5 Useful Tips for Decorating a Pet-Friendly Home
We know you love your furry companion just as much as you love beautiful home décor and designs. Unfortunately, the reality is that some things just don’t go well in terms of decorating when you have a furry friend. It doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, though. Here are some ideas to consider:
Use Your Furry Friend as an Inspiration
Decorate your place based on your furry friend’s coloring. This is just not for aesthetic but it’s also a practical choice as it can easily conceal pet hair. For example, if you have a yellow-haired pet, try to buy a couch in a similar color, or avoid black comforters if your pet sports white hair. You can also match the carpet and upholstery.
Use Semi-gloss Wall Paint
You probably bring your furry companions to the groomer regularly, but they can still leave smudges on walls and door jambs. Using flat finish paint will be hard to clean; wiping off a dirty spot sometimes cause some of the paint to come off, leaving a mark that must be repainted.
Your best choice will be semi-gloss as it’s easiest to wipe down. Satin or eggshell finishes are also a good option as they’re more elegant and also as easy to clean as glossier paint.
Choose Certain Types of Fabric
Avoid using delicate fabrics like silk, chintz, and velvet as they’re not pet-friendly. Opt for stain-resistant fabrics like Crypton, which is nearly an indestructible synthetic fabric that can resist stain, smells, bacteria, and muddy paws. Leather and faux leather are also a good choice. It’s not only classic but it’s also durable and easy to clean.
For your bed, use washable fabrics especially if your dog or cat sleeps with you. Protect your mattress by covering it with a thick pad and use cotton bed sheets (preferably with pattern to hide pet hair and stains between washings).
Give Them a Personal Spot
Make your pet feel at home by giving them their own space. Chances are you have an underutilized area that can be your furry friend’s personal spot. This way, you don’t only make him or her feel loved but you can also relegate all items in one area rather than having them all over the place.
If you’re getting them a bed, make sure that it blends seamlessly with your décor. Just remember to pick one with cushions that are washable so it’s easy for you to clean.
Choose Hard Surface Floors
Bare floors are the way to go for homes with pets. The best flooring for pet is ceramic tiles as it’s easy to clean and resistant to any stain. Your furry friends can’t scratch them, too! It also makes a room sleek and elegant, and gives furry animals a cool place to nap during hot weather.
Painted concrete is also lovely, as are terrazzo and brick. You can opt for hardwood floors because they’re also easy to mop and vacuum but big dogs can scratch wood.