Posted on October 27, 2015

How to stylishly pet-proof your home

Sharing your home with a pet means you have to make some accommodations with your décor, but it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Here are some things you can do to make your home work for both you and your fur family:

Embrace Blankets
“Most of my friends with dogs have embraced the idea of using a beautiful yet durable throw blanket on top of the seating area of their couch,” writes Grace Bonney from Design Sponge. It helps protect your cushions. She recommends boiled wool for durability.

Colour coordinate according to your pet
Choosing light-coloured décor if you have a pet with light hair will make stray hairs much less visible between vacuumings. The same goes for dark-haired pets and colour.

Be practical
Opt for couch cushions with zippered slipcovers, choose duvet covers over delicate quilts, and make sure everything is washable.

Incorporate Velvet

Unlike many fabrics, velvet fabric strands are cut at the end and therefore, are more durable. If your pet scratches at the furniture, velvet won’t appear as worn. If velvet isn’t your thing, choose fabrics with short fibres that a pet can’t chew.

Clear clutter
If you have an emotional attachment to your shoes or sunglasses, don’t leave them out! If you’re short on space, install an over-the-door shoe rack. Of course, it goes without saying that you should keep all medicine and cleaning products locked and inaccessible.

Tie up wires
Loose electrical wires can be a hazard for animals. Fasten cords to the wall or furniture to keep them out of reach. The bonus of cleaning up your cords is that your home will be more aesthetically pleasing.

A little planning goes a long way when it comes to ensuring you can enjoy both your pets and your home!