How do you deal with endless hot summer days in your bedroom? You have probably already confirmed that traditional thermal protection measures are not enough, and alternatively you need to think about ways to keep the room naturally cool in the summer.
What could a traditional bedroom cooling solution be, knowing that air conditioning is not the healthiest thing ever?
Believe it or not, there are plenty of alternative and effective techniques that will not cost a fortune and will almost certainly solve the problem of how to keep your bedroom cold in the summer.
Let us help you solve this problem and check out our guide on how to cool a room without air conditioning:
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If you live in a hot area where you need to make special preparations for the summer, make sure you have removed any unnecessary features or unwanted items from your bedroom.
Take the clutter out and provide cross ventilation to keep the place airy and fresh. Visually clean rooms are also free from bad smells, and this is very important on summer days.
Paint the walls white
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It might sound like a boring solution, but painting your walls white is perfect for keeping the room cooler in the summer. To begin with, white, unlike darker shades of color, which it absorbs, rejects heat and reflects the light in such a way that it is equally distributed on every element in the room.
Plus, white is always a good choice because of its calm and relaxing properties.
Use bamboo screens or woven screens
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When we talk about windows, we suggest woven screens and bamboo screens. You need these to keep the warmth out of the room, even if they are absolutely charming even without this feature.
When you’re tighter, woven screens also protect you from unwanted light so you can relax undisturbed no matter the hour.
Create your own tree shelter
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Plant your own tree and be patient to see the amazing results. Trees and plants on the south side of your home are an eco-friendly way to make the place fresh and cooler both during the day and at night during the summer.
Your shadow will be valuable in a few years and make you proud of your lucrative investment. The solution pays off not only because of its energy efficiency, but also because of the environmental benefits and the higher property value.
Choose the right colors
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What better way to make your room livelier and more dynamic than using bright, summer-inspired colors for furniture and accessories?
We recommend using pastel colors and relaxing colors and creating unique combinations of cream, mint green, delicate pink and duck egg blue. Whatever you choose, remember that a cool place is also a restful and relaxing place. So don’t overdo the mood.
Release the floors
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Why do you need carpets in a heated room? Even if they are important to the style and theme, you need to remove them and take advantage of the cooling power and neat appearance of a bare floor.
Make use of the curtains
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Curtains play an important role in furnishing your bedroom in general, not only aesthetically, but also because they prevent heat from entering the house.
However, don’t forget to open them during the night to let in a fresh breeze and keep the air fresh. When it comes to colors, make sure that you only select light colors.
Choose a suitable floor color
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Floors are often damaged and show strong signs of use. Therefore, you should repaint them every now and then. If the overall idea is to keep the place fresh and cool, consider using airy neutrals or dark tones with cool hues (e.g. blue).
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Air conditioning may be bad, but there is an excellent replacement for it: ceiling fans! Install one in your bedroom and make sure you use it properly (it should rotate counterclockwise to reduce the breeze).
The good thing about fans is that they use less power than a standard conditioner, so you can keep them working even when you’re not in the room.
Replace the laundry
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You may be emotionally attached to your current wash, and that’s fine, but you need to understand that there is a suitable one for every season of the year.
Satin and silk laundry do not keep you as cold as organic fabrics (e.g. cotton). So choose something with a smaller thread count.
Use reflective sheeting on your windows
This solution is very practical and cheap, but at the same time one of the greatest guarantees that light will enter your bedroom.
Reflective films literally reflect sunlight and obstruct it on its way into your bedroom. However, this method requires you to keep the windows closed at all times. So only choose it for rooms with less sun-exposed windows on the side to compensate for the fresh air required.
Choose “simple” furniture
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By simple, we mean natural and light materials with a “summery” look that make the room feel more spacious and open. These are the materials that you need to consider for your bedroom:
- Naturally refined / white painted wood
Remove light bulbs first as these work against the idea of keeping your space cool. Replace them with CFLs, LEDs or similar energy efficient solutions.
Bring nature inside
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It’s summer outside, and the best way to neutralize your cooking effects is to face it and do your own “summer room makeover”.
Potted plants and fresh flowers are excellent choices for added freshness, along with the fact that they look absolutely cute and cozy.
Consider attic insulation
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Owners of houses with attics should consider investing in excellent quality insulation, otherwise the attic will “absorb” and store all of the outside heat inside.
There the heat is distributed throughout the house and you will regret not having put insulation on your list of priorities.
Forget about warm colors
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Don’t paint the room with warm tones like yellow, orange, or red. Instead, use cool colors that reduce the psychological effects of heat, namely blue, green, or gray. You never know which solution will help you.
Carpet mats made of cotton
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Sometimes the summers are so hot that you would rather sit on hard, cold surfaces than on your bed.
Just as you use soft, heavy rugs to warm you up in winter, you can also choose light cotton rugs to sit on in summer. These rugs cover empty spaces and look amazing when they go with your furniture.
Keep doors open
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Instead of closing the doors, hang thin linen curtains that allow air to circulate without compromising your privacy. Installing French doors is also a good solution, especially if you have a beautiful garden to look at.
Install awnings over the bedroom windows
Awnings are a modern, interesting solution that provides shade and directs heat away from the window as much as possible.
Keep windows closed
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One of the things that surprise Northern Europeans in the Mediterranean is how homeowners like to keep windows closed even during the day.
The explanation for this is not that they prefer to live in the dark, but rather that they are trying to prevent heat from getting inside.
Knowing how powerful and harmful the sun’s rays can be, these people prefer to keep the blinds low and only let the sun in occasionally. This is a good tactic to follow, and the difference will be felt immediately after you go to bed.