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Tail-Wagging Design: Creating Pet-Friendly Spaces

Updated: May 17

Our furry companions bring so much joy and love into our lives, but they can also present unique challenges when it comes to designing the interiors of our homes. From shedding fur to scratching furniture, accommodating pets while maintaining a stylish and functional living space requires careful planning and thoughtful design. Fortunately, with a few expert tips from the interior design team at Davinci Interiors,

Dog with a magazine.

you can create tail-wagging pet-friendly spaces that both you and your pets will love. Here are some strategies our team members use to ensure a harmonious blend of pet-friendly living and stylish design.


Pet-friendly Fabrics:

When creating spaces with pets in mind, durability is paramount. Select materials capable of enduring the wear and tear brought on by claws, accidents, and playful frolics. Consider integrating performance fabrics like Crypton or Sunbrella, renowned for their stain-resistant, moisture-repellent properties, and ease of maintenance. These fabrics are exceptionally suited for upholstery, pillows, and drapery, seamlessly blending style with practicality. When choosing fabrics, prioritize options that are both chic and functional. Use tightly woven textiles less prone to snagging or fraying, steering clear of delicate materials susceptible to damage from claws or chewing. Seek out patterns and textures adept at concealing pet hair and dirt between cleanings. Uphold the freshness of your space by routinely vacuuming and spot-cleaning upholstery, ensuring it remains inviting and pet-friendly.


Durable Area Rugs:

When choosing rugs for a pet-friendly household, prioritize durable materials such as nylon or polyester or solution-dyed acrylic-like perennials. These materials are resistant to stains, wear, and tear, making them ideal for accommodating active paws and playful behavior. Rugs with low or medium pile are easier to maintain and less likely to trap pet hair. Alternatively, wool is an excellent choice for area rugs, valued for its inherent toughness and ability to resist odors.


Dog Showers:

For pet owners who want to take their pet-friendly design to the next level, consider incorporating a dog shower into your home. A dedicated dog shower area, complete with a handheld sprayer, non-slip flooring, and easy-to-clean surfaces, can make bath time a breeze and help keep your home clean and tidy. Whether it's a standalone shower or a built-in feature of your laundry room or mudroom, a dog shower adds both practicality and convenience to your pet-friendly space.


Austin interior design for your pets. Blue sofa with pillows and a puppy!

Pet-Friendly Furniture

Austin, Texas is a pet friendly city and when furnishing your home with pets in mind, prioritize durability and practicality. Opt for furniture crafted from sturdy materials like leather, microfiber, or synthetic blends, which are scratch-resistant and easy to clean. Look for pieces with removable, washable covers or slipcovers, facilitating hassle-free cleanup of spills and pet messes. Avoid delicate materials prone to snagging or fraying, and instead, opt for tight-weave textiles. Incorporate pet-friendly

designs with rounded edges and sturdy construction to minimize the risk of accidents or injury. Provide comfortable spaces for your pets, such as designated lounging areas with cozy beds or window perches, ensuring they feel at home while preserving the style and integrity of your living space.


Built-in Food Bowls and Cat Drawers


Another ingenious way to integrate pet-friendly features into your home is by installing built-in food bowls and pull-out cat drawers into your custom cabinets like the ones from Appenin Cabinets. These additions not only enhance functionality but also contribute to a sleek and organized living space. Built-in food bowls can be recessed into cabinetry or walls, keeping them out of the way while still providing easy access for your pets. This prevents spills and messes, maintaining a clutter-free and streamlined aesthetic. Simultaneously, a pull-out cat drawer offers a discreet solution for litter box storage. With features like ventilation and discreet entry points, these drawers keep litter boxes hidden from view while allowing easy access for cleaning.

If you would like additional guidance on incorporating Tail-Wagging Design: Creating Pet-Friendly Spaces reach out to the team at Davinci Interiors and follow our Instagram at @davinciinteriors123.

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