By Nova Hasley
When you live with pets (or kids), it’s easy to forget about style in the name of making your home comfortable and safe for your furry friends.
But, it doesn’t have to be this way! Style and comfort aren’t mutually exclusive. You can have a home that’s fashionable and safe for your pet. Here’s how to use pet-friendly décor to make your home the tasteful and chic abode you’ve always imagined it could be.
Your pet deserves a space to call their own. Pets are just like humans in that they like a special place to retreat to. Dogs have their beds and cats have their perches. Find out what best works for you and your pet and implement it into your design.
“Dogs have a natural instinct to snuggle up in their own den. Cats need their alone time, too. Emotionally, dogs and cats will suffer if they don’t have any space they can call their own,” says Joe Chanda, president of DenHaus, a luxury dog bedding and furniture supplier.
A dog bed doesn’t have to stick out like a sore thumb. Choose a color or design that matches your overall décor. You could even incorporate their bed under a table so it is out of sight.
For cats, make sure you’re meeting their needs. “If your cat is scratching, there are some things you can do to deter them. First of all, invest in or build your cat their very own scratching post. You will need to help your cat and redirect them from scratching the furniture to the new post,” says Anna O’Toole, marketing coordinator of Love that Pet, an online pet supply store.
As many cat owners know: cats are a curious breed. They seek adventure and love the idea of being independent. Having shelves along the walls can be placed in a decorative way that your cat will enjoy.
As much as we would like a loving pet to be with us all the time, we too need a place to retreat. Whether you have work to get done or are hosting a party, pet gates can be a good way to keep your pets where they should be.
Don’t think of a gate as something that will contrast your décor. Gates such as the one pictured above can not only blend into your décor, but be their own statement pieces.
“My No. 1 suggestion to clients is a tall metal pass-thru gate, one with a small door at the bottom for smaller pets or cats to use when wanted. This helps create a larger dog-free zone or pet free totally,” says Janet Huey, owner of Pet Stuff Resale, a refurbished pet supply business in Houston.
When shopping for furniture, think big. Whether you have a big dog or a small one, it’s good to make sure your valuables are out of reach of tails and teething mouths.
“To protect furniture while you are training your new pet not to chew and scratch, household items like bubble wrap, tin foil and plastic can be great barriers for furniture legs or anywhere else that chewing or scratching can occur,” says Petryk.
Unless you like to clean a lot, think about getting furniture with legs that are easy to clean under. Chairs and sofas with skirts can attract all the lovely fur your pet has to offer.
“Pick fabrics that are easily washable or can be stain treated,” say Kinney. Choose stain-resistant fabrics for your furniture for easy clean-up. Materials such as synthetic fabric, leather or ultra-suede are easy to deal with when it comes to owning a pet.
Also when picking out your furniture, gravitate toward colors that are similar to your animal. Shedding happens on a regular basis and when it does, it will be less noticeable with like colors.
Patterned fabrics and darker colors are also something to consider when it comes to pets and their stains. Avoid white and light colors (unless it’s a stain-resistant fabric), as stains are more noticeable.
“Pale-colored furnishings are a no-go in any room that pets are allowed in. Muddy paws, surprise ‘presents’ and unexplained stains will ruin your cream couch before you’ve even had a chance to sit on it,” says Blake Connoy, co-founder of Helpling, an online booking company for cleaning services.
Carpets soak up odors and can be a hassle to clean. Durable floors help you to skip all the cleaning woes. There are plenty of stylish options to choose from, including hardwood flooring, ceramic tile, painted concrete or stone.
These materials aren’t only easy to clean up, but can be cooling for your furry friends during the summer heat.
Rugs could also be a good option for you and your pet. A stylish rug can tie your room together while being a nice change from the surrounding hard floors.
Don’t let owning a pet limit you from the stylish person you are. Have any other pet-friendly décor ideas? Comment below.
Nova Hasley is a content intern for New Home Source.