A great myth about pet ownership is that you have to sacrifice style for the sake of your furry friend. But there is no reason to let your home go to the dogs (or cats) when a few simple decor decisions can make all the difference. When your pet is a member of your household, making plans with his or her needs in mind can also create a cozier home for you — all it takes are a few durable items that are up for the task. We've collected five must-have pieces to incorporate into your aesthetic that'll keep your space chic and pet friendly.
Crypton Super Fabric Chair
Whether you choose to upholster your current furniture or buy something new — like this midcentury modern style chair ( $1,649 ) — crypton super fabric is a smart way to protect your chairs and couches from scratches, dirt, and stains.
Shadow Box Coffee Table
Protect your coffee table arrangement from wagging tails and curious paws with a beautiful shadow box coffee table from West Elm ( $1,049 ). The dark metal finish and enclosed glass will show off your favorite accessories without the added stress of a possible spill.
Liberty for Anthropology Sofa
Choosing patterned furniture not only looks amazing, but can help disguise any pet-related stains or hair. Anthropologie's new collection of furnishings has some stunning pieces like this classy patterned sofa ( $2,498 ), which has fabric busy enough to hide almost anything.
Provide your pet with a cozy place to snooze, and protect your furniture at the same time, by throwing some soft and easily washable throw blankets ( $34.99 ) of the tops of your sofas and side chairs. It's a quick fix for when you don't want to give up a beloved furnishing.
Reyna Abraham is a Freelance Writer, Editor and Educator who studied English Literature and Language at California Polytechnic University California. Her work has been published online at Downtown Magazine New York, eHow, and Hunker. She works as a writing consultant for the Architecture firm Gregg Maedo & Associates and has an appreciation for the ways that human ingenuity, design, and thoughtful engineering intersect.