20 Bright Ideas for Ceiling Windows, Transoms, and More


Shed a little light on your home with these inspirational ideas for skylights, transoms, and other high windows.

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Windows with a Great Angle


Ample lighting is a critical component of good room design. Skylights and transom windows add valuable natural light for performing household tasks or simply enjoying a good book under soft, unfiltered light.

In this kitchen, a trio of skylights adds natural brightness to supplement several pendant lights. The windows also accentuate the angles of the ceiling. Contrasting paint colors—soft beige and crisp white— add dimension to the room.

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Bathroom Skylight


A skylight shines extra light on a bathroom without sacrificing privacy. Here, a large opening above the freestanding tub helps move light through the space. Plenty of natural light keeps this modern room bright and airy—and even helps with makeup application. The abundance of natural light keeps the bathroom's deep wood furnishings don't look too dark and heavy.

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Lighted Living Space


This modern white space practically glows, thanks to an array of window designs. Unadorned square windows high up on the wall line the area near the ceiling. Their geometric design plays off the clean, simple lines of the open family room.

Note: When operable, windows placed high in a room are a valuable source of ventilation, moving hot air out as lower windows let cool air in.

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Sky-View Sleeping Quarters


A calming room filled with plenty of natural light is just the welcome a guest needs. This room boasts a steeply pitched vaulted ceiling, which adds architectural interest to the cozy space. A pair of large oval windows near the ceiling line throw outside light across the room. The windows' shape contrasts the angular lines of the ceiling.

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Vaulted Ceiling Windows on Porch


Love the idea of eating outdoors, but not sure about braving the elements? Combining windows and skylights can give you the best of both worlds. This sunporch boasts 360-degree views of the outdoors and frosted-glass windows along the roof line, offering slight sun protection during the afternoon.

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Stylish Entryway with Skylights


This chic entryway greets visitors with great style and fabulous views. A skylight just above the door permits additional natural light, while one farther down the hallway ensures the area remains well lit during the daytime. Reclaimed wood ceiling beams frame the second skylight for an added dose of style.

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Skylight with a View


Under-the-eaves rooms like this bathroom call for creative window solutions. A large, narrow, vaulted ceiling skylight brightens the space and provides plenty of natural light. Its location just above the tub gives bathers stunning views of the sky and stars.

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Hallway Skylight


Here, a skylight keeps a hallway from feeling claustrophobic. The iridescent patterned wallpaper adds visual interest without overwhelming the small space. In addition, the skylight illuminates the area at the top of the stairs, which features a comfy sofa and a large built-in bookshelf.

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Windows for a Bright Kitchen


You wouldn't want a window right above your stove—imagine trying to keep that glass clean—but this kitchen gets loads of light from a ribbon of windows placed high above the range. The windows bounce light off the kitchen's white-painted walls and crisp marble countertops. Placing the windows high up on the wall helps the room feel taller.

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High Windows with High Style


Unique architectural details add visual interest to this quiet primary bedroom. Here, charming shuttered windows high up in the rafters welcome natural light and showcase stunning sky views. The homeowners can even choose which areas of the room to illuminate by closing the shutters.

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Bathing in Light

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Windows keep the light up and the humidity down in this luxurious bathroom. The above-vanity skylight sheds light on both sides of the mirror, perfect for early-morning prepping. The wall of floor-to-ceiling windows offers views of the outside while also lending privacy with a tinted, frosted-glass treatment.

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Dramatic Kitchen Skylight


A large pyramid-shaped skylight bathes this kitchen in natural light. The skylight above the kitchen island illuminates the work zone and directs attention toward the center of the room. A trio of pendants is suspended from the skylight, adding another point of interest.

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Stellar Ceiling


This large, inviting kitchen welcomes the sunlight through an expanse of steel-framed windows. The windows stretch from countertop to ceiling, providing stunning nighttime views. Limiting the windows to one kitchen wall creates a striking focal point.

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Bathroom Light with High Windows

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This stunning bathroom/dressing room gains light without giving up privacy through skylights. Mirrored surfaces throughout the space reflect natural light streaming in through the windows, which also helps to visually expand the room.

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Windows as a Focal Point


Square and triangular windows meet to create a stunning centerpiece in this kitchen. The dramatic vaulted ceiling is paneled in beaded board, with a central beam to hold a pair of pendant lights. Windows high up on the wall highlight the ceiling's steeply-pitched angle and add an appealing architectural element to the kitchen.

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Symmetrical Skylights


Three skylights fill this modern kitchen with natural light. The symmetrical arrangement of windows echoes the clean-lined look of the cabinetry and open shelving. Light streaming in through the skylights illuminates the various kitchen work zones and helps the space feel open.

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Bringing the Outdoors In


This sunny room is a graceful transition between indoors and out. Transom-topped windows welcome views of the outside. The paned design of the windows reflects the home's traditional style. The French doors can be left open or closed depending on the weather conditions, offering another indoor-outdoor connection.

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Sunlit Work Zone


No task lighting is needed here during daylight hours. This stylish home office is filled with natural light, thanks to a large skylight above the desk. Skylights can be covered with blinds or shades to control sunlight and block extra heat on warm days.

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Modern Skylights


Two long, narrow skylights shine brightly over this dining room. A high vaulted ceiling and neutral walls offer an open, modern feel. Recessed lighting and two sculptural chandeliers keep the room bright at night and spotlight the ceiling's beautiful lines. Sliding glass doors along one dining room wall welcome even more natural light and create a direct link to the outdoors.

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Windows Galore


An array of windows welcomes oodles of natural light in this spacious entryway. Transom windows atop the door and windows high up on the wall emphasize the soaring vaulted ceiling and lend architectural interest to the space. Wainscoting and grass-cloth wallpaper incorporate additional layers of texture and visual appeal.

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