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Oct 27 2009

Simple Tips For Pet-Friendly Decorating

Pets & FurntiureIf you have a dog or a cat for a pet, you know that not every interior decorating idea is going to work. Just like those with young children in the home, you have to take your pets into consideration when you decorate. Fortunately, these days those in search of pet-friendly décor have plenty of options.

Pet-Friendly Flooring Ideas
Even with the most well-trained animals, things like mud tracks and bathroom accidents are bound to happen. In this situation, you’re best off going with a low-maintenance flooring option in your home.

Carpet is probably the worst flooring options for households with pets. Both animal hair and dander are hard to remove and thus tend to stay in the carpet for a long time. Likewise, mud, urine, and other pet stains are also harder to remove from carpet than other flooring options.

For households with pets, the best flooring options are hardwood floors, laminate flooring, and ceramic tile. Not only are these types of floors easy to clean, but they can endure more traffic from your pets.

If you do decide to go with a hardwood floor, be sure to put a finish on the floor to protect it from your pet’s nails. Otherwise, you need to be sure to trim your pet’s nails on a regular basis. Add some area rugs to these types of floors for more color and comfort. Just be sure they can easily be cleaned in the washer and dryer.

Pet-Friendly Home Fabrics
Your choice of fabrics is another huge décor consideration that comes into play when you have pets in the home. This is especially important if you have any kind of pet that goes on the furniture, whether it’s a dog or a cat or even another pet like a bird or a lizard.

For pets like dogs and cats, be sure to choose a fabric that’s easy to clean so you don’t have to worry about pet hair being a constant problem. If pet hair tends to be a problem for you, then select fabrics that are close to the color of your pet. This way, you can avoid having to clean the couches every day. If you already have a black-haired dog or cat in your home, a white or tan couch might not be such a good idea.

Another important thing to consider is how easy the fabric is to clean. Microfibers tend to be much easier to clean than other fabrics. Woven, textured fabrics are harder to remove stains from and will actually trap any pet hair.

If you decide to get new furniture, you might also consider putting a stain guard on your furniture. Then stains can easily be lifted off by following the manufacturer’s directions.

If you have a pet in your home, everything about the décor is going to be influenced in one way or another. For example, if you want to put a flower arrangement in your living room, like on a wood coffee table or oak end table, you need to be sure to find a place that your pet will not be able to access. Thus when it comes to pet-friendly decorating, be sure to not only pay attention to the flooring and fabrics but to the smaller details, like flowers and candle placement.

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