While the cooler rains have been keeping the temperature in check this spring, summer is just around the corner! School is out and temperatures and humidity are starting to soar.
Of course, the best way to beat the sweltering heat is to book a vacation to your favorite beachfront destination or tour the Swiss Alps. If neither of these is on your travel calendar (yet!) let’s take a look at some ways you can find some relief with a few simple steps.
10 Tips for a Cooler Summer
- Introduce some tropical colors into your environment: the softer rainbow sherbet shades or livelier Caribbean-inspired color palettes can help you create the feeling of being in an exotic location. Think accent pieces, pillows and rugs.
- Bring some nature inside: introduce fresh flowers and live greenery (not the fake plastic stuff!). We spend much time in air-conditioned environments this time of year, and some of these simple changes can breathe some fresh life into your home.
- Look for ways to work “cooler” colors into your home: a soothing spa blue or a softer shade of jade or emerald green paired with crisp whites can psychologically create a cooler feel to a room.
- Draw shade and close blinds: this will help dramatically in keeping the heat outdoors, particularly when you are away during the day. Having windows professionally tinted is also a great way to reduce glare and fading.
- Eat lighter: more frequent, smaller meals are easier to digest thus keeping your body temp down.
- Try running cold water over your pulse points: It feels wonderfully soothing to soak hot feet or wash them with a cool cloth at the end of the day.
- Fill a water bottle with ice water and place under your bed sheets or behind your knees at night to maintain a cooler sleeping environment.
- Keep your head cool: switch out latex based bedding which holds heat (pillows/mattress covers) for absorbent organic cotton based materials.
- Wear loose fitting cotton and linen clothing. I also love quality, tailored linen slipcovers for upholstered pieces of furniture for a cooler, seasonable look.