If you have a pet like a cat or dog, you know that not every interior decorating idea is going to work with that pet. Just like if you have kids in the house, you have to think about pets when you decorate your home. Fortunately, nowadays there are plenty of options for pet-friendly decor.
Pet-Friendly Flooring Ideas
When you have pets, things like mud tracks and bathroom accidents are bound to happen even with the most well trained animals. This is why it is a good idea to have a low maintenance flooring option in your home.
Carpet is probably one of the worst flooring options for people who have pets. Animal hair and dander will stay in the carpet for a long time and are hard to remove. Mud, urine, and other pet stains are harder to remove from carpet than other flooring options.
The best pet-friendly flooring options are hardwood floors, laminate, and ceramic tile floors. These types of floors are easy to clean and are can endure more traffic from pets.
If you do choose hardwood floors, be sure that you get a finish on the floors to prevent scratches from a pet’s nails or just be sure to trim your pet’s nails on a regular basis. You can add some area rugs to these types of floors that can easily be put in the washer and dryer and cleaned.
Pet Friendly Home Fabrics
Another huge decor consideration that comes into play when you have pets is the fabrics that you use in your home. This is especially important if you have a dog or cat or even another pet like a bird or lizard who goes anywhere on the furniture.
With pets like dogs and cats, you want to make sure that you use a fabric that is easy to clean and you don’t have to worry about pet hair being a constant problem. If pet hair is a problem for you, then you may want to choose fabrics that are closer in color to the hair on your pet so you are not cleaning the couches every day. If you have a black haired cat, a white or tan couch may not be a good idea.
Also, you want to consider how easy the fabric is to clean. Microfibers are much easier to clean stains off than other fabrics. Fabrics that have texture and are woven will actually trap pet hair and can be harder to remove stains from. If you get new furniture and have pets, you may also want to consider buying a stain guard on your furniture so that stains can easily be lifted off by following the manufacturer’s directions.
When you have a pet in your home, everything about the decor is going to be influenced in some way or another by your pet. For example, if you want to have a flower arrangement in your living room, you need to make sure that it is somewhere that your pet can’t get into it. So, when it comes to pet-friendly decorating, be sure that you not only take into consideration the big items like the flooring and the fabrics but also the small things like flowers and candle placement.