Whether you want to make a great first impression, add a touch of cosiness to a room, or need a super practical outdoor option that can brave the elements, our range of welcome mats, doormats and decor rugs have got you covered. We love the way they add style, colour and texture, and with both outdoor and indoor door mats and rugs available in-store at Flower Power, it’s easy to infuse your home and garden with all three.

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Roll out the welcome mat at Flower Power

They say first impressions count, so make it a good one with a stylish and practical welcome mat. Then follow through with decor rugs throughout your house that add cosiness, style and colour to your home and garden – we’ve got a range of outdoor and indoor door mats, doormats and decor rugs that will totally have you covered.

What is a doormat?

Doormats are the often overlooked item that helps to welcome your guests while simultaneously helping to keep your floors clean. The right one creates a great first impression, whether you want a classic look, something bright or a welcome mat with a sense of humour, and a quality doormat which stops dirt in its tracks by wiping shoes clean. 

There are a few main types of doormats:

Coir doormats are made from the natural fibres of a coconut husk, and are usually the most attractive doormats on the market. They can be backed in PVC to make them more durable, or left au naturel to let water drain through more effectively. They come in a range of thicknesses, and are excellent at scraping dirt off shoes. However, as it’s a natural fibre, it will shed over time, though good quality ones will only shed minimally.

Rubber doormats are functional, but not particularly attractive, so you would probably choose one of these for a spot that visitors aren’t likely to see, like the entry from a garage. They’re good at getting dirt off shoes, but aren’t very welcoming. 

Synthetic pile doormats are made from polypropylene and rubber, usually with a non-stick backing. These are great for getting dirt and water off shoes, which is excellent if it’s been raining. Polypropylene will flatten over time, so a synthetic doormat won’t usually last as long as a coir or rubber doormat. 

Should a doormat be inside or outside?

We say: Why not both? If you’re using them to keep dirt out of your home, two mats is a great option. You can use a good looking coir doormat outside to create a good first impression and knock dirt off shoes, then simpler synthetic indoor door mats inside the door will absorb any extra moisture or dirt. 

It will also help if you have doormats at all entrances to your home, to limit the amount of time you need to spend cleaning and offer a welcome to visitors, no matter where they enter your home from!

And don’t forget to clean your doormats. Over time, they get so full of dirt that they’ll start making your shoes dirtier rather than cleaner! Give it a good whack against a solid surface, well clear of the inside of your home, to knock the dirt out, and put it back. 

How to choose indoor rugs

The right rug can really make or break a room; creating ambiance, adding warmth and building a colour scheme. But the wrong rug can have just as much impact. 

There are three main things to think about when choosing decor rugs for your home:

Size. This is possibly the most important element of choosing a rug, as a too-small one will look awkward, and a too large one will make the room feel cramped. Ideally, you want to have all the furniture on the rug, but at the very least you want the front legs of your sofa or bed on the rug. If some of your dining room chairs are on the rug, they should all be on the rug – even when you push them back from the table. Alternatively, you can use a smaller rug as an accent piece, and have none of your furniture on the rug or only the coffee table, for example.

A rectangular room looks best with a rectangular rug sitting in the same orientation, while a square room would suit a square or round rug. For irregularly shaped rooms, just choose the closest geometric shape of the main part of the room. 

Material. While you may want to choose a decor rug based purely on how it feels underfoot, it’s important to also consider where it will sit and how much use it will get. For example, a hallway rug is better made out of a durable, hard-wearing synthetic material, while your bedroom won’t need the same kind of durability. Consider how easy it will be to clean, and how much it will show dirt and wear. 

Colour. As with any aspect of home decorating, choosing colours and patterns is the hardest bit. Because rugs tend to be more investment pieces, like couches, wall paint and expensive art, it’s important to get this right, as it can be expensive to change them if you want to update your colour scheme later.  

If your room is otherwise filled with block colours and neutrals, you can choose a boldly coloured or patterned rug, but if your existing decor is pretty out there, you may want to choose something a little simpler to avoid over-decorating. 

How to decorate around a bold rug

If you’re opting for a patterned or coloured rug, you’ll need to be a little more cautious with furniture, cushions and art. Especially for more expensive pieces, it’s safest to go neutral or block coloured, so as not to overload the eye. 

One trick is to pick the second most dominant colour in your decor rug, and use that colour for your couch, and get block-coloured cushions with no patterns in the third most dominant colour. This helps to keep everything tied together neatly. Go for one large piece of art rather than many smaller pieces, and try to tie one colour from the art or ornaments back into your rug’s colour scheme. 

So if you’re ready to add some colour and life into your home with a welcome mat and decor rugs, or you want advice on how to decorate around a bold rug, check out our range online or visit us in-store and let our decorating experts help you choose. 

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