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Woof! Design for Dogs

Posted by Daltile Team on Aug 26, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Make Your Home a Comfy Place for You and Your Tail-Wagger

Fido doesn’t need a special invitation to get comfortable. He turns just about any cranny into the perfect napping spot, takes over your bed on Saturday mornings, and even curls up on your feet for an evening of TV watching. You, perhaps, aren’t quite so comfortable with the level of cleaning and maintenance that comes along with your dog’s habits though.

The good news is there’s something you can do to ease your discomfort without interrupting your dog’s bliss. Rethinking your home’s interior design will put you both at ease. Here are a few ideas.

Outdoor Fabrics Indoors

Outdoor fabrics are built to resist water, stains, smells, and a myriad of other things. They are tough and do a good job of standing up to a beating. So why not bring these fabrics indoors? Sometimes conditions in the house are about as crazy as they are outdoors with a pooch around. Look for drapes, rugs, and upholstery in outdoor fabrics that will make having a dog not quite so difficult maintenance-wise.

Patterns and ColorsPhoto courtesy of ots-photo and Dollar Photo Club

You know the old trick of hiding the dirt with the right patterns and colors? It’s pretty much a necessity for busy families and pet owners. Choose patterns on the small side since larger areas with solid color show dirt and hair more readily. Dark colors, for the most part, hide dirt and hair pretty well. But white puppy hair against a black couch is anything but subtle. Consider going with colors that match your dog so they don’t show up quite as much.

Luxury Feel

If you thought that anything luxurious could never mix with your four-legged best friend, think again. Amazingly, velvet and leather are great choices for designs in homes with pets. Velvet is not a looped or woven finish fabric, like most others. It is cut at the end, which gives it that unique texture and means it doesn’t snag or pull as readily. Likewise, leather is pretty durable for households with pets. It is exceptionally easy to clean. You just wipe it down—no upholstery cleaning for you!

 Favorite Furniture

Even the most durable fabrics and leather will wear out eventually. You might consider using blankets or slipcovers to keep things protected and looking good. Because they are removable and washable, they make the perfect covering for pet owners. After the annual springtime shedding session, take them off and give them a good cleaning to erase all the hair. Blankets and removable cushion covers work well too.

Chew Toy

Dogs love to chew, especially puppies. It’s an instinctual need leftover from cave-dog days, but that doesn’t have to mean your home has to suffer. Get familiar with sisal rope. It’s a tough rope that can pass for a rustic chic detail and pet-control system in one. Cat lovers use it to cover anything that their cats would use as a scratching post. You can use it to protect from chewing or other bad habits.

Closed Storage

If you leave it out she will come. Then she will tear it to shreds. Your hound can’t help herself. Anything you leave around is fair game, especially if it smells like you or looks particularly interesting. Maybe it’s not practical to always have a place up high where your dog can’t get to your stuff, so try some closed storage on the ground that will keep it out of sight for you both. A credenza, lidded ottomans, or even decorative boxes will do the trick.

Low PilePhoto courtesy of thongsee and Dollar Photo Club

Thick, high-pile carpet and rugs are just as comfy for your dog as they are for you. But they can cause more issues than a low-pile option. A flatter weave will last longer and look better over time with furry friends on the scene.

Durable Tile

Tile makes the cut for homes with pets. It’s durable, easy to clean, and stylish—the dog owner’s dream. Hair, dirt, and mud are easily swept or mopped away no matter how many times a day you have to clean up. You don’t have to worry about scratches or breakage. Plus, you can choose from a variety of styles like concrete-looks, hardwood-looks, or stone-looks that give you a trendy design with the resilience of porcelain tile.

Custom Dog House

No discussion about doggie design could be complete without mentioning the dog house. Consider creating a separate space that your dog can call his own. You won’t have to worry about keeping it respectable for your human guests, it is a dog-only haven that you won’t even think about until spring cleaning rolls around. Include all your dog’s favorite things—especially all the things you steered clear of in the rest of the house.


Design that makes both you and your dog happy will make your home comfortable for all, so enjoy your pooch and all her playful shenanigans without concern.

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