9 DIY Welcome Mats to Add Instant Charm to Your Porch

Like a smiling face, a charming porch makes a great first impression.

According to our friends at Hometalk, the quickest and least expensive way to increase that charm is by adding an easy DIY doormat. Try one of these 9 sweet welcome mats, to increase your home’s curb appeal, and help your front porch leave a winning impression.

1. String together colorful wooden slats

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Give several slats of wood a colorful makeover, and then mix and match them into a delightful doormat, to add some summertime tones to your home exterior. (Here’s how to do it)

2. Turn a boring welcome into a bold one

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If you’ve got one of those boring grey welcome mats lying around, give it a brand new look with a bold color combo. A fresh new face can totally reshape your front porch, and when it’s this easy, there’s no reason to wait! (Directions here)

3. Add a herringbone pattern to a plain background

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Pick up a cheap, neutral colored doormat from your local shop, and then add painted patterns, to highlight your porch decor and flower pots. For added interest, throw in a contrasting color, to really seal the look. (Here’s how)

4. Give your porch some coastal flavor

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It’s summer, after all, so why not bring a bit of the beach to your front door. Create a wooden mat using slats cut to size, give it an ombre makeover, and then add a cute nautical image, like shells or seahorses, for a fun summertime look. (Learn how here)

5.Use paint to add highlights


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You don’t have to replace your doormat if it’s still functional – all you have to do is add a little flair. Highlight some of the interesting details or shapes in your dull doormat, by giving it a bright brush of paint. (Get directions here)

6. Include a kind message

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Make your doormat instantly friendly, by adding a message, word, or catchy phrase with a stencil and spray paint. Turning a simple woven rug into a personalized welcome is easy, and it’s a fun chance to get creative. (Here’s how to do it)

7. Personalize with a monogram


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Give your doormat some delicate detailing, by adding an understated monogram. This charming welcome mat would make a lovely hostess gift, too! (Get directions here)

8. Create an overload of colors and shapes


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Combine all the color, patterns, and pieces of your porch decor, and tie them together with an eye-catching doormat. There’s no limit to the impact you can make for your curb appeal when you create a colorful accent for your porch. (Here’s how)

9. Keep it classy and simple

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While color definitely makes a pop, you can make a high-impact door mat without it, too. Keep your design classy and simple, with a stained wood mat topped with a plain print monogram or image. (Tutorial here)

Looking for more great curb appeal ideas and inspirations? Check out the curb appeal page on Hometalk!

Lindsay is the the Director of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017 & 2018, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and rwelcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016.

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