quite a few, as it happens.
The best indoor welcome mat materials
Most doormats that work well outdoors will work inside your home. But the reverse is not true: Some materials are just better suited for indoor use only.
Outdoor mats can be anything from rubber to poly coir to metal. You can buy softer, more stylish materials for indoors, such as wool or cotton, but these wouldn’t stand up to weather for long.
For indoors, one kind of outdoor welcome mat you want to avoid is an absorbent mat that holds water. With no chance to drain away or dry safely, it can quickly become a soggy, moldy mess.
Another type of outdoor mat that just won’t work indoors is the shoe scraper style, made of coir brushes arranged in an open pattern to scrape dirt off shoes. The open pattern allows dirt to fall to the floor where, indoors, it will quickly spread all over your house.
Instead, if people often arrive at your door in muddy shoes or boots, opt for something abrasive that actually holds onto the dirt. There are plenty of stylish mats made of recycled tires, and the carefully-designed textured surface gets that dirt off shoes and traps it until you take it outside and give it a good shake.
However, some people prefer to keep the utilitarian look of a rubber doormat outdoors. For indoor welcome mats, they’re looking for something softer and more attractive, such as rope doormats made of polyolefin which is flexible and lightweight.
Also popular are lobster rope doormats, made of heavy lobster fisherman polypropylene rope that’s sturdy and highly durable.
Fabric doormats made of cotton, wool, nylon or polyester can be braided, tufted or woven, and come in a vast variety of colors and prints. They’re easy to throw in the washer, and welcome guests with a style that tells them who you are.
Adding style as well as utility
You don’t have to settle for a simple “welcome” on your welcome mat, of course. These days, even the most durable rubber mats come in aesthetically pleasing designs.
You can even use different mats for seasonal decorating. For instance, in spring you could lay out a sweet floral mat that’s so pretty, no one will ever guess it’s made from tough-as-nails rubber!
Unless you decorate your entryway with a busy wallpaper print, a welcome mat is a perfect way to add a little pattern and pizzazz to the area – that critical space where visitors are forming first impressions of your home. Choose a mat with a color from your walls, or add a pop of color to a neutral color scheme.
If you already have plenty of patterns going on at your door, opt instead for something in a solid color that has a dirt-grabbing texture with a rubber back to keep the mat in place.
Some considerations for choosing indoor mats
For slippery surfaces such as tile, choose a mat with a rubber backing to keep it firmly in place when someone wipes their feet on it. If your floor is carpet, you can use a cloth mat that would slip and slide on a smooth surface.
You also want to choose a doormat that won’t block the door from opening. And finally, it should be the right size to offer good coverage and look proportionate to the door: It should measure at least 75-80% of the width of the doorway where you plan to use it.
Of course, a clean mat is more effective than a dirty one, so don’t forget to clean your indoor mat often. Whenever you vacuum or mop the floor, it’s time to clean your doormat! Most can be shaken or hosed down to get them clean, and natural fibers can be tossed into the washing machine.
If, however, you can no longer wash out stains or shake out all the dirt, it’s time to replace that doormat. But no worries: With the huge selection of styles and colors available at curtainandbathoutlet.com, you’ll always be able to find a great doormat for a reasonable price that you’ll love every time you cross your threshold!
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