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You can let your pets roam free in your home without sacrificing style if you plan for them in your decor, just remember that pets have special needs that present challenges to interior design. If you want your fuzzy friends to feel like part of the family, here are four tips for decorating to make it work.

1. Create Special Places for Pets to Sit or Hang Out

If you don’t like your pet sitting on the couch because of his fur, create a special spot for him to sit. Cats like window perches and dogs like to see everything that’s going on. A pet bed is a great way to designate a seat for your pet. You can train almost any pet where he or she is supposed to be, but it’s easier if that place is comfortable.

2. Choose furniture that matches your pet’s fur

Most pets shed fur during the warmer months, and it sticks to everything. This is a decorating problem because it makes your furniture look uncared for. Keeping up with your pet’s grooming also helps, but even the most pampered pets still shed.

Having a pet means you’ll spend a good deal of time going around your house with a lint roller and vacuum, as you know. But you can make your life easier by choosing furniture that matches your pet’s fur, or at least complements it. This doesn’t mean buying an orange shag sofa because of your ginger tom. But, it might mean not going with the all-white one.

3. Use stain-resistant fabrics

Pets are messy. They shed, have accidents, track dirt through the house, and play with things they’re not supposed to (sometimes things that were once alive). Choosing surfaces that don’t allow pet hair (and other pet substances!) purchase is a smart bet. Therefore, tile, wood floors, vinyl tile floors, and carpet tiles that are easy to take up and clean (or replace) are great options. If you do need to use carpet and fabric, make sure that it is stain resistant.

4. Separate Dirty Pet Areas from the Rest of Your Home

It’s great if you want to include the fuzzy friends of your life into the interior design of your home; however, there are still certain areas you should designate for mess, such as the feeding area. Finding kitty litter on your bedspread or throughout your house is disgusting, and the same is true of pet food.

Many pet have designated areas for these messes in the bathroom and kitchen, so create the same type of spaces for your pets. This helps keep your home looking nice. Plus, this also makes cleaning easier, as the majority of the mess is contained in one area.

Furry, cute, lovable challenges

Pets present challenges to interior design, but it’s possible to incorporate them into your space. These are just a few suggestions to help you make them feel like part of the family. Do you have any other suggestions? Leave a comment below.

What challenges do your pets present to your decor? What steps have you taken?

Are there areas in your home that restricts pet traffic?

What are your tolerance levels when it comes to pet hair on furniture?

Tell us all about it in the comments section

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.