Monday, 9 October 2017

Pet Friendly Interiors

While designing the interiors of a house, one takes into consideration the likes and opinions of each member of the family. However, one member who may get left out of the designing process could be your pet. Although some pets can be a bit more challenging than others when it comes to having their needs met, most of them require the basic essentials in regards to living comfortably within the home; a place for their toys, an area that is designated for eating, somewhere to store supplies, and a place to rest their furry heads.
·       Choose fabrics and furniture that not only hides any fur that may get left behind, but also won’t warrant your pet having the need to use it as a scratch post or a chew toy. Materials to avoid if you don’t want animal fur everywhere is denim, velvet, tweed and suede.  Avoid white when it comes to upholstery. Instead, choose tightly woven upholstery fabrics with patterns, textures, and darker colours. Leather is also a good choice for a pet-owner’s furniture because it’s durable and easy to clean. But leather is not indestructible. It can be punctured by big claws, and those holes can be tough to repair. Leather can be scratched, too, so make sure you’re comfortable with the natural patina that is sure to develop. Best would be to try and strictly enforce a “no-furniture” rule for your pets. (Good luck!)
·       Take note of the exposed wood on your furniture; wicker, rattan and sisal will serve as a teething toy for your new puppy, whereas metal or chrome will keep them searching for another source.
·       Pets can do lots to damage your walls, so protect your walls with satin or gloss paints. Avoid matt finish paints and wallpapers in rooms frequented by pets.
·       You need hard-surface flooring to keep pet-occupied rooms in tip-top shape. Choices such as stone, ceramic tiles or painted concrete might be easier to keep clean and stain-free than carpet. Such floors are also cooler in hot weather, an important consideration for pets with thick or long fur. Tiles can be slippery for dogs so choose matt finish tiles or add washable area rugs. Choose patterns with a multitude of colours that draw the eye away from dirt, stains, and pet hair. Use rugs with patterns and a multitude of colours that draw the eye away from dirt, stains, and pet hair. Add a no-skid pad or double-sided tape beneath the rug to keep it in place.
·       Keep your collectables safe and out of reach from your pets. Either stick to collecting sturdy treasures or display your fragile favourites from within the relative safety of a china cabinet.
·       Choose a dog bed that’s large enough to accommodate his/her frame comfortably. For your sake, choose a dog bed that complements your d├ęcor—with stylish upholstery fabric that’s easy to keep clean.
By keeping these pointers in mind, you can achieve a home that reflects everyone’s personality – even the ones that say “woof”.


Interior and Landscape Designer

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