Many people are letting their houses go to the dogs and the cats and the birds without sacrificing style or comfort. Instead of banishing their furry friends to the yard, many pet owners are decorating and remodeling their living spaces with their pets' needs in mind and turning pet-friendly decorating into a full-blown trend.
1. Vacuum regularly.
Even if you match your chaise to your Cocker Spaniel so perfectly the hairballs are barely visible, vacuum puppy’s hair off the furniture at least twice a week. You may need to vacuum daily when your pet is shedding.
2. Bathe and groom your pet often.
Keeping your dog or cat clean will help your house stay cleaner, longer. Trimmed nails won't scratch floors or upholstery. Regularly brushing and bathing removes loose hair before it ends up on your floor, your bed, your throw pillows and your curtains. Furniture and rugs will last longer if they don't need to be washed as often. Think of it this way: It's easier to clean your dog than your upholstery, and it's usually more fun.
3. Use stain-resistant fabrics.
Forget silk, chintz or the pet-hair magnet known as velvet. Discover the joys of Crypton, a nearly indestructible, synthetic fabric that's resistant to stains, smells, bacteria and muddy paws.
Leather is a good choice, easy to clean and durable. Most grades of leather will suffer only scratches from Fido or Fluffy's claws, but hey, the scratches add patina.
Then there's Ultrasuede, a machine-washable microfiber that feels as smooth and seductive as real suede. It's beautiful, and it always stays cool and comfortable no matter the climate. That's important for your and your animal's comfort.
4. Put washable fabrics on your bed.
If your dog or cat sleeps with you there will be accidents. Protect your mattress from the inevitable by covering it with a thick pad. Use cotton sheets, preferably in a medium color or a pattern that can hide the pet hair and stains between washings. For bedspreads, duvet covers work well because you can take them off and wash them regularly.
5. Skip wall-to-wall carpet.
Carpet absorbs odors, traps pet hair and soaks up inevitable pet-related stains like a sponge. If you must have carpet, choose a low pile. It's easier to clean if there's an accident. And avoid continuous loop carpet because a pet toenail can unravel it by catching a single woven loop.
6. Choose hard surface floors.
Bare floors are the way to go, but bare doesn't have to be boring. Painted concrete is lovely and durable, as are terrazzo and brick. Hardwood floors are simple to mop or vacuum and add a warm glow to a room, but keep in mind that large dogs can scratch wood.
The best floor is ceramic tile, because it's easy to clean and resistant to any stain an animal can dish out. Tile is toenail-proof, it makes a room look sleek and elegant, and it gives furry animals a cool place to nap during hot weather. Porous materials like marble or other natural stones aren't as pet-proof as other hard surfaces, since acids present in pet “accidents” stain them, even if they're sealed.
7. Match colors to your pet's fur.
Your pet can be a source of inspiration when choosing colors for your room. Paint a concrete floor the same shade of gray as your cat. Cover your sofa in a honey microfiber that matches your golden retriever. This isn't just an aesthetic shout-out to your pet; it's also a practical choice because the hair they leave behind won't be as visible. Put a white floor in a house with a black Lab, you're going to have black fur balls everywhere, most all of the time.
Source - HGTV