Has your beautiful Persian run gone from being exquisite to just being brown? And your prized vase in pieces because your big fur-baby swished it down with a sweep of his wagging tail? Making small changes to your home based on your pet’s natural behaviour will cut down on your chores and keep your things safe. For instance, using wall paint that can be wiped clean, keeping chew toys in the rooms that your pet frequents and a food mat for those messy eaters.
We have a few fail-safe décor directives that will keep your home intact and with minimal maintenance.
Colour by Fur: If you have a dog with a short coat who barely sheds, cleaning up fur will not be a problem. But for homes with pets who shed, a smart way of decorating would be to match upholstery to the colour of your dog’s fur. For example, black fur does not show up on black fabric, so leaving a few stray hairs on the sofa will not be noticeable.
Careful Carpeting: Most households with dogs steer clear of carpets or rugs of any kind. This is because carpets seem to trap everything your pet has to offer – smells, stains and fur. But a good rug can be a major décor tool to make your space ‘pop’. So, if you really want to add a rug, we suggest you go for it with a few precautions in mind. Make sure that it is low pile, easily washable or disposable. Stay away from continuous-loop carpets as they can unravel quickly if a part of it snags on a claw. If you have a carpet that you can’t bear to part with, then convert it into wall décor.
Breakable? Shelve it! Having a clumsy dog does not necessarily mean that you need to lock away your china and porcelain. You just need to keep them out of reach. Arrange your curios on shelves, on the tops of cabinets or even inside glass-front cabinets.
Stain Resistant Styling: Choose cushion covers, sofa upholstery and so on by keeping your pet in mind. Stain resistant fabrics like Ultrasuede are tough and pet-friendly. On the other hand, fabrics like velvet will not give up dog fur easily, so keep away from them.
A Place for Muddy Paws: Cleaning up after your pet can be tiresome. So, the simplest solution is to get them clean before they enter. Make a space near the door to wipe off mud from paws, towel-dry damp fur and give your pet a brush down if necessary.
The key is to work around your dog’s typical behaviour and traits. This may change slightly depending on the life stage they are at (pups are more prone to chewing furniture, as they grow older, dogs tend to get more sombre). However, if you keep in mind a few basic rules while decorating, having a lovely home + a happy pet will not be difficult.
*Featured Photo Credit: Andrew Branch