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This photo perfectly illustrates the drama that comes from skylights adjacent to walls. Located above a stair, the light coming from above is accentuated by light coming in from a narrow window at right. These work in concert to make the stair a special space in the house.
Here the soft light that enters the stairwell from above extends in the space downstairs through the use of a transparent guardrail. Looking at the stair from above ...
... that borders the garage. This space then receives illumination from the skylight in the stair beyond. Very nice.
This last example with a skylight over a fireplace shows how a room with warm materials and colors can be lightened by the introduction of natural light from overhead. The brick wall is accentuated, while the wood ceiling stays dark and gives an intimacy to the tall space.