These 10 Pet-Friendly Interior Tips For Your Home are going to come in handy if you are wanting to have a bit more de-cluttered look in your home. A place for everything and everything in its place is the motto of this post.
We love our pets like family, but our homes don’t always suit our four-legged friends. Just like kids, pets have tons of toys and stuff, sometimes it is like walking through a battle field! Fortunately, you can make some interior-design updates that will suit both you and your pet. In other words, the place will look great — and you won’t have to worry about your furry friend damaging any of it. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.
1. Skip Chewable Elements
Any exposed wood on your furniture could become a chew toy, especially for a small dog. Opt for metal or chrome elements as opposed to wood, rattan, wicker, sisal or any other teething material.
2. Pick a Play Zone
Your pet’s toys don’t add to the aesthetics of your home, especially if they’re scattered in every room. Instead, dedicate a corner to store the stash. Initiate play there, too, so your four-legged friend knows this is their fun space. Then, you can easily clean everything up when playtime is over.
Visit Dogs 4 Family for a tons of Ideas!
A simple crate or Doggie Toy Box cleans things up and add a touch of style to the space! Amy Grist Artwork has tons of suggestions
3. Camouflage the Bowls
Pets have to eat, but they don’t need access to their food bowl all day. Put it away after feeding hours to keep the clean, minimalistic feel of your on-trend kitchen. Then, slip the water bowl into an area with less tread, such as the laundry room.
A wonderful idea from Houzz… a food drawer for Breakfast and Dinner!
You can also create a stylish feeding dish like this one over at Happy Go Lucky!
4. Buy the Right Bed
If your pet doesn’t curl up with you at night, you’ll need to invest in a bed where they can sleep. Just be conscious of the cushion you choose. A pillow covered in cartoon dog bones looks cute in the store, but it probably doesn’t fit in with the design of your living room. Find a pattern that works with your space instead.
Forbes has many good suggestions for Home Decor Beds that will work with your decor… but there are so many out there.. shop around and find the right one for you and your pet (especially your pet).
You will find tons of ideas right here!
5. Stick to Semi-Gloss
Particular paint textures will only attract pet hair. Your best bet is to paint walls with a semi-gloss or satin paint so they’re slick enough to repel fur.
6. Choose Durable Floors
Our pets have nails and claws, which can easily scratch wood floors. Skip hardwoods in favor of something more durable so your pet can wander around without stressing you out. For instance, rigid core planks repel stains and stand up to scratching. Plus, they look just like real hardwood, so you can have the aesthetic without the headache.
More information on Durable Floors!
7. Designate a Pet Entryway
Muddy paw prints won’t contribute a thing to your interior design. Choose a door to enter and exit your home with your pet. Then, stick to it — and outfit it with all the supplies you need when you bring a muddy dog back into the house. A few towels or pet-friendly wet wipes should do the trick.
8. Let the Light In
Dogs and cats love to look out windows, especially when you’re not home. Hanging thick curtains and shutting the blinds will only deprive them of a daytime activity. Choose lighter, sheer fabrics where you can. If you’re feeling extra generous, leave them open so they have a clear view. Your space will look larger with natural light flooding in, too.
Nothing would make your Kitty happier than a DIY Window Swing!
Over at Cottage and Vine discusses Pets and Decor… this little guy is loving the light provided by a beautiful window and a fabulous shade!
9. Select Smooth Fabrics
Chenille, velvet, corduroy and other textured fabrics will only attract pet hair. Instead of vacuuming your sofa and chairs all the time, choose furniture in a smoother material. Leather or a similar synthetic will repel fur, just as your sleek, semi-gloss walls do.
Liz Marie’s pups love to lounge… he blanket adds tons of charm and keeps hair to a minimum on the sofa… but… if they get on the sofa… the fabric cleans up in a snap!
10. Protect Knickknacks
Keep in mind that your pets bounce around and wag their tails. Having accessories on low tables or at the edges of countertops can equal disaster for your decor. Be sure to thoughtfully place your decorations throughout your home. Put them on high shelves or push them back from edges so they don’t fall and break. That way, your pets stay safe, too.
Make It a Home for Everyone
Your pet gives you so much love. Now, you can return the favor by creating a home that’s safe and comfortable for everyone. Once you finish, all you have left to do is enjoy each other’s company — which is, of course, the best thing about having a four-legged friend. Pet Frie
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