Living with a pet is a whole lot of fun until you see them scratching, smudging, and turning your living room into the worst eyesore you have ever experienced in your whole life. But, you still love them anyway.
Pet owners know the value of their pets and the value of the things their pets might destroy. It is important to do something that does not involve these two in conflicts. If you are worried about the scratches and smudges your beloved pets might leave your living room with, we’ve got you covered!
This article will talk about the different things pet owners should consider in choosing the right interior paint.
The Importance of Non-Toxic Paints
While comparing your options, make sure to choose a product with a label that tells you it is non-toxic. Formulas made from natural ingredients like water, plant dyes, and essential oils might be good alternatives, but they do not give you the kind of pop you want in a color. Select a product that prioritizes and highlights zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that emit no harmful fumes. In this way, your paints will not only be safe for your pets, but for children as well.
Washable paints are good for pets.
Choosing paint products with high durability also means you will be able to consider if they are washable or not. Washable paint products are available and commonly chosen by families with pets or children. Although they do not last that long, they are still perfect for handling some chocolate fingerprints along the wall. Just wash away the old paint and touch up the area with new paint.
Choose a stain-proof color.
Choosing the color for your paint is the funnest part of this whole painting process. Remember, you cannot choose a color yet without considering a few points for your pets. First, if you want popping colors such as red, blue, or green, you need to anticipate the smudges. These colors will make the smudges more visible, and you do not want that attention, right?
To hide these anticipated smudges, or to lessen their visibility somehow, our experts suggest a neutral shade like charcoal or brown. These colors are known for upholding a cleaner look, making the smudges blend in without gaining too much unnecessary attention.
Also, if you choose the snow kind of white as your paint color, you will only be giving yourself a hard time maintaining it. The color might leave you with a serene and warm vibe, but do not even consider it if you are not looking forward to spending extra cash on touch ups.
Choose the right finish to complete the look.
Choosing the finish is the last part of this pet-safe paint selection. It might be overwhelming to do, given the fact that there are a lot of options to choose from. To narrow down your options, consider taking a peek at the label to make sure it is a lower-sheen finish that leaves you with a satin look. Remember, flat paint is always more difficult to clean. Doing the clean up will be an added chore.
Also, whether you have a cat or a dog, a satin or silk-like finish will have the right amount of luster to deflect smudges that come from paws, claws, and tails.
Let us just fast forward to when you have finished the three steps in the whole painting process. You will realize that your pets will always find a way to mess up the newly painted area, and if you are to inspect the walls, you will find some marks left. But, do not fret.
There are touch up kits available in the hardware department and choosing the right kit is not hard at all. These things are inevitable and there will be more scratches and smudges to come.
Maintaining the pristine condition of your paint is hardly achievable when you have four-legged adorable creatures running around, but making sure it is retouched right after a little smudge (before it gets bigger) will be a great help.
Having pets at home is a combination of work and fun. There is nothing more comforting than having a pet dog or cat wagging its tail upon your arrival, and there is also nothing more disappointing and frustrating than seeing scratches and smudges all over your newly painted living room. For this reason, it is important for any pet owner to consider these things when selecting an interior paint.
You do not want to spend extra money on something that cannot withstand the consequences of having pets. You should invest in good paint products that are not only safe for your pets but are also pet-proof in as many ways as possible.