Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of VELUX Skylights. All opinions are 100% mine.
We all have that one space in our home that doesn’t receive a lot of natural light. For us it’s the middle of our home which is our kitchen, living room, and breakfast nook. The biggest problem area is our kitchen. You could stand in there on the sunniest day of the year and you’d never know. It honestly drives us crazy because we love natural light pouring in as much as possible. The first thing I do in the morning, even before a cup of coffee, is go around and open all the curtains and blinds in our home. Let the light pour in!
You can imagine with the middle of our home feeling so dark and gloomy, it can feel like it’s closing in quickly. It’s also hard to get motivated in the morning. It’s amazing what natural light will do to help kick start your day. You can see in the picture below how dark it is in this space while in the dining room it shows an abundance of light.
We’ve had it on our home improvement list for quite awhile with how to solve this problem: installing skylights in our kitchen. It would completely transform the middle of our home! Wouldn’t you agree?
One that we’ve been looking into is the VELUX No Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight. And for many reasons! This skylight of course brings in natural light to brighten dark spaces which would address our number one problem in the space, but it can also open to bring in fresh air. By installing solar-powered fresh-air skylights in the kitchen it will also allow us to open the skylights to release any cooking smells, let the fresh air in, or simply air out the home while we’re working on renovation projects. It would have many benefits beyond brightening our home.
I was curious with how they work and learned they can be paired with the VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO skylight automation system and smartphone app. I can even use my Google Home that’s already in the kitchen. For example, if I’m wanting a cozy day in, I can tell Google to “close skylight blinds”, and the blinds will automatically close. It allows homeowners to control the amount of sunlight coming in.
When looking into a new product for my home, I always want to see how this product is currently working in other homes. Here are a few spaces where the VELUX No Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight has been installed so you can also see the difference it has made for these homes.
Brian Patrick Flynn placed a skylight in this kitchen to help make it feel open and airy. Even with white naturally reflecting light, he’ll be able to control it with the light filtering blinds. And don’t forget about those cooking smells and humidity! That can be controlled as well with this VELUX Skylight.
I remember following along with Shavonda’s bathroom renovation during the One Room Challenge in 2018. One of the best design decisions she made was adding a skylight to her bathroom because there was zero natural light before. She installed a VELUX No Leak Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight. This allowed her to use the rich and stunning dark colors in this space and provided away to let some fresh air in. You can also see how much natural light is pouring into the space. Can you even imagine her bathroom without it now?
Besides a kitchen and bathroom, the next best place to install a skylight would have to be the bedroom. Emily Henderson installed not one, but two, VELUX Skylights in this bedroom that helped transform it into a retreat. An abundance of natural light and fresh air now comes from the skylights. But they also do something else pretty magical: they help to bring the outside in with the view. Imagine waking up in the morning being greeted by the beautiful day outside or going to bed at night looking at the stars.
So you can see how the VELUX No Leak Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight helped to completely transform these spaces. Exactly what I’m looking to do with our kitchen. And if you have a room in your home where you need more natural light, this is probably a great solution for you as well. Or at least something to consider with your next room makeover project because adding natural light and fresh air improves the health of your home!
If adding a skylight to your home is on your home improvement to-do list as well, make sure to check out VELUX to find out information or to find an installer near you. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for even more real life examples, ideas, and inspiration. You might be surprised with what you may find including blinds in more than 75 colors and patterns to choose from! We’re already narrowing down what we’d like to see in our home. You can also Enter here for the Daylight Renovation Sweepstakes where you have the chance to to win 2 skylights, with solar blinds, plus the installation. I’m crossing my fingers for you!