The summer sun is a welcome presence on many calendars, with residents eager to bask in the uplifting heat. However, homes are not always ready to handle the rising temperatures and, especially for those who now find themselves working from home during the day, a residence can quickly become an uncomfortable environment.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways in which residents can design their home so that it is more suited to warmth, keeping them cool and relaxed on even the hottest days. To show you how, we’ve compiled the best interior design tips from experts around the globe, showcasing the ideal home design for the summer heat.
One of the best ways to cool a home is to encourage airflow. There are a number of ways of accomplishing this and it is homes that are open-plan that have the advantage. This is because barriers, such as walls and doors restrict airflow and, as a result, create a stifling environment that heats up more quickly.
While merging rooms into an open plan design isn’t something that can happen overnight, opening doors and cultivating a through-breeze is, so be sure to think about the airflow of your home.
Welcoming in the summer sun can be appealing, especially when residents are stuck indoors working. However, the hot rays from the sun very quickly heat a home. Therefore, it is much better to keep interior spaces shaded.
Some will turn to UV reflecting window coverings while others are suitably happy with blinds instead, though both will do a great deal to keep your room temperature down during summer.
If design potential inside a home is challenging, many can turn to their garden instead. Outbuildings, such as log cabins and summer houses are specifically designed to be pleasant spaces during the summer season, making them an ideal installation for those wanting or needing to spend time at home during the summer.
Establishing an outdoor dining area can also prove beneficial during the summer months, offering an outdoor space to dine with friends and family that doesn’t share the same space as heat-producing equipment, such as refrigerators and ovens.
A brightly coloured home is a cooler home. Dark colours might feel cosier during the evening and winter but during the summer they will do little but store heat. If your home is prone to warmth or even situated in a generally hotter part of the country, then it might be worth considering repainting your rooms with much lighter and brighter colours.
Our gadgets generate heat. Even something as simple as a phone charger will influence the warmth of a room and, when seen alongside the number of devices around a typical home, these small contributions to heat add up.
During the summer, be sure to unplug and switch off devices that aren’t necessary, as well as take to charging devices during periods of time when you need not share the same room.