It always amazes me the difference good lighting can make to a room - both natural daylight and the electric variety. We have installed Velux windows into almost every house we have lived in as we love the way they can totally alter a room.
As well as being practical in introducing natural light where it's lacking, there is something so wonderful about how the sun splays across the room differently throughout the year.
We are having 4 skylights installed at this stage - two in the living area, one on the other side of the raked ceiling in the kitchen, and one in Lily's room with a UV blackout film (also a raked ceiling).
We are considering an extension to the back of the house, but also want to be able to enjoy living there in the meantime or, indeed, should we decide against further work.
So, here is the main living and dining room, before...
First task was to remove those blinds on the bifold windows - I don't even know how that works.
I'm not always keen to paint over timber - I tend to think it best to go with what a house is, accept its oddities and make the most of it. Honour what is.
However...this ceiling is basic NZ pine - nothing special and it is dark any time of day. So, we will extend the white paintbrush to the ceiling and install the skylights. I went in yesterday and the primer had just gone on the ceiling and the difference already is amazing.
To illustrate my point about the darkness, this is the banquette seating area. It wasn't a sunny day, but that is just d-a-r-k. The brown vinyl/leather seats don't help and are off to be replaced with, well, anything really.
So, here's some prettier rooms to take us into the weekend. Imagine them without the skylights and see how different they would feel.
Thank you all for your lovely comments this week, particularly the positive ones regarding our renovation. I have a sinking feeling about buying the wrong house this time and am madly throwing myself at re-couping the feeling I had when we first viewed it. We have moved so many times, I could kick myself for getting this wrong...I should know better than to panic and leap in. Selling first with very little for sale in a surging market is not a nice place to be!
I know it will be fine. It may not be perfect, but it will be good and we will be happy. Very happy.
Have a lovely weekend. Annie x.
All images via Pinterest from here, except 3 - 5 my own.