When planning to redesign your living space, it’s not just about making it a comfortable place for yourself, your friends, and your family. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) touts that 63 percent of all U.S. households that own a pet are drastically incorporating interior designs that are pet-friendly. In fact, many interior designers ask the homeowner if one or more pets will also occupy the space before colors and fabrics are even considered.

It appears that the pet-friendly interior design trend will be around for a long time. It used to be that people only thought about pet-proofing their living spaces to keep the area safe for their furry friends. Now, however, more and more animal lovers are choosing to incorporate fabrics that are pet friendly, as well as choosing building materials that are eco-friendly.

If you want to be part of this pet-friendly design trend, while still maintaining an awesome-looking home that’s practical, comfortable and makes you and your pet happy, here are four decorating concepts to consider.

Designing your space with color

Before you get ready to take the plunge with reds and turquoise as your fabric or wall color choices, perhaps you might want to match your furniture’s fabric with the color of your pet’s fur.

By matching your dog’s or cat’s black fur with black fabric for the furniture, you’ll conceal the animal’s hair that tends to accumulate on your precious furnishings. Likewise, if you have a multi-colored cat or dog, you might wish to choose a patterned fabric that will blend in with the animal’s coloring. If you have a white-haired critter, you probably don’t want to choose a chocolate brown fabric for the sofa or chair.

You can also choose to use select furniture pieces rather than stark office equipment to enhance the interior design of your office space. Stackable wicker and wire file baskets can take the place of impersonal metal filing cabinets. You can also play around and buy decorative utility items, such as wastebaskets, to personalize the overall effect of the office’s interiors.

Use Appropriate Lighting

Choose lighting that will not only provide ample illumination but can be decorative pieces as well. Do not rely on overhead lights. Put in an adjustable table lamp to provide enough lighting and protect your eyes from the glare of your computer screen. This will also save you from the headaches and eyestrain, which results from poorly lit work areas.

Outdoor lighting is also an excellent source of lighting for your workstation. Use translucent window shades in soft colors to let in the light while minimizing glare and provide you a great outdoor view.

Decorating Your Space

Free your creative spirit and celebrate your individuality! After all, this is your own personal space. Strive to create a distinctive look that reflects your personality. Feel free to use warm soothing patterns rather than the prevailing corporate look in most offices, which exude a cold, dreary and impersonal effect.

Here are some other suggestions that you can take into consideration in designing your home office:.

• Try painting your walls in the same color as the rest of the house, yet in a slightly darker or lighter hue, to tie the space with the main living areas.

• Create an illusion of additional light by finishing your wall paint with a glazing technique.

• Personalize your home office as much as you want to. You may hang artworks and invite nature in by bringing in large houseplants or trailing vines.

• Invest in an overstuffed chair and ottoman. It makes a comfortable reading area and adds a touch of undeniable charm in your home office. Toss in some pillows and voila! Your home office will take on a warm cozy atmosphere that you can be proud of!.

Resource Author Francisco R. Higueras

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