The mats are bright and cheerful, but not in an obtrusive manner. I gave them as a gift to my elderly mother for three reasons: to minimize tripping over cotton floor mats, to make clean-ups of spills easier, and to help her feet to feel better while cooking. She loved them. We only wished that there was an option of a mat that was longer- like 5 feet. That way she could use one in front of the washer and dryer. Thanks!