Pet lovers know a cat or dog is a member of the family. We want our pets to be comfortable, happy and feel safe. So the question is, can you still have a beautiful home as a pet owner, or is everything covered in fur and pet proof ugly? Good news fellow animal lovers, when considering your home décor, you no longer need to sacrifice your personal style to accommodate Fido and Fluffy! Everyone can be happy and you can be proud of your home too! This post is all about pet friendly design ideas.
I love the smell of the litter box – said no cat owner ever!
One of the biggest challenges pet owners face is the smell of their cats and dogs. Litter boxes, wet dogs and piddle accidents can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare.
It is super important to clean up your pet’s mess as soon as it happens if at all possible. This can be super tricky if an accident happened when you are at work, or even sleeping. How many times a cat owner wakes up to step in a lovely mound of hairball vomit. Sometimes you might not even realize your new puppy peed behind a piece of furniture until you are up close to it and catch a whiff. These things do happen and of course we forgive our little fur babies. But whenever possible, getting to the compound in a timely fashion is ideal.
Once you have identified the disaster zone and assessed the immediate damage, you’ll want to get to work.
One of the absolute best non-toxic pet specific cleaners on the market is Rocco and Roxie. This product will leave your home smelling fresh while eliminating stains. Trust me, you will love this product.
If you must have high-end furniture, consider slipcovers as a way to protect your couch. A great tip for decorating with pets is to use a similar color on your couch that is your pet’s fur. If you have a grey tabby cat, consider a nice deep charcoal grey slipcover to camouflage the fur left behind after a catnap. Use bright throw pillows to add a pop of color to your room.
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There are even covers for furniture made especially for cats and dogs now. They come in a variety of colors and styles, and are all of course machine washable. Having a pet furniture cover can be easier than an entire slip cover and your pet will understand that his her place to lounge. If you are extremely concerned about your sofa being stained, scratched, torn or overly covered in pet hair, you can use a slipcover and then also put a pet furniture cover on top of the slip cover. That should add a nice layer for your couch to be completely safe.
Pets are so popular that it is not surprising they have their own line of stylish products!
Your cat or dog will love these aesthetically pleasing pieces, all while keeping a sense of your own personal style. Try accenting your home with these wool pet beds. Made specifically so your pet will feel safe and snugly, the shapes and colors are ideal for any home décor!
Use cat shelving that is specifically kitty friendly and looks great too! Felines love to climb, stretch and relax all in the same space. They prefer being up above their keepers so they can stare you down, literally.
Instead of climbing up an outdoor tree and risking getting hurt outside or stuck in the limbs, kitty cat wall furniture is now available in the most luxe styles.
Some of the cat shelves come with sisal rope for your kitty’s added scratching services. And some have hammocks to lounge around in. The best part about wall furniture is the valuable real estate you free up on the floor. No more stepping over cat scratchers and cat trees. You can literally put them on the wall!
Invest in stainless steel pet dishes to keep your kitchen looking upgraded. With that, elevated dish holders can add a nice touch while removing dishes from the floor and minimizing food spill.
In additional to being aesthetically pleasing, elevated pet meal bowls can assist your pet in proper stature while inhaling their favorite grub. By using an elevating dish, your cat and dog won’t have to hunch over and risk injuring their back from long term strains.
Functional Pet Friendly Carpet
When choosing carpet, go with colors that will help mask your pet’s fur. Always get carpet that is easy to vacuum and clean. Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to avoid pulls in your carpet from the claws. Only use pet friendly, non-toxic rug cleaners for deeper cleaning and odor elimination.
When picking out carpets, consider one that is made of nylon fiber material. They tend to be really sturdy and durable, holding up against the challenges that come with high traffic areas and pets, including the messes the sometimes make. Triexta is a popular material for carpets among pet owners because it is softer, but still very durable.
Adding throw rugs that are machine washable to your hardwood floors can be a great way to save your floors from stain and also cut down on noise. Cats and dogs love to run around but sometimes even a few small kittens can sound like a group of elephants running around! Rugs and carpets can help absorb some of that and act as a little noise barrier.
Funtionable Pet Friendly Furniture
A new trend for pets and the people who love them is furniture that is made for both to share.
Ottomans in the shape of animals, used by cats and people are the cutest new thing to hit the pet furniture arena. Available at Amazon, you can pick out from a variety of critters and colors. The world needs more cats, riding an elephant, through the living room, where you can also put your feet up and stash your remote control.
A great place to browse for pet friendly home decorating ideas is Pinterest. If you are moving or re-decorating your entire home, it can be fun to start a decorating board. Either print out photos from Pinterest and catalogues and add them to a board, or start an electronic decorating board using the app Canva. Using a design board or creating a vision board can help you get organized and arrange your thoughts. I love to map out goals and scratch them off my list as I go; accomplished!
Don’t forget to accent your living room coffee table with a few design books. We have noticed, if your books have adorable images of cats and dogs on the cover, people won’t be able to resist picking up the book and paging through the content.
A few candles that are shaped like kitty cats can be a nice accent to your home. Dog figurines are also fun, especially if you can find accent decor that looks like your pet!
If you have rambunctious dogs or curious kitty cats, it is a good idea to get flameless candles. I received these as a gift for Christmas, and have never gone back to using normal candles since. They are so much safer than having a flame lit and risking a candle being tipped over. Furniture can be destroyed from the wax and if you have ever had that happen, you understand the relief of a fire not catching, mixed with devastation your favorite couch was now stained with melted wax.
The happier your pet is, the happier you will be and visa versa. Having a stylish home you and your fur family love can be great fun to create, and so comfortable to enjoy!
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