Pet-Friendly Interior Design Advice-According to LiLu
By Lisa Peck, ASID
This weekend we brought home a new puppy to be a part of our family and it reminded me of all the great pet-friendly interior design advice we have accumulated helping clients design homes over the years. I wanted to share some of the best tips we have with our blog readers!
Here she is...
And here she is with her big brother.
Pet-Friendly Interior Design Advice
We all love our pets. They greet you when you come home and they love you unconditionally and we all love them the same way…until they damage the sofa or a wood table! At LiLu many of us have pets, from cats to dogs to Guinea pigs and we love them. Our clients love their pets too! Today we are going to give you pet-friendly interior design advice that will keep the peace and keep you loving those dogs and cats! (let’s face it fish aren’t going to damage the furniture)
Consider Pet-Friendly Fabrics
One of our top tips for a pet-friendly interior is to match any furniture your dog or cat will be able to sit in to their fur color. This is a sure way to cut down on the stress of an unannounced visit from your mother-in-law. If she can’t see the fur, it’s not there right?
If a pet-friendly interior design is a priority for you, today’s indoor/outdoor fabrics are easily spot cleaned to hide fur ball incidents. Not a topic you want to bring up with your designer but the truth is there is not a cat out there who doesn’t cough up the occasional furball. Fabrics and rugs that spot clean easily are a must! The good news is that the market has demanded bulletproof fabrics that are fashion-forward and the demand has been met! I even own a Sunbrella throw that can go through the wash and come out looking new. Crypton fabrics are another great option. Crypton delivers all the style, pattern, color, and texture you desire and combines it with cleanability and stain resistance needed for a pet-friendly home. See how Crypton cleans up in this post about our visit to High Point Market with Design Bloggers Tour.
When Pet Jump on Counters
If your cat is likely to jump up on a table, counter or chest and spend some time there gazing out the window choose your finish wisely. Here's our best advice to create pet-friendly surfaces.
Think about quartz countertops which are likely to hold up to stomach acid better than most countertop materials. At all costs avoid marble tops which will etch. Some of this we have learned through the hard experiences of our clients.
If you have a piece of nicely finished wood furniture you don’t want your cat up on consider training the cat not to jump up on counters and furniture.
I know there are dog owners out there saying “Hey, my dog jumps up on counters when there is bread out” What do I do? I say put away all food! There aren’t many materials that will remain unharmed by an 85 pound dog jumping up on them but granite or quartz counters are your best bet.
Flooring and Claws That Are Compatible?
Flooring choices are important when you have an occupant in your home with claws! Our design advice for making floors pet-friendly? For hard flooring, a dog scrambling to get out the door or defend against the mailman means scratches in a softwood floor. Some people embrace the patina! But if you aren’t one of them consider a porcelain tile floor or a linoleum. Think about the easy maintenance that you would like so your pet doesn't make extra work for you.
Cozy on Your Toes But Works For Paws
When thinking about carpets and rugs. First as we said above consider indoor outdoor rugs. But say the limited color palette and patterns just won't finish off your living room or dining room in a way that makes you happy. Here's our advice for carpets and rugs that are compatible with our four-legged friends. First, no loops. Loops catch on claws. Dogs and cats have claws. If a carpet resembles something you would find on a scratching post do not use it on your floor. Cut pile is your best choice.
If you have a rug that is too precious to replace consider using invisible fencing indoors! This can protect a rug or a room from a pet who wants to be good but might be tempted to do something naughty.
If storage of pet items is a pain for you take a look at our blog from Monday to see how LiLu designed a kitchen perfect for a couple and their dog. For more pet-friendly interior design advice call the LiLu Studio to set up a time to talk about what you and your pet are looking for in your home.
17 April, 2021 at 7:43 am
What a great post for all of us pet lovers out there. I never thought about matching the decor to your pets fur color but how brilliant! I’ll definitely be sharing this one with my clients.
17 April, 2021 at 8:03 am
Awww congratulations on your new addition, Lisa!! She is ADORABLE! Great advice for all pet owners on finishes that hold up best!
17 April, 2021 at 8:07 am
Love the idea of matching fabrications to your pet!
17 April, 2021 at 12:27 pm
I had a client who bought baby Windsor chair style high chairs for her cats in hopes it would keep them off the counters in her new kitchen. Not so much. But the high chairs were adorable. Great tips for pet owners!
17 April, 2021 at 12:28 pm
This totally opens me up to the possibility of a puppy!
I’ll just need you to come walk it for me when it snows.
18 April, 2021 at 7:12 am
Right? Spring is a good time to have a young pup standing outside once an hour with a puppy is not winter fun!
17 April, 2021 at 2:18 pm
Such good information to keep life happy with pets! Great post.
17 April, 2021 at 10:23 pm
What a great post, Lisa. Your new little puppy is BEYOND precious. I almost can’t deal with the cuteness! I held a Clubhouse room the other day about designing for pets – and I wish you’d been a part of it.
You have some great tips in this post that are so helpful for us pet lovers – thank you for writing it and enjoy your new puppy!
18 April, 2021 at 7:11 am
I saw that clubhouse and wanted to jump on but was too busy with the new puppy!
18 April, 2021 at 8:11 am
Congrats on your new puppy!!!! SO cute! We got a puppy in November (and have a 6 year old cat) so this was a great read! Although we do have marble countertops in our kitchen and hardwood floors throughout the house – so far no issues thankfully! The indoor invisible fence is something that I have never heard of before!!
18 April, 2021 at 10:08 am
I’ve had a few clients recently who had problems with aging dogs and expensive rugs but invisible fence takes care of it!
21 April, 2021 at 10:20 am
Oh my goodness, your new puppy is so cute. Great advice for the pet owners out there!