With temperatures blazing across the U.S., everyone is looking for ways to stay cool this summer. Sure, the top of the list includes activities such as relaxing at the pool (beach/lake/sprinkler), spending time with friends, and going on vacation. It may be way down the list, but don’t overlook the cooling effect of decorating!
Yes, decorating may just be one of the most underrated ways to cool off. And the best part is that afterward you’ll have something to show for it—from a new sofa to some fresh decorating ideas.
Get Out, Stay Cool
Let’s start with the idea of furniture shopping. When summer is at its hottest, going to the mall is always a good idea—so why not the furniture store? It’s cool there too, and you’re always welcome. You may even be greeted with cookies, popcorn or a cold beverage—you won’t find that at The Gap!
Whether you’ve got a purchase planned in your near future or not, home furnishings stores are a great place to visit when the heat index climbs. If you’re not in the market for new furniture, it’s still worth stopping in just to gather decorating ideas. You’re sure to see the latest colors and styles and return home with more than a few possibilities for sprucing up your own space.
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Stay In, Get Cool
Too hot to leave the house? Get cool in front of the computer and get decorating.
With the free tools on homefurnishings.com, you can virtually redecorate your home without spending a dime. Start with the Room Planner and experiment with your floorplan using your existing furniture; then try new looks with your dream furnishings. Next you’ll want to play with the Color Visualizer. You can see how different paint colors, flooring and finishes look in a variety of room settings. Then print, save or email your designs. And don’t forget to explore the Image Galleries for inspiring looks created by professional designers.
Think About Outdoor Spaces
Hot as it is, we’ll all be spending more time outdoors this summer—so don’t neglect your outdoor spaces. Whether you’re looking for a complete set of new outdoor furnishings or just one comfy chair for relaxing, there’s plenty to choose from. And if you haven’t shopped for your outdoor “room” in a while, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of furnishings available. While you may not be able to get cool outdoors right now, at least you can be comfy and stylish.
The best part about decorating and dreaming about future decorating projects is that it takes your mind off the heat. No matter how hot it gets, your decorating dreams will keep you cool.