Find an Installer

Natural Light

10 Skylight Placement Ideas to Create a Design Statement

Side-by-side, off-set or a vertical row — explore skylight installation options.

living room with three skylights, floating shelves, gray sofas and rust draperies

Adding skylights instantly brightens any room, but do you have questions about where they should be positioned in relation to windows, walls, countertops and vanities? If you have skylights on your to-do list, follow along as we explore 10 skylight installation ideas.

And be sure to connect with a VELUX Skylight Specialist for expert advice on size, model and installation method and location. Read more about why it’s best to hire a VELUX-certified installer, who brings years of installation know-how and daylight design expertise.

Align the skylights with windows.

Creating symmetry between skylights and windows is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it helps to draw the eye up and create a sense that the room is larger. In the HGTV® Dream Home 2022 sitting room, the skylights line up with the three windows below. The symmetrical balance extends to the decor as well with matching club chairs and floating bookshelves.

Living room skylights orange gray floating shelves

Offset skylights create drama

For a more modern look, consider offset skylights as in the bathroom below. Designers took advantage of the small space to add light and air where they’re needed: over the vanity and bathtub.

Bathroom white stone skylights tubjpg

Roof ridge symmetry

Sometimes the ceiling’s architecture seems to call out for a certain skylight installation. In this mudroom, skylights equidistant from the roof ridge and directly above the glass doors creates a pleasing appearance.

Mud room white gray skylights bench

Consider the room configuration

Not much space? Stacking skylights vertically, not only solves the space challenge in this small kitchen, their combined length extending up from the door creates an illusion that the kitchen is larger.

Kitchen white gray skylgihts tile floor

Push toward the wall

In this bedroom, skylights installed lower on the roof create a unique focal point that changes as the sun traverses the sky.

Primary bedroom blue skylights car art

Accentuate the existing beauty of the ceiling

In this kitchen, the structural beams made skylight placement a simple choice.

Kitchen wood ceiling skylights white island

Shine some light on design accents

In this bedroom, the skylights are spaced to mirror the door frames below. With a creative light shaft cutout, there’s even room for a globe pendant that’s enhanced by the abundant sunlight.

Primary bedroom white wood door frames skylights JPG

Mirror window configurations

Stacking the skylights vertically provides a perfect counterpoint to the tall windows over the sink.

Kitchen white gray skylights island

Brighten work areas

Skylights brighten work areas at the sink and the island in this kitchen.

Kitchen blue black skylights island

Highlight exposed beams

Interspersing skylights between roof beams adds architectural interest and creates visual rhythm that distinguishes this bedroom. Learn more about unique skylight installations for trussed roofs.

Bedroom skylights white walls timber beams

Inspired to explore skylights for your home? Schedule a virtual consultation today. And don’t forget to sign up for reminders to enter for a chance to win the HGTV Dream Home 2022.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., including territories, possessions, and commonwealths, age 21 or older as of Promotion start date. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Giveaway starts at 9:00 a.m. on December 28, 2021, and ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on February 17, 2022. For full Official Rules, prize disclosures, and to enter, visit or Sponsored by Discovery Communications, LLC, 230 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003.

HGTV, HGTV Dream Home, HGTV Dream Home Giveaway and their associated logos are trademarks of Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved. Photos © 2020-2021 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All rights reserved.

Next: 10 Layered bedding looks made better with skylights

Read More