Five Cool Concepts for Summer Interior Design

Summer provides the ideal opportunity to refresh your home décor – although if it’s a long, hot season then this can present some stiff challenges to the interior designer. Xylo Flooring, who provide top-quality laminate floors for developers and the retail trade, like to keep a close eye on the latest trends in interior design. Here are five top tips for cool interior design – even during the hottest of summers.

Cool Colours

Darker colours soak up the heat far more than lighter hues. So, if you want to avoid your house becoming a greenhouse during a hot summer, you should be considering light or pastel colours for your walls.

Creams, beiges, mauves, and pale blues and pinks all work well, as they help give your rooms a light, airy feel as well as keeping the worst excesses of the sun at bay. If you want to be really on-trend, then Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2020 is Tranquil Dawn, which has hints of green, blue and grey, ensuring it works well in virtually every setting.

Watch the Windows

Getting the windows open might seem like a good idea if you want to keep the air flowing, but if it’s too hot then you could be bringing harmful UV rays into your home as well the high temperatures.

Consider using UV-deflecting glass, or heat-reflective blinds, to solve this problem. Shutters are also highly efficient at keeping hot air out in summer (and warm air in during the winter) and you can adjust the angle of their louvres of panels to ensure you still get enough sunlight indoors.

Improve the Airflow

Another way of ensuring that air has a chance to circulate is to cut back on the number of items you have indoors. Only keep the furniture you really need and then have a good declutter. If you want to be a bit more ambitious, get a professional in and see if they can knock down some walls to create a larger, airier space – assuming it’s safe to do so.

Bring in Some Plants

Some greenery inside the home help to improve the air quality, as they remove harmful pollutants known as Volatile Organic Compounds. Remember, plants can be tailored to the room, so spice plants are ideal for the kitchen, while a eucalyptus tree is the perfect fit for the bathroom as it releases its fragrance in a steamy environment. If space is at a premium in the lounge, then why living walls with plenty of lush greenery such as ferns are a space-saving solution.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring expands or contracts depending on the temperature and doesn’t retain heat in the way that carpets do. If customers are worried about putting your feet down on a cold surface in a bedroom or bathroom, then a few strategically placed mats or rugs should solve this problem.

Laminate is also an all-year-round surface as it’s suitable for use with underfloor heating. It’s also extremely easy to clean, requiring just the occasional sweep with a brush and dustpan. If anything is spilt on it, there shouldn’t be any lasting damage as the affected area can easily be identified and wiped down.

In the case of larger spills, the affected area can be removed and replace it with a similar-sized piece – laminate floors consist of many interlocking pieces which make up one large surface.

Laminate Flooring from Xylo Flooring

Xylo Flooring has a wide selection of laminate floors to choose from. Our heavyweight Urban Click range includes the rich, dark brown textures of our ‘Carnoustie’, the medium brown ‘Hazeltine’ and our lighter ‘Olympic’ option. If you prefer a patterned floor, then our Urban Herringbone range is available in several different shades of white, grey, black and brown. Our London Collection contains 18 different types of oak finish, from our pale white ‘Corsica Oak’ to the rich orange-brown texture of our ‘Lotus Oak’.

If you would like to know more about any of our laminate floors, or our high-quality engineered wooden flooring or vinyl options, simply click here to find our contact details. Alternatively you can locate your nearest Xylo Flooring stockist anywhere in the UK by emailing us at sales@xyloflooring.com.

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