Living with animals doesn't mean you have to compromise your style. Follow these decorating tips to keep your apartment looking great while living with your four-legged family members.
Use Slip-Proof Area Rugs
Rugs are a great way to change the look of your room almost instantly and also offer great floor protection against scratches. Be sure to add a non-slip pad to prevent rugs from sliding out from under your pets while they play. Area rugs are also great for apartment dwelling pet owners as the rugs will muffle any sound from the pets.
Jute, sisal, and seagrass mats are great options that are durable enough for pet owners, but not too costly to replace once they begin to wear. Selecting area rugs that are a similar color to your pets' fur also helps hide pet hair.
Choose Furniture & Accessories Wisely
Keep in mind the upholstery and materials of your furniture when decorating your home. Certain fabrics such as velvet are pet-hair magnets, others such as tweed can tangle up with pet hair making cleaning nearly impossible. Silk & satin fabrics should be kept to a minimum near pets who may scratch and cause snags. Furniture with metal legs is great for teething puppies or cats who love to scratch.
Keep your carpets in top condition by making sure your pets' claws are clipped. Long claws can snag on carpets and create pulls and tears, quickly wearing down your carpet. Brush pets outside when possible to keep hair to a minimum indoors. It's also a good idea to keep a non-toxic, pet-friendly carpet cleaner on hand in the event of any stains.
Chic Pet Beds
Choose a pet bed that you won't be embarrassed to keep out. With shops like Posh Puppy Boutique, Poochie Heaven, and The Cat Ball, you can find a pet bed that matches your decor. J'Adore Pet Beds can even custom design a pet bed in a variety of styles to match your home perfectly.
Hang Leashes Stylishly
Leashes don't have to become clutter. With a well-designed leash hanger and some cute, patterned leashes you can create an entryway accessory. Etsy offers a huge array of artistic dog leash holders that look great. Dog Collars & Leashes Boutique has a store with hundreds of different leash designs ranging from posh to punk. Select those that match your personal style.
Create a Dining Room for Your Pet
Why should humans be the only ones to enjoy fine dining? Dress up your pet's feeding area with a cute 2'x3' rug. Modern designs are almost always found at Target or Ikea at reasonable prices. Harry Barker and Doggie Couture Shop design "fine china" for pets with designer pet dishes, elevated feeders, and even water fountains for your pet.
Keep the Pet Food Out
With attractive pet food containers, like these sold by Wag.com, there's no need to take up valuable storage space in your pantry or closet with bags of pet food. Pet food containers also add security to your dog food - ensuring your dog, cat, or unwanted pests won't find their way in.
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