By: Peyton Lambton
If you’re anything like me, your pet is your baby. Usually, that means you can’t help but let them hang out wherever they please – whether they prefer lounging on your rug, curling up on your sofa or snuggling in your bed. I mean, how can you say no to that face, right?
As wonderful and lovable and irresistible as they may be, there’s no denying that your beloved pet will shed, scratch, chew and sometimes even have an accident in your home, which is why you need to design with them in mind. That way everybody’s comfy and happy. And the best part is, you don’t have to sacrifice your style at all. Below are a few of my favorite pet-friendly decorating tips.
Let their fur color inspire your color. In addition to serving a practical purpose – as camouflage – this approach is a sweet, subtle way to incorporate your pet into the look and feel of your space.
If they have a dark coat – like my Swiss Mountain Dog, Summitt (isn’t he adorable?) – opt for darker upholstery, rugs and linens.
Consider bolder patterns. I don’t always have the time or energy to vacuum every spot Summitt has slept on. Luckily, a bold pattern on an accent chair or ottoman is the perfect disguise for fur that gets left behind.
Embrace and emphasize wall décor. Because our pets can unintentionally break or damage fragile collectibles with a simple paw swipe or tail wag, you may want to invest more of your decorating dollar in wall décor. It’s out of their reach and therefore out of harm’s way.
Natural rug materials are your second best friend. Not only do jute, sisal and seagrass rugs work as especially durable floor covers, they bring in a nice textural element to your interior. If you prefer a different material, make sure you opt for a low pile design.