Home décor for a dog-owner: minimal compromise needed

It is said that a house is hardly a home if it lacks paw prints. We say that if you choose to adopt a dog your home is its home too. This means that hair and slobber are part and parcel of the general state of the household – so is an assortment of dog toys and accessories, of course!

If you’ve come to terms with relative or occasional disarray you can come to terms with – or even embrace – the idea of altering your home décor to complement your dog-owner lifestyle.

Robust furniture

By eliminating delicate types of furniture you are hardly affecting the size of the selection from which to choose your pieces. Furniture is an investment. It is made to be sat on and gathered around. Even so, robustness can be enhanced or added by placing machine-washable throws over your couches to protect them from daily grime, scratches and hair that might accumulate on surfaces that your dog comes into contact with.

Minimal compromise needed: ottomans, sofas instead of armchairs, low-standing and thick-legged coffee tables

It is wise to train dogs from the onset that the couches are for the humans. This rule is no tragedy for a puppy if he or she has a comfortable alternative. Dog beds and dog cushions come in so many colours, shapes and sizes. The cosy corner that you foster for your pup will become its first choice for a relaxation-station. Purchase dog bedding in the colour of your choice according to your decided scheme and you are guaranteed stylistic continuity.

Minimal compromise needed: dog bedding with coordinated colour and design

Darker colours

Read carefully. Darker colours should be used in the correct places. Favouring black for a dog cushion intended for a light-haired dog can be a mistake; all the little hairs will be emphasised on the dark fabric. Instead, incorporate darker shades into flooring, rugs, and furniture that rests close to the ground. The everyday hustle and bustle in the house which includes the coming and going of busy doggies will inevitably lead to scuffs and dust. You will still need to clean and maintain these areas but the deterioration will be less prominent. Additionally you still have freedom of choice regarding your predominant colour scheme where walls, ornaments, shelves and lighting are concerned.

Minimal compromise needed: navy rugs, beech or ash wood furniture, lighter picture frames

Thoughtful accessorising

Anything that comes into your house essentially adds to its look and feel. This doesn’t mean that you should stop buying vegetables because green clashes with your new lampshades! It simply means that whether you are choosing a dining set or a dog collar, express your agency over the hue and design. Perhaps you hang the dog leash behind your kitchen door: indeed a correlation between your baby blue crockery and the similarly blue leash make for appealing décor consistency. And if you struggle to find the colours you’re looking for: browse online dog accessory shops which offer extensive variety to find the exact addition that will fit in with your decorating tastes.

Minimal compromise needed: buy dog accessories to suit your home – not the other way around

Even if you don’t quite get the décor right, wield the excuse that the pet fur gives the desired homey effect.

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