For another easy way to create an illusion of coolness, try looking to your walls – or rather, what’s on them.
“A lot of the time, people see artwork in one place and they think that it’ll always be there,” shares Dolores. “But artwork is a form of decor as well. There’s no reason it can’t move from the bedroom to the living room or vice versa.”
Repositioning a piece of art in another space helps expose it to new light – both natural and artificial – and can give a room a new sense of freshness.
While multiple layers are more than welcome during the winter, try dialing back on your decor during warmer temperatures for a slightly airier feel.
“Keeping your decor as spare as possible helps create a breezy atmosphere in the room,” says Dolores.
But don’t feel like you have to go completely minimalist – even replacing excess decor pillows with a few lightweight shams can make a big difference. “The whole feel of it is still cozy without being stuffy or layered,” Dolores says.
In addition to being a quick, no-fuss chiller for drinks, ice can also play a key role in helping you (and your guests) keep cool during long days of entertaining.
“Whether you’re cooking inside or outside, have a trough or a bucket or two on hand with some ice to cool any drinks or snacks,” suggests Friend. When strategically placed along a table, the pieces can also play double-duty as centerpieces.
Edible flowers or fresh fruit can also be frozen to create icy treats – and a creative cool-down for guests.
A quick way to guarantee a breezier space? Trading in your bedding, pillows, rugs, and curtains for their more summer-appropriate counterparts.
“Consider investing in a ‘decor wardrobe,’” advises Dolores. “It’s just like a regular wardrobe, which has its outfits for each season. The same can be done with your accessories.”
Both Dolores and Friend suggest opting for items with more natural, breathable fabrics for the summer, such as bamboo, jute or cotton. But don’t shy away from deeper hues or tones – Dolores says that, in smaller doses, they can work just as well in warmer weather.