Welcoming a pet into your home has a major impact on your life – and your property! Before you know it, you’ll be surrounded by pet accessories. From dog’s beds and scratching posts for cats, to toys and food bowls, there’s a good chance that your furry friend will have more ‘essentials’ than you.
Many people quickly realise that adjusting to life as a pet owner means giving up some – or all – of your home to your pet’s needs, but this needn’t mean that your interiors take a backseat. By using pet friendly interior design, you can create functional yet aesthetic spaces that cater for both your pet’s needs and yours.
Designing a stylish pet zone allows you to create a central area that caters perfectly to your pet’s needs. As well as providing them with the safe space they need to thrive, this enables you to use pet-inspired design to enhance the visual impact of the room and minimise the overspill into other areas.
For inspiration, take a look at our top tips for designing a stylish zone for your furry friends:
1. Define the Space
Before you begin thinking about what accessories your pet will need or which colour palette to use, designate the space that you’ll be using as a ‘pet zone’. Some homeowners devote a mudroom or boot room to pets, for example, and this can be particularly useful if you have dogs who are likely to return home covered in mud after lengthy walks!
Of course, you don’t need to earmark an entire room just for your pets. Instead, you can devote one part of an existing space and infuse it with pet decoration ideas. As pets will need access to fresh water at all times and be fed regularly, setting up a pet station in a kitchen or utility room is generally a good idea.
The vast majority of pet owners can’t resist inviting their pets into their own space, so your beloved companion certainly won’t be relegated to their ‘zone’ at all times. Instead, it will simply provide them with all of life’s necessities and give you a designated space that will become your home’s ‘pet central’.
2. Focus on Function
Good interior design must always meet functional demands, so focus on what your pet zone needs to deliver before moving on to pet decoration ideas. If you live in a rural area and your dogs spend plenty of time outside, for example, a handheld shower in a utility room or mudroom can be an excellent use of space. If you want to ensure your pets have a regular spot for meals, a built-in pet feeding drawer can be a savvy way to minimise the use of space and keep clutter out of the way.
Depending on where your pet sleeps, you might also want to incorporate this into the pet zone. Adding a snuggle pet bed or snuggle pet blanket to a crate can provide a refuge for dogs who enjoy some peace and quiet, for example. Alternatively, if your pet prefers your company, you might be tempted to place a snuggle pet blanket on the sofa or armchair, so that you can relax together.
3. Make Well-Used Areas Shared Spaces
Sharing your space with feline friends and canine companions ensures they get to be integral members of the family and pet-friendly interiors make it so much easier to create a common ground. Add the Rubik Pet Bed in Artificial Leather to your home office, for example, and your pet can accompany you to work each day.
Alternatively, use a stylish basket, like the Demetra Round Basket in White Leather, as decorative storage for your pet’s toys. This enables you to keep your pet entertained with a variety of toys on hand, while complementing your existing interior design with pet friendly accessories. You can even create your own custom pet play area in living rooms or entertainment rooms when you make the most of decorative storage and furniture designed with pets in mind.
4. Choose Hardwearing Fabrics and Upholstery
A well-trained pet should avoid using textiles and upholstery as a plaything but, in reality, adventurous cats and excitable pups are likely to give sofas, armchairs and curtains a run for their money. While you can quickly train this behaviour out of them (in most instances!), having dogs or cats in your home inevitably means you need to choose fabrics and upholstery that are durable and hardwearing.
Fabrics that are easy to clean and unlikely to trap pet hair are also a great option. Tightly woven fabric, such as silk and canvas, repels pet hair effectively but can be delicate if clawed or chewed. In contrast, leather, microfibre and velvet are relatively easy to clean and are surprisingly hardwearing. By selecting upholstery that’s best suited to pets, you can have free rein when it comes to style and design choices.
5. Treat Your Pet to Some Luxuries
When you’re designing a home that’s suitable for pets and people, functionality is a top priority, but this doesn’t mean you or your pet should miss out on life’s little luxuries. Allow your dog or cat to dine in style with the Clown Hand Painted Pet Bowl or the Cosmic Pet Bowl in Stainless Steel from the ACH Collection, for example. Or encourage them to snooze next to you on the Nala Cream Pet Bed in Faux Leather, also from the ACH Collection. We all enjoy unrivalled comfort and style, and why should your pet be any different?!
Using Pet-Friendly Design Around Your Home
Whether you’re a new pet owner or your faithful companion has been by your side for years, you’ll want to ensure that your home provides a sanctuary for every member of your family. By creating stylish pet zones and designing shared spaces that provide entertainment and respite for your pets, you can ensure that your interior design enhances the home for everyone and combines outstanding form with purpose and function.