Skylight can completely change the feel of a room. Not only does it let in more natural light, but it also creates a much more open feeling of the space. By adding glass to a low ceiling, you can make it feel taller, viewing the sky through a skylight on a high ceiling on the other hand gives you the illusion of being part of an outdoor space.
A window above your bed allows you to look at the stars or passing clouds, and one above a dining room can make you eat under the trees. There are many ways to enjoy a skylight in your home and we have selected an inspiring gallery of photos of interiors with skylights for those interested in this type of natural lighting.
The skylight in interior design
Everything feels more zen under the sun and trees. This skylight design unfolds from the top position of the flat roof to a vertical window. The continuous wall cutout at the roof line opens up a perfect view of the trees and their protruding branches.
It’s not just humans who enjoy sunlight, indoor plants will also flourish under a well-placed skylight. Just be careful that your new growth doesn’t completely block your light source as well.
Skylights really enrich the airy look of a contemporary white-walled living room and can completely replace conventional windows to open up more wall space for furniture or bookshelves.
A single skylight can be enough to pleasantly illuminate the shady end of a room that is too long.
Even if a room already has many windows, opening the ceiling can change the dynamics. An octagonal roof skylight brings additional sunlight into the center of this yellow accent living room with dual-aspect windows.
These flat-roof skylights carry light through an open great room, casting sunny reflections on a bright white kitchen in the background.
Increase daylight and view by combining roof elements with a conventional window line.
Skylight is the perfect architectural way to invite sunlight into the home.
A rectangular roof skylight will flood a large room with natural light, until sunset.
The stained glass skylight also creates an impressive architectural feature.
The dark wood ceiling in this book lover’s living room draws attention to the bright light box above. The added natural light is perfect for reading.
Think about reflections to create a real wow effect. Change the size, shape and positioning for a truly unique effect.
Light is an essential part of patio design. A superior light source gives the perfect natural sunbeam effect.
Solid natural ceiling beams look beautiful, but they can also feel a bit heavy and close the room. By removing part of the ceiling beams in favor of a skylight, it will brighten and brighten, eventually enriching the look of the interior.
A linear skylight in a modern kitchen seems like a perfect solution for this workplace. Shadows get lighter, colors get brighter.
A skylight just makes a luxury bathroom look even more luxurious.
Edge-to-edge glass makes the roof disappear completely.
The effect of glass on the ceiling over this double sink bathroom is duplicated by a large vanity mirror.
A huge expanse of glass from the ceiling is supported by glass struts above this modern dining room, to create a stunning result. Recessed lights highlight the edge of the installation.
This round skylight reflects the shape of a circular island in the white kitchen below.
Our Tips for Choosing and Designing Skylights
Skylights are a great addition to any home. They improve room lighting, energy efficiency, and the overall appearance of your home. While you may have already decided that you will get a skylight, choosing between the different styles can be quite difficult. These helpful tips will help you decide which skylight is right for your home and your needs.
The first thing to check is what options you are limited to based on the type of roof you have. Plastic skylights can be used on flat or low-pitched roofs. When it comes to glass skylights, it’s not always straightforward. There is a 15 degree limitation set for some European glass skylights.
Your dealer will also be able to advise you on which skylight would be best for your roof type and style, whether you have a tile roof or a metal deck roof. This should be the first step in the election process and will help you better understand your options from the beginning.
Fixed vs. Vented Skylights
There are two main types of skylights: fixed and vented, also known as operable. As understood from the names, the fixed skylight cannot be opened, while the ventilation skylight can be opened. This can be done by hand or with the use of a remote control.
When deciding between the two, you should consider whether or not you need additional ventilation provided by the operable skylight. Additional ventilation might be a good idea if you plan to install a skylight in your kitchen, as it helps eliminate unpleasant odors and brings fresh air into your home.
Fixed skylights tend to be the most popular option, as they are less prone to cracks. If you live in an area with a lot of rainy days a year, then you may want to avoid a ventilation skylight. However, if you need to keep the room cool, you have several options:
• Passive Ventilation – This is where there is a permanent vented strip around the outside of the skylight frame. This means that the skylight is constantly being ventilated and the 9/10 is a fixed skylight.
• Mechanical Ventilation – This is where there is a fan on top of the skylight frame. This means that the fan can be turned on whenever you want and 9/10 is a fixed skylight.
• Skylights operable: ventilation occurs when the skylight is in the open position.
Glazing (single or multiple)
You can buy single glazed skylights, but the double glazing option is worth considering as this can reduce the amount of heat lost. This is something to consider especially if you are considering opting for skylights to help reduce energy costs in the long run.
Choice of materials
Skylights are constructed of glass or plastic panels. Each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, so they are worth considering when deciding which one would be best for your home.
Glass panels are more expensive, but they are also clearer and of higher quality. Plastic domes are cheaper, lighter and more durable, offering you a greater variety of shapes and sizes. However, over time they lose their color and can become cloudy and brittle.
Choosing a Shape
Skylights are offered in different shapes, including square, rectangular, domed, or pyramid shapes. Dome shapes tend to be stronger, so they have a higher wind and snow load capacity. Your choices will be limited if you choose glass panels, so check to see if the shape is available before making your choices.
Consult a professional
To make the right decision for your home, it is always best to consult the professionals first. They can use their vast experience and understanding of the products to advise you on the skylight that would benefit you the most.
We hope we’ve been helpful with our article with ideas and advice on skylights. Keep reading our page for more informative articles on architecture and interior design.