A few years ago, British’s Queen Elizabeth II had something unexpected at the top of her Christmas list—a new doormat. Practically speaking, this makes perfect sense. We should all protect our floors whether our home is as big as Buckingham or as tiny as a tin can. This year, designers are making that easy to do with durable doormats that’ll weather whatever comes their way with stylish aplomb.
Made of tough, anti-static polypropylene that holds up to 1-1/2 gallons of liquid per square yard, Water Glutton’s Laurel Leaf doormat will keep pets and people alike out of the doghouse. This Made in the USA mat has a waterproof backing, a “water dam” edge to keep moisture, mud and grit contained; and is mold/mildew resistant. And it comes in eight nature-inspired colors. $89.95.
Made of thick, tough coir fiber, the Bonjour & Au Revoir doormat catches ‘em coming and going while adding shape and color contrast in a modern way. $48.00.
The MudGuard doormat gets its contemporary sensibility from an embossed, color-blocked surface. On one side is ridged construction that traps dirt and moisture. On the other is a rubber scraper to reach deep into shoe and boot treads to extract mud and other debris. Made in the USA, this doormat won’t fade, mildew or rot and has a cleated rubber backing to hold it in place without curling. Available in five colors. $59.99.
Get a grip on slippery steps with Highgate doormat stair treads. Made of virtually indestructible molded rubber, these treads are impervious to cold, heat and water; and an idea I wish I’d have thought of first because it just makes so much sense. $35/set of 4.
Garnet Hill is all over this trend with their Patterned Water Guard Mat collection. These doormats come in more shapes, sizes, patterns and colors than you can shake a stick at, so you can channel your inner designer in a creative way. Each Made in the USA doormat has an anti-static polypropylene face that holds up to 24 ounces of water, rubber backing and a water dam rubber border to help keep dirt and water contained. These door are resistant to mold, mildew, rot and extreme elements so they should last for years. That makes the price you pay a worthwhile investment. $39-$139.
Decorative door mats protect your floors, help prevent you (and your family) from slipping and fashion up your home’s entry areas. What could be more stylishly sensible than that?