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  • We all know how interior design trends can go in and out of style: homeowners face the constant decision between choosing a trendy, contemporary look or creating a timeless feel.

    Therefore despite how ‘current’ a look may be, you don’t want to choose a design that will soon have an expiration date written all over it. A good kitchen designer will use the fundamental elements to create a careful balance between a trendy and timeless design that will satisfy your requirements for years to come.

    Aside from colour palettes, flooring and worktop space, rooflights also serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose for kitchen spaces, sitting flush within the ceiling to let in vast amounts of natural daylight. Due to the significant role they play in the everyday functionality of a kitchen space, rooflights must always be considered from the offset, rather than being seen as an afterthought.

    So if you’re planning a new kitchen and have considered the possibility of installing a rooflight, here are a few tips to help ensure you get the best results possible:

    1. Get expert advice – Kitchen designers can provide valuable guidance throughout a project and will come up with aesthetic solutions and practical ideas that you may never have considered. They can also help you to ensure the project stays within budget. Getting a designer involved from from the early stages will enable them to work their magic on the overall structure and layout of the space, including the best size and placement of your rooflight.

    2. Pair islands with rooflights – Installing an island maximises your worktop space and storage in what would have previously just been unused floorspace. A rooflight can be the perfect accompaniment to a kitchen island, flooding the work area with natural light and adding a sense of spaciousness. We recommend choosing a rooflight that mirrors the shape of your island, if possible. This helps to makes the room look more balanced and ensures even lighting over the whole island.

    3. Improve awkward spaces – Small or unusually shaped areas can often benefit from the way a rooflight creates a sense of spaciousness and brings in natural light. This can be especially useful in older properties and extension properties, which can sometimes result in problem spaces that are difficult to incorporate.

    4. Consider a rooflight that opens – Ventilation is an important consideration in any kitchen design, and this is usually done with extractor fans, but a sliding or hinged rooflight can help you fill your kitchen and living space with fresh air. Plus, just imagine the look on your friends’ faces when your rooflight begins to retract, allowing everyone to enjoy an al fresco dining experience without having to go outside.

    5. Open up the space even more – A rooflight is the first step in bringing the outdoors inside. If you really want to make the most of natural light and your view outside, then bi-fold doors, sliding glass doors and big windows will complement your rooflight well and help to make your kitchen space even more bright and airy.

    To find out more tips for creating a beautiful bespoke kitchen that also serves as a fabulous living space for your family, download our latest ebook: Inspirational Designs for your Kitchen.