Furry friends: They’re known to shed, drool, chew and track dirt and grime into our homes. Because of this, it’s essential to decorate in a way that allows for easy maintenance. This doesn’t mean you have to compromise your designer taste to accommodate your pets. Use these décor tips to achieve a chic, comfortable and dog-friendly living space.
Plan for an Entryway
If you own a dog, chances are you frequently deal with muddy paws. Combat this common problem by creating a dog-friendly entryway or mudroom. Opt for easy to clean marble or slate floors. Built-in coat racks and cubbies can stylishly hold—or hide—leashes, harnesses and toys. Place a woven basket filled with old rags by the doorway for wiping your pup’s dirty feet after he plays a little too hard in the grass. It may even be worth it to install a doggy shower, if your dog is the super outdoorsy type.
Choose Machine Washables
When it comes to couches, ottomans, linens, curtains and pillows, machine-washable fabric is a must. Opt for removable slipcovers made from heavy fabrics, such as canvas or denim, to withstand wear-and-tear caused by pets. High-quality distressed leather is another option as its thick enough to tolerate canine claws and only gets better with age.
Invest in Sturdy Furnishings
Unless you’re dealing with a 2-pound Chihuahua, you’ll need furniture that can withstand rough dog play. Choose pieces made from hard wood, which come from deciduous trees like mahogany, maple, oak, walnut, teak, birch and cherry. Metal works too, just make sure you keep plush pillows and blankets around if you and Fido wanna snuggle up. Look into purchasing a futon from a retailer like Wayfair, as futons are an excellent choice for pet owners. Futons can be easily cleaned and are versatile—you can move them around easily so you can have a large area to play tug of war with your pup.
Carpets absorb pet odors and easily trap hair, dirt and debris. According to a survey conducted by PetPlace.com, more than 72 percent of respondents said pet hair was a substantial problem in their home. Instead of carpet, it’s best to choose durable, hard floors for easy maintenance. While hardwood floors are simple to vacuum or mop, large dogs can leave scratches. Some of the best flooring options for dog-friendly homes include stain-resistant ceramic tile and natural stone.
Coordinate Décor with Your Pet
Don’t be afraid to bring a little of your pet’s looks and personality in through décor. Many pet owners like to be reminded of their beloved pooches by using their beautiful colorings as a source of design inspiration. For example, you can paint the walls in your dining room the same wolf gray as your Siberian husky, or incorporate pale blue accents to match his eyes. Use a site like ColourLovers to find the perfect shade or browse palettes created by others for inspiration. Be creative when choosing a color palette, but also practical. Also, when painting keep stray hairs and dirt away so you don’t unintentionally put up grasscloth wallpaper.
Skip the Shades
If you own a typical dog, he or she enjoys watching the outside world from the comfort of your home. Unfortunately, this can result in torn drapery and broken blinds. Tassels and long cords also pose a strangulation hazard for pets. No shades are best for pets who adore looking out windows, but this is not always an option. If you must have window treatments, choose fabric shades, valances or café curtains to keep your dog safe and happy.