When I first started furniture shopping for my new place, I thought I wanted a white couch. I’ll start by saying I really wanted white everything. I haven’t always been that way, though. The more I tried to buy furniture and create a cohesive style and look, the easier it was to have all white. Plus, it looked so clean and crisp. Don’t get me wrong – I still love white everything, but I realized that wasn’t always functional.
I actually fell into having a grey couch – I got my love seat couch on super sale at The Dump when I was first buying furniture. I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for furniture on a budget. It’s hit or miss, but I got my couch for under $300 and it’s super comfortable. My roommate ended up having this dark grey couch, which she also got on sale! They perfectly contrast each other and both fit the same style.
Thinking back to my thought of a white couch now makes me laugh. If it was one of those ‘non-stain’ couches, I would say go for it. If not, scratch it – find ways to lighten up your space with the paint color and decor. I say scratch it is because I don’t want you to waste your money on something that might get ruined. Plus, you don’t want to worry about staining it all the time. You want to actually live in your space! Even this light grey love seat gets dog hair all over the side that you can easily see. And we only have one small dog that sheds!
Now we spiced up the plain grey couches with some fun pillows. I chose a couple of fur pillows and a lumbar velvet pillow for the love seat. I definitely recommend both of these pillows because they never look dirty. The grey pom pillows, on the other hand, look like they’ve been chewed up a little bit (because they have). Once I get a chance to buy some more pillows, I’ll probably get rid of those and replace them with something a bit more durable.
The rug is actually two cowhides that I’ve layered on top of each other! The cool thing about cowhides is that you can never tell if there is a stain because it looks like it’s part of the print. Now, if it gets chewed, you’ll definitely be able to tell. However, I’d say it wouldn’t be as noticeable as another rug! Plus the one that I have is a pretty good price point! World Market is always having a sale, too – so be sure to look out for one of those!
Now, everything in the space can’t be grey to avoid stains and make it functional. Remember to add in color and style throughout the area to spice it up. Think about the things you use the most that are easily stainable – like the couch and rugs. It’s definitely okay to mix in whites and things that are more delicate throughout the decor. We added some lighter colors throughout the pillows, coffee table glass, lamp, and console table. To keep the gold throughout the space, we also tied in a gold lamp and table!
The key for creating a dog-friendly, functional, living room is to purchase items you know won’t stain easily. Or, if it does stain, that won’t be super noticeable. If you’re looking to splurge on a piece of furniture or decor, think about how your dogs play and what your friends do when they come over. If you think your dog might be able to tear it up or ruin it, pass on it. There are so many cute things out there, you’ll be able to find something else in its place!
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