Home interiors Bringing light to our smallest bedroom

Bringing light to our smallest bedroom

by Clare Mansell
velux loft conversion

It’s been 5 years this summer since we finished the big remodel work on our house. The time has flown by and having had a few years to live with our new home we’ve started to think about what I’ve been calling ‘Phase Three’.

Phase Three consists of a lot of small jobs which we either couldn’t afford to do during the big work, or hadn’t actually considered doing at the time.

The project we are planning for Alice’s bedroom falls in to the second category. Five years ago it was an empty room, not even a ‘spare’ room with a guest bed, just an empty room awaiting a purpose.

Given that it had no real purpose it’s not surprising we didn’t give its features much thought. Now it is in use though (Alice was born 15 months after we finished) it turns out that having a vertical window that is half the size of the one in her brother’s room, makes quite a difference to the natural daylight in the room… and to the temperature it reached at the height of last summer!

Our first project of Phase 3

To overcome the bedroom’s shortfalls we’ve decided to install two VELUX roof windows in the north facing sloping ceiling.

They’ll be mounted in coupled flashings, which will allow two roof windows to sit snug together maximising daylight

We’ll also add some VELUX blackout blinds so that we don’t have to worry about the extra daylight giving us early morning wake-up calls!

We already have two VELUX roof windows in our house and I love them. Before writing this post I was contemplating why. What is it that makes them different to other windows and it occurred to me that what’s special about roof windows is the unique unobstructed kind of natural daylight you get from them.

There are no bars or frames criss-crossing the glass and because they are placed in a roof they often provide an unobstructed view of the sky and because of the angle they are closer to the sun. Do you get more natural light from them than from a regular window in a wall? Yes, VELUX roof windows bring in up to twice as much daylight as vertical windows of the same size. 

The inspiration

As luck would have it while we were contemplating this project we received some timely inspiration from my parents’ house on the Thames in London.

Their house is a bungalow with a loft conversion. It has a beautiful open plan interior, but when they bought it, it needed quite a bit of finishing work including smartening the exterior and adding some much needed daylight through VELUX roof windows in both their loft conversion and single-storey extension.

VELUX roof windows in single storey extension

Now the work has been finished the bedroom is flooded with daylight and overlooks the river. How could we not be inspired?

Where to find more natural light inspiration

This post is part of a project for the BritMums #VELUXdaylight project, sponsored by VELUX. You can also see how other BritMums bloggers have been inspired to use VELUX roof windows in their homes by clicking on the images below, which will take you to their Pinterest boards. You can also learn more about how VELUX can improve daylight and mood in your home at www.velux.co.uk

Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos’s bathroom uses a similar idea to what we planning, all be it her pair of VELUX roof windows are aligned vertically and ours will be horizontal.

Catherine from Growing Family has created a light filled kitchen and dining room extension.

Gill from A Baby on Board created a light filled master bedroom and office in her loft conversion and she provides tips on how you could do the same.

Chrissy from Organise My House has shown how VELUX roof windows have filled her single-storey kitchen extension with daylight.

Laura from SideStreetStyle focuses on bathrooms in loft extensions and how to style the small space to maximum potential.

Jenni from Chilling with Lucas focuses on how VELUX roof windows create a bright and comfortable atmosphere in her parent’s kitchen where she grew up.

Emma from Mummy..Mummy..MUM!! has a light filled playroom in her loft conversion. It gives the kids plenty of space to play and chill out with their friends.

Becky from A Beautiful Space writes about the power of VELUX roof windows to change the whole mood of a home by bringing natural light to a kitchen.

WIN with BritMums & VELUX

VELUX are running a competition on Pinterest where you can create your own boards to win prizes. To enter #VELUXdaylight you need to complete your own Pinterest moodboard showing how VELUX roof windows bring daylight and fresh air in to the home. This can include images from your own home or plans you are making to add more space from adding a single-storey extension or loft conversion.

We have a £200 John Lewis voucher for first place and 8 £75 John Lewis vouchers for runners up.

The competition will launch on Tuesday 23rd April on BritMums website and Pinterest board.  

Have a nosy at my Pinterest board too for some inspiration.

This post is part of a sponsored project for the BritMums #VELUXdaylight Project, sponsored by VELUX. Learn more about how VELUX can improve daylight and mood in your home on www.velux.co.uk/extensions and www.velux.co.uk/lofts.

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The Reading Residence April 26, 2019 - 7:51 am

They make such a difference! I love light flooding into rooms, and you can really see the impact in these projects.

Zena's Suitcase April 26, 2019 - 9:59 am

I can really see why you are adding a VELUX roof window to the bedroom. We have dark rooms in our house and I just don’t like being in them when they are gloomy. Daylight makes a huge difference even inside the home

Catherine April 26, 2019 - 11:57 am

Those VELUX roof windows are going to make such a big difference aren’t they. I love the way your parents have use them too – what a fab view they have!

becky April 26, 2019 - 1:05 pm

Love, love love how light and airy these windows make the space

Sarah Christie April 26, 2019 - 2:38 pm

This is going to make such a difference and create so much light, I bet you cant wait to get it done x

Chrissy April 26, 2019 - 4:57 pm

I can’t wait to see how it all goes – before and after pics are my favourite!

Emma April 27, 2019 - 12:12 pm

I love our VELUX Roof Windows and your parents house looks incredible! So much light.

Jenni April 28, 2019 - 6:24 pm

That’s a lovely room but the roof window will make such a difference to it!

Gill Crawshaw April 29, 2019 - 8:22 pm

I think it sounds like a great idea to add VELUX roof windows. And your parent’s house, wow! It’s incredible. So light, and what a spot x

Laura Schwormstedt May 1, 2019 - 11:17 am

I’m really excited to see your after photos once you have the window installed – we have a very small loft bathroom and having a Velux Roof Window put in has made a huge difference

Laura x


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