This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of VELUX Skylights. All opinions are 100% mine.
Any of you who have been reading for a while know that I have a love/hate relationship with my kitchen. My biggest issue is that it is SO dark. I thought I was going to have to repaint my kitchen cabinets a lighter color, but then I came up with a better ideas for bringing light into the kitchen…. skylights!
Yes, my plan for 2020 is to finally fall in LOVE with my kitchen, which means making some changes that I probably should have made back when I started the renovation in here. The #1 biggest change will be installing VELUX Skylights to let more natural light in here!
The Evolution of our Dark Kitchen:
Let’s take a quick walk back through the history of this kitchen… back when we moved in, it was in a sad 80’s state.
Within days of purchasing the house I took down the giant fluorescent light fixture, and installed pendant lights, but it was still feeling awfully “80’s”.
So I made some big changes, removing the built in desk, moving the appliances, and re-arranging the island. Also I painted the cabinets black! Here is the reveal after all those changes.
It still wasn’t working for me though! So I painted the island, got a new runner swapped out the curtains, and installed different pendant lights! Looks great right?! Well… not exactly, this picture was taken on a day with fresh snow reflecting all the light into the house.
The honest truth is that most days the kitchen looks a bit more like this. The sad thing is that was shot with a long exposure on a sunny day, most of the time the kitchen feels pretty dungeon like!
Why a Skylight in the Kitchen?:
So… when I first heard about VELUX No Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights I knew that was the answer I was looking for! I’m hoping to install two VELUX Skylights right above the rug area in the kitchen! Here’s a few more reasons why I think they’re going to be AMAZING:
- They open using solar power to bring in fresh air – ideal for bathrooms and kitchens or for whole-home airing. Can you imagine how nice it would be to let out the smells of cooking (or your burnt dinner) quickly and easily?!
- They have solar powered blinds, so I could control the amount of sunlight coming in through the skylights.
- They can be automated with the VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO smartphone app and indoor climate control system.
- Skylights can open to release warm air that rises to the ceiling. By also opening a window below, you can create a breeze that cools your home without having to use the AC. How awesome on a warm day of cooking to let the oven’s heat right out?
So here’s my skylight mockup!
Even though we typically DIY projects, this is one that we’ll be hiring a professional for. You can find an installer near you by using this link through Velux. The best part is that VELUX skylights come with a 10-year No Leak warranty on product and installation! To get an idea of how much better a kitchen can be with a skylight, check out these inspiration photos!
Examples of Kitchen Skylights:
If you’re thinking a skylight might be the answer to bringing light into the kitchen or bathroom in your home, you can enter the VELUX Daylight Renovation Sweepstakes! (Open through 11:59 pm on Feb. 4) You can also follow VELUX on Facebook and Instagram!
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