5 Home Hacks for Prettying Up Your Pet’s Stuff

Sure, your dog needs a place to sleep, and your cat’s water dish always has to be out.

But do these things have to be so plain and boring? Here are five simple ways to make your pet-friendly pad pretty, too.

Swap

Don’t feel confined to purchasing pet-specific products. When looking for new beds or blankets for your pup, skip the pet store and check out your favorite home furnishings place. Large floor pillows make comfy sleeping spots for your pet while adding a modern, cozy touch to your living space. Throws to keep your furniture fur-free don’t have to be dog-bone-printed pet store finds. Pick blankets and toss pillows that match your existing décor, and aim for machine-washable designs to keep your space fur-free.

Upgrade

Materials matter. If your dog or cat sips out of a boring plastic bowl, it’s time to upgrade. Replace standard-looking bowls for ones you truly love, especially if those bowls are in high-traffic areas like your kitchen. Opt for heavy ceramic to prevent slips, or find a pretty placemat to go underneath an eco-friendly bamboo version. Pick a bowl that fits your style, and it’ll blend into the design—your dog will still lap up the water no matter what color the bowl is.

Coordinate

This might be the simplest yet the most overlooked tip: color coordinate your pet’s stuff with your home. As you decorate, DIY, or design elements for your place, you probably have a set color palette. No need to deviate from your existing scheme for your pet’s stuff. With the number of manufacturers online, you can find everything your pet needs in the right colors for your home. Tip: check Etsy for artisan pet products that fit any style and budget.

Organize

Dedicate a place for all of your pet’s stuff. Aim for items that fit your style. Love all things modern? A black lacquer storage box serves as the perfect home-accent toybox. More farmhouse chic? A wicker basket tucked along the sofa works. Whether it’s a set of hooks to hang leashes, a mat to wipe muddy paws, or a tin for storing treats, each accent should be both a function and an aesthetic fit for your space.

Clean

All the coordinated products in the world won’t make up for a messy apartment. A neat, tidy space always looks fresh. Pets make messes, so stock up on tea towels or linen rags—whatever meshes with your design—and pet-friendly cleaning products to keep your well-designed pet-friendly space sparkling.

Meet the Author: Maggie Marton

Maggie is a writer and author, whose first book, Clicker Dog Training: The Better Path to a Well-Behaved Pup was published by Open Air Publishing. When she's not writing (or reading books about grammar), she teaches writing courses to college students and professionals who want to nail down the basics of communication. Outside of work, she hikes, throws dinner parties, plays with her three dogs and cat, and travels as much as possible.

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