Striking Rooms That Prove the Transformative Power of Skylights

There are so many reasons to invest in skylights, from the architectural intrigue they present to all that natural light they allow to pour into your space from above. And the good news is, there are tons of different options for varying budgets, lifestyle needs, and aesthetic preferences. Some of them are comparable to adding a window to your roof—like ventilating skylights, which open and closed and fixed skylights, which provide the same lighting benefits but don’t open and close like a window,—while others, like tilt window skylights, are great for sloped rooflines. There are also ultra-modern tech-optimized ones like this one. So get to know all the different types of skylights ahead as well as the best ways to use them and how to decorate around them. Then weigh the options and determine which ones make sense practically and style-wise in your own space. Here’s to brighter, chicer interiors from top to bottom.

SIMON WATSON
Gardening spaces, mudrooms, and really any kind of space that straddles the line between indoors and out is a perfect candidate for skylights. It helps ease the transition. A pyramid skylight, pictured here, is much more bold and eye-catching in design than one without grids or a flat-roof option. They can be customized based on your pitch and slope needs and are usually mounted on a curb on the roof when being installed.

ROMANEK DESIGN STUDIO
Here’s proof that skylights are great in more than just windowless rooms. This bathroom by Romanek Design Studio gives the shower area plenty of natural light. It also operates like an awning window, so you can help increase ventilation when needed.

DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
Floor-to-ceiling windows plus windows and steel and glass doors make this modern game room by Romanek Design Studio truly illuminating. The modern and minimalist approach to the interiors also keeps the focus on the beautiful landscaping beyond.

TAMSIN JOHNSON INTERIORS
Though this isn’t technically a skylight, the floor-to-ceiling window mirrors the rooflines and extends up past the top of the wall to maximize sunlight. So, if you love the idea of a skylight but also worry that it may not be the best fit for your space, this one in a breakfast nook by Tamsin Johnson Interiors is a great example to follow for an alternative.

TOLEDO GELLER
A skylight at the meeting point for a vaulted ceiling draws attention to the symmetry of the space while also accentuating height and bringing down the scale (a tricky balance, indeed). In this family room by Toledo Geller, the chandelier helps connect everything.

DREW MCGUKIN
Raise your hand if you wish you were having as much fun as this bedroom! Designer Drew McGukin isn’t afraid of bold color and print mixing. The geometric motifs throughout emphasize the angular skylight and make everything feel intentional and synchronized.

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