3 brilliant ways to create a pet-friendly yet attractive home in Atlanta

Rosanne Dorfman
Published on January 22, 2020

3 brilliant ways to create a pet-friendly yet attractive home in Atlanta

 

Atlantans love their pets. But its not just Atlantans. Fun fact, 85 million American families own a pet, according to the latest survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA).

It’s no wonder then that the pet industry is worth a whopping $75 billion. 😳Aside from food and medicines, we buy a lot of cleaning products to go after those inevitable pet messes and, sometimes…destruction. Been there? Us, too. 

It’s not always easy to keep a home attractive to visitors when a pet lives in it,  but it’s not impossible! Let’s take a look at three parts of your décor that can help a room look stylish yet still accommodate your four-legged friends.🐱🐶

1. Walls

It may be your home, but it’s your dog’s territory and he or she won’t hesitate to let everyone know. They do this by “marking” it – from spraying to rubbing against objects to leave their scent.

In the home, the walls bear the brunt of this territorial activity. Since we typically don’t wash our pets with the same frequency that we bathe, oil and the other grime in their fur ends up smeared on walls and baseboards.

In the past, painters recommended semigloss paint for the walls. Today, however, some flat paint brands are scrubbable, making cleanup easier while still providing the style and color choices you crave. 

Voted the best interior paint by the editors at The Wirecutter, Benjamin Moore Regal Select Interior (a combination of paint and primer) is pricey, but worth it if you own pets. 

Looking for a flat paint? Sherwin-Williams offers Showcase® Stain-Blocking Paint and Primer, a scrubbable interior latex. 👍

Our top choices for paint shopping nearby would be Lowes in the Edgewood Shopping District, Sheppards Ace Hardware at the Larkin on Memorial or Sherwin Williams on Moreland Ave near Little 5 Points. 

2. Floors

When you own pets, especially dogs, deciding on flooring options can be a challenge. Whichever you choose needs to be tough enough to avoid scratches from dog claws, easy to clean those “accidents” and still remain aesthetically pleasing. #yesplease

What doesn’t work for dog owners are carpeted, cork, laminate and linoleum floors. Cork and linoleum floors scratch easily and laminate floors (despite what manufacturers advertise) do warp. 😒

Consider tile, concrete or vinyl flooring. The latter, by the way, is quite stylish, with luxury vinyl planks that mimic wood and stone

There are even some manufacturers who have developed moisture proof vinyl planking. Check out the top six at FloorandDecor.com and you can even visit their showroom in Kirkwood to see for yourself!

If carpet is really your thing, we can’t vouch for it, but Mohawk has a line of pet-friendly carpet available. 

3. Fabrics

Cat owners don’t need to be reminded how their kitties love to scratch. Whether it’s the sofa or the curtains, cats will claw and scratch whatever is handy to mark their territory or remove debris or the dead outer layer from their claws. 

After countless questions from clients and a few consultations with local decorators, the best suggestion we’ve heard is tobuyy furniture with smooth fabrics, such as leather or something with a flat weave, that your cat can’t easily get their claws into.

Then, there’s the fur problem. If you long for silk, velvet or chintz, think twice if you own a furry friend. 🙁You will either need to vacuum your fabric daily or live with a fur-covered couch. 

Fabric color is important as well. If you own a black dog, for instance, a white sofa won’t really work for you. Patterns are actually better at hiding pet fur than solids.

Need inspiration? Take a look at some stylish, pet-friendly rooms at Forbes.com.

 

As always, we hope this was helpful! Get in touch or shoot us a message through our chat window if we can help with any real estate questions. 😊

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