An all too familiar scene on those renovation and house hunting shows (that YOU KNOW you watch) involves potential home buyers walking into a space, looking up and declaring that the ceiling fan simply must go. The look of revulsion that accompanies this declaration is unmistakable. Almost as if said ceiling fan was the most disgusting thing they had ever seen.
Is ceiling fan hatred simply a TV affectation, or is the average homeowner genuinely horrified by the sight of a simple home comfort fixture? We’re inclined to believe that while the traditional multi-blade ceiling fan (with or without frosted, glass light shades) isn’t exactly au courant, as far as home décor goes, many homeowners still see their practical side.
So, how does one maintain a home that is both stylish AND comfortably cooled? Simply by updating your ceiling fan style, of course.
You might not have noticed, but among the traditional ceiling fans available in your local lighting store, big box home store or online retailer, some new and (dare we say) chic designs have begun to appear.
Compact, concealed fan blades and a different take on retro desk fan styling. This is a very popular look in newer ceiling fan designs. This style is available typically comes in copper, brushed nickel, and black finishes. Some are available with lights.
Clean and Simple
This type of fan provides the lighting and air circulation of a traditional fan, but in a simple and elegant package. This style attempts to blend in with the room, rather than declaring its presence.
Sometimes you need a fan and sometimes you don’t. This fan features retractable acrylic blades. When not in use, the blades tuck into a nook above the light fixture. Not only does this technology make the fixture more attractive, but it also reduces dust collection.
Source: Lighting Direct
If you enjoy the look of a more formal type of lighting fixture, but need the cooling power of a fan, then this might be for you. The focus is definitely on the lighting, with the fan tucked into a shroud underneath … we’re not going to deny wanting to call this style a fan-delier.
The more traditional exposed-blade look has also undergone some updates. Forget about the multiple frosted flower petal glass shades, brass hardware and boring brown blades. Today’s traditional-styled ceiling fans are sleeker and definitely more stylish. Now, you’ll find more industrial looks, brushed nickel finishes and lighting options that speak more to today’s trends.
Of course, if you still have a thing for frosted flower petal glass shades and brass, that classic style is still very easy to find.
The fact of the matter is that sometimes your comfort at home has to come before interior design trends. No, ceiling fans aren’t the most glamorous items in your home, but do you know what else lacks glamour —sweating on your couch, either from the heat or the sky-high price tag on your home cooling bill. Thankfully, the new trends in ceiling fan design make it much easier to keep cool without compromising your home’s style.
Feature image source: Design Shuffle