3 steps to a chill summer living room

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
3 steps to a chill summer living room

Warm summer days call for welcoming patios, shaded porches and terraces surrounded by trees and plants. Nah. How about when you live in a place that doesn't have any outdoor space whatsoever? I happen to fall under this category and I know how hard this can be (always nagging about it anyway..). Let me tell you 3 straight to the point steps you can follow to transform your living room into the best possible chill out spot and trick yourself into believing that four walls can't keep the summer vibe away from you.

#1 Surround yourself with nature

Plants give vitality and life to a room whatever the season. During warm weather, however, they are more than a decorative accent. An interior plant can provide the desired moist in the atmosphere and a bunch of them will create a microclimate inside your living room that can help you beat the heat in a natural way. I have put lots of plants on my window sills as well. They hide the ugly street view and filter the air that gets into my apartment. It's such a beautiful sight to see the sun beams sneaking through the green leaves into my living room. So country like!

House of Bri Emery styled by Emily Henderson #plants
Shelves for growing herbs indoors by Hasselfors Garden via Elle Interiör #plants

Image credits above: 1.House of Bri Emery styled by Emily Henderson. Photo by Laure Joliet, 2.Norrgavel, 3.Shelves for growing herbs indoors by Hasselfors Garden via Elle Interiör

#2 Sway the heat away

What's the first thing that comes into your mind when you read the word hammock? I bet you've just fantasized of a beautiful outdoor space, a terrace or porch perhaps, with trees and a pergola and yourself swaying carelessly on a hammock with a good book and a cold lemonade. Each item carries its own memories and references and that's the exact reason why a hammock inside the house will help you bring the desirable summer vibe indoors. Plus, it's a great alternative to a plain ol' sofa that, obviously, comes at a much less price. Or, even cheaper if you care to diy your own.

The home of Sarah Nolan via The Design Files #hammock
Cakies #hammock
The home of Fabiana and Rocco by Holly Marder via Houzz #hammock

Image credits above: 1.The home of Sarah Nolan via The Design Files. Photo by Sean Fennessy,  2.Cakies, 3.The home of Fabiana and Rocco by Holly Marder via Houzz

#3 Get that breeze indoors

This last step is also the most effective of the three. Get yourself a fan. A ceiling or table fan will keep the temperature at bearable levels in a natural kind of way (as opposed to the brutal A/C) and create a breeze similar to the delicate wind blows that you get while sitting outside. I haven't installed a fan on my ceiling although it is supposedly the best solution by I swear by my black floor fan. If you don't like what you get from stores you can always diy your own fan, like this amazing tutorial on Design*Sponge. I've also scoured the etsy for some still working vintage fans and the ones I've found are so cute I'm thinking of getting myself a second one real soon.

Diy chevron pattern fan blades via Design Sponge #ceilingfan #diy
Vintage Industrial Small Metal Fan #vintage #fan
Vintage fans via etsy  #vintage #fan

Image credits above: 1.Diy chevron pattern fan blades via Design Sponge, 2.Vintage Industrial Small Metal Fan ($81.02), 3.(clockwise) Yellow Vintage Rubber Blade Fan ($138), Vintage Zero Fan ($38), Vintage electric desk fan ($57.50), Vintage General Electric Fan ($165)

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Top image via The Design Files.

5 comments on "3 steps to a chill summer living room"
  1. Τι να τους κάνουμε τους ανεμιστήρες με τέτοιον αέρα, Ελένη μου? But anyway, I love your photos and the ideas....!

  2. I really want a hammock! Maybe having one in my living room is my next household chore! xx. McKenna Lou

  3. Λατρεύω τις αναρτήσεις σου! Και ειλικρινά έχω εντυπωσιαστεί με το νέο Blog! Υπέροχες εικόνες που μυρίζουν Ελλάδα! Τέλειο!

  4. Nice suggestions....The breeze indoors are fabulous!

  5. Well number one is my year around tip - nothing beats a home with some nature inside:-) Love it! Kalo sabbatokyriako Eleni!