India is best known for the seasons that it witnesses throughout the year. While some parts of the country are covered with mountains, there are some that sit on the sea shore, and some that are situated on a never-ending desert spread, all these witnessing different weather conditions. But, with a tropical rainy climate, a large part of the country for the maximum time frame witnesses hot and humid conditions.
One of the biggest challenge is to design a home in such weather conditions to ensure that it remains cool all throughout the day.
Cover with green
The first step towards a cool home and surroundings is covering the outer part of your home with greenery. Add some plants to your frontyard or plant trees if you have enough space. While plants would ensure a limited cool, the trees being tall would provide shade to your indoors as well. Moreover, the latest fad is roof gardens. A double treat, these can act as your kitchen garden and the green cover can keep your roof cool, too.
Open to the nature
Try to create at least one open space at your home. For instance, remove the front wall of your living and replace it with wall-to-wall glass doors. These can be kept open during the evening to let the cool breeze in. Also, you can enjoy this breeze even while you sit under the concrete roof. This would also make your room look bigger with natural light entering your home during the day.
Look outside the window
Create more and more windows in your home, but make sure these are not directly facing the sun. This way, you would keep away the heat and let your home be ventilated throughout the day, along with natural light falling into your rooms. In case, these windows face direct sunlight, install curtains or blinds which could be pulled down during the day time.
Purify indoor air
One of the most affordable way to keep your indoors cool is to place indoor plants. These plants that add to the décor also provide the much-needed cool and also, purify the indoor air which tends to carry infections in times when humidity levels are high. You can opt for Aloe Vera, Peace Lily, Indian Basil, Bonsai, Hybrid Money Plant, among others.
Light & bright
One of the most effective way to keep your home cool is to use bright yet light fabrics for upholstery and furnishings. Also, paint your walls light to make your rooms look bigger and reflect coolness. Dark colours tend to absorb light and heat and tend to make the room hotter, while bright and light colours reflect heat. So, use the light hues of colours including blue, pink, green, and yellow. And, nothing beats a perfect white.