It's only spring and already it's feeling hot, hot, hot in Brisbane. But here at Style Magazines, we've spoken to the experts and come up with a few tips and tricks to keep your home feeling and looking cool for the warmer seasons, without having to run the air-conditioner full blast 24/7.
1 Keep your blinds closed
Did you know about 30 per cent of heat in your home comes from your windows? We know, sunlight streams through windows, breaking news! But it’s surprising how many people don’t use their curtains, shades, blinds as a form of heat control. Keeping your blinds closed or at least partially shaded can eliminate the need for air conditioning and stops your home from becoming a mini greenhouse. Don’t want to keep the light out but do want to keep the heat away? Think about changing from curtains to a sheer drape.
2 Cool your bed
The BEST part of this step is you get to refresh your bedding - spring makeover! First things first, ditch the winter quilt. Quilts and doonas come in several weights and fibres for the changing seasons, so check out the different types available and see what’s best for you. Still sweltering through the night? Take a look at your sheets. You want to pick light-coloured sheets that reflect, rather than absorb, the light that comes in through your bedroom windows during the day. White or light coloured sheets are easy to bleach as well. And what fibres are your sheets made of? Natural fibres will ALWAYS breathe better than man-made, so go for cottons (Egyptian if possible). Linen is amazingly light and airy but gets super creased, so those who are obsessive about sheet smoothness need not apply.
3 Swap your throws for bright pillows
We love cosying up in winter with big blankets and throws but those are the absolute last things we want around in spring and summer. Swapping blankets and throws for a few scatter cushions is one decor switch-up that will keep your living room feeling light. Keep the colours bright for a refreshing feel and you’ll trick yourself into thinking it’s a degree or so cooler than it is.
4 Use cool colours in your decor
This is another one from the “trick your brain into thinking the home is cooler than it is” books. Colour psychology tells us that using cooler accents such as blues and greens can chill your house out in the warmer months. Switch up your bedding or try a few home accessories in these tones.
5 Make use of stone sensations
Marble is a miracle mineral that conducts heat differently to other minerals is pretty much magic. It stays cooler when the rest of the world is heating up so is great to have scattered throughout your home decor. Marble or stone trays, coasters, tabletops or even pots can help the temperature seem lower than it is.
6 Get fan-tastic
Can’t afford air-con? A humble yet stylish pedestal fan can do the trick, but can be even more effective with one small hack. Place a bowl of ice in front of the fan and let the cool air flow! Or else you could just get a fancy Dyson Hot+Cool bladeless fan. These babies blow air faster and further than regular fans for a cooling effect that the regular pedestal can’t match. You can adjust the airflow so that it’s not blasting your head off in a small room, or ramp it up if you need to cool a big space. It’s exxy, but the design is sexy so that makes up for it. Check it out here.
7 Take it outside
The best way to keep cool in your home this spring and summer is to be out of your home! All you need is a balcony/courtyard/patch of grass and a table and chairs and you’ve got yourself a breezy party. Pick the right outdoor setting, crack open a cider, slap on some sunscreen and spend your warm seasons in the great outdoors… well, in a courtyard at least.
8 Cool your home with plants
Indoor plants don’t just look pretty; they naturally enhance the quality of the air in your home and keep your home – say it with me now – COOLER IN SPRING AND SUMMER. Potted plants can remove toxins from air and bring down ambient temperatures. Not only that, they can even have an effect on humidity! Don’t have the real thing? Faux plants are another accessory that can trick the mind into lowering the mercury in your space.
9 Rug up… or down, rather
If you have a little extra cash to splash, you might want to give your lounge area rug a little switcheroo. Wool rugs look cosy but can hold onto heat in the warmer months. Swap it over for something more summery like a flat-woven rug.
So there you have it! Our handy Style hints and tips can help you beat the humidity and stop the sweat before it even begins this spring and summer in Brisbane. They're also a really neat excuse for a seasonal makeover (as if we needed an excuse!)
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