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Skylights take the HGTV® Dream Home 2023’s color game up a notch

Natural light from above allows designer Brian Patrick Flynn’s saturated colors to shine in the HGTV® Dream Home 2023.

Three skylights brighten a bedroom with pink walls and gray furniture

With deep greens, cool grays and fiery oranges inspired by Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre and the Colorado landscape, interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn created a winning design for the HGTV® Dream Home 2023. Natural light from skylights ensures the home feels bright, airy and energizing in all seasons — and the result is nothing short of spectacular.

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Main bedroom

A cool color palette of grays and blues transforms the main bedroom in this year’s HGTV® Dream Home into a relaxing retreat with a modern mountain flare. While hardwood flooring offers light contrast for the room’s darker tones, Flynn ensured the colors wouldn’t fall by the wayside by incorporating three VELUX® No Leak Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylights with white room-darkening shades. The skylights balance the colors and allow pops of pattern in the accent pillows, rug and long draperies to stand out.

Bedroom with dark gray walls three skylights and checkered draperies

Main bathroom

Flynn pulled in the cool paint colors throughout the bathroom — with baby blue cabinetry, a freestanding white tub and a walk-in shower with dramatic blue subway tiles — as a nod to wide, blue mountain skies. Natural light from two skylights brings out the true colors of the walls, floor and shower tiles — and light-filtering shades in Soft Blue complement the cabinetry’s modern mountain motif.

Bathroom with dark dray walls gray tile flooring a light blue vanity and three skylights


The mudroom offers the perfect place after hitting the Colorado trails to shrug off messy clothes and shoes before enjoying the cozy living area in the home. There’s even a dog-washing station to give your furry friends a quick rinse. Four skylights allow natural light and fresh air to flow in, magnifying the connection to the outdoors and bringing the dark tiles and cabinetry out of the shadows.

Four skylights brighten a cream colored mud room with a dog washing station

Living room

In the HGTV® Dream Home 2023, skylights in the vaulted ceiling bring out the beauty in this impressive living room, which shares an open plan with the kitchen and visually connects with the patio outside. Natural light emboldens the contrast between the muted-green walls, orange and green pillows, and off-white sofa. Skylights extend the show-stopping view from the horizon to the sky — perfect for stargazing at night.

Living room with gray green walls four skylights white couches and a mountain view


Next to the living room, the expansive deck provides the perfect outdoor retreat without the homeowners having to leave the comfort, or beauty, of their home. Skylights with matching Dusty Green, light-filtering shades add architectural interest and accentuate the nature-inspired furniture in calm, earthy brown and green tones found throughout the space.


Inspired by the surrounding forest, Flynn brought the trees inside by painting the kitchen and living room ceiling to floor in a muted green. Bold white cabinets and five-star appliances were only the beginning of a more elaborate design plan. Four VELUX No Leak Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylights with light-filtering shades in Dusty Green give the room an abundance of natural light, complementing the kitchen’s west-facing windows with scenic alpine views and adding depth, dimension and character throughout.

Four skylights brighten a gray green kitchen

Laundry room

Two side-by-side skylights with gray, room-darkening shades breathe life into the HGTV® Dream Home 2023 laundry room. Like the sun hitting the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, skylights shine natural light on terracotta-painted walls. The pale blue cabinetry also benefits from natural light from above, adding a touch of effortless elegance.


VELUX skylights brighten the way to the home’s cozy reading nook hidden at the end of the main hallway. Imagine hiding away and diving deep into a good book. Natural light from above highlights the green walls and location-inspired art, transforming the hallway from a pass-through to a must-see space in the home.

Tall hallway topped with skylights that brighten its green walls and artwork

Guest bedrooms

Golden yellow walls envelop one of two guest bedrooms in the HGTV® Dream Home 2023. VELUX skylights with white, room-darkening shades create an easy connection to the outdoors and bring out the true colors in the orange, blue and brown layered bedding below.

Bedroom with yellow walls and ceiling with three skylights

Taking a cue from the first guest bedroom, Flynn also added skylights to the second. Natural light from the skylights brings out the details of the chevron pattern in the upholstered chairs and illuminates the room’s light pink walls that are echoed in the layered bedding. Plus, opening the skylights creates open airflow for a comfortable sleeping environment.

Bedroom with pink walls three skylights and gray accents

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