Living with animals makes people’s lives lighter and more fun. However, the belongings of these dear friends may not go well with the decor of a home.
The problem is that for many people a dog or a cat is seen as a child. So, despite everything, those who love their pet will not give up a daily relationship with it, whatever it may be.
Pet owners will say that it’s the architecture and decor that needs to be adapted to the customers’ tastes and needs, not the other way around. It should be practical and functional, as well as very comfortable.
In this way, both humans and animals can live together in peace and have a happy, healthy and prosperous life. This is an increasingly non-negotiable condition for real estate buyers.
But is it really possible to adapt the decoration of an apartment to receive a pet?
Below, some simple tips will be presented, in addition to images of creative projects, which will help you understand how to change the house to receive pets better. You’ll love it – and so will they!
Interior planning adapted to pets
It is easy to create a complete haven for pets at home, including leisure alternatives that stimulate their thinking.
But for this, the architect or designer must take this into account from the very first moment of interior planning. In this way it will be possible to maintain a good relationship between all members of the family – no matter what their species.
“The pet should always be close to its guardians, interacting, playing, and exchanging affection. But, because they don’t match the decoration of the house, toys and cots are usually taken to the laundry or some hidden place.”,
“We create our furniture thinking about bringing the animal closer to its owner, without influencing the decor.”
– interior designer Simone Fogassa, reporting for Pet Cidade.
The animal needs to have its own space inside the property, focused on hygiene, safety, food, and rest – this is also indisputable. And to adapt it to the rest of the decor, the trick is to abuse your creativity.
For example, cats are naturally adventurous. If there is one at home, you may need to put up shelf paths that challenge you to exercise; in addition to safety net on windows.
Design pieces made exclusively for pets
There’s nothing chicer than leaving the animals’ belongings to match the decor of the house. With that in mind, some companies started to invest in design pieces for cats and dogs. They exude style and beauty and are able to completely change the mood of any environment, giving a more relaxed atmosphere to the set.
The pet’s bed, for example, can become one of the most interesting pieces in the living room, with the fabric matching the upholstery, curtains and pillows in the room.
There are those who prefer to make the base structure with the same material as the furniture around it, and even customize it with painting or decoupage. And this same bed can receive castors and waterproofing, facilitating the cleaning of the room.
The human imagination really has no limits! Some artisans recycle tires, garbage cans, cachepots, and even old suitcases to make animal cots.
The professionals also create covers in unusual shapes, such as cabins, for these rest areas, making the animal’s corner more beautiful.
In certain architectural projects, it is possible to see a whole network of shelves, niches and panels in higher places.
Why that? Supposedly, this would serve as a walking path for the cats. These are stairs going over doors, behind furniture, or forming beautiful designs along with shelves, giving life to the empty walls.
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Multifunctional parts for homes with pets
Nowadays, most apartments sold by construction companies are of minimal dimensions and need a carefully planned design to optimize spaces.
The designers didn’t want to compromise any corner of these properties and still wanted to make everything look better used. Therefore, they have opted to add multifunctional parts to houses with pets.
The pet’s bed can, for example, be located inside a niche built into the wall. Or under the hall sideboard, the office bookcase, the living room side table or the bedroom nightstand.
Even so-called “beds-box-burrows” already exist on the market. Also, chest recamiers can hide your toilets; and the drawers of the cupboards their food and drinking fountains.
Extra care with the decor
Those who live with cats or dogs know well how difficult it is to keep a property always clean and to preserve the decoration without damage.
At some point, a gnawed piece of furniture or a torn edge of curtain will appear – not to mention the feces, which often end up being done in places that are not so appropriate. This is inevitable, as some animals express their stress and anger in this way.
What can the owner do then? Well, the first thing is to make sure that all textile coverings in the house are resistant, bite and scratch proof, and easily washable – this includes pillow covers as well. Decorators generally recommend the use of twill, vinyl, synthetic leather, chenille, denim and even truck canvas.
To protect the wall surfaces, a tip is to paint them with super washable acrylic paint. The doors, on the other hand, can be covered with an acrylic or metal sheet up to the height of the handle.
And breakable items stored inside shelves with doors, preventing access to animals. After all, being like children, anything sharp or poisonous should be out of reach.
On the floor, a non-porous coating is ideal, as the pet’s urine can stain. Also, not too smooth, as it can make the kitten or puppy slip and suffer joint injuries – the good thing would be burnt cement or ceramic floors.
It is also recommended not to use rugs. But, if necessary, the piece must have a lot of texture and short yarn, as are sisal and synthetic fiber.