Question: I have a vaulted ceiling in my bedroom that has a 2-by-2-foot skylight in the middle. The light through it is beautiful at times, and at others it is disruptive or just plain hot. What kind of window treatment will allow me to open and close it when I need to
Playa del Rey
Answer: There's a window treatment -- from basic blinds to elaborate Roman shades -- for every skylight and every budget, according to Los Angeles-based designer Patricia Kerr of Kerr Designs.
Electric shades, hard-wired to work with the flip of a switch or a hand-held remote control device, can be "very, very expensive," Kerr concedes, but for some, the $3,000-plus expense (not including the electrician's fees) is worth it. "It's really nice to be lying in bed and just hit the remote to open the shade," she says.
A less expensive battery-operated option also works by remote control and, for a window your size, starts at about $800, plus installation, which can vary from about $150 for a basic skylight on a 12-foot ceiling, to almost $1,000 if, for example, the skylight is up two flights and over a stairwell. Remember, you'll need to get up to it about once a year to change the batteries, which will cost about $80.