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8 Tips For Dog-Friendly Style
Any dog owner knows that life with dogs can be messy! But that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate in high style. The challenge is to choose furnishings, surfaces and accents to accommodate a pup, or even a pack of them. Check out some easy, attractive and affordable solutions below – you’ll be enjoying an updated, dog-friendly living space in no time!
You CAN invest in nice rugs – even with dogs in your home. A rug with a pattern and a low, tightly woven pile hides lots of dog-related sins and is easy to clean. There are many high-performance, high-style rugs available these days that are easy to care for.
Synthetic blends, wool and polypropylene rugs feature beautiful designs, styles and color schemes that match any décor and are also soft, durable and easy to maintain – allowing you to enjoy them with your canine year after year.
Mats are also important for homes with dogs as they protect floors, keep pups from tracking in dirt, and add a stylish touch to entryways, mudrooms and more.
There are many attractive mats that not only look beautiful but have hard-wearing surfaces that soak up moisture and dirt. High-performance mats at all your entrances are great for homes with heavy-traffic and pets.
Since dogs are most likely to lounge on your furniture – whether you want them to or not – consider seating that has durable and easy-care upholstery. Medium and neutral tones keep both light and dark dog hairs from standing out. Furniture covers also come in many attractive colors and designs to protect seating, while also looking great and feeling cozy.
For a dining style with clean lines, steer clear of upholstered dining chairs that can attract dog hair and choose hardwood designs. You can use padded chair pads that are washable if you want a softer, cushy surface.
4. Dog Beds
Get your best pal their own seating so there’s more of a chance they’ll stay off yours by investing in a dog bed. An attractive dog bed, or lounge surface, in a handsome design can fit your style without detracting from your décor.
From faux suede, plaid, quilted and wooden-platform styles, a comfy dog bed helps your pet rest in ease while still creating an attractive addition to any room. Choose dog bed covers that can easily be removed for cleaning and washing.
Fresh, fun accent pillows can brighten and elevate any space or piece of furniture. Stylish designs that feature rich colors and seasonal motifs can be used to refresh living rooms, family rooms, bedrooms, patios, porches and decks.
Choose styles made from durable materials that have zippered, removeable covers so they’re 100% pet friendly.
6. Mudroom Décor
An efficient mudroom is great for a household with dogs to function with style. And it doesn’t even have to be a “room” but just be a hallway, entryway or area of space dedicated to all your four-legged accessories, such as dog bowls, leashes and other gear.
Boot trays are helpful to contain muddy footwear. A bench or coat rack can not only look great, but gives you a spot to store leashes, jackets and bags and sit down to take off shoes or wipe muddy paws.
If houseplants are displayed up high, dogs won’t typically approach them as readily. To create attractive, dog-friendly displays keep plants and flowers off the floor in taller urns, wall planters or on a sturdy plant stand.
If you want a low planter, get one with a wide base which makes it more stable and harder to knock over. Plants that are up and away help a household’s traffic flow and decrease the possibility of spills or messes from your furry companions racing through the house.
8. Yard and Garden
Finally, speaking of plants, teach your dog not to eat any plants – many can be toxic to them. Some common garden plants that are toxic to canines include azalea, oleander, dieffenbachia, daffodils, lily of the valley, tulips, hyacinths, boxwood, foxglove, philodendron, rhododendron, delphinium and more.
Just as with indoor style, consider outdoor gardens and landscaping that is dog-friendly, such as smooth hydrangeas, shasta daisy, Japanese maple, echinacea cone flower, buddleia funky fuchsia and monarda bee balm.