Find the Best Outdoor Doormat in 3 Easy Steps

Find the Best Outdoor Doormat in 3 Easy Steps

Posted by New England Trading Co on 18th May 2022

We all know that finding the perfect outdoor mat for your front door can be tough. With so many different colors, materials and sizes available, your choices can be overwhelming.

But, don't worry! We've got you covered with our 3-step guide on how to find a great front door mat - one that will make you smile every time you come home.

1. First, select an outdoor doormat material that dries quickly

Doormats intended for outdoor use get wet all of the time - not just from the weather directly but from being walked on with wet shoes.

Even on a covered porch, your outdoor mat will be exposed to humidity which can lead to mildew and mold growth. This fungus gets tracked into your home every time someone crosses your threshold. Yuck!

A soggy doormat also tends to harbor odors - not exactly the welcoming message you want to send. So be sure to pick an outdoor doormat material from the following list of weatherproof materials:

Rubber Doormats

Outdoor doormats made from rubber are tough, durable, flexible, and waterproof. They dry quickly and are built for tough and muddy jobs.

But, let’s face it… Rubber doormats are not the cutest front door mats around. If you want to create a warm and welcoming entrance, rubber is less inviting.

While rubber mats work well in wet weather, they tend to develop cracks when exposed to freezing temperatures for a prolonged period. Darker rubber mats will absorb heat and be hot to the touch during the summer. So, avoid these in areas with extreme temperatures.

Outdoor Rugs

Outdoor rugs let you set up an outside area that is both stylish and functional.

Just be sure your outdoor welcome rug is clearly labeled as suitable for outdoor use. It should be crafted from synthetic fibers. Natural fibers (jute, coir, seagrass) are more likely to rot and shed over time when exposed to elements.

Cleaning an outdoor rug will require you to vacuum and/or shake out as much of the trapped dirt inside the mat as you possibly can. Then, using soap and a scrub brush (a carpet cleaning machine can also be used), give it a good washing down.

If you’re looking for a colorful outdoor rug that is even easier to maintain, read on…

Woven Rope Doormats

In recent years, woven rope doormats have been trending as some of the most popular doormats around. That’s because they are not only extremely functional, but they are available in a multitude of styles and colors to work with your home.

These doormats are woven from rope designed to last for years in all weather conditions. The most popular among them are Lobster Rope Doormats, which are actually woven from rope engineered to tether lobster traps to buoys in the sea.

This rope has to last or you’ll lose your daily catch! So if your front door faces sun, snow, salt, sand, or ice, Lobster Rope Doormats are the best outdoor mats to enjoy for years and years.

A woven rope doormat is the easiest to clean - because the weave does not trap dirt, but rather passes it through the welcome mat, all you have to do is lift and sweep it away. No more "thwacking" your rug against a hard surface again and again!

A good washing down with a garden hose at your door can be done anytime you are watering your plants. Lobster Rope Doormats will dry so quickly that you never have to worry about mildew, mold, or odors.

A Special Note on Coir Doormats

They’re cute, funny, and witty. Coir doormats are a lot of fun because they can be designed with charming sayings and designs.

Just be sure you keep them inside. Coir is a bad choice for an outdoor mat. It is a natural fiber that can shed and rot in bad weather. If you keep it outdoors you’ll be replacing your coir doormat every season.

Best used indoors to collect your shoes inside the door, coir is a nice choice for many decor types.

2. Next, choose an outdoor mat size that is close to your door width

Here’s the first rule of thumb: the size of your outside doormat should be roughly the width of your front door. One of the most popular doormat sizes for an outdoor door is 18” x 30” and that mat size generally works well with most doors.

For a bigger statement at your front door, try an outdoor door mat that measures around 33”-36” long.

Before buying your outdoor doormat, use a piece of chalk to sketch out various mat sizes in front of your door. Take a step back. Make note of the scale and balance of the mat with your other door decor elements.

A smaller doormat may be preferable at your front door if you are flanking it with planters. You don't want to create a cramped look to your entryway.

3. Finally, choose the outdoor mat color that complements your door color

Idea #1: Create sophistication with neutral colors

Doormats in neutral colors and solid hues are a timeless look for any entrance.

A Solid Navy doormat is a classic look that can add elegance to your front door. More interesting than a black or charcoal, yet still understated and refined, solid navy works with many door colors.  

Or, you could go lighter with a soft sand or beige mat that brightens your entrance but does not compete with your front door colors. This tactic usually works well with darker door colors.

A beige mat also is a great choice if you like to create a layered look at the door.

Idea #2: Create interest and excitement with a pop of color

You can have a little fun with your doormat and still enjoy a stylish and sophisticated entrance. This rainbow door mat is like a smile at your front door and works with almost any door color.

Try choosing a doormat that complements your front door color. This Beachy Vibes outdoor mat, when paired with a red door that matches its bottom stripe, adds easy summer charm.

We paired this Dark Tan and Black Stripes mat with a brown door because the tan complements the warm chocolate, while the black plays off of the door hardware.

You can also choose a doormat that pairs classic tones, like navy and seafoam, with a surprise pop of color. The teal in the doormat below lends a cool, bright feeling at the door. Try a Navy, Teal and Seafoam mat to create this look.

A clean white door is always a perfect opportunity to play with color, as seen with our Navy, Light Blue and Seafoam nautical rope doormat below.

Idea #3: Match your doormat colors to your door decor and accessories

You can never go wrong with a classic! We love how this Solid Navy outdoor mat creates a beautiful canvas for us to switch out seasonal flowers, like these brilliant yellow and purple mums.

The yellow in this Teal, Yellow and Seafoam doormat works beautifully with a sunny door and bright yellow flowers.

When paired with a greenery wreath, the Navy, Green and Seafoam rope mat adds a vibrant pop of fresh color to energize your entrance.

Whether you go for understated and classic or colorful and bright, your doomat choice is a great opportunity to reflect your own personal style.

So, that's it. You've got all you need to find the best outdoor doormat?

Check out our weatherproof Lobster Rope Doormats so you can find just the right one for your front door and give your guests a warm welcome!

Or, email us at [email protected] if you have any more questions about how to choose the best doormat.

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“All rooms ought to look as if they were lived in, and to have so to say, a friendly welcome ready for the incomer.”
-William Morris

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Find the Best Outdoor Doormat in 3 Easy Steps