20 Of The Coolest Rooms In New York City

Photo: Courtesy of Dustin Aksland.
With temperatures (and humidity levels) rapidly on the rise here in New York, it seems we’re in constant search of hideaways from the heat. And while air-conditioned coffee shops, restaurants, and movie theaters often do just the trick, there’s something to be said for creating an oasis in the comfort of your own home.

For inspiration — and a little envy-inducing eye candy — we’ve tapped some of our favorite design sites and interiors experts to curate a collection of rooms in NYC apartments that we’d be more than happy posting up in when it’s too hot to leave the house. From bathrooms to bedrooms to lounge-all-day living rooms, they’re easy, breezy, and cool — in every sense of the word.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lianna Tarantin.
Artist Jenny Kaplan’s Williamsburg dining room, featured in Rue magazine, takes its design cues from the tropics with upholstered chairs, a reflective light fixture, and a single ceiling-scraping tree.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lianna Tarantin.
In place of a headboard, Kaplan's Brooklyn bedroom features a macramé wall hanging of her own design and a coat of deep, dark paint to encourage restful repose.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rikki Snyder.
We’d love to rest our eyes in this East Village living room, bedecked by Homepolish designer Amanda Gorski in cooling shades of sea green and midnight blue.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sean Slattery.
We can’t imagine a better place to cool off than this stunning rose-colored tub. “When my clients purchased this loft on 21st Street, the tub was located in a dark, windowless room,” says Elizabeth Roberts of interior-design and architecture firm Ensemble. “Ultimately, we chose to remove the walls that closed it in to let in the light. I think the old, funky pink tub and the woodwork provide beautiful contrast to the white walls and the openness of the space.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Dustin Aksland.
Roberts was also the mastermind behind this sun-drenched Williamsburg loft, which boasts movable walls, whitewashed floors, and enough seating (including a hanging chair, chosen by her clients) to accommodate many a summer gathering. “Everything we designed and created in this space was meant to offset the amazing existing wood ceiling and structure,” she says. "So everything we built or finished was very clean and simple.”
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Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo/House & Garden.
Any room — including this BWArchitects-designed West Village dining area — is made lighter, brighter, and warmer with love. (The Tracey Emin neon lights seem only natural, considering the master bath houses a disco ball.)
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Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Cammarano.
An important reminder, courtesy of designer Chelsie Lee of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design: Don’t forget to play. “We love this lower-level family room and the way it connects to the kitchen above through the playfully angled paint line,” she says. As for that prismatic sectional sofa? “We collected 18 vintage Peruvian blankets to make it.”
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Photo: Nicole Franzen/Cup of Jo.
Plants, carefully placed mirrors, and immaculately organized open shelving give Caroline Donofrio’s Williamsburg loft — featured this spring on A Cup of Jo — a cheerful tranquility.
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Photo: Courtesy of Samantha Goh.
Achieve a cleaner, brighter, less cluttered look by trading your clunky TV for a projector. In this Chinatown loft, Homepolish designer Matthew Cane paired his clients’ ceiling-mounted model with a wall specially painted to function as a screen.
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Photo: Courtesy of Corinne Gilbert.
Sleep off a sun spell in a luxurious daybed like this one, which designer Corinne Gilbert has dressed in cream-colored antique linen. “A daybed has a sense of impermanence, which is something I’ve always liked,” she says.
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Photo: Courtesy of Corinne Gilbert.
In a Fort Greene townhouse bathed in serene neutrals, Gilbert proves that the beloved bean-bag chair has a place outside college dorms and children’s play rooms.
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Photo: Courtesy of Brittany Ambridge.
With a window like this one, sunlight’s the star. “White brick and the simplest low-slung bed help make the most of this bedroom’s natural, ethereal light,” says designer Jenny J. Norris.
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Designer Lindsay Laidlaw’s Carroll Gardens kitchen — which incorporates pops of pink and red to offset its white cabinetry and warm wood — is the perfect site for an indoor picnic.
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Photo: Courtesy of James Ramsey.
Jennifer Blumin and James Ramsey’s sleek Tribeca loft is home to this sexy, jungle-like retreat, which Rue magazine calls “worthy of the Beverly Hills hotel.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Sheep + Stone.
“This room is the bedroom of a pied-à-terre in Brooklyn, used mostly for the spring and summer months,” says Sheena Murphy of Brooklyn-based Sheep + Stone. “By embracing negative space and using a soft color palette and a mix of textures — including stone, driftwood, and fur — nothing feels overpowering or heavy. The room feels light and airy, whatever the weather.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Claire Esparros.
Chin up! Homepolish designer Will Saks chose lemon-yellow accents and — surprise! — a gray ceiling to give this Brooklyn living room a much-needed lift.
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Photo: Courtesy of Niya Bascom Photography.
Sometimes the tiniest, most tucked-away corners of an apartment harbor the greatest potential for midday lounging. “This room — located in a Crown Heights home — is what we call ‘the accidental bedroom,’” say interior designers Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom. “It was initially a large walk-in closet, but the mattress, tatami rug, and eye-catching artwork helped transform it into the perfect intimate space to relax.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Sara Kerens.
Nature-inspired accents — from framed artwork to a floor lamp with tree-like legs — add elements of the outdoors to Brynn Elliott Watkins' elegant Ditmas Park living room, designed by Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home.
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Photo: Courtesy of Porter Hovey.
“A 270-degree view of Brooklyn and Manhattan out of 20-foot windows will make any room seem light and airy,” say designers Porter and Hollister Hovey of this breathtaking space. “We strove to accentuate the architecture even further with furniture that seemed to float — Børge Mogensen armchairs, an old faux-bamboo campaign chair, an Eero Saarinen tulip table.” (Wondering about that towering centerpiece? It’s a 1930s German kayak shell, purchased in Beacon for $300. “It became a custom-looking piece of modernist sculpture, soaring into the sky,” says the team.)
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Photo: Courtesy of Porter Hovey.
Never underestimate the brightening power of paint. “We recently staged a two-bedroom apartment inside the legendary Dakota so it could go on market,” the Hoveys explain. “Before we started, the walls were red and all the furniture was extremely heavy and masculine. We repainted using Benjamin Moore’s lovely, peachy Onyx White, which provided an instant breath of fresh air.”
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