Pet is no longer ‘just a pet’ to become a true member of Brazilian families and the numbers prove the relevance of this statement: according to the Brazilian Association of the Pet Products Industry (Abinpet), our country is home to the second largest population of dogs (55.9 million) and cats (25.6 million). And if in the past they were segregated from a restricted area of the house, today they are part of and frequent all environments: therefore, nothing fairer than adapting the interior architecture for a beneficial and happy coexistence: both for the owners and for the pets.
According to architect Isabella Nalon, in charge of the office that bears his name, the architectural professional has the experience of executing an interior project designed and adapted so that animals can live peacefully. “Pets need a free and safe area inside the house to live with the tutors, as well as space available for play and development. Therefore, it is important that this place is directed according to the characteristics of each animal, guides For her, good ideas and a range of materials make it possible to adapt the environments to improve the pets’ quality of life without losing the aesthetic value of the place.
Pets and home decor
A variety of materials and coatings offer advantages that improve the quality of life for the little animals. For floors, ceramic, porcelain and vinyl are suitable materials, as they bring safety and beauty to the environment. However, the resident should give preference to satin finishes, since the polished and very slippery ones harm the articulation of the pets, which can result in mobility problems and greater energy expenditure, due to the lack of adhesion that requires a greater effort on their part. . “The choice of flooring is the most important decision for those who have pets. In addition to these factors, it needs to be easy to clean and practical for the day to day of the tutors”, guides Isabella.
The woodworking is also considered an ally, since it is possible to create creative spaces for the animals, such as a bed next to the owner’s bed, feeders and drinkers. The greatest benefit of woodworking is that, in addition to following the decorative style of the environment, it is possible to embed it in the furniture so as not to interfere with circulation, freeing up spaces for both pets and owners.
hit the fabric
Residents should also pay attention to the fabrics of the house, as the right choices directly interfere with the decor and hygiene of the house. The market offers several fabrics that are aimed at the comfort of the pet and that, at the same time, are resistant and that provide effective maintenance and hygiene – not to mention the way they add to the look of the environment!
According to architect Marina Carvalho, in front of the office that bears his name, the most suitable fabrics are suede or leather – precisely because they are very easily cleaned. The professional also relates that the rug is another element that also needs this feature, as it is a place where pets also stay a lot. “Avoid dark colors, because depending on the volume of fall of the animal’s coat, it is possible to see clearly on the carpet and furniture”, she advises. Completing the orientation round, the architect Julia Guadix, responsible for Studio Guadix, adds the curtain as an accessory that should be chosen based on appearance and practicality. “The linen and the voile are beautiful, but they fray easily. So, thinking about usability and longevity, roller blinds are highly recommended to protect windows and balcony closures”, he guides.