Cover Hunter Douglas’ Duette shades are expertly designed to diffuse light and trap heat Photo: Courtesy of Hunter Douglas

Keep your cool with these handy home design tips that will help you craft a space that helps to beat the heat

Picture this: you step out of the shower, feeling immensely refreshed, only to start perspiring five minutes later. Sounds familiar? Coupled with the humidity courtesy of our tropical location, more warm days are anticipated; according to The Straits Times, the daily maximum temperature may even average around 35 deg C on some days in July.

If you’re seeking ways to stay cool at home, these design tips will come in handy for your perennial fight against the unrelenting heat and humidity.

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Materials matter

Materials play an important role when it comes to keeping your home cool. Surface materials like marble or porcelain tiles can dissipate heat quickly, keeping your floors cool to touch. For your upholstery and textiles, avoid materials such as leather and suede.

Instead, opt for breathable fabrics like linen, rayon, and cotton. These light and airy fabrics provide cool comfort, and often help brighten dull spaces.

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Choose light and cool tones

The colour of your walls not only influences the ambience of your home, but also the temperature of the space. While darker shades like black absorb and retain heat, cool tones such as white and other pastel hues can help reflect heat.

These soothing shades also deliver a relaxed and laid-back energy to your space. To further reduce the heat that your home absorbs, you can also opt for a thermal insulation coat over your paint.

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Get shady

While natural light can make a space look bright and inviting, letting too much sunshine in will swiftly heat things up and raise the temperature within your interiors. Innovative window treatments can help diminish the overwhelming heat and glare. 

Hunter Douglas’ Duette shades, for example, feature a honeycomb structure that traps the heat in its pockets to diffuse light and shield your interiors from the sweltering heat outside. The contemporary blinds are available in various fabric types and colours that will suit a range of interior styles. 

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Get a ceiling fan or portable cooler

Appliances such as fans, portable air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers are one of the quickest and simplest solutions to beat the heat. Ceiling fans, such as homegrown fan specialist Spin's designer pieces, are recommended as opposed to standing fans; their larger blades generate stronger drafts of wind, which offer better air circulation and coverage. 

If clean air is your priority alongside staying cool, homegrown electrical appliance brand EuropAce’s ECO 4751V is ideal for you. The winner of the Red Dot Design Award in 2018, the four-in-one portable air cooler provides a refreshing respite from the heat by absorbing moisture. You can insert four ice boxes within the device for an extra cold touch to deliver better cooling capabilities.

See also: Spin’s Designer Ceiling Fans Add the Cool Factor to Your Home

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Use energy-efficient lighting

Your choice of lighting definitely makes a difference. To bring down the temperature in a room, opt for energy-efficient lighting like LED light bulbs. These light bulbs typically last longer and use up less energy compared to traditional incandescents, which have a tendency to radiate a lot of excess heat.