If you frequent our Facebook page, you know how much a lot of our fans love their pets (no, it’s not just our social media managers who think about fuzzy buddies all day long). This mutt mania now extends to home decor more and more people are incorporating their pets’ needs into decorating plans.
The New York Times—ever ahead the curve—ran an article a while ago on Raising the Bar on Pet Décor. True, some of the ways in which people are out-doing the average Fido water bowl are high-end. For example, a custom-made corner dog bed from a cushion shop, or a bathroom renovation that includes a special litter box nook. But solutions can be purely DIY; the article mentions a secretary desk converted into a pet feeding station, and stylishly-painted, handmade cat stairs that run along one wall.
So, how to decorate for both you AND your pet? Keep these principles in mind:
1. The necessities can be integrated
Food bowl, water bowl, kitty litter tray, dog bed. Your own personal list of “pet essential” might vary depending on you and the personality of your pooch, but whatever they are, you can probably integrate them better into your existing home. Take a long, hard look at your space, and think about how you could make these things both less invasive into YOUR space and also more accessible for your pet.
2. The necessities can look better
Sure, you can keep a moldering cat scratch tower in the corer. Or you can figure out a classier-looking alternative. As we mentioned above, even cat stairs can be designed and painted to blend into the decor, or to stand out from it like an art piece. Don’t just plunk something down; make it work with the whole room.
3. Your pet could be happier
One of the key ideas here is to make your home work better for you pet, not just for you. If you could climb anywhere, what kinds of climbing apparatuses would you like to climb on? If you needed lots of distraction, what kinds of toys would you want? If you just wanted to lounge, where and how would you most like to nap? If you need to go in and out of doors all day, what would be the easiest way to do it? Get into your pet’s head, and try to give him what he wants.
4. It all could be easier to clean
Renovating? Designing anew? Think easily-washed fabrics, easily cleaned floors, and breakable stuff out of the way. If your pet is white, don’t go all black—and vice versa.