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All homeowners want their entranceway to give off some sense of how warm and inviting the atmosphere will be inside. One way to do this is to place an amusing doormat right outside your front doors. This is one of the first things that guests will notice when they arrive at your home. This is your opportunity to leave a lasting first impression. Anyone who is approaching your home will know instantly that they are in friendly company.

Doormats are not just for wiping your feet anymore. These days, homeowners can have welcome mats specially made, monogrammed, or otherwise personalized to enhance the space in front of their doors. Some opt to have these items bear the family name. Others choose mats that have some humorous or sentimental phrase printed on them. Either way, this small accessory is a unique way to welcome your visitors and tell them a little bit about yourself.

It is also a good idea to remember that doormats are part of the area where a host and hostesses stand to greet visitors and later to bid them a fond farewell. The right doormat should serve as a fun conversation piece when someone arrives, and as a place where sincere salutations can be exchanged at the end of a visit. If you pick a doormat that makes you smile every time you see it, all of your house guests will be sure to get a kick out of it as well.

Thanks to Oyvind Solstad for the great doormat picture.