Nothing is able to welcome guests to your home quite like a doormat placed outside the door. A lot of doormats simply say “Welcome,” which is a tried-and-true way of letting visitors know they are free to knock and say hello. However, there are a countless number of ways to decorate your entryway in a welcoming and friendly fashion. Add a bit of personality to your outdoor decor with a doormat or some new curtains is thinking outside of the box.


Choose from a variety of different doormats that show a great sense of humor. Slogans that read, “Well Hello There” or “Come in and Cozy Up,” relate to guests a casual friendliness and relaxed atmosphere that are alternative ways of saying “Welcome.” You may also opt for something simple, yet tasteful, like a solitary anchor pictured on your doormat. This is a great idea for homes near the beach, for nautical-inspired themes or for an entryway that needs a little bit of outdoor inspiration. Hunting motifs on doormats are a great idea for homes out in the wilderness or in the woods, or a hunter may enjoy a doormat featuring deer antlers or a delightful design and cutout featuring pine trees. A gentle reminder to guests can also read, “Please be neat and wipe your feet,” a humorous and tongue-in-cheek saying that’s sure to be a conversation starter. Monogrammed doormats are also available for a unique and interesting look. Personalize and style the doormat to your own wishes with the initials of you and your spouse. Many of the doormats available from west elm are also handcrafted, and designed by local artists for a rustic, authentic feel. A personalized or monogrammed doormat also makes a great gift for a housewarming party or for a new apartment. Simply choose a style to your friend or loved one’s taste, or opt for the monogrammed doormat for an extra special personal touch.


If you are just moving in and are decorating an outside area for the first time, choose a doormat along with other decor and accessories to really make the place your own. Each doormat is made of 100 percent natural coir, and is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. A beautiful beige doormat with natural fibers works well with cityscape planters or faceted terrariums, depending on the layout of your front door or patio. Charming chalkboard planters also add a sense of humor for a fun doormat. Opt to write the word “fern” on a planter that houses a fern, or further welcome folks to come inside by writing “welcome” on a planter placed near the front stoop. Other great accessories to wake up your front entryway include lanterns and string lights, which are both a great way to welcome guests. Candleholders also work well to light entryways, and are a great alternative to regular, electric lighting. Use a flameless candle without ever having to worry about safety hazards or dripping wax.


To elongate the life of your doormat, you may also want to consider a rug pad. Rug pads are mainly used to help keep a rug or doormat from bunching up. When a rug or doormat gets folded and bunched up too frequently, not only does it wear out parts of the doormat, but it can also be a safety hazard, leading to slips and falls. This is a special concern if you have young children or elderly adults that frequently visit the home. Rug pads are also a must for any outdoor rugs, especially for larger area rugs that may reside on the patio or porch.