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You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Style to Make Your Home Pet-Friendly

There’s no doubt that pets are family, and you want them to be comfortable in your new home. But you also don’t want to sacrifice your sense of style.

Pets and stylish home décor can live in harmony—all you need is a little creativity. Here are some ideas for pet-friendly decorating.

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A floor that’s durable and easy to clean is a must for a home with pets. Stone, ceramic tile, and laminate are good choices that are cooler for dogs and cats to lay on and easier to clean. Denser hardwood floors, such as oak and mahogany, are less prone to denting and scratching, but be sure to clean “accidents” quickly to avoid stains and warping. Keeping your pet’s nails trimmed will also help avoid scratches.

For non-carpeted floors, slip-proof area rugs will not only provide a cozy place for your pet to sleep but also help protect the floor and reduce noise when pets are running or playing. Be sure to check the cleaning recommendations for area rugs (some are machine washable or can be hosed off outdoors). Look for patterns and colors that will help hide stains and pet hair. Sisal and seagrass rugs are affordable (but still stylish) choices that can be discarded when they become worn or stained.

If you prefer carpet, though, protect the floor underneath with a quality, durable moisture-resistant pad. Darker colors will help hide fur and stains, and low-pile carpet is easier to clean. Also, be aware that nails and claws can get caught in continuous loop carpets and cause them to unravel. Again, keeping nails trimmed will help, as will regular vacuuming and cleaning stains before they have a chance to set (remember to use pet-safe cleaners!).

When it comes to furnishings, slipcovers—washable, in durable fabrics such as canvas and denim—can be a pet-owner’s best friend (well, maybe second-best friend—no offense, pups). Using outdoor upholstery fabric (it’s moisture resistant) on your indoor furniture is another option. Leather is a good choice, too, but can be punctured or scratched by sharp nails and claws (again—trimming is recommended). Avoid fabrics such as chenille, tweed, and velvet; they’re magnets for pet hair. Furniture with exposed legs (rather than skirts) will help reduce the amount of pet hair that collects.

Textures, patterns, and darker colors can help mask pet hair and stains. Try matching the colors of your upholstery and accessories to the color of your pet’s fur. You can also place throws (easily washable) where pets are likely to lay.

A few other tips:

  • If you have fragile items or collectibles, display them in a hutch or a cabinet with glass doors to keep them safe from rambunctious canines and curious kitties.

  • If your dog or cat likes to sleep on and/or in your bed, a washable duvet cover is a great choice. And a moisture-resistant mattress pad is also a good idea—just in case.

  • Sometimes splatter happens … especially in entryways on rainy days. Choose a wall paint with a semi-gloss finish that’s easy to wipe clean, or a washable flat paint.

  • Keep window coverings simple: Roman shades and window blinds are easy to wipe clean, whereas longer drapery that lies on the floor will collect pet hair.

  • Keeping your dog or cat brushed will help reduce the amount of fur that gathers on furniture and floors—and makes for great bonding time with your pet!