How a Pet Friendly Rugs Can Highlight Your Room Decor
Pet friendly area rugs can highlight your room’s decor by furthering the room’s style, tying into the room’s color palette, and conveying the proper tone. With this mindset, you’ll be able to tie your decor, furniture, and rug together to create one cohesive style where each element has a chance to shine as part of the room’s grand design.
Decorating With a Pet Friendly Rugs
One common misconception of decorating with pet friendly rugs is that they are not very stylish. In truth, pet friendly rugs come in so many different interior design styles and color palettes. So, when you’re shopping for a pet friendly rug, remember that you do not have to sacrifice style for practicality or comfort; you can find the rug that’s just right for you, your pets, your lifestyle, and your aesthetic.
Choosing Which Pet Friendly Rug is Right for You
When you’re looking for your perfect pet friendly area rug, it’s important to consider a few key topics.
Position: One of the first steps is to look at your room and determine the layout of everything, including the rug. These general guidelines will steer you in the right direction.
Living Room: Oftentimes, large pet friendly rugs are centered in the middle of the room or in the middle of the main seating area. If you’re lining it up in the main seating area, try setting the rug in front of the chairs, under their front legs, or further beneath the seats.
Dining Room: Dining room rugs are often centered directly beneath the table. In these situations, measure out an extra foot or two on each side of the table so that the chairs are always on the rug.
Bedroom: If your bed is the main focal point of the room, you can further accent that by centering a rug under the bed. Rugs tend to go all the way under the bed, under the bottom two-thirds of it, or closer to the foot of the bed. Alternatively, if the bed is off to one side, you can center a rug in the middle of the room itself.
Kitchens/Bathrooms: Pets come into these rooms as well, so if you want pet friendly rugs here, try smaller 2x3 and 3x5 rugs in front of key areas like sinks. Pet friendly runner rugs are also common in narrow spaces or to create a natural walkway.
Size/Shape: After the room’s layout is set, you can finalize the size and shape of the rug. Rectangular rugs are perhaps the most common shape, and for larger rooms, popular sizes include 6x9, 8x10, and 9x12. Other shapes and sizes are available as well, so choose the option that works best in relation to the size of the room, how much the rug overlaps with the furniture, and what shape best fits the room’s tone. Of course, the rug’s shape is not the only factor to impact tone.
Pattern: The rug’s design is a key part of establishing a room’s mood. Fortunately, pet friendly rugs come in the same styles as other rugs like Oriental, Persian, geometric, vintage, boho, and so on. Your rug’s pattern should fit into the room’s overarching style and carry similar motifs/shapes to make everything feel cohesive.
Color: Color is another area where you can tie the room together. Neutral hues like black, white, grey, and beige are common across a variety of styles, but those are certainly not the only options. Ultimately, look at your existing color palette and choose a rug that supports that scheme and carries the same tone.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Friendly Rugs
How do I know if a rug is pet-friendly?
There are a few things to consider when looking for a pet-friendly rug. First, make sure the rug is made from a material that is easy to clean and will not trap dirt or hair. Natural fibers like wool or cotton are best, while synthetic fibers can be difficult to clean and may attract bacteria. Second, look for a rug with a non-slip backing. This will help keep your pet from slipping on the rug and injuring themselves. Finally, choose a rug in a size that is appropriate for your pet. A small rug can be easily tripped on by a large dog, while a large rug can be easily walked on by a small cat.
How do I clean a pet-friendly rug?
It's important to use a pet-friendly rug cleaner to clean your pet-friendly rug. Many people make the mistake of using a harsh chemical cleaner which can be harmful to their pets. Be sure to also check the label of your rug for care instructions.
Where should you place a pet friendly rug?
You'll want to place the rug in an area where your pet spends a lot of time, such as in front of the fireplace or near the door so your pet can easily slip outside. If you have more than one pet, be sure to select a rug that is big enough for them both to use comfortably.
Ideas and Advice
Check out our latest how to's + design tips to find the perfect rug for your space.