How to Decorate Your Home with Pets and Kids

If you have children or pets, you have likely encountered unfortunate tragedies to your home decor items. Staying organized is important for keeping your home functional, and staying stylish is important for keeping your home personalized to you and your family. In this article, we share 5 tips that will make your home pet-proof and kid-proof without sacrificing comfort and style.

Removable Couch Covers

From your kids building forts, to your pets taking naps, family couches receive a lot of traffic in the home. As a result, a must-have furniture item is a couch with removable covers. Removable covers make both regular washing and emergency stain removal easy by allowing you to simply throw them in the washing machine. Ikea couches are a great option due to their affordability and variety of styles for couches with removable covers. If you don’t have the budget to purchase a new couch, you should consider using slipcovers instead. These can not only make your old furniture look new, but also provide protection against wear and tear.

Washable Rugs

Pets make messes, and kids do too, which is why opting for a machine-washable rug is a great way to add style and protection to your floor. Just like removable couch cushions, you can throw your rugs into the wash every couple of weeks for a deep cleaning, or immediately after an accident. Ruggable is a company that has heavy-duty, machine washable mattress pads and rug covers so you can swap out designs for a fraction of the price of a regular rug.

Throw Pillow Covers

You may be noticing a theme for these mess-proof decorating solutions: just cover it up. Throw pillows on couches and beds are beautiful decorative accents to the home, but unfortunately, they receive just as much wear and tear as the rest of the home. Instead of buying a decorative pillow, opt for buying inserts and covers separately. Not only can these covers be quickly washed, but they can also be changed out to keep your decor looking fresh without having to purchase an entirely new pillow.

Choose Fabric and Colors Wisely

In addition to the washability of furniture in your home, you should also consider fabric type and color patterns. While white and beige couches make for a bright and beautiful space, these colors are not practical if you have small children and pets. Opt for dark, neutral colors instead like brown or gray (there are other ways to incorporate light colors into your home!). For rugs, choose colored patterns over solids to hide stains and any dirt that build up from daily use.

Hidden Storage

Dog bones, baby bottles, and toy cars may be scattered throughout your home, but that doesn’t mean you can organize these items with style! Hidden storage options like ottomans, bins, baskets, and wooden chests are great for quickly picking up while still being fashionable. Get creative by introducing new textures and colorful patterns to add interesting accents to your home.

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