Architectural features become decorative elements in attic skylight bedrooms.
With their pitched ceilings and low eaves, attic bedrooms show great character. But as we see so often, upstairs spaces can be very quirky. Sometimes they lack windows, or windows may be limited in number. With low walls lighting can be an issue. Attic skylights are a good solution, especially for bedrooms. These are simply windows in the roof. They can be fixed, meaning they don’t open, or operational. Like any skylight or solar tube they increase the amount of natural light coming in, but from overhead. Skylights also can increase heat as well, especially if they are as large and the roof faces south or west.
An attic room with planked walls and ceilings [top] has built in cottage or beach-house looks. In this bedroom the ceiling planks and beams painted white keep the illusion of great height. A pair of skylights — which appear to open (otherwise no latch) which can add much needed ventilation. They also have shades drawn across them for light and heat control. How those operate needs to be well worked out. Additionally, in this room, I like the way the khaki colored walls match the painted floor. It gives the attic a restful look — with the dynamic verticals of the roof there doesn’t need to be much visual noise on the floor.
The rap on skylights is that they are prone to leaking. If properly installed that should not be an issue. Maintenance, and a roof in good condition, also can keep skylights trouble free.
A fully plastered ceiling with squared off window openings gives this attic bedroom a distinctly modern look. Lacking beams or roof details, the owner went with a lively floral accent wall that does double-duty as a headboard because the niche is only as wide as the bed.
These skylights are meant to operate as ventilation and the beefy hardware draws attention to them.
With no shades, morning light might be an issue but it certainly will illuminate the dressing table (far left) beautifully and reflect light if there’s a mirror above it. With the narrow dimensions of this room, the unusually large skylights contribute a great sense of space — which means they are doing their job.
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