Anatole France wrote that “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”.
Those of us who’ve had pets will very likely agree. Dogs, cats, and other pets bring immeasurable joy to us over the years, which is why they’re typically considered members of the family.
This also means, like other members of the family, they should be considered when preparing a home. Most of them may not require their own rooms, but they do require certain things when it comes to matters such as decor.
If you’re in search of advice on those very things, you’re in luck! Today, we’ll help you go over the basics of pet-friendly interior design with useful tips and notes for establishing a space both you and your pet can inhabit happily.
Create a designated space for your pets
We said earlier that most pets won’t need rooms of their own. They should, however, be allocated spaces of their own as much as possible.
This is a great way to keep things organised and give your pets clarity on where they can go when they need to rest or get out of the way when you’re busy (such as when you’re cleaning). For dogs, you can often establish this with a crate or fenced area. For cats, it can be a cat tree or house.
Naturally, size the space you allocate to your pet based on your actual pet’s size. Note that in certain cases, you shouldn’t restrict your sizing to horizontal concerns. Cats like to climb and use elevated perches, for instance, so you can actually expand spaces vertically for them in most cases.
And of course, remember to choose spaces that your pet will actually like. Cats often like to look out windows, for example, so put your cat’s shelf or tree by one. Meanwhile, dogs like to sleep in quiet corners where they can still be close to you.
Consider your pet’s needs
We already touched on this in the previous tip, but it’s worth digging deeper into this. Our pets have needs – like their own beds, places to rest or perch, mats, and so on. Fortunately, there’s so much variety in these now that you can often find a tonne of aesthetic options and variations on them!
This affords you a chance to stay true to your visual preferences while also considering your pet’s needs. For example, look into finding pet beds that match the colours of your furnishings. Or try to use good-looking cat trees as points of interest in a space’s decor.
We’ve also seen people create things like pet stations that are built into other furnishings. For example, you can create a quiet sleeping nook complete with a pet bed for your dog at the bottom of a repurposed cabinet!
Don’t be afraid to get furnishings that both you and your pets can enjoy
One area where many pet owners end up hesitant is over whether or not to get something because they’re afraid their pets may “ruin” the item. The funny thing about this is that focusing too much on that can actually cause you to miss all the ways pets can also benefit from the item.
Rugs are the classic example. Most people don’t think of rugs as pet-friendly because they keep thinking of horror stories about pets urinating on rugs or tracking dirt into them.
But given properly trained, healthy pets, the odds of a cat or dog urinating on a rug are fairly low. Clean pets, particularly indoor ones, are also unlikely to track dirt – or, at least, aren’t more likely to do so than the human members of a household.
As for scratching – a common concern if you’re a cat owner – it’s possible to minimise the odds of this leading to serious rug damage with the right rug type. You can also train a cat not to do it if you supply the pet with alternative scratching surfaces. The same goes for dogs and their tendency to chew.
Besides, most pets tend to like rugs. They serve as warm, soft places to rest. Like us, most pets find rugs cosy and can come to associate them with comfort.
Besides, this particular example of pet-friendly interior decor offers a host of other benefits to the inhabitants of a home. For instance, rugs can prevent pets’ nails scratching hardwood floors. They can also absorb the sound of pets’ nails and toys when they’re playing.
Be smart about decor material and maintenance
Choosing colours, materials, and patterns intelligently in decor can save you a lot of trouble over time, especially in terms of maintenance. For example, if you have a dark-furred pet, getting dark-coloured furnishings can help minimise the amount of pet fur you notice on your furniture every day!
As much as possible, you should choose items that are also easy to clean. Surfaces that can be wiped easily are great. Textiles and other items that can be washed are ideal. Stain-resistant and moisture-resistant objects – like wool rugs – are fantastic.
Make things easier for yourself by choosing items like these in your decor shopping. You’ll be glad you did in the long run!
Get started by talking to us about getting a pet-friendly rug for your own home!
The ideas above should help you build a space that both you and your furry friend can be comfortable in. If you want to get started right now, though, why not reach out to us? We can lay the foundation for your pet-friendly interior decor by helping you find the perfect pet-friendly rug for your needs.
In fact, at The Rug Maker, we can even create a custom rug should you need it. Plus, we can help you figure out what exactly you require. To learn more, reach out to The Rug Maker.