A Pet-Friendly Home Is A Happy Home!
Posted on 24 July 2015
People are under the impression that good furniture and pets don’t go together, but hey that is not true. It is all about choosing furniture that appeals to you and works for your pet. We are not asking you to cover your furniture or restrict your pet’s movements. When you get down to it, creating a pet friendly home is rather easy.
Read on for some simple tips that will help you ensure that you don’t have to sacrifice on aesthetics and interior décor when you welcome a pet into the home.
- Choose the right fabric
The fabric you choose is the deal breaker. Choose one that is stain-resistant. You could choose from a plethora of options such as microfiber, ultra suede, crypton, distressed leather, etc. These are resistant to odor and keep pet hair away too. These are not only stain-resistant, but are also a lot easier to clean!
- Avoid carpets
Carpets are known to soak in odors, trap pet hair, and stains too. This makes it extremely difficult to clean and maintain them. If a carpet is on your must-have list choose a low pile rug. They add to the aesthetic appeal of the room and are easier to clean. Another handy tip would be skipping the loop carpet as you never know when your pet will dig in his/her claws and ruin the whole thing in a matter of minutes.
- Pet's fur = Color of the home
Who knew pets could be the reason behind the color of your room. Paint the room based on the color your furry friend. So, if you have a light-colored animal, it is advisable to stay away from dark shades. Similarly, light-colored furniture is not the best bet if your pet baby has dark hair. Just imagine having a white floor and a black Lab, spotting hair will be an everyday affair.
Instead simplify life by choosing dark colors at home if your pet is dark colored and vice versa. This will make stray hair harder to spot and will create the illusion of a hair free home. Complex, multicolored patterns are also great for hiding hair with ease.
- Choose the right furniture
It’s a given that pets won’t keep your furniture safe and secure. Conversely, sometimes furniture can be dangerous for pets, especially if you have puppies at home. For example, tables with sharp pointy edges might scratch a young pup. Skip glass furniture and use fiber board and other wooden materials. You could also be extra cautious by hanging art and photographs beyond your pet’s reach.
- Pet space
Dog beds, scratching posts, etc add to the design and décor and are quite often the reason why your pet is encouraged to use them. When you give your pet the space he/she needs, he/she is in its comfort zone and you can go about your chores without worrying over them.
Here’s hoping that these 5 ways awesome enough for you to give them a try. Tell us your own tips for pet friendly interior décor in the comments below.