Does your pet rule your household? Other pet-lovers would probably agree that sometimes you design your room around your pet’s needs, whether that is their bed, their basket of toys or stairs to climb onto the couch and onto your lap. Our furry friends are an important part of our lives and our home is just as much theirs as it is ours. In the U.S., 68% of households, or 82.5 million, included at least one pet in 2012, according to the American Pet Products Association, up from 62%, or 72.9 million, in 2010. Spending is hitting highs as well. In 2012, $53.33 billion was spent on pets, up from $41.2 billion five years prior.
Love for our four-legged friends doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy high-end design and décor. Here are some ways to enjoy high-end yet pet-friendly décor.
Your pet can be a source of inspiration when choosing colors for your room. Choose colors that resembles your pet’s fur. For example, cover your sofa in a fabric that matches a golden retriever’s honey color. A white floor in a house with a black Pomeranian is soon to turn your white floor into one speckled with black strands.
Create a Pet Corner
Pets are always on their paws meaning their joints take a heavy toll, which is why they love to cozy up to the warmth of a roaring fireplace. Create a space for them around the fireplace with a cozy bed and their basket of toys within paw’s reach.
Less Décor; High Impact
Another smart design tip: keep décor and accent pieces to a minimum. Today’s trend in creating clean, streamlined spaces is not only aesthetically appealing, but is ideal for pet owners. A well-thought-out design means a clutter-free environment while keeping unnecessary, decorative items out of reach of pets’ sweeping tails. The Old World Stoneworks Conrad Mantel featured in this home, is a perfect example of a pet friendly environment that’s still relaxing and cozy for its human counterparts.
From designer dog bowls to faux fur memory foam beds and luxurious fireplaces to pet-friendly décor, the options are endless for achieving high-end design around your furry friend. If you’re thinking of revamping your home with a new fireplace, consult Old World Stoneworks to create a one-of-a-kind custom piece to match your taste and get your pet’s tail wagging too.