Looking for a lighting solution for your home? Wondering how to get the most natural light with the most privacy and still maintain a great aesthetic. You really can’t beat skylights.
When a space doesn’t have windows it can feel dark and gloomy. Even with the best indoor lighting, it’s just not quite the same without natural light streaming in.
Architects know the power of natural light and the transformation it can bring to a room, so will often add skylights to these rooms to maximise the available light.
Where Should You Add Skylights?
Skylights will work in most places in the home but they’ll make the most difference when you use them to add light to dark corners.
Interior Designers generally follow these top tips:
- Put skylights in your living room or the area where you spend the most time. Natural light has been proven to have positive effects on overall health, wellbeing and productivity.
- Walk around your home and see which areas are darkest – ask yourself whether installing a skylight could help to brighten things up.
- Bathrooms can really benefit from skylights. Bathrooms rarely have adequate windows and they’re often dark and lit entirely artificially. Skylights are high enough to maintain privacy whilst bringing in light.
- In the kitchen you might want to consider adding vented skylights in order to release heat and smells as well as bringing light into the heart of your home.
- If you have an angled roof line, you could consider installing skylights which completely open out- this gives a lovely balcony effect and is great if you’ve got trees or a view to look out to.
How To Get the Most From Your Skylights
There are some simple things you can do to help get the most from skylights including:
- Figuring out where the sun hits at different times of the day and positioning your skylights accordingly. It’s essential to place skylights correctly in order to take full advantage of the sun.
- Finding the right design for you. There is such a variety of skylights on offer and you can now choose from a vast collection of colours, styles and materials. Functionally, you can also search through those with built in blinds, UV blocking tints and insulation for winter months.
- Measuring up. This can be tricky but you need to strike a balance between a skylight that is big enough to make a difference yet small enough to not be too expensive or give too much exposure.
If you’ve been considering installing Skylights in your home, contact us today and we’d be pleased to walk you through the process and provide expert recommendations when it comes to skylight type and placement.