| Sheila Howell
You love having a home decorated with antiques - but you need it to be kid-friendly and pet-friendly! Is that even possible? It sure is: you just need to decide what's important to you and plan for prevention!
A home filled with beautiful antiques plus kids and pets is not mutually exclusive. Decorating with style and durability takes planning. Here are tips from interior designers on how to design a beautiful home that is also kid and pet-friendly.
Interior Designer's Tips for Decorating with Antiques, Kids and Pets
For antiques or upholstered furniture, Bunny Williams suggests faux-fur throws that can be washed or changed.
Choose rugs wisely. Low-pile rugs are easier to maintain than high-pile ones, and less tempting for dogs that like to dig and cats that like to claw the fibers.
I love using antique seating in children’s rooms with fun, fresh, and colorful fabrics, says interior designer Sasha Bikoff. The juxtaposition between the antique shapes with contemporary fabrics makes for an inspiring and inventive children’s room.
Brightly colored abstract artworks or figurative art not only bring sophistication to your home, but they can also enliven a space, making it cheerful and delightful to young children, says interior designer Sandra Nunnerley.
Choose upholstery fabrics that create less work for you. Think carefully before you buy chairs and sofas covered in velvet or chenille (they’re magnets for pet hair) or delicate fabrics that can be easily ruined by pets.
Yes, you can create a beautiful home filled with antiques, art, kids and pets!
European Finds has antiques and accessories for the home and garden available in our online antique warehouse. If you don't see what you are looking for, give us a call, and perhaps we can help you find the perfect piece! We also provide antique sourcing services if you are looking for a specific piece.