As a natural source of light, a skylight is often overlooked as an area to be maintained and painted. Parts of it are exposed to the elements. Thus, keeping it weather tight is a priority in order to prevent damage to interior surfaces.
The skylight is also an element of design and a diverse use for color. “How is that,” you ask?
I once worked in a single level office building, where skylights were used to provide most of the interior light. My role was to paint these areas using a combination of hues to give the skylights an optical colored shading effect. Also, from different angles, the colors appeared to change. This occurred due to the changing intensity of the light.
Encorporating this effect into your own home is a possibility as well. Once again it will be your creativity that will be your guide.
Before you begin to paint, make certain that the following guidelines are observed:
- Make sure the skylight is sealed properly. Caulk if necessary.
- Clean the surface, removing any mold.
- Repair any cracks or loose paint.
- Use stain blocking primer to seal in the areas.
- Sand the entire surface for finish painting.
- Select either latex or oil based paint as your finish.
- Exposure to higher temperatures may require a more durable finish.
To paint a skylight, here are several options:
- Apply a color and sheen, which “matches” the surrounding ceiling area.
- Apply a color and sheen, which “differs” from the surrounding ceiling area.
- Apply a bright color and glossy sheen, which “attracts” one’s attention.
- If the skylight is sizeable, apply multiple colors and sheens to create a “decorative” design.
Painting a skylight can be basic. You can match the white of your ceiling. Or, it can be a creative project. When it is completed, it complements any living space or an office.
Remember, a skylight can show off more than just the light. It can show off the colors in the area.
It can accentuate the appearance and function of the area. It can enhance the amenities of the hotel, hospital, or business.
And, it can lift the spirit of everyone that passes underneath its “spell. Something that natural light – sunlight – tends to do for persons of all ages. Our pets, too!
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