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Natural Light

Using skylights to create balanced light

See how north- and south-facing skylights make all the difference in the HGTV® Dream Home 2023.

a birds eye view of a mountain home with green siding and 16 skylights in the roof

With over 35 VELUX® skylights throughout the HGTV® Dream Home 2023, natural light from above creates a bright and evenly lit modern mountain retreat. In the open-plan living room and kitchen, north- and south-facing skylights balance light coming from east-facing windows in the living room and west-facing windows in the kitchen.

Skylights provide all-day sunlight in the east-facing living room

In east-facing rooms, such as the living room, morning light is typically warm and yellowy, and then dims in the afternoon. Dim lighting can not only make paint colors appear lackluster but also make a room feel uninviting. Adding natural light via VELUX No Leak Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight with shades balances the lighting coming from the vertical windows and makes the room feel welcoming at any time of day.

Living room with green gray walls white couches and four skylights

The combination of natural light from windows and skylights both enhances the green color palette and helps to reduce dark corners and shadows. The result is a light and airy space perfect for entertaining.

Skylights deliver multidirectional sunlight in the kitchen

The kitchen, located opposite the living room, has west-facing windows, which produce warm, orange-red light in the late afternoon and evening. Natural light from north- and south-facing skylights balances lower levels of morning light in this room, reducing shadows and brightening colors. With a mix of natural light sources, the kitchen’s saturated green walls appear true.

Light-filtering shades in Dusty Green give the homeowner control over that light and can even be automated to open and close during certain times of day.

A kitchen with four skylights green gray walls and white cabinets and countertops

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Skylights bring deep rooms out of the shadows

Adding skylights brings natural light deeper into both the kitchen and the living room. And because the skylights open to bring in fresh air, this large room truly feels connected to the surrounding mountains.

The skylights in the kitchen and great room can be controlled with a remote or app, so they can be opened at a moment’s notice or automated to open and close on a schedule. And with an integrated rain sensor, there’s no need to worry about unexpected showers.

Living room with covered porch that has skylights

An added bonus in this year’s HGTV® Dream Home is four skylights with shades on the covered porch off of the great room. Why add skylights to a covered porch? The porch’s roof blocks light from coming in through the great room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, so adding skylights means some natural light gets through even after the sun is over the roof.

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