When decorating your home, it's important to select pieces that suit your household's needs, including your four-legged family members. Our real estate agents know that pet-friendly decor can make your home more comfortable and inviting for everyone in your home. Here are a few tips to help you choose pet-friendly decor.
- Choose Materials That Are Easy to Clean
Even pets that are housetrained will occasionally make messes on your floors, walls, or furniture. Instead of using wall-to-wall carpeting, pick a flooring that's easier to clean, like tile or luxury vinyl. If you crave the look and feel of carpet, a rug is a great alternative that's easier to clean if a large mess occurs. Hardwood floors are convenient to clean, but they're easily scratched by your pet's nails. You may want to reconsider them or only use them in areas not frequented by your pets. As you choose furniture for your home, opt for materials that are stain-resistant. You might invest in washable slipcovers that you can launder in your washing machine, or you can pick materials that include a chemical fabric protector shield to make it easier to wipe away stains. When exploring different paint options, look for a durable paint brand that will stand up to consistent scrubbing necessary to remove pet messes. If you decide to list your home with other Richmond homes for sale, paint that's easy to clean will make it faster and more convenient to get your home sparkling before a showing or open house.
- Consider Spatial Requirements
Take a few moments to consider what items you'll need to keep your pet comfortable, like a crate, litter box, scratching post, bed, or feeding area. When adding furniture and decor to the room, you need to make sure that you leave space for your pet's essentials. You should also decide if you're okay with basic pet supplies that tend to be more affordable or if you prefer to spend a little more for pieces that will better match your home. For example, it's possible to purchase pet crates and litter boxes in decorative styles that look like furniture instead of pet equipment. Pet beds come in several different designs, colors, and materials so that you can ensure they complement the rest of the room.
- Use Stylish Pet Supply Storage
While it's fine to store your pet's toys or blankets in plastic containers, stylish storage alternatives will keep their supplies contained while adding to the aesthetics of your home. Closed wicker baskets, cube storage, and hidden storage options are a few ways to keep your pet's toys, food, and other essentials from making the room look cluttered or detracting from your other decorative items. Dedicated pet storage will also make it easier to keep your pet supplies organized and off the floor or counters.
With a little planning, you can make sure that the decor in your home is conducive to living a pet-friendly lifestyle. Want a home with more space for your family? Contact us to start your search.