An oft-overlooked item that can make quite a difference in making your home’s exterior look put together goes by many names: outdoor door mat, front door rug, front door mat, doormat… the list goes on. When we talk about exterior design, we use phrases like ‘first impression’ and ‘curb appeal.’ A door mat can play a role in the overall impression of your home, sure. But it’s real power comes in its functional use, as a transition between your home’s exterior and interior. It’s one of the last things a guest sees before they walk in your front door.
A door mat is first and foremost for wiping off your shoes, but it can also be a way to inject some personality to your stoop or portico. A front door rug tends to be used on a larger porch or with double doors and is usually chosen more for aesthetic reasons. We’ve included a few of each in the following list of designer picks.
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This indoor/outdoor rug from AllModern has a Southwestern flair that would feel right at home outside a desert abode. However, its neutral color palette makes it an excellent choice for all sorts of front porch setups. Our designers often use it on transitional homes, too. It comes in eight different sizes, increasing its versatility.
Another AllModern indoor/outdoor rug with a neutral color palette and Southwestern vibes, this one leans cooler in hue. It comes in a dozen different shapes and sizes, including runners, squares, rectangles, and rounds.
An outdoor-safe rug that would work outside a front door, this piece is beloved by our designers for its geometric design. An excellent choice for transitional or contemporary homes. It comes in 11 different size options.
This outdoor door mat is handmade in Maine from reclaimed lobster rope! Durable and easy to clean (hose it down or dip it in a nearby body of water), it’s perfect for homes with a coastal aesthetic.
#5 // Letterfolk Tile Mat
The coolest part about this door mat is it’s completely customizable! It comes in four different base colors and gives you the accent tile colors to place as you please. Spell out a message or create a design! You can also purchase separate tile set bundles in fun color palettes. Made out of an easy-to-clean, weather-proof rubber-like vinyl, this mat is also functional. We love it for a mid-century-inspired entryway.
Dark and moody with a geometric pattern design, this front door rug gives a space depth. It’s a weather-resistant flatweave indoor/outdoor rug and comes in eight size options. We like the idea of this rug outside a modern rustic home.
Timeless and classic, this outdoor door mat can be used outside pretty much any style of home. It’s durable, made of 100% coir, and comes in two size options. This mat is also a good option to layer on top of one of the outdoor rugs on this list!
Our next recommendation comes in four sizes, the smallest of which is 5′ x 8′, so it’s truly a rug for a large outdoor space. It comes in four different colors, including pepper, which is pictured above. Made in the USA with woven braids of thick Sunbrella yarn, this rug is both durable and soft underfoot. Excellent for fans of going barefoot on the porch!
Another designer pick from Neighbor, this handwoven rug comes in a 2′ x 3′ size that’s perfect for outside your front door. (It also comes in four larger sizes and one other color.) It’s made from recycled plastic bottles and is reversible. We like this style for a Mediterranean home as it looks lovely against terra cotta surfaces.
This is perhaps the most traditional-leaning outdoor rug on our list. The pattern and color scheme would be lovely on the front porch of a Colonial or classic brick home. It comes in seven sizes and is both durable and easy to clean.
As it only comes in an 8′ x 10′ size, this rug is specifically suggested for large front porch gathering spaces, or grand entryways with double doors and sidelights. However, our designers love the statement it makes with its dark coloring and eye-catching pattern. According to Pier1, this piece is made of “high-quality synthetic yarns in making decorative floor coverings that are comfortable underfoot yet resistant to weather, stains, mold & mildew, and fading from the sun.”
We love Ruggable rugs because they are machine washable — so smart! — and they don’t sacrifice style for this functionality. Their lattice-patterned outdoor rug comes in three different colors and seven size options. In black, pictured above, it’d be lovely for a relaxed transitional-style front porch or portico.
This indoor/outdoor Ruggable rug is made of a washable woven material, including some recycled polyester, that looks like jute but doesn’t shed or fray. Plus, it’s smooth underfoot, not scratchy. This style comes in four colors with five size options. Its neutral and versatile, though the color scheme above seems particularly suited to a Mediterranean-style exterior.
The neutral trellis pattern on this indoor/outdoor rug is flexible in application and pairings. It would work well with many design styles. Plus, it’s designed by celebrity interior designer Nikki Chu but at an accessible price point!
Boost your entryway with these outdoor mat and front door rug ideas!
From small to large, classic to unique, there’s a door mat or front door rug for just about everyone in the list above. We hope you’ve found the perfect one for taking your front porch or entryway to the next level.
Whether you’re considering updating something small like your doormat or more substantial like your actual front door, all aspects of your home’s exterior need to work together to deliver maximum curb appeal. We’re here to give you a design plan that will accomplish all your goals AND help you visualize your home’s potential. Get started on your exterior design project today.
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