You strive to maintain your decorative style and make your dog feel comfortable. Even though it sometimes feels impossible, you can have the best of both worlds. The following tips help you snuggle up with your dog without compromising your style by creating the ultimate pet-friendly home.
Focus on Flooring
With pets, the less carpet you have, the better. Your dog probably loves to run around and let the kids tickle his or her belly while lounging on the floor. With these normal activities, your carpet wears out and gets dirty quickly. But a harder surface, such as hardwood, concrete and laminate, is up to the task. Does this mean your style needs to suffer? Of course not! Depending on your style, hardwood floors can help your home feel more rustic or modern. But if you must have carpet, stick to neutral tones and include a stain resistant protectant to preserve the fibers.
Use Stain-Resistant Fabrics
As a pet owner, you know that dog paws sometimes get dirty and accidents happen. But that doesn’t mean you still don’t want a sofa that is welcoming for you, your guests and your dog. What are your options? A leather sofa and love seat add a modern look to your living room while also being able to withstand your dog’s jumps and messy accidents. Another option is to look for machine-washable fabrics in sofas, blankets and slip covers so your accents are easy to clean, too.
Secure Wires and Cords
Dogs love to chew, but not everything around your house is safe for your pet’s mouth. For example, you love your multi-TV home network system for video games, movies and TV, but you don’t want your dog to chew on the cords and wires. What is the solution? Provide your pet with friendly toys to chew on and cover the cords with pipe. Or you can go more high-tech and invest in wireless connections. Then, there are no cords to clutter your style or for your dog to chew on.
Keep Art out of Reach
Decorative accent pieces give your home a unique look, but you are afraid these items might break if your dog knocks them off the table with a wag of his or her tail. This doesn’t mean all art is off limits in your home. Instead of leaving them out where they can be accidentally destroyed, display these items in a china cabinet and keep art locked behind a glass. Another option is to find art and accent pieces that can be hung up where your dog can’t reach them.
Reserve a Space for Your Pet
You want your dog to feel welcome and loved in your pet-friendly home, so designate a space that’s just for your dog. Keep a basket full of toys and his or her bed nearby. This space helps prevent your dog from littering toys all around your home and laying on rugs and furniture he or she isn’t supposed to, which offers you more flexibility in your design choices.