Okay, so these aren’t technically ‘windows’, but lining your landings or stairs with glass will still achieve that sense of light and openness. They work particularly well in homes going for a contemporary edge.
Rooflights or roof lanterns
These are a great way to introduce light into a room if you want to keep the wall space free for art or similar. Alternatively, if you’re restricted by overlooking, they ensure both light and privacy. They’re also great for creating architectural interest – rooflights look great on a sloping roof, from both inside and outside, and positioning a roof lantern directly above a dining table will highlight it.
You might have seen these kinds of windows in churches. They’re basically windows that sit at the very top of a wall, and like rooflights/lanterns are a good choice for people concerned about overlooking. For example, if a footpath is close to your wall, you might choose clerestory windows to make sure people aren’t looking in. And again, they free up lots of wall space, as well as creating something a bit more interesting than your standard mid-wall window.