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Adding skylights to your enclosed porch: 6 design tips

Find renovation inspiration for living your best porch life.

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Whether you’re designing your porch for dining and entertaining or relaxing and unwinding, take a look at seven enclosed porch renovations, including the back porch on the HGTV® Smart Home 2022, that inspire. Then, explore the best skylight options to brighten up your covered porch, patio or sunroom.

Paint the ceiling a dark color and add skylights for optimal stargazing.

Painting porch ceilings in a dark shade, such as the bold black used on the HGTV Smart Home 2022, draws the eye up and can create the illusion of more open space. For this enclosed porch in Wilmington, North Carolina, interior designer Tiffany Brooks balanced the black ceiling with natural light from VELUX® No Leak Fixed Skylights with shades, giving the future winners of the home a cozy place to relax during the day and a soothing spot for stargazing at night. Located next to the imagination lounge, which also has skylights, porch skylights spill natural light into the interior space. This borrowed light creates a bright and evenly lit room where anyone can relax and reflect or play and have fun throughout the day.

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Add skylights with shades for the ultimate light control.

Brooks kept comfort top of mind when it came to connecting the porch to nature. App-controlled room-darkening shades block the light when needed to keep the porch’s temperature comfortable. With VELUX App Control System, one lucky winner of this year’s HGTV Smart Home can automate their skylights and shades easily from their mobile device.

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Vault the ceiling to take your porch design to the next level

A vaulted ceiling can make a porch feel bigger and provide warmth and visual appeal. Adding skylights to a vaulted porch ceiling connects the space to the sky and passing weather. From floor to ceiling, sleek lines make the porch at the 2021 This Old House Cottage Idea House feel more modern, and side-by-side skylights establish symmetry.

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Boasting vibrant blues and calming earth tones, the three-season porch at the 2018 Cottage Idea House in Narragansett, Rhode Island, invites casual outdoor living. Outfitted with skylights, these vaulted, tongue-and-groove ceilings add drama and depth to the porch.

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Achieve maximum comfort with a fireplace and hammock.

Practical and stunning, a rustic stone fireplace serves a dual purpose on the porch of this Virginia home: It creates a focal point that extends up to the cathedral ceiling and adds a heat source to the three-season porch. Three fixed skylights provide a sky view that can be enjoyed while relaxing on the hammock, while also filling the space with natural light. And the adjacent living room and kitchen benefit from the added sunlight, too.

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Bring in a rustic touch with a wood accent ceiling.

The wood textures used throughout this second-story patio at the HGTV Smart Home 2020 create a fresh and organic vibe. The vaulted, tongue-and-groove ceiling makes a stunning match for six skylights and is a timeless complement to the wood furniture.

Porch wood ceiling skylghts outdoor sofa

The HGTV® Dream Home 2022 porch has a wood accent ceiling and skylights to accentuate the nature-inspired design. From this upper deck in Warren, Vermont, the home’s future residents can enjoy the state’s beautiful mountain landscape, entertain friends and family, and have a place to lounge and unwind.

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Cozy up hard outdoor furniture with soft accent pieces.

Using throw pillows and rugs to furnish an outdoor space is a great way to channel a more relaxing experience. When choosing décor for the 2018 Sunset Idea House, interior designer Laura Nelson took a timeless approach using coastal blue and white stripes. And skylights provide views of blue skies — a perfect color counterpoint to the blue area rug below.

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Ready to live your best porch life? Enter for a chance to win the HGTV Smart Home 2022.

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