The skylight can completely change the feeling of a room. Not only does it let in more natural light, but it also creates a much more open space feeling. By adding glass to a low ceiling, you can make it feel taller, seeing the sky through a skylight in a high ceiling, on the other hand, gives you the illusion of being part of an outdoor space.
A window over your bed allows you to look at the stars or the passing clouds, and one over 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 with 40 interior photos with skylights for those interested in this type of natural lighting.
The skylight in interior design
Everything feels more Zen under the sun and the trees. This skylight design is deployed from the top position of the flat roof to a vertical window. The continuous trimming of the wall in the roofline opens a perfect view of the trees and their overhanging branches.
Even if a room already has many windows, opening the roof can change the dynamics. An octagonal roof skylight provides additional sunlight in the center of this yellow accent living room with double-aspect windows.
Increase daylight and sight by combining ceiling elements with a line of conventional windows.
The stained glass skylight also creates an impressive architectural feature.
The solid natural ceiling beams look beautiful, but they can also feel a bit heavy and close the room. By removing part of the roof beams in favor of a skylight, it will brighten and light up, and finally, the appearance of the interior will be enriched.
A skylight alone makes a luxury bathroom look even more luxurious.
The glass from edge to edge causes the roof to disappear completely.
The effect of glass on the ceiling over this double sink bathroom is doubled by a large vanity mirror.
Our tips for choosing and designing skylights
The skylights are a great addition to any home. They improve the lighting of the room, its energy efficiency and the general appearance of your home. While it is possible that you have already decided that you will get a skylight, the choice between 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 you should check is what options are limited according to the type of roof you have. Plastic skylights can be used on flat or sloping roofs. When it comes to glass skylights, it’s not always easy. There is a limitation of 15 degrees established for some European glass skylights.
Your provider will also be able to advise you on which skylight would be best for the type and style of your roof, whether it has a tile roof or a metal roof deck. This should be the first step in the election process and will help you better understand your options from the beginning.
Fixed skylight vs ventilation
There are two main types of skylights: fixed and ventilation, also known as operable. As the names are understood, 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 could be a good idea if you plan to install a skylight in your kitchen, as it helps eliminate unpleasant odors and brings fresh air to your home.
Fixed skylights tend to be the most popular option, as they are less prone to fissures. If you live in an area with many 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 ventilated strip around the outside of the skylight frame. This means that the skylight is constantly ventilating and 9/10 is a fixed skylight.
Glazing (individual or multiple)
You can buy skylights with simple glazing, but it is worth considering the option of double glazing, as this can reduce the amount of heat loss. This is something that you should consider especially if you are thinking about opting for skylights to help reduce energy costs in the long term.
Choice of materials
The skylights are constructed with glass or plastic panels. Each one comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is worth considering them when deciding which would be the best for your home.
Glass panels are more expensive, but they are also lighter and of higher quality. Plastic domes are cheaper, lighter and more durable, and offer a greater variety of shapes and sizes. However, over time they lose their color and may become cloudy and fragile.
Choosing a Form
Skylights are available in different shapes, including square, rectangular, vaulted or pyramidal shapes. The dome shapes tend to be stronger, so they have a greater ability to load wind and snow. Your choices will be limited if you choose glass panels, so check if the form 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 on the skylight that would benefit them the most.