Whether cat, dog, rabbit, snake or budgie, the family pet will always hold a place in our hearts, but where do they fit in our homes? Muddy paws can be a killer for your perfectly pristine kitchen and bathroom, and somehow there will always be matted pet hair on your dark clothing, but is there a way to balance beautiful interiors with pet friendly practicality? We spoke to the design experts at Alexander James Interiors to get their top tips on creating a durable and stylish interior…
Think carefully about the fabrics you use to upholster and how likely they are to gather fur.
Avoid: fabrics that are a magnet for pet hair e.g. velvet, mohair, corduroy, velour or chenille.
Steer clear of any delicate materials that could be damaged by your adorable little friend e.g. silk.
Opt for: smooth tapestries, leathers and synthetic fibres. Invest in quality textiles that will withstand the test of those petite claws.
Furniture – Not Toys
Beware of any exposed wood on your furniture – an excitable puppy may see it as their new favourite teething toy!
Avoid: furniture with exposed wicker, rattan and sisal furniture.
Opt for: metal and chrome will leave your would-be teether searching for another toy.
Squeaky Clean Flooring
In light of the inevitable rainy, muddy days and those early months when your pup/kitten is still learning to toilet-train, we highly recommend flooring that is easily cleanable!
hardwood floors that dent/scratch easily and require rapid cleaning should a puddle appear (hardwood floors stain very quickly)! If you are absolutely dead set of those beautiful wooden floors, then opt for harder woods e.g. mahogany or oak.
Opt for: laminate flooring, stone or ceramic tiles. These also have the additional benefit of keeping your pets cooler when the hotter weather comes.
The Ultimate Playzone
An all-important part of every pups day, they need space in the home to play.
letting your energetic little friend run riot around the whole house. They need to chase balls, roll excitedly around and play tug of war, but there are some areas of the house in which this is less desirable.
Opt for: creating a designated play space, which your pet knows is suitable for play and
where they can enjoy some quality me time. Keep their toys stored neatly away and out of
view but easily accessible.
Pet friendly interiors are all about keeping your space as tidy as possible, allowing that stunning new kitchen to glisten without unsightly doggy/kitty
bowls smudging that perfect vision.
Avoid: leaving those food bowls out in plain sight.
Opt for: sliding them underneath the toe kick of your kitchen cabinetry, bringing them out for food time, and slotting that water dish around a corner so your furry friends always have fresh water available.
Don’t overlook those walls – they could become a headache to clean if you don’t consider their texture.
Avoid: a highly-textured wall will attract pet fur, even if the little rascal isn’t rubbing against it.
Opt for: a satin or a semi-gloss paint, helping to repel fur and to keep those walls glistening clean.
Throne for a King/Queen
An essential part of pet friendly interior design must surely be the addition of their very own comfy pet bed (can you imagine their little face?).
Avoid: mismatching with the rest of the room’s decor i.e. don’t place a traditional tartan pet
bed into a swanky, sleek apartment, rather select a simpler, more contemporary design that will enhance the rest of your interiors.
Opt for: a pet bed made of high quality materials, creating a sumptuous space for them to relax, unwind and recharge after their busy day of play.
Mud Room Sanctuary
Imagine the scene for a moment; you’ve just been out on a fabulous walk, exploring the vast open fields and returning with wellies caked in mud and a pup that used to be white but is now an unattractive murky brown colour. The door opens – the gateway to your beautiful home. And before you know it, your hound is through that entrance, drying off on the sides of your magnificent new sofa.
Avoid: allowing this nightmare to happen.
Opt for: install an entry-way door to offer you an entrance space in which to dry off and wash down your doggy before they can enter the home. Store pet wipes, dog treats and other essentials in a cupboard at this entrance to keep the area harmoniously tidy.
Savvy Window Treatments
Every pet loves to peer out of the window to watch for their owners coming home and to bask in the sill’s sunshine on those sunny days.
Avoid: thick fabric curtains – don’t deprive them of their joy!
Opt for: lightweight, sheer fabric curtains that will allow them to enjoy their view. If you have blinds, make sure you pull them up so the little darlings don’t bring them down accidentally.
Harmony at Home
A pet friendly home must make special considerations for just how many accidents can happen around bushy tails and clumsy paws.
Avoid: tables that sit too low – the candles, glasses and other breakable bits sitting atop may fall to their calamitous end if a tail wags too close.
Opt for: carefully considering the space in your home and thinking about how you can avoid any unfortunate mishaps – after all pets aren’t always aware of their surroundings and don’t mean to cause any trouble.Alexander James Interiors | aji.co.uk