If home is where your heart is during these summer months, then here are few handy tips to keep your house cool. COLOUR CODED Give a fresh coat of paint to your walls this summer. Splash them with light coloured reflective paint and help make the rooms seem light and airy which is important to counteract the oppressive heat. “Place lots of potted plants, ferns and terracotta sculptures in your balcony, they absorb a lot of heat from the atmosphere” says Fali Kekobad, landscape architect. GREEN ZONE Interior designer and Architect Nikunj Choradiya adds, “Dense plantation will help reduce the temperature of the breeze coming in.” Creepers on a metal frames work and binding khus kind of material with mesh also work great in this weather. If you have a space constraint, go for bamboo mats. TIP TOP One can even put china mosaic on terrace to reduce heat filtration through the roof. If the roof is not functional one could go for cheaper options like putting lots of dry grass which will reduce the temperature by at least three- four degrees. COOL TOOL If you have water body in the compound, you one can coil lots of pipes in the water and keep one end in the house. A motor is attached to that pipe which pulls air from the water and throws in the house with a help of a fan. It is cheaper than installing desert coolers in the house, adds Choradiya.