We love to indulge our pets, but our home doesn’t have to go to the dogs! Our pet-friendly home ideas will help you maintain a stylish standard, while making your furry family members right at home.
No matter what their age or level of training, “things” happen. So, our number one tip is to select durable and washable finishes when building or remodeling your home. Choose hard surface flooring in main traffic areas for easy clean up with classic style.
Create a pet-friendly entry area. Use easy to clean hard surface flooring and provide storage for everything needed on your daily outings. Leashes, treats, water bottles and even a supply of small towels for muddy paws.
Don’t worry about your playful pet damaging walls; use a washable surface from the start. Active areas will benefit from a semi-gloss paint finish. Better yet, shiplap and beadboard paneling are on-trend and super-durable.
Safety first on the stairs, consider carpeting them or use a runner to eliminate slipping and scratches in this high traffic area. When selecting carpet, look for brands that use the most advanced fiber technology, like Smart Strand.
Area rugs are the perfect way to protect hardwood flooring while providing a soft and cozy spot for afternoon naps. The newest indoor-outdoor rugs feel soft, repel stains and can even be hosed down. Choose multi-color rugs with a lively pattern to disguise any mishaps between cleanings.
Daydreamers and neighborhood watchdogs love windows. Keep the windowsills low or add a built-in window seat for hours of viewing pleasure.
When selecting toys, consider how they will look when laying around on the floor. Choose colors that coordinate with your home and entertaining shapes that will make you smile when you step on the squeaky.
If your little buddy sheds, match the shades in your upholstery to his fur color. Extra brushing during shedding season and a handy lint roller will keep it looking good.
Choose washable fabrics for your home when possible, especially on bedding.
Consider adding “Pet Parlor” features to your laundry or mudroom. These cabinets by Wood-Mode feature convenient storage for everything from large bags of dog food to bath supplies. Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry is available at Geneva Cabinet Company
Keep a dedicated drawer or cabinet for toys in the same room where everyone hangs out. Open them up at playtime so you pets can help themselves to favorites.
No need to banish the water bowl, just select one that is as pretty as your other home accessories.
Pets need a safe haven. Built-in kennels or a quiet corner can become their sanctuary when household activity is overwhelming. For peace of mind when you’re away, add a pet-cam. A personalized bed made to just the right size will complete the space.
David Adler Treat Cannister
Jenna MICHELE Dog Collars & Leash
Aplomb Designs Leash Holder
Karastan Smart Strand Carpeting
Company C Samantha Rug
Kravet Furniture Allegro Chair
Fresh America by Annie Selke
Wood-Mode Cabinetry Pet Parlor
Wood-Mode available at Geneva Cabinet Company Lake Geneva, WI
Uncommon Goods Pet Toys
Indigo Home Chinoiserie Dog Bowls
Adore Custom Pet Beds
Pet Chatz Greet & Treat Videophone