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25 Captivating Ideas for Kitchens with Skylights

All of us have a tendency to fixate too much on ‘walls’ when it comes to interior design. This means endless hours of contemplating the color palette, decorations and other artwork that will shape your home. Yet we often neglect another important aspect of our interior that has as much ability to alter the appeal of a space as walls. Ceilings do not generally receive as much attention as they should. A simple change in the color of the ceiling or even a new trim can give the room an entirely different vibe. Now, just imagine what a bright skylight can do!

Contemporary kitchen in white opens up towards the view outside 25 Captivating Ideas for Kitchens with Skylights
Contemporary kitchen in white opens up towards the view outside [Design: Knickerbocker Group]

Skylights in the living room or in the attic bedroom are a more common phenomenon compared to those in the kitchen. But kitchen is probably the one place in your house where skylights can be utilized to the hilt. The 25 kitchens with skylights on display today showcase the many ways in which you can get this done in your own home.

It’s All about Lighting!

Kitchen skylights not only improve the aesthetics of the room, they are great practical additions that bring in another layer of light. And no room in the house benefits from this more than the kitchen, which requires both ambient and task lighting. Skylights help cut down on your reliance on artificial light, and anyone with decent experience in the kitchen will tell you that there is nothing like natural light to get the job done! You can place the skylights above the kitchen island or the workstation to ensure that there is a direct stream of light during the daytime, while pendants and canned lights can take over after sunset.

Gorgeous kitchen with gray shelves and a bright pop of red [From: Adam Butler Photography]
Gorgeous kitchen with gray shelves and a bright pop of red [From: Adam Butler Photography]
Beautiful farmhouse kitchen with a skylight [From: Mary Prince Photography]
Beautiful farmhouse kitchen with a skylight [From: Mary Prince Photography]
Narrow kitchen looks a lot more spacious thanks to the skylight [Design: Mad About Your House]
Narrow kitchen looks a lot more spacious thanks to the skylight [Design: Mad About Your House]

But more importantly, skylights help in turning the small or narrow kitchen into a more cheerful and bright space that seems inviting. This is where they are far more effective and efficient than normal windows, as a flood of light from the ceiling is more evenly distributed throughout the room. With black kitchens being dubbed one of the hottest trends in 2015, skylights come in handy indeed!

Exquisite bespoke kitchen design with skylights [Design: Roundhouse]
Exquisite bespoke kitchen design with skylights [Design: Roundhouse]
Elegant use of skylights in the traditional kitchen [Design: Sutton Suzuki Architects]
Elegant use of skylights in the traditional kitchen [Design: Sutton Suzuki Architects]
Skylight brings ample natural ventilation into the transitional kitchen [Design: John Maniscalco Architecture]
Skylight brings ample natural ventilation into the transitional kitchen [Design: John Maniscalco Architecture]
Add some natural ventilation to the dark kitchen [Design: Renovation Design Group]
Add some natural ventilation to the dark kitchen [Design: Renovation Design Group]
Unique skylight with trusses for the trendy kitchen [Design: Union Studio]
Unique skylight with trusses for the trendy kitchen [Design: Union Studio]

The Aura of Sloped Ceilings

The last few years have seen an increase in homeowners turning towards ‘adaptive reuse’ of structures to give their old traditional houses a new lease on life. Kitchens with vaulted and sloped ceilings have become more commonplace now than a decade or two ago, when the simple cubicle look was ‘in’. Sloped ceilings seem absolutely perfect for skylights, and kitchens with such ceilings have a dramatic and timeless appeal. If your attic kitchen feels congested because of the slanted ceilings, skylights are the best way to open it up towards the view outside and give it a fresh, well-ventilated vibe.

Skylights bring drama to this traditional kitchen [Design: Cathy Knight of Knight Architects]
Skylights bring drama to this traditional kitchen [Design: Cathy Knight of Knight Architects]
Kitchen with vaulted ceiling seems like the perfect place for skylights! [From: David Churchill Photography]
Kitchen with vaulted ceiling seems like the perfect place for skylights! [From: David Churchill Photography]
Let the skylights stand out as an architectural feature [Design: Bulthaup Winchester]
Let the skylights stand out as an architectural feature [Design: Bulthaup Winchester]
Large skylights define the overall ambiance of the kitchen [Design: Amory Brown]
Large skylights define the overall ambiance of the kitchen [Design: Amory Brown]
Matching stools and skylight blinds give the kitchen a unique look! [From: VELUX Wondows]
Matching stools and skylight blinds give the kitchen a unique look! [From: VELUX Wondows]
Understated skylights bring in just the right amount of light [Design: Lori Smyth Design]
Understated skylights bring in just the right amount of light [Design: Lori Smyth Design]
Kitchen skylights need not always be front and above the island! [Design: MDSX Contractors]
Kitchen skylights need not always be front and above the island! [Design: MDSX Contractors]
Custom skylights and pendants enliven the modern kitchen [Design: Mark Pinkerton - vi360 Photography]
Custom skylights and pendants enliven the modern kitchen [Design: Mark Pinkerton – vi360 Photography]

Cutting across Styles

No matter what the style of your kitchen is, there is always a matching skylight that is waiting to be found! From rustic and traditional kitchens with skylights surrounded by heavy wooden beams to innovative designs with intricate trusses, there are plenty of creative ways in which you can add a skylight. Most modern kitchens combine well with a skylight that has a simple, unassuming trim in wood that matches the kitchen shelves of the worktop. Just throw in some blinds or roman shades that go along with the accents in the room, and you have an energy-efficient, chic kitchen with plenty of light.

Classy modern kitchen has a cheerful vibe [Design: Hobsons Choice]
Classy modern kitchen has a cheerful vibe [Design: Hobsons Choice]
Cool skylight blinds give the room better insulation [Design: Bill Fry Construction]
Cool skylight blinds give the room better insulation [Design: Bill Fry Construction]
Smart skylights for both the dining space and the kitchen [Chris Snook Photography]
Smart skylights for both the dining space and the kitchen [Chris Snook Photography]

Skylights bring along with them a sense of dreamy elegance as they open up your home towards the sun and the stars. If you are adding skylights to an existing kitchen, consider its insulation, additional ambient lighting and the placement of the workstation and the kitchen island before making the final decision. Get it right and you have a truly charismatic kitchen!

Innovative finish around the skylight elevates its appeal [From: Samsung]
Innovative finish around the skylight elevates its appeal [From: Samsung]
Lovely skylight blends in with the style and theme of the room [Design: Francis Garcia Architect]
Lovely skylight blends in with the style and theme of the room [Design: Francis Garcia Architect]
Wooden beams give the kitchen a rustic charm [Design: Brian Patterson Designs]
Wooden beams give the kitchen a rustic charm [Design: Brian Patterson Designs]
Sleek contemporary kitchen design with a skylight [Design: Kearns, McGinnis and Vandenberg]
Sleek contemporary kitchen design with a skylight [Design: Kearns, McGinnis and Vandenberg]
Simple and stylish way to add the skylight to the kitchen [Design: Poggenpohl]
Simple and stylish way to add the skylight to the kitchen [Design: Poggenpohl]

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