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How to make your home stylish and pet-friendly

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Finding the perfect balance between a well-decorated and pet-friendly home can be a challenge. That said, it’s not impossible. Incorporate the following tips to help you create the perfect stylish and pet-friendly abode.

  1. Opt for stain-resistant fabrics.

    Pets such as dogs and cats can be careless, especially with the mess they create. And as a result, they can wreak havoc on upholstered furniture and rugs. You are either forced to invest in expensive cleaning services or throw the stained items out if they are beyond salvation.

    But good news! You can avoid these disaster scenarios by investing in stain-resistant fabrics. Aside from holding up against your pets, they will also stand the test of time.

    Leather is a great option. Fur doesn’t stick to it, and a simple cleaner can help you maintain it. Over time, it will also develop a unique patina, adding to its character. Other fabrics you should consider include microfiber, wool blends, and coated cotton. Choose these in patterns or dark colors to easily hide small stains and dirt.

  2. Buying rugs? Go for dirt-resistant options.

    Covering your floor with fluffy white rugs is out of the question if you have pets. That doesn’t mean you can’t buy beautiful rugs. Instead, choose ones in dirt-resistant fabrics such as those made of treated wool, sisal, and jute. And in case they do get stained, you can easily do some spot-cleaning until it’s actual laundry time.

  3. If you’re going bare, choose hard floors.

    Having a bare floor is still the best option if you are keeping pets. Hardwood floors are great as you can clean them with a simple mop and vacuum session. They can also add warmth to any space, provided you choose the right color and wood.

    Another great option would be to cover your floor in ceramic tiles. It’s almost the same as hardwood floors, except that it is scratch-proof. Ceramic tiles also double as cooling pads for pets come summer.

  4. Create a private nook for your pet.

    If you can’t resist investing in decor and furniture that are not the most pet-friendly, consider creating a “bedroom” for your pet. It could be in a tiny nook in your home, under the stairs, or in an unused storage space.

    Decorate it accordingly and fill it with treats and toys. Make it a space where your pet can relax and unwind. This way, your pet won’t have to sleep on the couch constantly. At the same time, you will be able to minimize fur sticking on furniture.

  5. Match colors with your pet.

    Create a stylish home inspired by your pet by getting decor and furniture in the same color as your pet’s fur (in stain-resistant fabrics, of course). Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, it’s also a practical solution as it helps you hide fur.

Find more home styling and decorating tips by browsing the blog. To learn more about Sonoma County real estate, connect with Brad Wilkinson today at 1.707.799.0455 / Brad(dotted)Wilkinson(at)cbnorcal(dotted)com.