Who says stylish homes and pets don’t go hand in hand? With a few minor changes with the home-interiors, you can create a space that keeps you, your guests and your pet happy.
- Avoid Carpets, Use Rugs
Carpets often become a haven for germs as they have a tendency to trap animal hair and unpleasant odors. Plus, with a naughty pet that loves to wander, there are chances to witness unwanted stains and paw marks too on your expensive carpet. To save from the mess, it is a good idea to use area rugs. These are smaller versions of carpets, comparatively cheaper and easy to maintain and clean. If your budget allows, you can also use hardwood flooring, as it is easy on maintenance and resistant to animal odors.
2. Sofa and Arm Chair Upholstery
Forget carpets, even the lacy cushions, those velvety covers in the living room and bedroom area accumulate hair and odors. It is advisable to use removable covers so that they can be easily removed and washed. For living rooms, it is a great idea to use leather furniture, as you need to wipe it with a damp cloth to keep it in good shapes.
3. No pointed or rough surfaces please
Your pet is your baby and you don’t want him to get hurt. Take care that there is no pointed decor object around his play area as he could accidently bump into it.
4. Height of Bed and Sofas
Most canines and cats love to hop on the sofas and beds, especially if they are smaller breeds. Take care, that the height of the furniture is appropriate as they can hurt themselves while jumping down.
5. Semi gloss paint is the way to go
Though, your pet may go regularly for the grooming sessions, it is very much possible that he would love to leave his impressions across the floor and the wall. Regular paints are bad choices here and it is advisable to use semi gloss wall paints, as they can be wiped clean. Eggshell and satin finishes are also good options.
6. Put washable fabrics on the bed
If your pet sleeps with you, there will be home decor accidents. Protect your mattress from the inevitable by covering it with a thick pad or soft plastic sheets. For bedspreads, duvet covers work the best as you can remove and get them cleaned.
7. Vacuum regularly
Pet hair has an odor and it contains oil that attracts dirt. Thus, it is advisable to vacuum clean the furniture, rugs and other spaces regularly.
8. Bathe and clean your pet
Properly cleaned and groomed pets have the least chance to soil a place. Take it like this- if he is a bathed regularly, most of the dead hair would end up in the bathroom rather than on the fabrics. Plus, with trimmed nails, there are less chances of him making marks on your beautifully painted walls.