We have more choice in our interior design schemes than ever before. Modern materials, manufacturing processes, and design trends have brought what was once reserved for the elite, into the living rooms of the masses. The age old problem, however, is how to create beautiful surroundings that will not be affected by our pets.
Just because you have a dog or cat doesn’t mean you can’t have an awesome living room, you just need to make allowances and work around them.
Here are some fantastic ways you can maintain an attractive design in a room with pets.
The walls are affected by animals. Maybe a wet dog will shake itself, or a cat will scratch the wallpaper to sharpen its claws. Paint the walls in a silk emulsion that can be wiped clean when they are dirty. The other benefit of paint is that it is easy to freshen the room up with a new coat after a couple of years. Families with pets usually need to decorate more often than those without.
Does your sofa have the best guarantees against dirt and stains to the fabric? They aren’t worth the paper they are written on when pets are around. You may ban the animals from the furniture when you are in the house, but they are sure to be all over it when you are not looking. Leather sofas are the best solution. They are durable as well as being easy to wipe clean, and there is nothing to catch on the claws of the animals as they climb on and off.
Laminate flooring is ideally suited to a home with pets. Carpet will eventually start to smell of the animals and become dirty from their paws. It is very attractive and the material of choice for designers when they create a contemporary room. Cleaning is easy with either a vacuum, brush, or mop, so pesky pet hairs will no longer be a problem. Allergy sufferers find that hard flooring relieves their symptoms too, so there are many benefits to it, as you can see. When you install it, remove the skirting boards and replace them on top of the new surface. It gives a better finish and does away with any gaps where pet hairs could collect.
Have you ever had to lift your cat off the curtains? You are not alone; cats will climb anything. Think about replacing your expensive curtains with some modern window blinds instead. You will be spoiled for choice when you look at the vast range of blinds available to you. Here are a few suggestions.
- Vertical Blinds
- Roller Blinds
- Pleated Blinds
- Blackout Blinds
- Roman Blinds
- Venetian Blinds
Cats and dogs will not pay as much attention to blinds as they do to curtains.
Cats love to sharpen their claws on anything hard. That includes your best antique furniture. Give the animal something else to scratch that will distract it from your valuable heirlooms. The scratch posts are not particularly attractive, but they can be put in a cupboard out of sight when you have visitors.
So, you can have pleasant surroundings and pets; they are not mutually exclusive. Just make suitable allowances for the problems they bring. That’s all for today, I hope you too can enjoy stunning surroundings now that you know how.