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In my business people think pets tend to be the downfall when creating a beautiful space. After raising seven Seeing Eye puppies, our own dogs, bunnies, reptiles and rodent type animals here in Orange County NY, I have learned there are easy ways to decorate and not sacrifice beauty and what you want in your spaces.

Let’s start from the ground and move up.

 Floors can take a real beating; think hard verse soft. The obvious choice that is hard if you have a choice, would be tile, next laminate or hard wood; these are all pet friendly, but carpeting not so. If carpeting is something that you love the feel of think area rugs, indoor/outdoor types. A client of mine has wonderful Corgis’ and the hair- oh my! But she wanted a carpet in her living and dining area that would pull the room together. Solution?… Hardwood flooring with an indoor/outdoor area rug one that gave her the look and feel that we were creating with the practical ease of taking it outside and hosing down if needed.

indoor outdoor rug

Another solution to consider if you want an area rug or a wall to wall feel is to consider carpet tiles. You might see them in many industrial settings like hospitals, child care centers, businesses. They come in squares that you apply similar to tiles, the cool thing is if one get stained or dirty you can remove, rinse and place down again. You can do patterns similar to this  or go wall to wall. It will give you piece of mind if Fido has a “mistake” it can be easily cleaned up.FLOR rugs

As I mentioned tile, laminate are easy choices or clean up, hardwood is good too, just make sure you are on top of cleaning up the accident when it happens or the finish can get ruined. I have found pre-engineered hardwood not so great with dog claws or with excessive wetness if it sits for a period. If this is one of your considerations I recommend go with the hardest surface i.e. tile first then hard wood then laminate hardwood; that you can afford.

Now many manufactures create tiles that look like wood which are extremely beautiful, practical for petsl.  The good thing is you can find them at the big box stores now.

tile wood look floors

So if you keep in mind practicality first, then incorporate the beauty with the practical products you can achieve a beautifully decorated room that the entire family can enjoy together.


Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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