Natural light changes everything about the mood, look, and feel of a space! Come see my dramatic living room makeover with VELUX Skylights.
This post is sponsored by Velux Skylights. All opinions are my own.
When we first moved into our South Carolina home, I immediately felt inspired to create design plans for most of the rooms in the house. However, the one room that completely stumped me was our great room—or rather, the not so great room as I began calling it. Our home is relatively small and this room is the main living space at the center of the house, and it presents with some major design challenges. For starters, the room opens up to the kitchen and has no less than four other openings leading into it, making furniture placement and space planning difficult.
When we first moved in, I did my best to make the space cozy with what we had available, but the room was so dark, no one wanted to be in it. My family gravitates to natural light like sunflowers to the sun! Whichever room in the house is the brightest is where you will find them. I knew that skylights were an absolute MUST in this space.
I reached out to VELUX Skylights and had a free in-home consultation to assess our lighting options. For all locals, I used Daylight Solutions in Travelers Rest and they were absolutely phenomenal to work with! I highly recommend Chris and his team. To find installers in your area, click here to use Velux’s installer locator.
After reviewing all of the skylight options available to us, we settled on the VELUX No Leak Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylights. Did you catch all of that? No leak! Solar Powered! FRESH air!! I think everything you could ever want in a skylight is encapsulated in these beauties!
We also added the solar powered blinds so that we are able to darken the room when needed. The skylights and blinds can be opened with a smartphone app, the VELUX Active with Netatmo, to bring fresh air into the room, or they can be opened with the skylight remote. With our kitchen right next door, I appreciate being able to let in some fresh air and release cooking odors and moisture. It’s pretty amazing that I can control everything with either my phone app or the skylight remote! If I’ve accidentally left the house with the skylights open, I can close the skylights and the blinds simply from my VELUX Active smartphone app! How cool is that?
From start to finish, my VELUX Skylight installation only took two days. Of course installation time varies depending on the job, but just to give you an idea on timing I was amazed to have such a quick and beautiful transformation! Seeing natural light peek through the roof for the first time was so exciting. I knew that the natural light from above would brighten and enliven the entire space. But enough of me telling you about it, let me show you some amazing “before” and “afters” of my living room makeover!
This before picture was snapped with my iPhone in the middle of the day with all of the lights on. You can see all of the sunlight contained in the breakfast room and dining room, but unfortunately it didn’t do much to spill into this space.
This after picture was taken with my Nikon DSLR with no overhead lighting on! I love how beautiful and even the lighting is now and how my decor is no longer lost in the shadows.
Here are a few more dramatic before and after pictures for you!
Wow! It’s a pretty amazing room transformation, and I could not be any more thrilled to have this space finally light, bright, beautiful and FUNCTIONAL. My family actually wants to spend time in here now! And so do all of the animals!
I wanted to install at least one more VELUX Skylight on this wall, but our duct work didn’t easily allow for that option. Honestly, I would put skylights in every room in the house if feasible! Give me all the natural light. 🤩
Thanks so much for taking the time to see my room makeover! I will have all of the room sources for you shortly in a separate blog post, so please hold tight! For now, please check out VELUX Skylights and follow them on their Instagram page!