10 Scrumptious Skylit Kitchens

Last week, we looked at kitchens with windows facing east for early morning sun. Today, let's take a look at kitchens that receive high-noon sun via gorgeous skylights. Whether you're in a top-floor apartment or a stand-alone house, a skylight just might be the answer to a little extra natural lighting in the kitchen. Even if you have some space above your kitchen, a tubular skylight can still direct light down into the space.A few advantages and disadvantages to skylights in the kitchen:

Pros:

  • Natural light without sacrificing wall space that can otherwise be used for cabinetry or shelving.
  • Good source of overhead light that's often enough for task lighting at the counter top.
  • An operable skylight will aid in ventilation of the kitchen.

Cons:

  • Strong solar gain can mean lots of extra heat in the kitchen.
  • Can be difficult to reach, thus clean.

What do you think of skylights in kitchens? Anyone have any firsthand experience with them to share with the rest of us? Please feel free to share opinions or experiences in the comments section below!

Related: East-Facing Kitchens for Morning Sun

(Images: Flickr user jeffc5000 licensed for use under Creative Commons, The Kitchn, Unicorn House, Velux USA skylights, Tubular George & Co., via Barbagelata Real Estate, Val's Kitchen, Hornby Island, WKKJ Apartments, via Ghar Expert - original source unknown)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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