Most of us want to have a stylish home, but we often find that having a pet in the family means having to compromise on that style. However, there are ways you can own a pet and still have a home that looks as great as you want it to.
Why have a pet?
Some may argue that a stylish home and a pet are incompatible, but there are very good reasons why owning a pet enhances your life rather than stifles it. Bringing a young animal into your home, such as a kitten or a puppy, is like bringing home a new baby. It is a creature that you can love unconditionally and which will give you love back and provide companionship and joy.
Making your new pet comfortable
To make your pet feel at home, you need to provide it with a space to sleep and a space to eat. This will, of course, mean you have to adapt certain areas of your home for its use. For example, you will probably need to clear a space in your kitchen for a water and food bowl or maybe even integrate these into existing cabinetry for a more streamlined look. You will also need to find a space for the pet’s bed, whether in your living room or hall, or even in your bedroom if are planning to allow your pet to enter that space. However, do not think you have to have a dog or cat basket that is ugly bringing your home’s style down. There are many designer pet beds on the market that will actually enhance your home.
Staying clean and healthy
A home cannot be stylish if it is unclean and this includes the dirt that cannot be seen. When you bring a pet into your home, you are opening the environment to allergens and dirt. It is, therefore, important that you treat your new pet with worm and flea treatments, such as flea-tablets regularly, for their health and your own, and that you keep floors clean.
Small changes to the way you live
If you already have children, you will be used to making your home safe and you may need to do this with a new pet. This may include ensuring electrical cabling is hidden away in trunking to avoid your young dog or cat chewing on them. This will be a plus for you, however, as straggling cables can look ugly, so co-ordinated trunking will help to make your home more stylish. If you have a new cat, consider removing anything that dangles in your home, such as curtain tiebacks, as these will only attract your cat. This may also provide an opportunity for you to reconsider your window dressings and update them for something more modern, such as blinds or window shutters.
Becoming a pet owner brings many advantages to your health and wellbeing, and these days, there is no need to worry that a pet will drag the look of your home down. Plan carefully about design and functionality and you may find that your pet’s presence actually enables you to make some great style choices for your home.