canine friendly home decorating

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canine friendly home decorating

Do you have to choose between having a nice, clean home and having dogs? Is there a way to finish your home in a way that is canine friendly and still beautiful? I have struggled with this for years, but was not about to give up my dogs to have a home that I was proud to invite guests to and happy to live in. The purpose of my blog is to help other dog lovers find solutions for their home decorating and finishing problems. Here, you will find ideas of materials that can hold up very well to dogs in the house and tips for helping your dogs behave a little better in your beautiful home.

3 Ways You Can Use To Decorate And Transform Your Home's Walls

As you plan to decorate your home's interior, it is important you make the interior space a relaxing and inviting area you want to spend time in. Along with the type of flooring material you choose in your home, your home's interior walls make up a large surface area of design space and should be considered and included in your decorating plans. Here are three ideas you can use to decorate your home's walls.

Install Wood, Tile, Brick, or Stone

You can bring the natural textures of many outdoor materials into your home and install them on a wall as an accent to provide texture. There are many types of wallpaper that look like a real natural material, but using the real thing will bring a true realistic feeling to your home. And there are many mediums you can choose from, such as brick, stone, wood, and natural stone tiles from quartz, marble, or travertine.

If you choose to install a material with a heavy weight, such as brick or stone, use a veneer material, which provides the same look but without the material's full thickness. For example, you can find brick veneer at a home improvement store, which is also called thin-, faux-, or half-brick, that is less than an inch in thickness so it does not take too much space from the room or create extra weight on the wall.

If you plan to use irregularly shaped materials, such as stone or wood, it can be helpful to plan out your placement design on the floor before you set them onto the wall. Be sure you use a good mastic adhesive that provides a durable hold for your materials. Spread a thin layer of mastic over the entire pre-cleaned wall, then layer additional mastic onto each separate piece before pressing it onto the wall.

If you are using a grout to fill in around the spaces of your wall medium, be sure to let the mastic harden for 24 to 48 hours before pressing the grout into the seams. Applying grout onto non-dry mastic can prevent the mastic from fully drying and hardening.

Paint a Faux Wall Finish

You can use paint to create a new look on your home's interior walls. There are many home painting kits containing all the supplies you need to create various finishes, which you can buy at a local home improvement store. You can also use a do-it-yourself paint technique to give your walls a textured or three dimensional look. For example, paint a base coat on your wall, then add darker and lighter shades onto the base paint with a sponge application. This finish applies the differing tones of paint in a patchy look to give your walls an antique plaster look.

You can also find textured paints that are premixed to contain materials to give your room a different look. For example, paint containing pieces of silica applied onto your walls will give them the look of being covered in suede. Then, using a texturing application process to layer varying colors onto the base color, you can create a three-dimensional illusion to the wall.

Make your walls look aged by making your own chalk paint by combining an interior chalk paint with plaster of Paris. Once you have painted it onto the walls, use a rag to apply a stained wax to cause discoloration to the paint.

Use a Fabric Wall Covering

Instead of painting a faux-finish wall, you can install fabric panels on your walls to give the room a warm, rich look. You can use longer-length curtains panels or cut, hem, and hang your own choice of fabric to match your room decor.

To hang the fabric panels on your wall, wrap the top of each fabric panel over a square wood dowel, smoothing the fabric tightly against the dowel. Then, attach the dowel and fabric onto the top of your wall nestled into the ceiling's corner through wall studs using a wood screw. Leave the fabric hanging free or secure the bottoms of the panels to the wall with small nails.

For professional assistance, contact a company like Robinson Interiors Group.