3 Ways to Shop for a Pet-Friendly Rug

By: Jillian Schaible

Buying a new rug for your home can seem like a daunting task.  There are so many materials, colors, and styles to choose from that you might not know where to begin.  On top of that, making sure you choose the right one for your pets can be even tougher.

Many of our clients come to us needing new rugs to replace ones that just didn’t hold up in their household over time.  It’s important to know how what foot traffic will be like in these areas, and to especially consider any furry family members that will be sharing the space.

When we shop for homes with pets, there are three simple guidelines we like to follow.  

1.  Choose the right material

The most important aspect of your rug’s durability is first and foremost the material.  Our two “go-to” choices are wool and indoor/outdoor.  

Wool: If you prefer a cozier feel on your feet, you’ll want to choose wool.  A good wool rug can last a lifetime, and we love how easy they are to clean.

Safavieh


Indoor/Outdoor
: If you don’t mind something with a flatter weave, it doesn’t get more pet-proof than this.  Many of these rugs can be taken outside and hosed off.  How’s that for easy cleaning?!  They may not last quite as long as a wool rug, but they are often much less expensive.

Pottery Barn

 

2.  Consider the pile

We find that rugs with a low, cut pile are the best option for long-term durability and wear.  If you have cats or dogs, a rug with a loop pile may not be the best choice, as their nails can pull on the loops and cause them to become uneven or unravel.  A cut pile, or even a flatweave, will stay looking great for years to come!

Surya

 

Wayfair

 

3. Consider the pattern and color

For hiding those muddy paw prints, you’ll want to consider the same rule of thumb we use for high traffic areas- nothing too light and nothing too dark.  On the other hand, you’ll want to also think about your pet’s fur color and how much she sheds.  

For example, if you have a Golden Retriever with very light fur, you’ll want to choose something in the same warm color family.  A navy rug, for instance, would show every bit of fur on there!

Choosing a rug that has a pattern or texture will also keep a cleaner look.  A solid color rug is more apt to show dirt and fur vs. a pattern that helps to distract the eye from these things.

West Elm

 

West Elm

 

We know firsthand how designing a pet-friendly home can sometimes be a challenge.  Luckily, even with a big, furry guy like Rocco around, there are plenty of great ways to keep your home looking fresh!

 

What pet-friendly design challenges have you experienced?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Color Feature: LAVENDER

I really had to step out of the box for today’s color feature.  Lavender is not in my usual go-to palette, and I honestly don’t know why!  It has such a soft, easy feel and goes great with so many colors – gray, chocolate brown, yellows, coral…

I came across this room designed by Barry Dixon and just loved how easily the lavender sofa softly coordinated with the blue chair, orange shade, and chocolate brown table.  Here are some other purple products that inspire me, and I hope they may give you a little inspiration as well!

Washington Post

Washington Post

 

Perfect for an entry or a laundry room, Benjamin Moore’s “Queen’s Wreath” is a striking change from the usual neutrals.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

Love the purple and gray combination here – especially accented with the black and white.

Tweed Thistle, Graham & Brown

Tweed Thistle, Graham & Brown

 

Lavender and velvet just looks regal.  Again, white just makes the color pop!

Addison Chair, Jonathan Adler

Addison Chair, Jonathan Adler

 

 Velvet Tufted Wingback Bed, Anthropologie

Velvet Tufted Wingback Bed, Anthropologie

 

Octavia Cocktail Ottoman, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Octavia Cocktail Ottoman, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

 

The silver table just seems to take over the focus here, doesn’t it?

Himalayan Purple Area Rug, Safavieh (Available at Wayfair)

Himalayan Purple Area Rug, Safavieh (Available at Wayfair)

 

Sometimes just a pillow or two is all that’s needed to add a little pizazz!

Nordstrom at Home 'Emilia' & 'Woven Plaid' Bedding Collection

Nordstrom at Home ‘Emilia’ & ‘Woven Plaid’ Bedding Collection

 

A Line of Lavender Pillow Cover, Wisteria

A Line of Lavender Pillow Cover, Wisteria

 

Such a pretty color combination!

Kravet

Kravet

 

Another soft color combo – would be striking on a black floor!

SPO Bordered Round Jute Rug, West Elm

SPO Bordered Round Jute Rug, West Elm

 

Sometimes colored glass can make such a dramatic difference on a table.

Orrefors Totem Tranquility Candlestick, Bloomingdale's

Orrefors Totem Tranquility Candlestick, Bloomingdale’s

Vera Wang Wedgwood "Duchesse Encore" Color Champagne Flute, Bloomingdale's

Vera Wang Wedgwood “Duchesse Encore” Color Champagne Flute, Bloomingdale’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that it’s almost Spring, I think I may start “lavendering ” things up a little!  How about you?  Is lavender part of your color palette?

Featured Product of the Week: Chilewich Shag Dot Mats

It’s March 4 in Boston and we have another storm heading our way tomorrow, which is predicted to possibly break the snow record of 107.6″…  That’s 9 feet of snow!!!!  What happens to that much snow when it melts??  Where does it go?  Ugh… Inevitably, that wet, muddy aftermath will be tracked into your house.  Yes, we can have boot trays and hope for the best, but why not at least make an attempt at keeping things neat AND attractive with these Chilewich Shag Dot Mats.

Chilewich

Chilewich

Line them down the hall, or under the buckets collecting all the melting drips (yes, you know what I mean Bostonians!  We all have at least 1 bucket collecting drips!).  The kids will love them – which will mean they’ll USE them!  Hopscotch down the hall!  And when the mats get dirty, simply pick them up, throw them in the tub, and hose them down!  I love Chilewich products first and foremost for their practicality; On the table, just wipe down placemats without having to throw them in the wash.  Well, these shag dot mats are no exception!  In slushy winter mess, I reach for the EASIEST things to clean, and this certainly meets the mark!

Chilewich

Chilewich

Chilewich Shag Dot Mats are available on the Chilewich website, or you can go to your local Chilewich dealer to pick up a few!

Susan Hayward Interiors