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Expert Advice: 4 Easy Decor Changes to Cool Down the Home

Get your space ready for summer with the right materials and colors


These past few days, the heat has become so unbearable that we have no other choice but to stay in front of the electric fan or turn the air-conditioning unit on. Aside from working on energy-efficient measures to beat the heat and keep cool this season, there are more ways to transform your space into a summer-ready haven. Changing your furnishings can help cool down your interiors, too! Here are four must-dos that you can consider:

Main photos from: Trendenser and Homebunch.

Choose the right materials

Put away those heavy area rugs and choose to keep the floors bare for a change. If you're not too keen on this option, you can work with natural materials like jute or hemp.

When it comes to curtains, you can switch from heavy drapes to sheer curtains. Lighter curtains will allow some light in and let your exterior peep in. These pieces are best used for the less private areas at home like the living and dining rooms. For the bedroom, it's still best to stick with thicker and blockout fabrics. If you're planning to update your sheets, make sure to avoid polyester sheets and choose cotton and even silk or satin materials to keep you cool while sleeping.

Photo from Trendenser.

Bring in some greens

Plants and flowers will instantly give your interiors a breath of fresh air. These greens not only accentuate areas in your house, but also purify the air naturally and help you de-stress.

Photo from French by Design.

Change your decor and accessories

Box up existing décor that are dark and too heavy on the eyes. Even if summer is all about bright colors, choose shades of blue and green as these colors have a calming and cooling effect when used at home. These shades are also ideal when choosing decor, soft furnishings, and certain accent walls (if applicable).

Photo from Homebunch.

Experiment with prints and patterns

Aside from using color, remember to incorporate elements that remind you of water or nature. Leaves, tropical flowers, beach waves, coral, and ombre prints and patterns are best used this season. Use varied doses when choosing to decorate with pillowcases, curtains, beddings, décor, and wall art, to name a few.

Photo from Lovely Etc.

Interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila is an alumna of the University of the Philippines and is one of the go-to designers for the Real Living Makeovers. You can get in touch with her through e-mail: vera.villarosa[at]



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