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8 skylights to brighten your day

It's not just plants that thrive under sunlight – whether it's task lighting or for a room with no windows, these skylights bring natural light and design joy

1. Porthole to the stars 

Located on the Ben Ohau range in Canterbury, Skylark Cabin is designed to watch the skylarks frolic, hover, and dance and as a place to watch the stars and the night sky – this circular skylight over the bed offers a great perspective for both.

Designed by Barry Connor Design

Photography by Dennis Radermacher

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2. Windowless room – not a problem

This ensuite forms part of an upstairs extension. The ensuite space is long with no windows and, due to the roofline, has various raked ceilings up to 3.6m high – introducing natural light-bringing skylights was a logical way to complete the picture.

Designed by Kira Gray, Fife Kitchens

Photography by Kallan Macleod

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3. Natural task lighting

All work surfaces in this airy, relaxed kitchen are awash with natural light courtesy of the large skylight introduced above the space – its simple lines proportionally echo the benchtop forms below.

Designed by Angelique Perak, Hither Consulting

Photography by Justin Alexander

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4. Light for art's sake

Boasting a quiet, restrained and elegant design, this home features a skylight at the top of the stairs, flooding the home (and its artworks) with natural light.

Designed by Elaine Cecconi, Cecconi Simone

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5. Shining fresh light 

Part of a wider renovation of an old convent, this new kitchen occupies what was once a garage – designer: “The space had one window at the rear and a back door but, of course, this meant there was little natural light coming into the garage space."

To address this, the existing ceiling was removed to accentuate the pitched roof, and skylights were introduced.

Designed by Damian Hannah, German Kitchens

Photography by Paul McCredie

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6. Expansive agenda

For this renovation, the back of the house was re-imagined into one large open volume that stretched the full width of the site. High ceilings, mirror-sided skylights and glazing along the entire back wall gives the illusion of space and offers an uninterrupted connection with the garden.

Designed by SeventySeven Projects

Photography by Peter Bennetts

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7. It's not a competition

From the designer: “The pendant light creates minimal visual disruption to the space, while the introduced skylight brings natural light into the kitchen.” 

Meanwhile, adjacent skylights near the side wall throw light down the staircase and into the spaces below.

Designed by Melonie Bayl-Smith and Andrew Lee, Bijl Architecture

Photography by Katherine Lu

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8. One is not enough 

Let there be (even more) light – for this light-filled home, Velux skylights feature in the kitchen and both bathrooms.

Designed by David Reid Homes Waitaki/South Canterbury

Photography by Rachel Wybrow

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Story by: Trendsideas

22 May, 2022

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