If you have a dog or a cat for a pet, you know that not every interior decorating idea is going to work. Just like those with young children in the home, you have to take your pets into consideration when you decorate. Fortunately, these days you have plenty of options for finding pet-friendly décor for your home.

Pet-Friendly Flooring Ideas
Even with the most well-trained animals, things like mud tracks and bathroom accidents are bound to happen. That’s why it’s always a good idea to go with a low-maintenance flooring option in your home.

One of the worst flooring options for people with pets is carpet. Both animal hair and dander are hard to remove and thus tend to stay in the carpet for a long time. Mud, urine, and other pet stains are also much harder to remove from carpet versus other flooring options.

The best flooring options for households with pets are: hardwood floors, laminate flooring, and ceramic tile. Not only are these types of floors easy to clean, but they can endure more traffic from your pets.

If you do decide to go with a hardwood floor, be sure to put a finish on the floor to protect it from your pet’s nails. Otherwise, you need to be sure to trim your pet’s nails on a regular basis. Add some area rugs to these types of floors for more color and comfort. Just be sure they can easily be cleaned in the washer and dryer.

Pet-Friendly Home Fabrics
When you have pets, you also really need to consider the fabrics that you use in your home. This is especially important for those households with a dog or a cat or even another pet like a bird or lizard who gets on the furniture.

For pets like dogs and cats, be sure to choose a fabric that’s easy to clean so you don’t have to worry about pet hair being a constant problem. If pet hair really presents a problem for you, then you might want to choose fabrics whose color is close to the hair of your pet so that you’re not cleaning the couches every day. If you have a black-haired cat or dog, you might want to stay away from a white or tan couch.

You also want to consider how easy the fabric will be to clean. If possible, you want to choose microfibers, which are much easier to clean stains off of than other fabrics. Any fabrics that are woven and have texture will actually trap pet hair. They can also be much harder to remove stains from.

For new furniture, a stain guard may be a great option for home with pets. Then stains can easily be lifted from the fabric by following the manufacturer’s directions.

If you have a pet, that pet is going to influence everything about the décor in your home in one way or another. Flower arrangements that you would normally put on a wooden coffee table or mission end table, for example, need to be placed somewhere that your pet can’t get into. So when it comes to pet-friendly decorating, you need to not only consider the larger items, such as flooring and fabrics, but also the smaller details, like flowers and candle placement.

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